Skip's 4x4
Cape Arid trip, Christmas 2003
(27 Dec 2003 - 4 Jan 2004)
Including Israelite bay, Cape Arid, Esperance, Munglinup Beach, Collie
Skip's 4x4

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Camping next to Lake Johnson.
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Hi Benson!
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Rushy preparing the damper.
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And the apricot chicken ready for cooking in the camp oven.
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A typical section of the track.
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The kids on the salt flats of lake Johnson.
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Dinner time - yum!
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Next day... My trailer, which has 800kg suspension, and a galvanised lid.
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Tonka.
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Rushy's rig with his Camprite off-road camper trailer.
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Heading south from Balidonia.
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And boy was it rough as guts!. A very rocky track indeed, averaging less than 20Kph.
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The awesome Mount Ragged protrudes from the flat landscape.
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A typical section of the track heading west to Israelite bay.
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Some nice wild-flowers.
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My trailer is still in 1 piece here - not far to go now!
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Hows this for an arid landscape!
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A section of the track showing the rutts.
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Flower of the Kangaroo Paw.
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Crossing a mud flat.
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Rushy sets up camp at Israelite bay..
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Cheese and bickie time as the dinner goes on.
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My family, from left, Nicole, Andream Sarah.
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We discovered this outback dunny in the bush!
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Serving up dinner - chicken cacciatore
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Next day... The bay to the west of the point.
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Driving over the rocks to get to the west beach.
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A bobtail lizard.
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View to the East from the point.
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Relaxing on the East beach.
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How is this for crystal clear water!
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We moved to the West Beach for some body surfing and boogie-boarding.
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The waves were often quite large!
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The old telegraph station.
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It is currently being restored.
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Gravesites.
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Small inland lake right near the ocean.
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Rushy's Hilux is loaded with firewood on it's roof.
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Rushy's Waeco fridge mounted on a sliding base.
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The camprite camper with it's awnings put up.
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Next day... One of the beautiful bays in cape arid.
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Campsite closed? I had better go in there by foot to check it out...
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Plenty of space...
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Basic facilities...
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Easy walk to the beach... I had better remember this spot for the next trip!
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Another breathtaking bay in cape arid.
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Nice spot for lunch.
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Another shot of the bay in cape arid.
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Now in Esperance.
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Esperance port...
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Esperance lookout.
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Views from the Esperance tourist drive.
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Camping at Munglinup beach caravan park, new year's eve 2003. Kids wathing a DVD movie on my laptop.
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A few drinks...
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Our modest new years eve celebrations at midnight. 10391.JPG
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Next day... A nice little bay somewhere between munglinup and hopetown...  10392.JPG
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Next day... a brief stop during the 400k inland haul north west towards Collie.
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Setting up camp on the banks of the Wellington dam near Collie.
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What a view from our camp!
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On goes the Roast beef in the camp oven.
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Awe... Rushy gettin' mushy with Melly!
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Mel and kids.
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Bangers and mash for dinner!
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Yo Benson dude!
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Next day... So, did you find any dirt to play in?
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Looks like you did to!
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Wellington dam.
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Our lunch stop at Honeymoon pool.
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Hey, using the timer I even got myself in this pic!
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We swam in this crystal clear water on the Collie river. Yep, is was quite cold!
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How about some wine tasting at the Kingtree lodge?
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Gnomesville!
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Back at camp some locals went exploring in their bush-basher (a cut down Holden Gemini).
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The kids all posing.
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Our campsite.
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Beef casserole in the camp oven, and a huge damper in the Bedourie oven.
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A view over the water.
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Rushy chillin' with a glass of wine as the sun goes down.
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The Damper. Rushy uses bread mix and so it comes out just like a huge bread roll!
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The big feast on our last night.
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...then off home to Perth the next day.
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