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Day 57 - Sunday 1 July 2012

Denham

Got up at about 8:00 am after a sleep in and had a leisurely breakfast until about 9:00 am when David went down to the newsagent for the weekend papers - the Weekend Australian arrived while he waited - only a day late. After breakfast we spent a lazy morning sitting in the sun reading the papers - David working on his tan and Di working on her freckles!!

After lunch we decided that we should be a bit more active so went 4 wheel driving in the Francois Peron National Park. Francois Peron was a French zooligist who accompanied Nicholas Baudin on the Geographe in 1801. The National Park covers 52,500 hectares of the northern tip of the Peron Peninsula beyond Denham and Monkey Mia. The area was developed as a sheep grazing property in the 1880s and was purchased by the State Government in 1990 to create the Park. On the drive in we passed a sign telling us to watch out for Bilbys - Di knows all about them - particularly the chocalate variety. We did not see any Bilbys, but we did have a close encounter with an Emu that ran out right in front of us.

Watch out for Bilbys

Watch out for Bilbys

The Blue Heeler looking for sheep

The Blue Heeler looking for sheep

Sheering shed

Sheering shed

Old wool press in the shearing shed

Old wool press in the shearing shed

Most of the Park is only accessible by high clearance 4WD vehicles and a tyre pressure station is provided to lower tyre pressures on entry and to pump up tyres on exit - 20 psi tyre pressures are recommended for most 4WD vehicles on the sandy tracks. After having a wander around the Heritage precinct centered on the old sheep property we drove into the Big Lagoon - about 15 kms each way. Driving on sand was a new experience for us but the Mighty Navara handled it well.

Reduce tyre pressure

Reduce tyre pressure

Sandy tracks

Sandy tracks

The Big Lagoon

The Big Lagoon

Red cliffs at the Big Lagoon

Red cliffs at the Big Lagoon

Pump up your tyres

Pump up your tyres

Posted by TwoAces 03:04

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