So, why did we go to Tom Price if it wasn’t to go to Karijini? It was because the drive through the Hammersley Ranges is very beautiful. We took the route through Paraburdoo because we didn’t want to tackle the 60kms of gravel road taking the shortcut. However, we’ve since been told that the gravel road is quite good, unlike the gravel roads in Karijini.
We enjoyed two different 24hr rest areas on the way in and on the way out. Our site at the Tom Price Caravan Park was nice, there is a good view of Mt Nameless nearby. We tried to find the familiar pathway up the hill at sunset, but it has become overgrown. After taking another route we were able to find the path coming down the hill.
Sequence of overnight stays: Nanuatarra, Beasley RA, Cheela Downs, Mt Sheila RA, Tom Price (2 nights), Parraburdoo, House Creek RA.
Our stay at Cheela Downs Station Stay was good , without being spectacular. We had coffee and cake at the cafe on arrival, then were shown to our site. There was no shade, but the day was cloudy and windy so it didn’t matter. We had spent the night before at the Beasley Rest Area, which was lovely, but lots of bugs in the van after dark. Cheela Downs is only about 2kms away, but on the other side of the road and there were no bugs.
The link above is for a slideshow of photos from the past few days.
We celebrated Stephen’s birthday by having a meal in the evening, a two course dinner with a glass of wine. We chatted with the camp hosts over the meal.
We had run out of fresh food and needed to shop or we might have stayed another night. A bonus was that our water problem seemed to be fixed!
Our last night in the area was at Paraburdoo where I was able to get my second COVID jab. The caravan park there is very stark, but at $25 per night with free washing machines and dryers we didn’t complain.
Yesterday morning we got fuel and did some more shopping to stock up for a few nights as the next town is Carnarvon. We changed our minds about Exmouth as we didn’t really have a good reason to go and it’s very expensive to stay there. Instead we are headed for the Quobba Blowholes campground north of Carnarvon.
We enjoyed our last evening at the House Creek Rest Area about 70 kms from Nanutarra. we had a family with children staying near to us and the kids were playing an imaginary game which was very entertaining. Their parents were trying to hush them and we hoped they’d speak a bit louder so we could follow the story. We had a chat with the parents and they seemed a very nice family.
We were told there was a possibility of a lockdown in Perth, so checked the news when we arrived at Nanutarra this morning. Fortunately, there doesn’t seem to be enough of a threat for it to happen.