Well due to the incoming and unforeseeable weather the North west was producing we decided to cancel our trip to the Murchison area and turn our travels to the south west this long weekend. A new trip was required but something not too hard that we would drive each other round the bend as this is the only the second camping trip out with my young fella, the first being an overnight stay on the beach a coupe of weeks ago. I am slowly lengthening the trips bit by bit to see how the little fella goes, this time being a 4 day and 3 night ordeal.
So I plotted a rough course south from Sawyers valley to get us down to a new camp ground in the woodlands of Dryandra.
We packed up and off we went jumping off at Sawyers Valley and slowly winding south through Wandoo NP and had a play around in Mundaring state forest.
Crossing the Brockton Highway we past the Lupton conservation reserve and finally got our wheels on the York Williams road which took us in comfort the rest of the way to Dryandra.
Dryandra used to be worked by logging companies for a fair while and seems to have been acquired by DEC, rehabilitated and turned into a camp and recreation area in the more recent years. A really nice place to take the kids and spend the night under the stars. Well the locals like it.
The next day we set off to break through to Welington Dam. Dropping into Williams for a fuel up and water refill we pointed south west and took a scenic drive through Muja state forest popping out just out of Collie. We though we might try and match the lil tonka against the big guns in the area. The monkeybucket was feeling a bit outgunned.
Finally we set off for Wellington dam to find a spot for the night. Things soon got a little bit hairy as a small mistake almost left me in a pile of poo when the back end of the rig slid down and bogged into the dam. The wife was trying her best to keep her opinions to herself and made sure she took as many photos as she could while I set about solving our problem.
Next day we had to meet family at the Wild bull brewery but had 4 hours to burn so we crossed the ford and hit up Lennards 4wd track for a bit of fun.
Those pesky March flies where out for blood and had me stomping out a rain dance. What we found after and deep within the Mountain was worth the drive. Some real 4wd challenges that had me thinking for a bit.
After lunch and a couple of ales we set off to find camp for the night with Balingup in our sites. Heading east we hit a trail that took us south through the Wellington state forest and then on through Wilga state forest popping us out just a few clicks east of Balingup.
After refueling there we decides we would ride some black stuff out past Nannup to a place we always passed by but never visited, Barrabup pool. We managed to sneak into a spot in the Workers camp area and set up for the night. With a bit of sleep I woke up to rain and this in the morning. Such a nice area. Well worth the extra kilometers.
After the rain buggered off we packed up and headed for lunch up at the Balingup pub. Well worth the stop for there awesome lunch and dinner time menu. We were soon on our way home home to join the rest of the rat race for another week.