Famously handed back to its traditional owners, the Anangu in 1985, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is just spectacular. The magnificent Uluru and Kata Tjuta were surrounded by a sea of colourful wild flowers during our visit.
Views from the bike path around the base of Uluru
Some of the flora
Walpa Gorge, Kata Tjuta
A beautiful evening watching Uluru at sunset.
Enjoyed warm hospitality and great outback access at William Creek, South Australia. Located on the Oodnadatta Track, William Creek offers close proximity to the remnants of the Ghan railway and overland telegraph, Sid Kidman’s Anna Creek and Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda). The traditional owners of the land, Arabunna co-manage the Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre National Park. A highlight of our visit was the William Creek flight over North Lake Eyre and the Anna Creek Painted Hills.
The Anna Creek Painted Hills
Lake Eyre North
Lake Eyre South
Beresford ruins (and current residents)
After Port Pirie we travelled north along the Stuart Highway, passing the southern end of Andamooka Ranges before reaching the town of Pimba, the plains of the Woomera Protected Area and opal mining town, Coober Pedy. The highway was framed by mallee scrub, saltbush, saltlakes and distant horizons. We stopped to look at Island Lagoon, Pimba. At Coober Pedy, the mining landscape and underground homes contrasted with a beautiful flush of seasonal wild flowers.
Port Pirie, last stop before we head inland. Located at the top of the Spencer Gulf, Port Pirie enjoys stunning views of the Southern Flinders Ranges. It has enormous grain silos by the wharf and claims the world’s largest lead smelter, which I have photographed below at sunset. We experienced clear, sunny days and cool nights here. Port Pirie and surrounds are home to the Nukunu people.
Above is the view from our caravan!
Quick overnight stay at Sea Lake as we start on our journey. This small, mallee town in Victoria’s wheat belt is located south of Lake Tyrrell. We were lucky to find Lake Tyrrell with water. It’s usually dry and it’s salt extracted commercially. Lake Tyrrell is on the traditional lands of the Wergaia people.
From Manjimup to Walpole, the great southern forest region of Western Australia is home to the gigantic Karri and Tingle forests. The coastline features picturesque inlets and beautiful granite beaches. We also enjoyed touring the vineyards around Denmark.
Karri Forests near Manjimup
Diamond Tree at 51m high is the third tallest that visitors to the area can climb. View from top (below)
Twenty eight parrot
Newdegate Island at Nornalup Inlet
Chorizema plants common in the forests
Valley of the Giants treetop walk
Denmark Ocean beach above and mouth of Wilson Inlet below
Green’s Pool, William Bay National Park below
The south west coast of Western Australia is full of wonderful coastal parks and attractions.
These thrombolites live at Lake Clifton, Yalgorup National Park, south of Mandurah. Formed by microorganisms, these ancient rock formations only exist in a few places in the world.
This little, colourful Jewel Spider was one of a clutter living between branches of the Tuart forest.
Beautiful Bunbury city view above and beach, below.
Busselton Jetty above and its famous train below, for those who don’t want to walk 1.8km to the end of the jetty. Some of the old jetty is still standing and supports a colourful underwater reef.
The underwater observatory attracted a curious bat fish, below.
The wonderful Ngili Caves near Yallingup with their amazing stalactite, stalagmite and shawl formations.
Coastal views along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly corner of Australia and home of the tallest lighthouse on the Mainland.
Aside from it’s pirate cow (?), the Cape is also famous as being the point of land that joins two oceans: the Southern and Indian Oceans.
Kings Park in spring provides a magnificent display of colour and form overlooking Perth and the Swan River.
Took our bikes on the ferry to Rottnest Island, where we had a wonderful time cycling from the main settlement at Thomson Bay to Cape Vlamingh (west end). The local quokka’s were everywhere and not at all shy.