the illusive kangaroos – day 5

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
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It looks like this, to start
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The road is a few miles from the sea so we head over a few times
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And again to a place called Two Rocks
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And to a small town on an estuary
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Down a great strip of road with these on both sides. Apparently they’re Ghost Gums
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The next town we stop at is Lancelin and we have lunch on the beach
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The water is clear with reefs close to shore
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A person fishing off a dock
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Then out and it’s like this
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Suddenly there are dunes close to the road to the east
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We go for a walk
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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
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These appear suddenly
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They range in height from small to about 10 feet tall
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Up close the texture is like this
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From a hill, the view south
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And north to tall white dunes
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In the shrubs there’s a pretty climber
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Island formations
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The little road
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Then up the coast through occasional rain to Kalbarri
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To another beach town, Cervantes.

No kangaroos today
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