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Australia - 2005-04-30 - 1 - Karijini National Park - Drive

When we had gotten to Port Headland the night before we first went into town looking for a rest stop where we could stay for free. What we found did not look very good, the rest stop seemed to be in a bad area of town & it was all vandalized. The city itself was very industrial looking (salt production). It might have been a big city, but it has no tourist appeal at all. One of the reasons for this, was that on the 601 kilometer drive from Broome we saw nothing interesting at all, not even a tourist sign. The drive from Broome to Port Headland was the worst drive of the entire trip. So considering there is no reason for people to go there, I think Port Headland puts nothing into there tourist industry. We ended up going back out of the city to a "campground" at the petrol station. It was basically just some grass sectioned off, not a place you would stay at unless you were stuck in-between spots like we were. We determined that we probably could not free camp at this place because it did look like they would be the type of people who paid attention. Considering the lack of things there we did ending up paying quite a bit for the site. But it was the only real option we had left at that point.

The next morning we took off to the South for Karijini National Park. We did have a small issue which was that we missed a turnoff & ended up going about 70 kilometer before we saw the first sign to let us know that we were going the wrong way. I had told Adrian that there was going to be a turnoff we needed to take, but did not specify an exact distance. I was working on my laptop so I did not see the sign & he also missed it. It was a little frustrating because there was really nothing to see on that road, so it was a wasted 140 kilometers, plus the cost of petrol makes it an expensive mistake. We did however make it back to the correct turnoff & then drove the remaining 250k to get the park.

Once we started getting close to Karijini National Park the landscape started getting more interesting. Most of these pictures were taken from the moving truck. The last 10 were from just outside the park & you can really start to see the deep red rock color & fragmented formations that I came to remember the park by. The contrast of the colors of yellow, green & shades of red are also something that stuck in my mind from what I saw in the park.

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