Or in other words, it’s all over now. I’m writing this on our last day of our final grand tour, approximately at km 8113 on our way back to Perth. Back home which isn’t home anymore. Two more days in Perth to unpack and get the Land Cruiser ready for sale and off we fly towards Europe.
We’ve been traveling through the Pilbara, Kimberley and back along the Coral Coast for 25 days and it will take time to digest, to sort fotos and to spread some on this blog. Don’t hold you breath but at some point they will surface.
The closer we got to the end of our journey and consequently to the end of our Perth-stint the more it sank in that this fantastic experience is coming to an end. Time for the last sunset on the beach, the last packing up, the last camping breakfast. The last time this and that. Suddenly it was selfie time..
Our Perth stint was an incredible experience for all of us. We are all so grateful for that opportunity! The boys are now fluent in Australian and thus speak “up to three” languages. Leola has enjoyed experiencing a different society and a new learning environment. Katrine appreciated her freedom not to work every day (even though she looks forward to her colleagues in Norway). The time in Perth and on all our trips has strengthened this multinational patchwork family both between the kids themselves and between parents and kids. And I have gained a serious bunch of experience in a different work setting in terms of role, culture, market and society. Thank you so much to NGI, presumably the best employer for an applied geophysicist 🙂
Last by not least are we grateful for our new 🇦🇺 friends that we will miss very much ❤️
The more the merrier they say, so over the extended Anzac day weekend we rolled south with two vehicles packed to the rim with ten people, four tents and all the other essentials for an awesome bush camping adventure. “Expedition members” were the five of us, our dear friends Aaron and Theresa with their two kids and Guro our visiting student from Norway. A group spanning age classes from under one to over forty years. Kudos to Aaron & Theresa for taking a 9 month old angel out bush!
Destination for the four nights were two areas at “that french named” national park (D’Entrecasteaux) about four hours south of Perth. The plan was to stay two nights close to Pemberton at Leaning Marri NP camp and then move south to Moores Hut camp to explore the area there. As it goes with 4WD adventures, that plan remained a plan yet reality looked a bit different…
Oh, what a weekend! 30 Degrees forecasted and finally a “free” weekend to go camping. Time to go explore 🙂
The area north of Jurien is just shy of 3 hours drive from Perth and offers fabulous beaches, limestone cliffs and bluffs and “wild” camping as it neither is a national park, nor private land. Thanks Alex for the tip about Jurien, and thanks Hema maps and Western 4W Driver, who all recommend the area for a weekend trip.
We left first thing Saturday morning, stopped for brekky in Joondalup and spent the avo exploring the beaches and bays between North Head and Sandy Bay..
I think it must have had something to do with the excellent weather and that it maybe was the last summer weekend (winter is coming) but the area was packed with happy campers. So it took a while to find the perfect spot, but finally we found this:
What a special Sunday! We found a little, you may say hidden, gem just a short hour North of Perth and we could enjoy it with two Norwegian visitors. It´s a special week this week, our little OZ office hosts 3 guests from Oslo HQ and we took that opportunity to assemble all our 4WDs on Sunday and take Mr. T.L. and Mr. N.L. on a little outing.
Three vehicles headed up to Guilderton after recommendations that it was supposed to be almost as nice as Lancelin just minus the crowds. Worth a try, isn´t it? And beautiful it was! It was a very windy day, pretty high tide and the beach didn´t look very inviting. So, after airing down, we headed on the track through the dunes, which turned out a little beauty. Not particularly challenging, not to soft sand, not to narrow and still fun. Here is the track in detail.
When we found a (rather steep) descend to the beach we took the chance and found a nicely wind sheltered spot, perfect for a picnic. You quickly loose track of time but we must have spent quite a number of hours there. Chilling out with some cold ones and dips and vegs and breads and so on. Mr. B-M had brought all kinds of gear (sandboard, kite, etc.) time flew and both adults and kids had a really, really good time.
On the way home (from such trips) it´s really recommendable to stop over at Yanchep N.P. at dusk, say hi to the Roos and Koalas and have dinner at the Yanchep Inn.
PS: That steep descent you may ask? Yes we made it back up, piece of cake..
Takk for turen! (as you would say in Viking tongue)
An OZ adventure for an average european patchwork family