A Travellerspoint blog

July 2020

Long Range Pilbara camping trip

Busselton Naturalists do a long range camping trip each year but due to our previous work commitments ie not retired, we have never been able to accompany them on the adventure. This year we convinced ourselves to retire and head off to the unknown.

We planned a few appointments around the trip, one being measured up for an annex prior to joining the group. The other being the caravan service at the end of the trip.

We casually headed off on Wednesday for a free overnighter at Pinjarra, only two other campers partook.

Next morning we went to our next stop at the beautiful Karinyup Waters Caravan Park for a pleasant 2 nights stay. Our friend Annette visited for afternoon tea & dinner . We caught up & shared many stories. We visited the new cafe at the caravan park, which is open to the public, & we would highly recommend it.
Whilst we were there our first appointment occurred & Melba was measured up for her annex walls. Once it is made it will be posted to our home address.

Whilst in Perth we took the opportunity for a quick IKEA visit which took under under an hour. IKEA was surprisingly busy with people everywhere.

Saturday we headed off on the next leg of our jouney on the way to meet up with the Naturalists (not Naturists). Lots of traffic going North & South on the Indian Ocean Drive, mainly cars, caravans, motorhomes & boats.
We stopped at Wilbinga Grove Rest Area just South of Moore River for a morning cuppa. We have stayed here overnight before. There is a sign there saying no camping. We will have to cross that one off the list Karen & Phil.

Our destination for 3 nights was to be Cliff Head North & Ms Garmin decided that we might want to be in a slightly different spot away from all the other campers. A couple of Wily Wagtails have frequented our campsite. Singing as they glitter from the car to the tree to the awning. They seem to like running across our roof of a morning with the sound of tiny pitter pattering of feed, saying come on it time to come out & play with me. They have been such happy welcome birds. As I type this one of them is dancing on the roof with its tiny feet. I think perhaps the insects are attracted to the white roof providing dinner for this Willy. Here are some pictures from our time here North of Cliff Head.

So we are parked up on the beach slightly North of Cliff Head North.
We have already has a visit, yes they found us, from Neil & Melanie who were staying 30 km up the road at Dongara. Thanks for bringing the potatoes, they cooked up nicely on the fire. We have been for a couple of walks along the beach. The weather is delightful & sunny. The nights have been mild. We have been able to have a small fire each night.
Today Monday we went for a long walk along the beach. We were doing a beach sweep looking at shells & collecting a special few. We found a nest of Sea Eagles perched at the edge of the beach. Also some Whale bones.


Our walk entailed coming across a large gazebo sitting area with a fire pit & some fancy drop toilets. There are quite a few areas where you could park vans or motorhomes in one area.

Tonight is our last night here. Tomorrow we have a lunch date with Mel & Neil at Dongara on our way though to our next overnight stop at Nerren Nerren.

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