Well Its here again, the Easter long week end, and a plan has been put together for the family and I. We have decided to head North to the second longest river in Australia, The Murchison River. Meeting the Indian ocean under the playful fishing town of Kalbarri the river stretches over more than 820km starting its journey south of the Robinson ranges.
Our trip starts in Perth packing the trusty 76 series cruiser with all the gear we need for 4 days and nights in the bush. Leaving at 530pm Thursday afternoon we were able to make Leeman to settle for the night and catch some sleep for the next days travels.
Coming into Kalbarri we are greeted with some sight seeing including the Natural Bridge and the cliffs facing west posing as natures last defense against the surging swell and wind blowing of the Indian ocean.
Moving on we headed up the river tracks taking us to find our first camp which would hide us away from the noise of the weekenders and allowed us to kick of our shoes and let in the surroundings. Our own private beach and camp site. Cant ask for more on such a busy weekend.
After a belly full of grub the family packed themselves back into the rig and set out to a place far beyond the reach of the everyday traveler. We took the dirt road east and went to see what we could see.
After 60kms on the black stuff and 60km off the beaten track we came past a well loved 4wd destination most know as Coolcalalaya sheep station, the home of Murchison Offroad Adventures. We popped in here to say hello getting a cool beer at their Dust and Diesel bar and grill before heading around the property to check out the challenges.
After some broad wondering through the bush well off the graded road we found our prize. A quiet water hole with only the sound of birds and the rustle of some flood weathered giants to keep us company. I dropped the rig down into some washed out ruts and set up camp for the night.
We pulled up after an couple of hours in the car to find the spot had been revamped and even better than I remembered. Thanks to the the crew from Kalbarri Boat Hire & Canoe Safaris there are now seats and tables and an area to prepare and cook meals.
We were stoked to find this place in such good shape so out came the tent, beers and my newly acquired flick rod while the little fella got wet and the wife cooked up a storm.
Unfortunately we had run out of time and our jobs and responsibilities had to be addressed, so we packed it all up for the last time that weekend and headed back to Perth. 3 awesome camp sites to ourselves on such a busy weekend. There is so much land on this river, some of it will require the permission of land managers to access, but well worth the adventure. Hanging to get back up here to see what else the Murchison river is hiding from us.