Monday, August 12, 2013
Kalbarri holiday: the rest
Whose dopey idea was that "Day one", "Day two" carry on? Mine obviously while in ridiculously deluded holiday mode. So here we are weeks later, with our holiday feeling like very old news, and I'm finally getting to finish that off - and only because the washing machine broke and I am waiting for the repairman. And now Blogger is playing up yet again so I'll just slip in this short summary in case it all goes pear-shaped:
You know how lots of towns have a slogan? Well Kalbarri's is "You'll love it" and in our case they were absolutely right.
Australia has some incredible landscapes. No surprises there. But in many cases you have to travel a long, long, long way to see them. Then it costs a fortune to stay there. Then it costs another fortune if you feel like eating. Then you have to walk for miles in the stinking heat while being used as a food source by thousands of tiny creatures to get to aforementioned incredible landscape. Well Kalbarri isn't like that.
Kalbarri hands its amazing scenery over on a plate. There are breathtakingly dramatic landscapes very close to the town, with great access roads then superbly maintained short walking tracks straight to the action. We took all the warning information seriously (it gets to fifty degrees in these gorges in summer) so we wore proper shoes, took lots of water, our first aid kit, hats etc. Then we get there and are walking alongside people in jandals.
We oohed and ahhed our way over every short walk in the park and also a couple of the longer ones. We saw emus in the wild several times and my partner and daughter even saw an echidna. I snapped away furiously at postcard-worthy scenes, all the while oblivious to the fact that my camera was on the wrong setting.
We chose the perfect day for our canoe safari. Half way through the "suitable for all ages and all abilities" safari, when our shoulders were aching with the effort, my daughter and I said to each other "whose dopey idea was this?" and I could see from the look in my son's eyes that he was thinking the same over in his canoe with his cheerily paddling father. At the end of the safari when we were soaked and muddy but thrilled after seeing stunning scenery that we would never otherwise have seen, we said "whose great idea was this?" The next day when we couldn't move our arms we said "whose dopey idea was that?" I'm very pleased we did it, but I do think their "all ages and abilities" line is somewhat optimistic.
After a week we left lovely Kalbarri and headed to Geraldton. On the way up we'd been a bit disappointed with the famous "pink lake" so we checked it out again on the way back. This time we certainly were not disappointed as on this visit Hutt Lagoon was fabulously and freakishly pink.
I tend to do all the holiday planning in this household. The rule is that if I do all the research, planning and organising then nobody who has just come along for the ride is allowed to say "whose dopey idea was this holiday", but I certainly didn't hear any complaints this time. I think Kalbarri is an excellent place for a family holiday. It might not suit families who like theme park/shopping/blingy holidays, but for people who like beautiful scenery in a relaxed small town setting then I highly recommend it.
It felt like we'd really been out and explored more of Australia, which is excellent, because that, after all, is the reason we are here.