Wild Australia

 

Kalbarri national park with the Murchison River Gorge on The Loop walk.

Kalbarri national park with the Murchison River Gorge on The Loop walk.

Experience:

Kyle and Elizabeth have driven thousands of kilometres across Australia with their camper trailer and are experts in discovering wild and beautiful locations.

Why do you enjoy long distance driving?

Driving isn’t the highlight of our trips although there are good views and spectacular places to stop awhile. We enjoy arriving where we want to be and being self contained, to bushwalk and enjoy the fauna, flora and scenery generally. We stay a few days to absorb the surrounds and recover. Then move a little to the next distance.

What was your most memorable trip?

Western Australia for three months; Melbourne, Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Karijini National Park, Marble Bar and Cape Keraudren. Then south along to Geraldton, inland to Eneabba and to the Stirling Range. Then along the South Coast to Fitzgerald River National Park and to Cape Arid National Park. Then home across the Nullabor once again. We still have to go back for the south west corner.

 Highlight?

The highlights were the many National Parks we camped in or visited and the superb wild flowers even in a drought year; so different from anywhere else.

Lowlight?

This was at Marble Bar and hitting the kangaroo at Shark Bay trying to catch a boat to Dirk Hartog Island which didn’t run.

Best tips?

Share the driving. Shifts should be no longer than 2 hours.

Avoid driving at dawn and dusk particularly in dry conditions. We have twice hit kangaroos which have jumped out with no notice. So if you travel in the winter you are restricted to about 11 hours per day, less if you like to sleep-in a bit and have breakfast before you start. This way, having planned where to stay, we could do up to 900 kilometres a day for a few days. For example we travelled from Melbourne to Mataranka in the Northern Territory, a distance of 3526 kms ( 2190 miles) in four days towing a camper trailer. None of this country was new to us.

Plan ahead. Not so much to stick to your plan but to be able to modify it if things change.

Be totally self contained. Relying on others can wreck your timetable. If you land up somewhere magic be prepared to stay awhile.

Swap notes with other people along the way. It can lead to special places.

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