Auf dem Weg nach Norden sahen wir am Rande des Stewart-Cassiar Highways zum ersten Mal eine Bärin mit einem Jungen, die sich aber relativ schnell in den Wald verabschiedeten. Am Abend machten wir einen Stopp auf einem Campingplatz der Naturschutzbehörde an einem wunderschönen See, dem Boya-Lake. Und dort wurde uns zum ersten Mal richtig bewusst, dass es überhaupt nicht mehr dunkel wird. Die Abenddämmerung geht nahtlos in die Morgendämmerung über. Die Zeit dazwischen hat etwas Magisches, es ist hell, aber ganz ruhig. Die innere Uhr ist da natürlich komplett verwirrt, vor allem weil man ja im Zelt nicht einfach die Jalousien runterlassen und den Raum abdunkeln kann. Und auf diesem Zeltplatz hatten wir das erste – und eigentlich einzige Mal in Kanada – das Glück, ein Stück Grasfläche zu ergattern, auf dem wir unser Zelt aufstellen und die Zelthaken ordentlich im Boden versenken konnten. Sonst gibt’s immer nur Schotterflächen, die eigentlich nicht für Zelte, sondern für die monströsen Campingwägen (eher Zweithäuser!!) der Amis und Kanadier ausgelegt sind.
Am nächsten Morgen liehen wir uns ein Kanu aus und machten eine Tour am See. Das Wasser war so klar, wie ich es sonst noch kaum gesehen habe, aber leider ziemlich kalt. Robert war trotzdem schwimmen. Am gleichen Tag lief uns noch eine zweite Bärin über den Weg, diesmal gleich mit 3 Jungen. Süss die Kleinen, aber zu nahe kommen darf man ihnen nicht!
We liked the Karijini Park that much that we drove again there next day to visit the gorges we weren´t able to do the day before. Again it was absolutely worth it. Every gorge is so special – and so are the pools there. The gorges of this day were a bit tougher to explore because they were very narrow and sometimes we had to wade through water to reach the pool at the end of the gorge. I mean end of the gorge is not 100% right. End of the area you can access without special equipment and without tour guide.
This one was really a highlight on our trip through Western Australia. We drove really, really far (one-way something like 2000km from Perth) to get to this park, but it was worth it. We had a campsite in the town Tom Price, which is about 1h away from the national park. There would have been two campsites at the national park, but they both had only basic facilities (wouldn´t have been that bad) and both were quite exposed to the sun, meaning next to no shadow (that did matter a lot since it had something around 38 degrees during daytime).
So the park faces high temperatures and there is not so much vegetation for shadow – so on the first look it is prairie like we have seen the hundreds of kilometres before. But the Karajini National Park is special because of the gorges where water is running through. At certain areas these rivers change to little lakes and the people call them pools. They call them pools because you can do a short hike and then you can swim there. So 38 degrees at the parking lot, then it gets a bit colder during the hike down to the bottom of the gorge and then it gets very cool as soon as you are in the water. A marvellous experience with a lot of intense colours and drastic changes of the lighting – my camera produced the most time too dark or too bright pictures. At least some of them became reasonable…..
Here we had two major targets that we wanted to see – the Hot Water Beach and the Cathedral Cove. The two spots are quite near to each other located and we were lucky with the low Tide. Both attractions are mainly interesting at low tide because the hot water wells on the beach are under water at high tide and the cathedral cove – how should I say it – just see the pictures 😉 The weather was so great that we only had a short look at thermal spot of the Hot Water Beach and spent the rest of the time there at the normal beach. For the Cathedral Cove we were really just at the right time – half an hour later and we couldn´t have gone through the whole cove to the other side.
We decided to drive up the whole peninsula to Port Jackson – there is nothing except a camping site of the DOC next to the beach and 2 farms. It was such a nice place and such good weather that we extended our stay for one night. We went swimming and also a bit hiking. A Highlight for myself was also to try out to cook something with this BBQ places that ere so common here around. The result was very tasty 🙂
Before we left this place we spotted a big ship in the distance that seemed to be huge. I made a Picture and later on I seached the Internet for this ship. It is simply called “A” and belongs up to now to the Top 20 super yachts of the world. The cost for this thingy is estimated to be around 300 Million US Dollar…..