HDP: Traveling Around Australia, Weeks 18 ~ 20

So, there’s been a lot on ‘nothing’ out there and most of the time, we’ve had little or no phone/internet coverage. So far, we’ve travelled just over 17,000 kilometres – it’s a BIG country out here!

We left Exmouth and made our way to Karijini National Park (KNP) which we’d been told not to miss, via Tom Price – a Rio Tinto mining town. Along the way, The Pilbara Region of Western Australia (WA) decided it was ‘spring time’ in the middle of winter (mind you, we’re having around 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit) and put on an amazing show of wildflowers which made our travel slow – stopping at almost every crop! Needless to say, the journey was slow 🙂 Luckily for me, I was armed with anti histamines as I’ve learned from previous times, that I’m allergic to wild flowers – even so, it made photographing them interesting through watering eyes 😐

KNP has no power, phone or wi-fi reception, nor does it encourage the use of modern technology, leaving you instead to enjoy nature as it should be enjoyed. I learned here that my fitness level for walks through gorges is Level 4 which didn’t do my rolled ankle any good! After walking down Dales Gorge, I decided to stick to the lookouts and flat surfaces in order to encourage my ankle to heal (which by the way is still swollen after 8 weeks!). Mr Oz, however, had no limit with fitness levels so I photographed him where I could marvelling at the ease with which he makes his way down what seemed to me, impassable areas.

Then, we headed to Marble Bar which has an amazing outcrop of what was first thought to be marble (hence the name) but it turns out it’s actually Jasper! These outcrops looked like candy sticks and most unreal! Marble Bar holds a couple of records: 1 for being the hottest town in Australia and 2 for being part of the largest Shire in the world! Not bad for a small little outback country town!

I’ll let you see what I’ve been talking about in this gallery of photos in no particular order. Remember, you can double click on an image to enlarge it and hover with your mouse to find the location!

I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.

As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂


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My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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16 Responses to HDP: Traveling Around Australia, Weeks 18 ~ 20

  1. These are gorgeous shots, but I must admit I prefer to walk on flat ground. 🙂 And, I can live for great lengths of time without wi fi but I do prefer electricity. I guess I shouldn’t move Australia to the top of my bucket list unless I toughen up. 🙂

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  2. Marie says:

    Beautiful shots. I too prefer flat lands but destination at the end of a slope is worth it, most of the time. 🙂 Enjoy the sounds of nature instead of smart phones.

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  3. Sammy D. says:

    These are stupendous (what’s the Aussie word for that?!?) i kept thinking I’d seen my favorite … Until I saw the next one. Rocks – colors, shapes, touch – they are so fascinating. Keep the photos coming; thank you SO MUCH!

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  4. GF-Chopstix says:

    Beautiful photos! The marble bar is spectacular. Those rocks look very damp and slippery – don’t look easy to climb. The flock of cockatoos is gorgeous. Are they very noisy?

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  5. Emily says:

    Oh my gosh, those photos are just incredible. I cannot wait for my chance to go and see it all for myself!

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  6. kazg10 says:

    Fantastic photos of our wonderful country Sonia, really well done. They capture so much of what and who we are. Cant wait for the next instalment. 🙂

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    • Thank you Kaz. I hadn’t thought about it actually, but now that you’ve mentioned it, it does capture the essence of Australia – specially the outback. Up till now, I was recording our travels, so thank you for pointing that out 🙂

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