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Carnavan Western Australia

20th-24th September 2012

sunny 32 °C


We Arrived in Carnavan (approx 900km North of Perth) about lunch time and set up at the Coral Coast caravan park. Its toilet block and laundry facilities are brand new and they had a stay 2 nights get the 3rd free promotion ($70 total for 3 nights.) It was here we would meet some new friends who we would continue to travel with for the next few weeks. Bruce the Shark, Deb and Jess the dog aswell as fellow bushtacker owners Ted "Bedsores" (yes he liked a arvo nap), Narelle, Jamie my personal baby assistant and Ruby the killer Jack Russell.


The first day Cedar developed a rash and wasnt quite herself, We kept our eye on it and then I realized I had the same rash, I was aching all over and had some kind of virus that knocked me for six. 24hours spent sleeping and I was as good as gold.


Once better we took a trip to One Mile Jetty to try our luck at catching some mud crabs. The Jetty is over 100 years old and is the longest jetty in the North West of the state. We walked part way down and set the pots, surprise, surprise no luck. Whilst there a local gave us some info about a couple of spots full of Muddies. Once at the secret spot we caught and released quite a few undersize mudcrabs but nothing worth keeping.


The local farmers markets on the main street runs every saturday in peak season and is cheap and fresh, in conjunction with Morels (another fresh produce stop which is known for its fantastic dried fruit and herbs) we got all our fruit and veg for the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately there had been a stabbing in Carnavan the day before we arrived so they put a limit on the amount of alcohol you could buy to 1 six pack per day. We also visited town beach and I must admit this is the first time I actually enjoyed my stay in Carnavan instead of my usual "Get me the hell out of this Shit hole thoughts "


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Gladstone WA

sunny 28 °C


We left Dongara and continued heading North to a small campground called Gladstone. Definately worth staying here either as a stopover or for a few days to kick back and unwind. There are 2 composting toilets here and nothing else as far as facilities however for $5.50 a night per adult, it is a bargain for the great ocean views and peace and quiet.
The old Gladstone port still has visible signs of a 100 year old jetty which still partly stands today. This jetty was once used by boats carrying wool and sandalwood to ports further South.
There is a boat ramp in the area, allowing you to launch your dinghy and try your luck at fishing. However our family opted for a sunset walk and an early night watching the new satellite TV.


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17th - 19th September 2012

semi-overcast 25 °C


5 years of planning and the time has finally come, we drive out the driveway and anxiously head North not knowing what adventures lie ahead for our family of 4. Mum(me), Dad (Ben), Baby (Cedar 19 months) and Tyson our Trusty 12 year old Dog. Our home for the next year is a 18ft Bushtracker Caravan and Toyota 200 Series, hardly roughing it yet a lot less spacious then our home of 5 years which we sold " to live the dream"

IMG_0066.jpgIMG_0029.jpgOur first stop, 351 km north of Perth is Dongara Big 4 Caravan Park, $33 a night, Dog friendly and nice clean ammenities. It is on the beachfront and just a short stroll to the " Beautiful Marina". We spent most of our short stay in Dongara just kicking back or going for walks around the town.


Dongara town is aimed towards both the young and old and we made use of 4 of the play equipment stops with our baby girl. Big kid: Ben also made use of the skatepark, proving he still had all the moves (he told me to write that.) The town is adjacent to an estuary and some cute historic churches and buildings.

Not a great deal to do here but definitely worth a stop for a few nights in this cute little Rock Lobster Sea town. If your wardrobe needs a refill check out the little surf shop on the main street, great sales and friendly staff.


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