Winter holiday to Ningaloo, Mount Augustus and the Murchison

Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 at 13:43

Mike & Amanda

In July we zoomed up the Great Northern Highway from Perth to South Lefroy Bay at Ningaloo Station. Phil had reserved Campsite 19 for us so all we needed was the right weather. We travelled in our tricked up 200 Series Landcruiser and trusty, reliable Australian Offroad Campertrailer Odyssey Signature Export, which we've owned and abused for about 3 years now.
First night at Nerrin Nerrin and then to Campsite 19. Amazing how cool it was. We whizzed passed David and Michelle ;-) on the way in. Two week of diving and kayaking, enjoying the company of our long term Albany neighbours, visiting the old whaling station, braving the dry Yardie Creek and then reluctantly packing up....why does it always take longer to pack up?
On the way home we detoured via Manilya to Mount Augustus, quite a wet dirt track. South to Murchison and the heavens opened! Roads closed and we got to use the new Premier Winch to rescue someone! This was great practice for Cape York next April! Stranded at Wooleen station for two days until we ran out of food and more importantly alcohol! Two other couples and us braved the closure and headed south....did we look a sight when we hit the Perth freeway... people certainly moved out the way as we dropped bits of Murchison over Narrows Bridge! :-)

Great trip, amazing how much we packed in the 2.5 weeks... a little late for work and three days of cleaning up..what the heck..isn't that what the adventure's all about? Check out the photos... anyone heading to Cape York next April? We usually end up travelling by ourselves but the advantage of having another capable 4WD (another cruiser not the Nissan ;-) ( I did say capable) with us was sure proven....

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