Australia the endless large country  "down under "   

We started in Perth, to the north. In Mekaatharra we took a side gravel road to mount Augustus. This mountain is a rock twice as big as  Ayers Rock an much higher 1105m. Of course we had to climb it. With temperatures between 30 to 45 degree quite an adventure. The next goal was an 500km drive to the north, mainly on sand and gravel roads. On the first part we were completely alone, for 4 hours not a single car. Near the town of Tom Price we visited the national park Karijini. A remote place with wonderful gorges where its possible to swim in pools. The next mountain Mount Bruce 1232m was to climb. 

At the west coast near Exmouth we visited the national park Cape Range. Splendid beaches good for snorcheling, many kangooros, birds and the gorge Yardi Creek. Along the coast we traveled south to Coral Bay and Carnarvon.  After a night with a lot of rain (20cm that is the normal amount of a year there) all the roads were flooded and we were blocked completely. It got even worse one day later when all the water from the inland let swell the river Gascoyne from zero to 8 meters.   

Even when we didnít have problems, only to wait we got a bit nervous about the running time. After 6 long  days the road to the north opend again. We actually wanted to head south, but no chance. So in 2 and a half day we drove north to Tom Price and then south to Perth alltogether 2500 km.

The last week we discovered some of the south. Dolphines in Bunbury, nature, caves and wineries near Busselton, lighthouse in Augusta, Kauri trees around Pemberton. Climb to Mount Frankland and the tree-top walk in Walpole.   

Western Australia  pictures

Perth and the south  pictures

A very special thank to:  Urs and Heidi in Perth for the car, the best hints what to visit and the great hospitality.