The untouched beauty of Millstream-Chichester National Parl
Millstream, Western Australia
We had first planned to go into Millstream via the Rio Tinto Access road but after fleeing the pouring rain in Karijini it wasn't an option! On our way out of Karratha, we thought we would ask the information centre for the best way in. The young girl, "um probably the access road, but you need to watch a video first". After leaving Tara in the car for over half an hour Tristan emerged with a permit for the road, but he still had no idea of which road it was, as there was two roads in. We took the one that was closer to Karratha. Turns out it wasn't the permit road at all and it was sealed for the majority! Larry was happy and it was safe to say that Judy was suitably impressed. Tristan was driving on the wrong side of the road for most of the journey as he was trying to catch a glimpse of the Iron Ore trains.
As we pulled into the Miliyanha campground we were pretty impressed with the set out. After a quick set up of Judy and a solar panel set up (we were unpowered), it was off to check out the old station homestead. A beautiful old building that had been done up and changed so many times over the years. For now it's a visitor centre. The lily pond pool was just stunning- the deepest and most crystal clear water to date. An absolute oasis in the heart of the Pilbara. We spent the afternoon relaxing and taking everything in. That night we were met by the volunteer camp hosts Jim and Flo. These two were in their seventies and were just so friendly and accommodating, we just loved them both! They had been volunteering in WA National Parks for 10 years- champions!
The next day it was out to do the Snappy Gum drive, 35kms of river gums, red dirt and small river crossings. Then it off to Python Pool for the afternoon- A short walk through the dry river bed and we were there, a beautiful pool with a stunning rock escarpment. Just amazing!
Millstream-Chichester You were small but well worth it!