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July 2012

Day 58 - Monday 2 July 2012

Denham to Carnarvon

We were up fairly early this morning to pack up for our trip to Carnarvon. While we were packing up Brian came up for a chat - he has just bought a new 30 ft Trulux 5th wheeler and an Isuzu Truck as a tow vehicle. Brian told us that he and his wife Jan are spending some time at Shark Bay before continuing further north. He told us that he is still getting used to towing a 5th wheeler, but is finding the experience much easier than towing a caravan. They are very satisfied with their new purchase!

After leaving the caravan park were stopped on the Esplanade to get a paper at the newsagent - no Australian however so we moved on to Blue Lagoon Pearls so Di could check out their wares. Blue Lagoon Pearls specialise in opals and gold nuggets that have been embedded in the pearl shell. As you might imagine they are very expensive so Di was not tempted on this occassion.

The route from Denham was about 130 kms in a south easterly direction to rejoin the North West Coastal Highway near the Overlander Roadhouse. We stopped to refuel at the roadhouse before continuing north to Carnarvon, about a further 200 kms away. We stopped at the Wooramel Roadhouse for lunch - roast lamb sandwiches using the remains of last night's roast.

We arrived in Carnarvon at about 2:30 pm and checked into the Wintersun Top Tourist Park for 3 nights. The temperature is 26 degrees and we have a cloudless blue sky. After chasing the sun for nearly 2 months I think that we may have finally arrived.

After setting up camp with the help of our neighbour who showed us the trick of removing a post at the back of our site to allow us to drive through, we went to town to pick up our mail from the Post Office. While we were in town we paid a visit to Woolies for a stock up on groceries.

Back at camp we watched a young couple drive themselves into a site that they should have backed into. When David realised that they had uncoupled their van and were trying to man-handle the van onto their site he organised all our neighbours to help move the van and turn it around - our campers were very relieved. Apparently they have just picked up the hire caravan and have no experience at all - let alone backing the van onto a site.

No photos today.

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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

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