Newman, Karijini and beyond

Following our short stint in Broome, we ventured inland to visit my Aunty in Newman. Newman is a pretty small town about five hours south of Port Hedland, which revolves almost entirely around mining. I was looking forward to seeing a familiar face and, well, having a little holiday from our holiday.

It was our first time being in a house in about three months, and it was so nice to be able to lounge around and escape the heat, as well as having excellent company to do it with! We stayed a couple of nights and basically just chilled right out. The most strenuous activity we did was walk up to the Radio Hill Lookout for a view of the town.

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Other than that, we slept in, lounged on squishy comfy couches, played games, watched movies and ate delicious food like these pizzas (hummus and grilled vegetables and ‘supreme’)

ImageImageand this kind of antipasto spread…

ImageAfter leaving Newman, we backtracked north a short way to visit Karijini National Park, which I had heard many great things about. The weather put on a bit of a show for us, and we camped out there in the pouring rain. It was pretty cold and overcast the next morning (I actually wore leggings for the first time in who knows how long!) so we didn’t much feel like taking a swim which was a shame, because there were some gorgeous spots.

ImageImageImageWhat I found to be the most incredible aspects of Karijini were the rock walls and formations, which display stunning layers and patterns throughout them. They are very special and unique – I’ve really never seen anything quite like them before.Β 

ImageImageThe colour of the place was so rich, you can only imagine how bright it must be when the clouds clear and the sun in beaming down.

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After Karijini, we headed west towards the coast, with our next main town to hit being Exmouth. Along the way, we stopped at a lookout which we discovered had been turned into an open memorial site for loved ones, with passers-by leaving a rock to commemorate them.

ImageI found this little one that might as well have been put here by me for my first dog – Tilly – who was a Blue Heeler (though passed away a few years earlier than this puppy.

ImageI also spied this little guy trying to blend in amongst the rocks. They are sooo quick, the way they dart over rocks and into tiny gaps is really quite amazing.

ImageHe was just the beginning of our creature spotting adventures for the day, we passed many more (particularly reptiles) along our travels.

ImageImageAnd the strangest creatures of all….

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0 thoughts on “Newman, Karijini and beyond

  1. Hi there
    I’ve been enjoying reading about your travels around Australia and some of your cafe reviews etc. I’m noticing that you’re moving down towards Perth and wondered whether you are planning to go south of Perth such as the towns of Albany or Denmark?
    I live in Denmark Western Australia which is a gorgeous little town with beautiful beaches and scenery – I highly recommend it πŸ™‚
    and if you do, give me a buzz!!
    enjoy the rest of your trip and I’ll look forward to reading about the rest of your adventures.
    Mahsa Anderson

    1. Hi Mahsa, thanks for the comment! I’m glad you’re enjoying following our travels! We are actually in Mandurah at the moment and will soon be going south and around to Esperance fairly quickly. We definitely want to stop in Denmark as my Dad spent some years there as a child but I’ve never visited. I’m really looking forward to it! I’ll let you know when we’re close πŸ™‚

  2. What an amazing landscape! This is a part of Australia I’ve always wanted to travel to and looking at these images makes me want to pack up and go right now! The open memorial site is fascinating (it’s almost like a cairn, but more haphazard) and I love your wildlife shots, pizza and antipasto spread πŸ˜€

    1. Isn’t it just stunning? It’s definitely a part of Australia I can recommend. The north is so different to the south half of the country, and particularly northern W.A – it’s just so vibrant! I hope you get to visit some time soon πŸ™‚

  3. What a cute litte town and I’m glad you had somewhere to lounge around and escape the heat. The hummus & veggie pizzas look tasty! Sorry to hear about the weather at the park – at least there are couple of interesting spots such as the rock walls and the beautiful waters. Wow, look at these big Monitor (?) lizards – I want to see them in person one day!

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