Kalbarri

4 05 2013

Tonight we pack up from yet another happy helpx experience.  We have been at Wagoe Beach Chalets (and caravan park) for the last week.  We found this place through helpx and were so pleased when they phoned just before we hit the Nullarbor to respond to our email saying they’d be happy for us to come!

Stephen has been fixing a quad bike and working on a tractor here in exchange for a freezer FULL of meat and other bits n pieces plus accommodation in the “donga” and power and space for our trailer.  They run quad bike tours here on the beach which has been very popular during the school holidays.  We have also kept the camp grounds tidy, cleaning the toilets and camp kitchen.  I have a new appreciation for looking after the amenities now!  It was helpful on the busiest night here that our kids alerted us to any dramas in the loos.  If the flush continued not to work … oh who knows what we would have had to clean the next morning, very thankful we were able to fix it straight away.   I also cleaned my first urinal …. hmmm I now know how they work and that they have a special flushy thing at the top … wasn’t quite aware of that day one!  Today they had no work for Stephen so I let him clean the mens toilets himself.  He didn’t believe all morning that I serious, but he got the gist a little before lunch.

During our stay here we ventured down to Wagoe’s private beach.  It was a bumpy ride, which kept the kids quite amused.  The sand is soft and lowering tyre pressures an absolute must!  Fishing is meant to be amazing down there, but we never got the chance and it was a deep reef, very strong and often HUGE waves which would have been too dangerous for us to attempt.  We drove 7km down the beach and found a lovely lagoon that is created from the massive waves they get.  Swimming in there was lovely and Stephen even hand caught a fish!

Another day we ventured out to Kalbarri National Park.  We experienced our first HORRIBLE corrugations for the trip … 20 odd km’s of it!  We went to the Z bends look out and decided upon venturing down the bottom.  The sign said to allow 2 hours for the return trip but we got down at a 4 year olds pace in 1/2 an hour.  It was a fun walk as it had ladders and large rocks to scramble down.  The river was very dry with only water holes but one could imagine how it would look after plenty of rain.  The Nature’s Window lookout is also stunning, and again it would be amazing to see when the river is full.

The kids loved rides with Dad on the quad bike he was fixing and also our many camp fires.  We really got into the camp oven cooking here as we were supplied with an absolute abundance of meat – mainly pork (our favourite) and some lamb.  Over the fire we cooked pork cutlets, roast pork, roast lamb, lasagne, fruit crumble, sponge cake, lemon cake and chocolate damper …. over the course of the week!  We also shared many an interesting conversation with fellow campers from all over the world.  If traveling to Kalbarri area I recommend staying here.  Its peaceful, quiet, spacious, cheap and only 10 minutes to town.  http://www.wagoe.com.au

Tomorrow is Monkey Mia and Shark Bay …..

The front gate ...

The front gate …

Tending the fire with the "donna" in the background we used (beds for kids and kitchen)

Tending the fire with the “donna” in the background we used (beds for kids and kitchen)

Beautiful sunsets across camp

Beautiful sunsets across camp

Looking out towards the dunes

Looking out towards the dunes

Sunset over Wagoe Beach

Sunset over Wagoe Beach

The lagoon

The lagoon

Wagoe Beach

Wagoe Beach

Wagoe Lagoon

Wagoe Lagoon

Fishing .... by hand

Fishing …. by hand

Natures Window

Natures Window

Looking around the Natures Window lookout area

Looking around the Natures Window lookout area

Little Matt on the walk back from the Z bend gorge

Little Matt on the walk back from the Z bend gorge

The walk

The walk

Bottom of the Z bend

Bottom of the Z bend

"This is my first ladder!"

“This is my first ladder!”

Z Bend lookout - Kalbarri National Park

Z Bend lookout – Kalbarri National Park

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5 05 2013
Lorna

Hey guys,
Brilliant once again! How amazing is this lil’ ole’ island called Oz!!
Hope you get to swim with dolphins!
Love L xxx

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