On our last morning at Geraldton we visited the museum which was fantastic for the children they had a read and find hunt of information and a list for the children to each lick off (Bianca’s was pictures only) and they worked their way around the exhibits looking and reading a number of different topics. It was a fascinating museum with a lot about the history of the area, the local indigenous people and the many ship wrecks off the coast – including a number of dutch shipwrecks from as early as 1600’s.
These ruins were interesting as they were for convict labour hire – WA was a free settlement – no convicts were held or sent here other than to work as labour to lay roads, buildings and other infrastructure.
Kalbarri has a beautiful river and some resident pelicans which come and receive a few fish very morning for the tourists pleasure. The kids loved this and it was fun to see the Pelicans feeding up close.
We headed further up the coast to a lovely little town on the coast called Kalbarri – we were lucky to time our arrival for the last weekend of the WA school holidays as we had not booked and only just got a river front camp due to some others vacating them earlier that morning. Kalbarri is set on the mouth of the Murchison River which normally boasts crystal clear aqua coloured water but following the northern floods and the cyclone as few weeks earler the river was running brown (not unlike the mighty Murray) none the less the town is very pretty and it is easy to see why it attracts people for the costal vistas, river and ocean sports and in addition it is next to some beautiful river gorges in the Kalbarri National Park.
We stayed in the Anchorage Caravan Park which had a pool which the kids loved we headed down to the little local surf beach Jakes where Andrew and Aaron again caught a few waves and the girls had a paddle. Set among rocks the little surf beach was beautiful and at the entry to Kalbarri there are many cliff lookouts similar to the Ocean Road only with more red rock providing a stunning contrast to the blue sky and Indian Ocean.
Regrettably our visit was also timed to coincide with about a billion bush flies. Andrew was encouraging the kids on a hot afternoon walk to a gorge lookout he said “come on I know you are hot and bothered but its not much further” and Aaron quickly returned with “I am more bothered (by the flies) than I am hot!” The walk out to the gorge look outs were worth the effort and ice cream bribes as the views were really gorgeous. It felt like we could have spent more time here but we had to move on.