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Exploring our own fabulous, diverse and beautiful backyard

The Covid virus has been detrimental for our ecotours, we are really missing our interstate and overseas markets. We are just so lucky to have such a diverse business that keeps us going!

With the cold wet weather seriously depleting our vitamin D levels, Graeme and I took 10 days to rediscover why we love what we do and where we do it!

We fell in love with this map - save it to your Home Screen! It’s brilliant.

We left on the 26th July, the day of one of the worst storms so far this year. The drive to Eneabba was blustery but manageable and our first stop was one of our ‘Meet the Charactors’ locations - Western Flora Caravan Park where our accommodation was a donga - it bought back memories of our first shared accommodation some 26 years in Leonora 😂. Clean and quaint - I did manage to catch a glimpse of a very docile ’Western Spotted Frog’ - my first one!

The next day we walked to the swamp - full of water, a very cool bird hide and surrounded by a flock of very noisy corellas. We’ll be back to explore more another time!

Our next stop was Carnarvon, a chance to explore the space museum, resupply and catch up with family before heading bush.

I’ve been to Peedamulla before, a few times! Graeme hadn’t so it was fabulous to get out with Caroline as she showed us through her backyard.

Peedamulla Campground is one of TourismWA’s camping with custodians camps - beautiful small campground in the middle of a working cattle station. You can check it out and book online here.

You can see our little camp in the far right corner - we were pretty happy here!

We decided to go 'off road' from the normal route to our next destination - so a detour via Pannawonica to Millstream Chichester National Park was the perfect lunch time adventure. We will definitely come back for a swim and a stay another time - because we had booked in for Karijini!

I think I need to write another complete story about our experience at Karijini - it is a very special place which took us out of our 'comfort zone' and into a world away from our normal lives (which is usually incredible).

The Karijini Eco Resort was a beautiful escape, our camp was nestled amongst the woodlands with privacy and the facilities were comprehensive and fabulous. We spoilt ourselves with a beautiful meal at the restaurant one night and were lucky enough to catch up with fellow tour operators from the South West for a relaxing fun filled evening.

Jaffre's Gorge, Dales Gorge, Hancock Gorge were just some of the places we visited over our three days - great walks, busy but not too bad, we had places to ourselves wherever we journeyed - we also did our best to spend money at Tom Price; more specifically at the tyre shop as we did a good job puncturing one of our new tyres :) There were a few closures of some of the gorges so we have a very good reason to return.

We were reluctant to leave and journeyed south inland watching the changing landscapes. The first red kangaroo we saw was opposite our first wedge-tailed eagle sighting just north of Meekatharra - both animals notably absent on our entire journey until that point. The lack of both kangaroo's and wedgies; usually a common sight along the highways caused us much discussion, is it due to more traffic, drought, feral species - or something more sinister...

Our last night was a free camp just north of Meekatharra - and we thought it pretty amazing, as we set up camp, to see a Wedge-tail eagle fly up to a tree next to us to check us out before flying into the sunset.

So that's a brief, little journey into our quick and beautiful holiday - The best things about holidays is realising that its pretty special to return home and appreciate our comfortable bed, our dogs, our beautiful home, business and community. We are so fortunate to be blessed with it all.



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