Gascoyne (31st March)

 

 

We have had a good couple of weeks since leaving Jurien Bay slowly we head north and decide to do some cheap camping after spending a few weeks in caravan parks, first stop was a Coronation Beach about 30 klm past Geradton, as you drive down the hill you can see the designated camp spots that run along the beach Im guessing that this place is renown for is wind surfing and kite surfing one bloke who was camped there said he had seen as many as 70 kite surfers on the beach one weekend.

 

camping at coronation beach

camping at coronation beach

our camp at coronation beach

our camp at coronation beach

we stayed here for 5 days as it was so relaxing, the beach is nice for long walks and we went swimming every day, while being so close to Geradton, we went in and stocked up on groceries and supplies and had a good look around town, the stand out for me was the museum and the H.M.A.S. Sydney Memorial, I was lucky at the time we visited the museum they had the Australian Geographic photography exhibition so we spent a few hours having a look around and I can defiantly recommend stopping in and having a look, I think it is one of the best museums’

A replica of the traditional Dutch long boat

A replica of the traditional
Dutch long boat

we also had a quick look at the old jail house in Geradton now being use for art and hobby market, some very nice items from miniatures to jewelry, Robyn found some new pants to buy.

Geradton Jail House

Geradton Jail House

the next day we went for a drive to port Gregory as a couple of friends Lyn and Bobby told us to go have a look about 70 klm from where we were camped, it was a good drive as we went through a small town with plenty of history called Northampton so we stopped and had a good walk round first stop was the old rail station which commenced in 1874 and closed down in 1957, Northampton is the oldest town after Perth in WA this year being 150 year anniversary

St Mary Convent was built in 1936

St Mary Convent was built in 1936

St Mary Church

St Mary Church

along the way after leaving Northampton we came across some old ruins and machinery.

Port Gregory

Port Gregory

Ruins Near Port Gregory

Ruins Near Port Gregory

we finally got to Port Gregory after many stops along the way and found yet another beautiful beach where we spent the rest of the day lounging around and swimming.

Port Gregory

Port Gregory

Northampton Rail

Northampton Rail

so after spending some time near Geradton we moved on to Hamelin pool to look at some Stromatolites, they are funny looking things that trap sediment from the sea they are living fossil’s that are thousands of years old. approx. (3.5 billion years)

Stromatolites

Stromatolites

from Hamelin Pool we were going to go to Denham but decided to detour and go to a more secluded spot on the coast further north called Gladstone, as we turned off the hwy we came across some very corrugated dirt road it was about 10klm off the hwy to the camp spot slow going and quite rough but well worth it when we got to the end of the road.

Going into Gladstone

Going into Gladstone

The one thing we see a lot of here and along the sides of the Hwy is hundreds of feral sheep and goats, lots of goats we have had to pull a dozen times to let the herds of them cross the hwy, thinking I might need a Bullbar soon.

feral sheep and goats

feral sheep and goats

Jetty at Gladstone camp

Jetty at Gladstone camp

so to end this chapter I managed to get some great photo’s of calmed seas and the best sunset I have ever seen.

Robyn with the rainbow shinning on here

Robyn with the rainbow shinning on here

Calm Seas

Calm Seas

Sunset at Gladstone

Sunset at Gladstone

18 Comments

  1. Peter

    hi fellow travelers, I just came across your web site and its a beauty just wanted to say thanks for the heads up with Gladstone it looks like some think we would like, we have just left perth and on our way up to jurien bay, we also love that place but never herd of Gladstone until now, is it just a camp site ? thanks again.

  2. Hi Peter yes just a camp site with a jetty, flushing toilets, no shower, boar water, plenty of flat camp sites a very corrugated road getting in, thanks for your post, hope this helps

    John.

  3. Karla

    Nice one, Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. June

    Beautiful again going well we trust.

    • John

      Thank you June so glad your still looking and all is well this end we hope you and George are well we have seen some off your posts on facebook look like you have settled in nicely, give all the guys at the park our best xx

  5. Geoff and Sharon

    Hi again Robyn and John those are some beautiful photos and we love the stories behind them keep up the good work and happy travels guy’s 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. Christine and Peter

    hello again just thought I would pop in and let you know were still here, again we look forward to your posts and love following your travels, we wish we were there with you it looks like so much fun.
    robyn I have noticed your always smiling and john you take such nice photos keep them coming and stay safe
    Christine.

    • robyn congerton

      Hi Christine and Peter,
      I have to keep smiling or john beats me up lol, I’m happy to be traveling, think it will be hard to settle down when we get home.
      Thanks for posting and hope you will like the posts to come 🙂

  7. Lin & Bob (Minglinup)

    Hi John, Robyn & Jock. Glad to hear you are feeling better, and that you are able to continue your travels. Once again you have blown us away with your photos’, spectacular. Safe travels and enjoy our West coast. Lin & Bob (the black Ranga)

    • robyn congerton

      Hey black Ranga, soooooo sorry we didn’t get to catch up 🙁 maybe another time and place.
      John is having good days and bad with lots of hot flushes due to meds, but his photos are great even if i am a little bias haha, look after each other and hopefully one day we will meet again,
      love the white Ranga xxxc

  8. Bill and Rita Henry

    Hi Robyn and John – enjoy looking at your photos and what you have been up to. So sorry to hear of John’s medical troubles – nasty disease, hope you get on top of it soon. You are more or less following in our footsteps, I see. We too loved the HMAS Sydney memorial in Geraldton – stunning. We stayed a few nights at Port Gregory, really enjoyed it. Thought you might have taken some shots of the pink lake. A couple of nights ago Bill was talking to a couple in the caravan park in Tom Price, who said the only other Tasmanians they’ve come across was a couple they met at Learmonth, who had a gorgeous dog – that was obviously Jock and you guys. Their names were Ross and Ruth. They told us you are heading towards Broome. We arrived in Broome this afternoon, and have set up at Cable Beach Caravan Park. We are thinking of staying 2 to 3 weeks, so maybe we’ll have a chance to catch up again when you get here. Safe travels!

    • John

      Hello Bill and Rita thanks for posting and letting us know where you are and have been, we are not too far behind you, we have just pulled into Pardoo Station and staying for a week then up to Broome for 2 weeks so we will definitely catch up when we get there, we have booked in to the Taurangau Caravan Park in Broome (only park that allows dogs). we were going to Tom Price but decided to go to Marble Bar instead it was hot and stormy but loved that part of the Pilbara, LOL Robyn said she has some cutlery for you when we meet again 🙂 so until next week!

      • Bill and Rita Henry

        That’s great, John. Look forward to seeing you both, and Jock too. Tarangau CP is almost next door to us. Give us a call on ######### when you have arrived and settled in.

        We loved the Pilbara – such astonishing colours,patterns and structures.

        We over-nighted at Pardoo Roadhouse – probably the worst ablution block we’ve struck anywhere (like a sauna, extraction fans didn’t work, very dirty), so didn’t hang around. No doubt where you are staying is much nicer.

        See you soon. Travel safely.

  9. Amanda cooney

    Well that’s one tricky jetty not recommended after a few drinks lol but totally amazing as the rest of the photos are breathe taking as usual definitely a trip to but in our bucket wish list . Keep the camera rolling Johnny totally addicted lots of luv safe travelling luv the Cooney’s xxx

    • Thanks Mandy there are lots of these little hidden away places definitely worth heading off the black top to see them take care Cooneys love the Congo’s

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