For the last few days we’ve been shopping for supplies in Perth, being a tourist, and seeing the Australian family clan.
But it’s time to go. The way the Australians tell it, the town of Perth is surrounded by kangaroos and Western Australia is infested with them. The north and east too. The first thing Aussies talk about is how dangerous they are to car and bike traffic, mostly at dawn and dusk. They also like to reach above their heads, on tiptoes, with a hand stretched high, wiggling their fingers and say they’re this big. We’ve been south of Fremantle for 4 days and haven’t seen one yet.
So we head north on a great kangaroo hunt. We’re headed up the coast.
The day’s track
It looks like this, to start
The road is a few miles from the sea so we head over a few times
And again to a place called Two Rocks
And to a small town on an estuary
Down a great strip of road with these on both sides. Apparently they’re Ghost Gums
The next town we stop at is Lancelin and we have lunch on the beach
The water is clear with reefs close to shore
A person fishing off a dock
Then out and it’s like this
Suddenly there are dunes close to the road to the east
We go for a walk
And a little further there’s sign for the Needles. we go in and there’s a 4k loop marked with small rocks through the packed sand
These appear suddenly
They range in height from small to about 10 feet tall
Up close the texture is like this
From a hill, the view south
And north to tall white dunes
In the shrubs there’s a pretty climber
The little road
Then up the coast through occasional rain to Kalbarri
To another beach town, Cervantes.
No kangaroos today