Roadtrip in Western Australia – part 3: ”Amazing red gorges in Kalbarri”

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Welcome to this series of articles about a roadtrip in Western Australia. There is a lot of ways to do the west coast of course. We did a short roadtrip, 18 days in a campervan and from today and onwards you will be able to follow our trip through my articles and photos. This is part 3. Enjoy!

In the map below you can see where we have been.

I drag my paddle through the water one more time. Leanne infront of me do the same. The double kayak cut absolutely silent through the clear and azur blue water. We spending our day in Kalbarri National Park. The breeze from the Indian Ocean cools my face and that’s nice because it’s really hot today. There are no clouds as far I can see and the sun is burning. The smell of sunscreens is constant and the views are, like always, amazing. I lean back in the kayak and lay down. Just stare at the light blue sky, with nothing but just sky, is quite relaxing. I can dream away but why should I when the now is so good.

Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund

The blue kayak we decided to rent for a couple of hours slides up in the wet sand. After a bit of a paddle in the lagoon where the Murchison River meets the ocean we want to cross the sand bit on the other side to see the majestic Indian Ocean.

There is tour companies thats offers full and half day kayaking on the river upstream but we slept too long to be there in time. But it doesn’t matter. I dig a little bit in to the sand with the tip of my toes and enjoy the view. I breath in with my nose and smile. The smell of the ocean.

Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund

Just a couple of hundreds meters from where we are, big waves breaks on the shore. A pretty cool thing to watch. A never ending show from mother nature itself. Dangerous though, we stay away at safe distance.

When we jump into the kayak again I’m still hoping to spot that dolphin we saw in these shallow water the night before, but no luck. I take another sip from my water bottle and make sure my hat covers my face before we head back to the main beach. It’s really hot and the sun here can be dangerous.

Even if we now that the flies going to be hell of enjoying little buggers we decide to drive east in the national park to go for a walk in the Murchison gorge at Eagle Rock. The sweat is dripping from my forehead and my shirt is pretty much covered by those flies. Leanne comes up with swearword after swearword and waving with her hands to get the flies of her face.

Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund
Photo: Patrik Enlund

But every fly and sweat drop is worth what’s coming up. I never seen nature like this. I’ve seen a lot, but the red deep gorge, the high cliffs, the rock formations and the bushland is nothing I experienced before. It’s hot and it’s dry and even if I’m an ocean person this is just beautiful. The patterns in the red rocks on the side which is shaped by water that through the years made this gorge is unbelievable. I sit down on the edge and let my feet dangling while I scan the scenery slowly. When it comes to things that are made over hundred millions of years ago just by nature I’m blown away.

A little lizard run away when it hears our heavy foot steps. After a another 10-15 minute walk downhill on nature made steps we stand at the bottom of the gorge. After a long summer and a long time without rain there is not much water down here.

I wipe the sweat from the forehead away and sighs. This is so cool.

patrik

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