It doesn’t take much to make me happy and no happier could I have been when we went camping over the Easter weekend to get away from it all. We originally were going to head further north to the magnificent Karijini National Park, but hubby decided it was too far to do in a week (I did have a few more days off from work and thought we could do it) and the weather was still quite warm. Karijini is in the far north of the state, in the Kimberley region, one of the hottest areas of Western Australia. So we decided to head up instead to a little spot we had seen on the trip back from Mt Augustus in October last year. It turned out to be one of WA’s best kept secrets. There weren’t many people there as it is quite a way from anywhere and it really is a bush camp, well it did have nature loos, so that has to be something!!
The weather was absolutely glorious, the nights were still, the waters were calm and the fish were biting. Some friends came with us in their caravan, so we joined forces and shared their shade, while Greg put his bush skills to the test and cooked us some wonderful meals each night, using a batter recipe of his mum’s and a fabulous onion and tomato gravy to go with our bacon and eggs for breakfast. It did get warm throughout the day, but not too hot if you kept in the shade. There weren’t any trees, so we were thankful for the awning on the caravan.
We had packed plenty of food for the 3 nights, but didn’t end up eating much of it as we were given a black snapper the first night (it was Good Friday after all) and the next couple of nights, our friends went out on a small boat and did some deep sea fishing and came back with enough to feed us each night. Unfortunately I didn’t attempt going out in the boat as my balance is shot from a few bouts of vertigo. There are very strict rules for fishing anyway, so they were only able to bring home a certain limit per day, per person or per boat. The fisheries inspectors called around one afternoon to check that we knew the rules and weren’t taking more than allowed.
I have come back tanned and rested, then in a couple of days will head south to visit the grandchildren in the city. Hopefully our house will sell soon and we’ll be able to see them more often and travel some more with our tent.
Blueprint: Pirate Boy