After leaving Lucky Bay I headed back to Esperance to find a Laundromat, and washing done and dried I travelled towards Ravensthorpe. I hadn’t really thought about where I would stay tonight, but checked out my Camps Book and settled on Munglinup Beach.(NO phone, NO internet!) I hated it! Not fair, I suppose, to make such a judgement because I only stayed overnight, but the road in for about 19kms was rough and dusty corrugation, I wasn’t feeling 100%, the beach was covered in weed, and it was late in the afternooon when I got there and I kept thinking about that horrible road that I had to go out on the next day. I couldn’t wait to leave and get it over with so I was up early the next morning and headed back along that bone-shattering red dust road.
WikiCamps came up with my next overnighter – Tozers Bush Camp on the way to Bremer Bay. I am so sorry I didn’t take any photos here to show you the fanastic set up here.
Funny how something makes you lean favourably toward one thing or another. As a kid we had camping friends by the name of Tozer, and as the reviews in WikiCamps were ok I rang ahead and Robert Tozer assured me there was a spot for me. There was a spot alright – I was the only one there! What a shame this place isn’t better known. Robert has done a great job levelling a lot of sites and has built one of the best amenities blocks I have ever seen. Fantastic hot showers and toilets – luxury – and you should see the Happy Hour/Camp Kitchen he has there. It’s massive, with a huge deck that overlooks his land, and great facilities inside. I finally had internet access here, basically for the first time at a place I had stayed since the start of my journey about two weeks ago . That alone was worth the $20 a night fee – which is probably a bit over the top for what is there. I wish there had been more campers here to enjoy the Camp Kitchen and Happy Hour with, but Robert left to go back to his home in Bremer Bay and I was left with the internet and a brilliant night sky for company. He did say, though, that when the wildflowers are in bloom, he expects his camp to fill up and he has made walk trails over the property for his guests to make the most of what he has to offer here.
I must admit I was a little nervous for the first time ever as I really was in the middle of no-where, and alone! That is, except for the big green frog in the toilet! I left Robert a copy of my Green Frog poem when I departed the next day.
I decided to head to Cape Riche for a few days, and what a good choice that turned out to be. (apart from NO phone and NO internet again).
The little birds were really friendly here and hopped all around me – they were kind enough to let me take a couple of photos, too. The one on the left is a White Browed Scrub Wren and the one on the right is a Splendid Blue Wren that becomes a vivid all over blue when it is mating – little show off!
Found this photo on the internet to show the colour that little fellow becomes when he is breeding. Now, what female could resist him!
I spent a couple of quiet days here and on my last night I was invited to Happy Hour at a neighbouring camp. When I got there I discovered there were three guys on a fishing trip – and me! I drank far too much red wine and staggered back to my camp in my wobbly boots after Noel, Peter and Nigel had cooked up a storm for dinner, which they shared with me. Feeling much the worse for wear the next day I started the day with Panadol and a bottle of water but think I probably should have had it the night before instead of all that wine! The fellas cooked me bacon and eggs for breakfast the next day and while they headed off with their boat to catch some fish I packed up and I was ‘on the road again’!
The amount I am spending on petrol is killing my budget – I need to find a place and just prop for a while. I decided to go to Parry Beach.
April 29, 2014 at 3:20 am
I’m enjoying your stories about your travels.. In the absence of doing it myself at this stage…
April 29, 2014 at 9:20 am
Thank you! And I look forward to seeing you on the road when the time is right for you
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April 29, 2014 at 11:17 am
Im curious as to how long you have been on the road and what prompted you to start… Also can you tell me if you sometimes miss company, or find that being without internet access is sometimes tough… I have spent some time travelling and find the isolation has its downsides…mind you that is until you find those special camping spots…
I recently pulled into one of those spots an Easter time and it was packed… I squeezed into a spot where if I turned the vehicle the right way I would have access to their fire.. (Cheeky bugger hey?) anyway, it finished up being a great night and improved dramatically when I found out that the bloke I was talking to was the brother of a friend in the town I come from….
April 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm
I’ve only been travelling for the last year and have done about 3o,ooo kms in that time. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do in retirement – we camped with mum and dad as kids so I guess it was not an unfamiliar lifestyle.I get frustrated without internet and phone access at times but I’m am not often without company – there’s always someone at a camp site to have a chat too!