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 ❤️
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)
It´s been more than two weeks now since we came back from our trip north to Shark Bay, and it is hard to put in words what a fantastic trip it was. All the photos, all the experiences, all the adventures are having a hard time to land on this blog. We are starting to fear that we are actually starting to forget certain aspects. And hey, that was the whole point of this WordPress thingy, saving & sharing memories. This shall be a focus over the coming days and weeks, sharing, sharing and sharing. Promise!
Curious where we were in detail? That´s actualy all mapped out here, so feel free to dive in there while we are collecting our memories, yes?
One of the closest parks, just under an hour NE from Perth with quite picturesque wilderness and landscape carved out by the Avon River. It´s the northern limit of WAs Jarrah forests and rich of wildlife. We saw a bunch of kangaroos outside of the park and an Emu running away when it caught sight of us.
It was quite a nice four wheel drive as well as the heavy rains throughout the last days had filled up some of the track´s depressions to adventurous levels. Even had to put the machine in low gear to get out of one waterhole 😉
After traversing the park, we stopped for a bbq in Toodyay, happy boys all around 🙂
Not far from the middle of nowhere, 2 hours north of Perth is a gate with a lady that asks for 12 dollars. You pay them because behind the gate is one of those locations that you just gotta see I guess. Something that geologists (despite of typical geologist fantasy) still havent fully figured out. They are called pinnacles, rise out of a field of dunes and stand several meters high.
After paying the national park fee you get to drive through those structures and stop to take photos. So did we and need to share those photos, don´t we? The tricky part is avoiding other cars and tourists on the photos,
or rather the opposite 😉
An OZ adventure for an average european patchwork family