A hop, skip and a jump…..
We’ve traveled down the West Coast, across the Nullabor and up the Centre in a very short space of time. Travelling this quick is not recommended unless you are pushed for time (if this is the case pick a shorter route than the whole country) otherwise you can miss so much. We are lucky because most of the places we are passing through on our return to Queensland are places we have been before.
It really has been a time of extremes we have covered three states (and territories) in the past few weeks and the temperatures have been extreme. At the moment we are cooking with gas in the Centre, with days pushing 39 degrees. While only a few days ago in Adelaide we had to purchase beanies, jumpers and gloves because of the chilly mornings and nights.
Our country never fails to surprise and amaze.
Goodbyes are never easy but in this day and age they no longer mean forever either. We have closed the chapter on our time in the Pilbara and are moving on to new and exciting prospects. What an adventure!
On Thursday I drove the 6 hour return trip to pick up my folks from the Karratha airport and also drop off our little kitty cat for his big flight across to Brisbane, QLD. The things you do for pets. In the essence of leaving things to the last minute I was rushing to the airport when I happened to get a flat tyre about 3km from the airport……after years of driving on dirt and regional road I get a flat in the thriving metropolis of Karratha. With only minutes to spare and huge thanks to a good Samaritan we got Billy to his flight within the nick of time and Dad’s introduction was helping me change the tyre in the immense heat.
We had a wonderful night catching up at the station and saying our good-byes. We have really worked with some wonderful people and made firm friendships for life.
Friday it was time to drive South away from our Pilbara existence and stretch our travel legs for the first time in 12 months. This time we have a new addition to our travelling circus, a 98 Landrover Defender (photos to come!) Shaun his driving his new pride and joy while I tow the camper behind the Colorado. We made a quick stop off at Nanutarra Roadhouse and the out-station and then onto Coral Bay.
Ooops Sarah forgot to book accommodation!! It’s a bit warm for the camper yet so lucky the caravan park had a few options yet even though it’s a long weekend. Another mishap….was funnily enough with the Colorado not the defender. Driving along the road towards Coral Bay, Exmouth, a flapping sound commenced, stopped and yahoo no more air-conditioning!!! It was so hot outside!!! And our nice, fancy car had no air-con while the Defender’s air-con was freezing up. Lucky we carry spare belts and Shaun’s already got it replaced.
A lot of snorkeling, reading and relaxing is occurring at Coral Bay as we unwind from a very hectic 12 months of work.
A constant state of awe. That was what the last twelve months held for us. We had a massive adventure living and working in the Pilbara. Our jobs consumed us twenty-four/seven and we loved every minute but it left no time for blogging. Our experience was a steep learning curve and we learnt so much there is no looking back. We have learnt the importance of family and friends, but most of all we learnt the importance we hold in each other’s lives. Money, power, title means nothing if you don’t have each other.
There is a photo essay post to follow with our year in the Pilbara in pictures. We hope you enjoy looking at the past year through our eyes.
Going forward we are heading back towards QLD, heading South down the West Coast, across the Nullabor, down to Adelaide than back up the Centre (our favourite part of Australia), a visit to Uluru and then cutting back across to Queensland to write another chapter. We encourage your feedback and recommendations on places we should stop along the way.
We are sharing this next trip with our families. There are so many beautiful places across this wide, brown land we could go back to most places time and time again. Travel and exploring is always better when you are sharing the experience with those close to you.
One of the most common questions we get asked about our travels is “Where is your favourite place?” To be honest the answer is everywhere. We are so lucky to live in such a diverse and varied country. No two places are ever the same. They may look or feel the same but when you scratch the surface they are worlds apart.
Of course we do prefer certain places over others. For example we prefer the outback over the city and we prefer free camping over caravan parks. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. Sometimes it’s nice to visit a city for a few nights to spoil ourselves and sometimes you do feel more secure staying at a caravan park then at a road side stop.
We have decided to do a series of articles/blog posts to showcase our preferred destinations. The places we stop at for one night and end up staying for longer. The destinations we are already planning to come back to before we have even left. Believe us there are a lot of these places scattered throughout Australia. From well-known locations that everyone knows about to those areas that not many have even heard about let alone visited.
Our first special destination is: Welford National Park, QLD
Keep following our blog to keep up to date with our Special Destination Series. Feedback is more than welcomed.
Bye for Now