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Camping Oz 2017 – Pilbara

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Karijini is a destination we have been looking forward to for a while. We are keen to get stuck into another one of our passions (other than drone photography); hiking.

Karijini National park offers some spectacular deep gorges you walk around, over and down into.

kelsie sitting on the edge of gorge

AU0023 – Dales Gorge

The rocks here are billions of years old and stretch back to the birth of the planet. Infact hey are so old they done even have fossils in them because no life existed on Earth when they were formed.

mike walking through a very steep but narrow gorge

mike handstanding in a gorge

I was fascinated by how these things can to exist as they form a pretty stark contrast to the mostly flat landscape around. Apparently (according to the Karijini Visitor Centre) they are created simply by the action of weathering from the water and plant life aided by the unique structure of the layered rocks.

mike discussing rock formation

Theres nothing better than a nice refreshing swim in a cool pool after a long hot hike and Karijini is definately the place for that with each gorge ending in beautiful pools or waterfalls.

mike sat under a waterfall

mike flipping into kermit pool

A common sight in the Pilbara are the kilometer-long iron ore trains and I was really keen to get a picture of them with the drone. I wasn’t expecting to get two trains at once however:

two iron ore trains

On the way out of Karijini we spent a coupple of nights in Millstream. There wasnt a whole bunch to do there but there was an excellent swimming creek which we took full advantage of.

kelsie paddling up the creek

After a 6 days without a proper shower we are really keen to get to Broome where we will be staying with Kelsie’s brother for a few days, but before that a coupple of nights at 80-mile beach, more on that soon!

Campin Oz 2017 – Exmouth

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After the beautiful but fly-infested Shark Bay I was so happy to get the Exmouth and experience some of the beautiful corals and beaches. Unfortunately however the swimming gods weren’t on my side for the 4 days we were here as the entire coast was infested with stinging red jellyfish and deadly Irukandji jellyfish.

jellyfish in water

Because snorkeling was a no go I decided instead to book myself into a scuba diving trip, I havent done one since Columbia 3 years ago but I was told by several people that the Navy Pier dive was not to be missed in Exmouth.

Unfortunately the visibility was a little low while we were there which took a little bit out of the experience but still I enjoyed swimming with the incredibly varied wildlife.

starfish pole

white tip shark

We were also beset with electrical troubles in our trailer and thus were forced to spend a day with it in the garage with electrical specialists.

In the end I didnt do too much drone flying during our stay there. I did get some nice videos of Kelsie while she paddled down Yardie Creek but those will have to wait for a later edit.

yardie creek

Well thats it for now, next stop is Karrijini park and the beautiful gorge walks and lots of red dust, stay tuned!

Campin Oz 2017 – Shark Bay

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Shark Bay for us was a bit of a roller coast ride of highs and lows.

We arrived into Denham which is the hub for adventure in the region and spent a couple of days at a caravan park there exploring some of the lagoons of the area.

Shark Bay pools

AU0015 – Red Sands of Shark Bay

We also took a day drip into Monkey Mia a spot I had heard a lot about from people in the South West.

AU0017 – Monkey Mia

AU0016 – Monkey Mia Beach

AU0018 – Monkey Mia Boats

Although we were treated with the beautiful waters and beaches we were continually plagued by swarms of flies which forced us to wear mosquito nets at all times. So after a couple of days we took off on our most ambitious camp yet.

We wanted to head to Steep Point which the most westerly point of Australia. The plan was to camp at False Bay for two nights and take the car up into Steep Point.

After a 3 hour bumpy (unsealed corrugated roads are a bitch) ride we finally reached what we thought was False Bay. There was no signposts as to where exactly we should be camping so we decided to follow some tracks we saw that led over the beach.

the beach of tears

Big mistake. We ended up getting seriously bogged in the sand thanks to the 1.5 tonne weight of the trailer plus the weight of all our gear in the back of the car. In hindsight it was inevitable.

We spent the next 3 and a half, hot, sweaty and sandy hours trying to dig ourselves out. We may still have been stuck there now if it wasn’t for a stroke of luck that another car was at the end of this remote beach. Even more luckily for us, they were locals who knew the area and were happy to help us out.

So massive thanks to John and Emma who run the Shark Bay Ocean Park centre for spending hours and hours of their Sunday helping two naïve tourists out. If you are ever in the area you should definitely go say hi and check out the excellent Ocean Park.

Well after that debacle we were so tired and run down we decided just to head back to Denham, get a hot meal, shower and recharge our batteries before our next move.

As we had one unplanned night spare now, we decided to head south to Nanga.

AU0020 – Nanga Beach

On the way down we also checked out Shell Beach, named after the trillions of tiny shells that make up its sands. I found it hard to capture that with a done however but noticed that the way the water rippled on the shallow sands made for a stunning pattern so I captured that instead:

AU0019 - Shell Beach Water

AU0019 – Shell Beach Water

After Nanga we continued on with our plan to Hamelin Pool for two nights.

On the first night we were lucky enough to have perfect wind conditions at sunset so were able to get stunning photographs of the Stromatolites which make the area famous.

hamelin pool

AU0021 - Hamelin Pool Stromatolites

AU0021 – Hamelin Pool Stromatolites

AU0022 – Hamelin Pool

The campsite of Hamelin Pool, although barren was beautiful in its own way with hundreds of butterflies covering the small plants on the grass:

butterflies of hamelin pool

A constant pain however was the flies, I have never experienced anything like it before and never want to again, fingers crossed that our next destination of Exmouth has none!

so many flies at hamelin pool