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Date Registered: 07-2009
Location: Central Queensland
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My wander around to WA in 2016 - [warning contains many photos with the larger thumbnails]


In 2016 between July to October, I went for a drive few weeks, (turned out to be about 11.5 weeks on the road). The only aim I had for the entire time was to visit the Kimberly region and drive the Gibb River Road.
I managed to get a bit further than that, with no real plan in sight other than being home around the 10th of October.

I'll be listing these in location-time order as it will take a very long time to write why I stopped t some places and not others. Mostly I did the entire drive as an aimless wander with the only purpose of seeing the country in the far west. Not as much of it as I could do in such a short time, but more of a 'hmm whats up this way' type of wander. Talking to the people who live and also wander through there was part of the highlight as well, but I rarely take photos of people and post them.
I drove as much of the WA coastline as I could, where I could.
This was a very relaxing way to see the country, and I will be going back over that way in a few years to have a bit more of a look at the southern end and central areas. To see the places and things that I wanted to see and but didn't feel well enough to stop and enjoy. (I got very sick after leaving Fremantle, and didn’t come good until Walpole)

The hardest part of writing a post for such a long holiday; is what photos to pick… Some locations listed were wonderful stops but it is too difficult to pick 1 photo that describes it best.

Overall Map of where I drove- I used a Delorne inReach Se Satellite tracker with sms and emergency capability as well as having a PLB.
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Daly Waters Pub
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Mataranka Hot Springs
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Cutta Cutta Caves
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Katherine Gorge
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Joe Creek Gorge
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Zebra Rock Mine
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Lake Argyle
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Kununurra – 1 night to rest and check the car before moving on.


Bungle Bungle National Park (Pernululu)
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Wolfe Creek Crater
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Emma Creek Station (El Questro)
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El Questro Gorge
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Home Valley Station
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Ellembrae Station - stop here for the scones!
Mitchell Falls
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Drysdale River – The burgers are delicious.
Mt Elizabeth Station – Go for the drive/walk up to the gorge. There will most likely be not one else there.
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Manning Gorge
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Galvans Gorge
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Bell Gorge
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Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge – very interesting stop that not many solo travellers would even get near without knowing people who go there. The food is excellent!
Windjana Gorge National Park
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Tunnel Creek
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Derby Wharf
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Broome – Cable Beach
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Broome – Hovercraft to view the dinosaur prints at low tide
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Horizontal Falls – Tour out of Broome Via Cape Leveque & Beagle Bay
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Cape Leveque
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Beagle Bay
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Eighty Mile Beach
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Marble Bar
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Port Hedland
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Karijini National Park
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Exmouth
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Carnarvon – Space Center
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Hamelin Pool - Stromatolites
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Denham
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Kalbarri
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Kalbarri National Park
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Hutt Lagoon (Kalbarri)
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Geraldton – Sydney II Memorial
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Pindar – wreath flowers everywhere!!
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Fremantle – my favourite city in Aus and 3rd most in the world (after Dublin and Vancouver)

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Perth
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Rottnest Island
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Busselton

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Augusta
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Walpole – Tree top walk
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Albany memorial
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Esperance
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Thanks Regie for showing me around Kalgoorlie and the surrounding areas 
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Broad Arrow
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Ora Banda
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Great Australian Bight Lookout 3
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Great Australian Bight Lookout 2
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Ceduna. Here is where I noticed that in the past hour since I stopped for fuel, the wind had ripped off one of my 2 solar panels. At this time I decided that I had enough of living in the car and decided to go home. Three nights later I was in Brisbane with the car booked in for service the following day. I basically did a bee line for Brisbane dodging all the flood water that was hanging around western NSW. Via Minnipa (overnight stop), Port Augusta, Broken Hill (overnight stop), Cobar (turned north), Bourke (turned east again), Walgett (overnight stop), Moree, Goondiwindi, Warwick & finally Brisbane.


Walgett Bugs!



Mt Tambourine Tree top Walk


Home!
Pretty much every day, except the day I was driving into Walgett, I was stopped and parked between 3pm and 5pm. Walgett I got in about 6pm covered in bugs. And driving into Brisbane at 7pm, also covered in bugs.
I have managed to see most of the old Telegraph line up the centre of Australia, across the South and the Western Coasts now.
Whenever there is an old telegraph station marked, go look for the jetty that should be nearby. As the jetty, was once the only way for getting in and out of these places reliably for goods and mail services.









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Wow. What a fantastic time you must have had, except perhaps for the period that you were ill. But you kept on [sign in to see URL]'s true adventurous spirit.

You have managed to see more of this vast country of ours in 11 weeks than a lot of us have seen or will see in 11 years.

Great report and fantastic pics.

cheers

[sign in to see URL]: I will now be watching very closely any postings to "Guess The Location" thread that you may make in the [sign in to see URL] you indicate that you have heaps more pics than what you showed in this trip report.

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If only family life would afford me the time you had to do the same trip and more.
Seems like retirement activities could be something like this in 10-15 yrs time emoticon

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No dramas. Glad you enjoyed it

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