Western Australia wrap up!!!

Our WA stats are: 9 1/2 months or 295 days 31,492 kms, 59 camp set ups 16 national parks Our top 5’s are (in no particular order): Nik –         Steep Point, Karijini National Park, Francois Peron National Park, Gibb River Road and Esperance. Amy-        The Gibb River Road, Steep Point, Margaret River, Broome (for theContinue reading “Western Australia wrap up!!!”

Lake Argyle, Western Australia

Our next destination after Knx was Lake Argyle, only 70kms down the road, therefore we arrived nice and early and securing our spot in the usual caravan line up. We had heard on the grapevine and from fellow travellers that you had to get there early in order to secure a powered site and thankfullyContinue reading “Lake Argyle, Western Australia”

The Gibb River Road Again, Western Australia

Finally, after spending the morning doing all the last minute jobs like collecting meat from the butcher, filling the gas bottle, checking the post office one last time for mail, filling up with diesel and most importantly grabbing a decent coffee we headed out of Broome for the last time. Our jobs had taken thatContinue reading “The Gibb River Road Again, Western Australia”

Purnululu National Park ( Bungle Bungles), Western Australia.

From El Questro it wasn’t long before we made it back onto the bitumen and turned right, our destination for today was Purnululu National Park. Purnululu actually translates to mean sandstone in the local Kija Indigenous language, a much more appropriate name than the Bungle Bungles, I think anyway. Purnululu National Park was officially declaredContinue reading “Purnululu National Park ( Bungle Bungles), Western Australia.”

The Gibb River Road, part three, Western Australia.

As nice as the scones were at Ellenbrae Station, we set off the next morning, all very excited, as finally the day had come where we were actually going to cross the famous Pentecost River. A very distant 8 years ago I had cut out a photo of a car crossing the Pentecost with theContinue reading “The Gibb River Road, part three, Western Australia.”

The Gibb River Road, part two. Western Australia.

From Manning Gorge we had a big day planned, heading to Drysdale Station and then onto King Edward River campground, en-route to Mitchell Falls. The drive along the GRR to the turn off was pretty uneventful with the road being in pretty good nick, however once we hit Kalumburu Rd we encountered the worst roadContinue reading “The Gibb River Road, part two. Western Australia.”

The Gibb River Road, part one. Western Australia.

The idea that was to become OZLAP was initially born from our desire to drive the iconic Gibb River Road in the remote Kimberley region, in northern WA. We really wanted to do it, but didn’t want to have to rush and fit it in to our measly 4 weeks of annual leave that weContinue reading “The Gibb River Road, part one. Western Australia.”

Middle Lagoon and Cape Leveque, Western Australia.

After a short stop over in Broome to restock food and water we decided to head out of town, heading north up the Cape Leveque Rd towards the Dampier Peninsula. The road is one of the roughest roads we had been on, so our first 85km was a bone rattling slow process. However all goodContinue reading “Middle Lagoon and Cape Leveque, Western Australia.”

Millstream- Chichester National Park, Western Australia.

From Karijini we had decided to drive along the private Rio Tinto Rd for which we had the permit for, it wasn’t really a short cut more a case of going the more adventurous way. And what an adventure it was, with both Fiona (from Mols on Patrol) and I taking the wheel and steeringContinue reading “Millstream- Chichester National Park, Western Australia.”

Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Karijini National Park had always been on our wishlist, we have seen so many photos and in the last 12 months have heard so many fantastic reviews that there was no doubt that we would make a bee line straight for it. Our stay here coincided with 2 things, firstly the WA school holidays andContinue reading “Karijini National Park, Western Australia”

Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia.

We left Carnarvon bright and early as we had a few kilometres to travel today. The drive was uneventful and we made it to Coral Bay for an early lunch. And it seems that at least 500,000 other people were in Coral Bay too and it wasn’t even school holidays yet!!!! After lunch we hadContinue reading “Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia.”

Carnarvon, Western Australia

After an action packed stay at Hamelin Station we, along with our mates the Leeds, were ready to move onto our next destination, Carnarvon, some 200km up the road. Carnarvon, ‘the hub of the Gascoyne’, is situated on the mouth of the Gascoyne River, between Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef, and is renowned for itsContinue reading “Carnarvon, Western Australia”

Hamelin Station, Francois Peron National Park & surrounds, WA

When we left Kalbarri we decided to ‘wait out’ Easter at a station stay we had discovered called Murchison Off Road Adventures, about 130km north east, inland off the highway. We arrived just before lunch and quite frankly were not impressed, the toilets were covered in filth and when we were told to head outContinue reading “Hamelin Station, Francois Peron National Park & surrounds, WA”

Jurien Bay, The Pinnacles and surrounds, WA

It was a good feeling to be back on the road again, heading to unknown places, and to be heading north. When we had decided to do this trip it was mainly because we wanted to see and spend quite a bit of time exploring northern WA, so finally after 14 months of travelling itContinue reading “Jurien Bay, The Pinnacles and surrounds, WA”

Mandurah part 1, WA, 2016.

1st January to 2nd March. The beginning of 2016 for OZLAP involved early mornings, very early mornings in fact, particulary for Mr OZLAP, Nik, who had scored a temporary contract as a qualified Greenkeeper at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. This contract involved preparing and getting the course ready for the Perth International tournament which was isContinue reading “Mandurah part 1, WA, 2016.”

Mandurah and Christmas, 2015, WA

27th November to 31st December After a relatively quick drive up the freeway we arrived at Chateau De Burton, AKA as my aunty Robyn and uncle Max’s gorgeous house just north of Mandurah. We quickly set up and spent the rest of the day catching up with Rob and Max. Over the next couple of days weContinue reading “Mandurah and Christmas, 2015, WA”

Margaret River and the South West, Part Two, Western Australia.

16th November to 27th November. Our first trip to Hamelin Bay to view the mantra rays was unsuccessful, so never ones to give up we decided to head there on another much sunnier day. We eventually found a carpark as it was quite busy and proceeded to walk down the sand path to the beach.Continue reading “Margaret River and the South West, Part Two, Western Australia.”

Margaret River and the South West, Part One, Western Australia.

16th November to 27th November. After yet another amazing drive through some stunning forests we arrived at our next stop, a farmstay about 10 minutes south of Margaret River. Big Valley Campsite/ Caravan Park is actually a working sheep station that has a caravan park/ campsite attached to the homestead. It has 2 areas with 2Continue reading “Margaret River and the South West, Part One, Western Australia.”

Quinninup, Pemberton, Windy Harbour and Manjimup, WA

12th November to 16th November Our next destination was a place called Quinninup, about 30km south of Manjimup and 30km east of Pemberton. Nik had found this little gem of a caravan park on Wikicamps, they had a lot of great reviews and were a hell of a lot cheaper than all the other parksContinue reading “Quinninup, Pemberton, Windy Harbour and Manjimup, WA”

Cape Le Grand National Park, WA

29th October to 2nd November. WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS FAR MORE PHOTOS THAN WORDS…….THE WORDS SOMEHOW PALED IN COMPARISON TO THE IMAGES. Don’t worry I’ll make up for it in the next blog…… After we bade farewell to Shannon, Gerard and the kids we made our way about 45kms east of Esperance to the infamousContinue reading “Cape Le Grand National Park, WA”

The Nullarbor (yes the blog is as long as the drive too). SA & WA

8th October to 14th October After we left Coorabie and Fowlers Bay, we headed west to begin our Nullarbor adventure. Our first stop was at Nundroo Roadhouse, famous for being home to 2.5million wombats, for Nik to play hole 4 of the Nullarbor Links, which at this stage he is happy with as he isContinue reading “The Nullarbor (yes the blog is as long as the drive too). SA & WA”