Geraldton (via Kalbarri), Western Australia
Geraldton, Western Australia
After leaving Denham, we continued our journey south towards Perth, and after a short drive panic started to set in.
Something strange was happened which no one could quite put their finger on. The boys thought someone was peeing on the car (yep, only the boys could think of that), Mum started to think Henry Penny was real, but Dad, being cool, calm and collected, quickly recalled stories told in his younger days of a time gone by where water would fall from the skies. It was called rain, and I assured the boys that as long as you didn't get wet, you wouldn't dissolve and everything would be OK.
So after a quick look through the owners manual to see where the windscreen washer control was, calm was restored and we continued on our journey southward, with next stops being Kalbarri, followed by Geraldton.
Kalbarri is a coastal town, which looks great and seems to have a friendly atmosphere and all the things you need. Unfortunately, the weather (especially the wind) did not improve and we spent most of our time in the van, out of the elements.
We did manage to check out some of the coastal lookouts, although that was an adventure. Probably one of the few times it pays to be a bit heavier, as the wind on the cliffs was amazing. Had to add a few lead weights into Hunters pockets so he wouldn't fly away.
In all seriousness, the views were amazing, only reconfirming WA's repetition has having the best beaches and coast in Australia. Will definitely like to come back, albeit when the weather is good.
Well, we thought it was windy in Kalbarri, but we were wrong. It seems at Kalbarri, we experienced a simple sea breeze, because at Geraldton, it was windy! The wind was so bad we had to pull down the top of the van at night just so we could get some sleep. (Not that it seemed to bother hunter, he was fast asleep. Would have been a shock though when he woke up and the roof was only centimetres from his face, noting he sleeps on the top bunk, that'll learn him!)
Anyway, Geraldton is a large town which seems to be there to support the gain industry. It has a large port with large silos, where large ships dock to export the gain grown around the area. We probably didn't get to see the best of Geraldton due to the weather, but we did have a few highlights;
- visited the HMAS Sydney memorial. The HMAS Sydney was a navy boat which sunk just off the coast after engaging a Turkish warship in the Second World War. All crew (645 i think) were lost. The memorial is on top of a hill which overlooks the town and is a great place to visit.
- played a few games of Uno, where it seems Cooper's luck may have turned. (or did we let him win?)
- visited a local watering hole, as I said, the weather was pretty ordinary so no point being outdoors.
We have organised to spend our time in Perth house sitting a house for three weeks, and with the weather being as it is and Perth now only 400 odd kms away, it couldn't come quick enough, but first, down the road is Cerventes, and fresh lobster is calling!