We packed up camp at Geraldton and did the 2 hour drive to Kalbarri without incident and enjoyed the drive. We decided to stay at the ‘Big River Horse Ranch’, which is a property that has horses (surprise, surprise!), and they have a camp ground area at the back of the property. It is only $15 per person/per night, which is a good price for Kalbarri. We are really happy with the property and the choice. It would be a great place to stay with kids too. It has toilets, showers, pool, playground, camp kitchen, communal fire pit and laundry facilities.
There are two grass strips that people can camp on or a large dirt area with some mats on the ground for bigger rigs.
You can go horse riding here if you want to. We were speaking with a lovely couple camped next to us and she had gone on one of the trail rides where they go cross the Murchison River, walk across the sand dunes and down onto the beach. The ride goes for 2 hours and is about $120 pp. It is a pity we have to be on a budget, both time and money. There are an unlimited number of great things available to do. Hard to pick and choose.
Col and I had long discussions about the fantastic job opportunity that Brad Guelfi made for Col to stay in Fremantle and assist him with some work with the hospital equipment. We were torn about the decision, but at the end of the day we feel we have committed to Giralia Station and don’t want to go back on this and burn any bridges and it is also in line with the type of experience we were hoping to have on this trip. So we called Raegan to explain and she was understanding and supportive of us continuing the adventure. Giralia here we come.
We went for a bit of a drive around Kalbarri and we were both surprised at how big it was and how beautiful it is. It is situated on the Murchison River where it meets the beach. There are so many natural sandstone formations along the coast and in the National Parks that are beautiful and worth visiting. The cliffs along the coast are stunning.
It seems to be that the weather is pretty good in the morning but then the wind gets up in the afternoon, and this is a regular thing along the Northern WA Coast. So if you do come this way, plan your activities in the mornings as the afternoons are likely to be windy.