01.06.2016 - 03.06.2016
After leaving Françios Péron national Park we drove through Shark Bay and headed south, with no clear destination in mind. After driving a couple of hours we had a look in our camping book, Chelsea rang round a few spots and we headed towards a homestead called Oakabella which did camping for $10 each. The journey south quickly changed from red and dry to green rolling hills and it was a beautiful easy drive.
Oakabella Homestead is in a perfect spot, surrounded by farmland, nestled between the hills. It is surrounded by green fields and is ran by a lovely lady called Loretta who greets you with so much warmth no one could possibly dislike her. She was covered in flour from baking homemade scones and took us into the kitchen to have a look. We quickly set up our tent and went back for freshly baked warm fruit scones, jam, cream and a pot of tea in the tiny cafe she has. On the way into the homestead there is a sign that reads, 'complimentary ghosts' which confused us a little on the way in but whilst we were eating our Devonshire tea, we were given some articles which cleared that up.... Apparently Oakabella is the most haunted house in WA! There has been a lot of paranormal activity and we read article after article with accounts before we decided not to read any more as we were a bit creeped out.
We pitched up in a beautiful green field with our own fire pit and they gave us a wheel barrow to get some firewood of the huge pile they provide. The homestead has nice warm showers and we had a walk around the old buildings and farm animals at sunset. It is a very nice spot and the clear sky made for another fantastic sky scape that evening.
We enjoyed our first homestead stay, and although they sound intimidating on paper is was one of the friendliest spots we have found.
The next morning we packed up nice and early and headed further south. We were heading for the Nambung National Park and The Pinnacles. We stopped off in Geroldton in the morning as we were in need of some warm clothes and footwear. The weather is getting colder everyday and is too cold for shorts, especially at night and our flip flops will soon need to be packed away. After a quick shop for food, jumpers, woolly hats and shoes, as well as a wifi stop we were off again. Chelsea called around some places and due to the public holiday long weekend for WA Day everything was busy and expensive. Since we enjoyed our stay at the farm so much we called and booked ahead at another one, Nambung Station Stay.
The drive south was absolutely lovely. The road hugs the coastline and the Indian Ocean Drive weaved through the Beekeepers National Park right next to the Indian Ocean where although cold, was clear and calm.
Nambung Station stay is another beautiful spot. There was only one other couple camped up and it had nice warm showers and a friendly owner. It is on a working farm so our tent was surrounded by green fields, cows and a couple of fluffy alpacas. After setting up and showering our neighbours asked us round their camper van for happy hour sunset drinks and we had a lovely evening chatting to them, an elderly couple called Kevin and Jeanie, all the way from Tasmania. It was a clear and very cold evening, our wooly hats had their debut, but it was such a gorgeous spot we didn't mind.
The reason we stayed in the area was to visit The Pinnacles so we decided to do it in the morning after packing up and having breakfast. It is only a short drive and on site there is an information centre with displays, a shop, toilets and information. You can either view the park on a scenic drive or a bush walk so we opted for the walk. It is only a short 1.2km walk which takes you right through the middle and up close to the rocks. The Pinnacles is a desert landscape with thousands of sandstone pinnacles jutting out of the earth. Everywhere you look you can see them, some very small, some much taller than a person. From a distance they look like graves or termite mounds but up close they are a rich yellow sandstone, the same rich colour as the sand. There is some controversy over how they have appeared and no one quite knows for definite how they were made but to walk through the desert surrounded by them is very beautiful. There are several lookouts over the vast desert and towards the shoreline and Indian Ocean. We spent the morning walking in and around these huge rocks and really enjoyed it. It may be our last taste of outback scenery as we are heading south, towards the cold south Coast and the southern forests.