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Thursday, May 14, 2009


Well, here we are in sunny down-town Meekatharra! Am sitting writing this in our 'luxury' accommodation here at the hotel! ;) It was a freebie owed to Annie so a free room/feed is good!!We left Tom Price Tuesday morning and headed for a quick look at Mount Nameless with its awesome views and very cute critters... this is a very large Bungarra (Monitor), maybe a Perentie or a Goulds Monitor...

...and a tiny Rock Wallaby, happily posed for us as well!
We then continued on to Hammersely Gorge and Kalamina Gorge - both fantastic and very powerful places to be.

After seeing the beautiful gorges we headed to The Karijini Eco Resort and set up our camp... photos to follow! This was such a beautiful spot - fantastic setting. We had a drink at the bar before having dinner at the Eco Restaurant - superb food in amazing surroundings. Set off about 10am for a look at Oxer lookout where all the major gorges converge and the beautiful memorial for SES volunteer worker, Jim Regan who lost his life tragically in 2004, in an effort to save an injured tourist in the gorge. Both Annie's daughters are SES volunteers and were involved in the same rescue and were lucky to survive! BE CAREFUL!!! These places are stunning but they can also also dangerous.

We then set off for Newman to do a few things in town, had a minor hiccup there with loose battery cable, ably attended to by our on-board mechanic, Annie!! This left us a bit late in continuing on to Meekatharra (me driving!) so we arrived about 7.40pm at the hotel! Bit of a challenge driving in the dark with cows and other critters on the road, not to mention the HUGE roadtrains! Had a quick clean up in our room, then headed for the front bar where 2 fabulous pub meals awaited us. Good stuff! Back in our room it wasn't long before there was a bit of alcohol fuelled 'activity' outside and the gates to the hotel carpark were shut and locked!!

As it is now after 10am we must away! Will add many photos, I promise. We are now heading for Malcolm Dam, a free camp outside Leonora and next stop after that will be Laverton, which will probably abe the next update.
Until then - take care! :)