Wildflower trail & Batavia Coast

Hey mates,

These past few weeks I had to live without internet and phone wich is surprisingly easy to do. I’m uploading from Carnarvon in the library right now. In the meantime we traveled 800 km north of Perth. This is still very close to WA’s largest city.

The escape from Perth

The first bit when we left it was so hectic to get out of Perth and picking up Ulli, that we almost didn’t realize our road trip actually started. Also we had to do the shopping and refilling the fuel for the trip. In the end it took us much longer than expected. As we arrived pretty late at the campground; it was a race against time to set up the tent before getting dark. Not properly set up, but just ok, the cold air sweot around me. With Tanja and Ulli sleeping in the car and me in the tent, we survived our first night in a overnight camping place near Guilderton. The campsite was next to the Moore River taming with birdlife, so we would find out later this one was one of the pretty ones.

To flower or not to flower

The road took us through Neerabup and Yanchep NP where most wildflowers did not bloom yet. Instead of watching flowers we ended up baking pancakes in Lancelin. Our first cooked meals! They were tasty and sweet 🙂 As Lancelin had not much more to offer we decided to go up to the wildflower region. Before reaching the place we got to the Pinnacles in Wambung NP. The light and changing colours of these ancient petrified trees were astonishing and hard to capture with a camera. I found it more looking like a moon landscape. The information signs and information centre were very informative and I learned new things in my field I didn’t know about so much. Due the fact we stayed for sunset at the pinnacles we had to drive in the dark to a day rest area (prohibited to camp). At least we stayed close to the national parks in the wildflower area.

One of these parks is Leseuer NP where I climbed Mt Leseuer and found so many endemic species of wildflowers. Surprisingly the flowers here don’t bloom at once, but species after species. Very different from back home where spring initiates almost all plants to flower. Just have a look at the pictures.