Around Australia with a KTM sidecar.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by WoutenAnnie, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. Pimpin

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    Take deep breaths and enjoy the ozzie lifestyle and hospitality. As the things that come slower will taste all the more sweeter when they do arrive.
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  3. WoutenAnnie

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    Saterday now. At the Department Of Transportation Australia it is still very silent. No other options than waiting I'm afraid.
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    So while you're waiting around ( WA is otherwise known as Wait Awhile) you should get to know this useful tool - Wikicamps. We used it heaps when we went around Aus as a family in 2014 - best $8 we spent
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  5. WoutenAnnie

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    Got that already, it's now $10. Looks very useable. specifically for overnight camping. You can filter out the caravan parks wich leaves only the "moon and stars" icons.
    But Yes, WA realy is honouring its name.
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  6. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    Sorry cant help with the Dept of Transport delay but if there’s anything else you need help with just yell - will PM my number
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    Moar, pweeze! :lurk
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  8. WoutenAnnie

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    At last good news. Paperwork is ready. Today to collect a new licence plate, tomorrow ride into OZ.:clap
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  9. JanGr

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    Hello WoutenAnnie, Sorry for the delay in welcoming you to Australia. Finally got my head above water and back on line with this move from :happay Glad to see you finally got on the road :super XX JanG
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  10. WoutenAnnie

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    Tuesday 17 September

    Wout:

    After leaving Canning Vale we drove to the motorcycle shop where the technical inspection took place, to get an aerosol with chain lube. The lady behind the desk was so happy that everything was fine that she gave it for free.:raabia

    But first we had to drive north along the coast. After 15:00h we thought it was enough and settled down on one of the many camping spots along the road. Woodridge, a small sandy place with lots of stones and shrubs, no facilities, so it’s free. It is possible that Annie's Thermarest mattress has got a leak here. :(

    If I see a shooting star: I’ll wish myself a tail to chase away all those sand flies.:devildog 1e kamp in Woodridge 1 kopie.jpg

    The place was very close to the road but at night the far away surf of the Indian Ocean could be heard between the noise of the passing trucks far away.
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  11. WoutenAnnie

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    Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September.

    Wout:

    The next morning we set off for Nambung National Park. For the time being still Highway, although for Dutch standards that looks more like a secundairy road. Beautiful nature along the road and in the distance sand drifts. The vastness of this country slowly begins to penetrate to us. At camping "Nambung Station stay" we pitched our tent to stay here for 2 nights. The manager appears to speak Dutch, he was 3 years old when his parents came here. We regularly meet people who speak a few or more words Dutch to us.

    There is a possibility to get a tour at the "back" of the Pinnacles (and take pictures without 100 Chinese people) in a golf cart, including a tour over the farm. The strong north wind with regular showers that night turn out to be enough the next morning to cancel this, "You get sandblasted there" was the reason. Although the wind turned 180º that night but still as strong as before and while the rain showers are gone, it is still not pleasant. We changed the rear tire for the off-road one (an hour of fighting with tire levers). Then tried to find the leak in the sleeping mat with soapy water, no success.

    Annie:

    Ah, pitch the tent with a very strong wind and rain. Of course we should have fastened the ground sheet with tent pegs first instead of the poles, but with joint efforts we kept the tent in place.

    The day passes quickly, at 6.00 pm it is almost dark. So we went to bed early. As we (sort of) say in the Netherlands: go to sleep with the chickens. A good night's sleep, see the story of Wout.
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  12. WoutenAnnie

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    Friday 20 September.

    Wout:
    Today we continue along gravel roads. Because of the rainy days, the dust clouds are not very large. The problem with a righthand hack in left-hand traffic is the constant pulling to the left. Normally you adjust the bike a little to the left, to compensate the drag of the sidecar. In left-hand traffic this is reinforced by the shape of the road and it is too much.

    We drive further north along huge grass plains with cows or sheep. We stop at Jurien Bay to do some shopping.

    Back at the bike a man who enthusiastically tells us that he has a KTM 640, but the 950 we have was the best, and then with such a nice sidecar....

    To speed up a bit, we have to continue along the highway.

    At Via Urbana we stopped to spend the night. With a strong southerly wind to pitch the tent, two Australians came to us to say that this is a very strong wind for a tent in the sand. We very cool said that we come from the Netherlands and are used to windy camping. The pins of the tent turned out to be too small for these conditions, but the thick wooden poles of the fence turned out to be exactly the right place for 4 lines, the fifth attached on the motorbike in front of the tent as a windbreak and the sixth in the hard road surface. Our house passed the test.

    Annie:
    Sand is not soft, so I filled the mat 3 times that night. Nightly toilet visits can be combined with this.
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  13. WoutenAnnie

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    Saturday 21 September.

    Wout:
    On to Geraldton to have Annie's sleeping mat repaired or replaced. At "Getaway Outdoors Geraldton" we went inside and asked at the desk for sleeping mats. The man referred us to one of the two employees (you must have the one with the black vest) who just passed us going outside. They walked around our hack full of admiration. As we walked into the shop with the sleeping mat we talked about his Moto Guzzi and my KTM.

    Spraying soapy water all over the sleeping mat, we saw them: bubbles. We bought a tube of glue (our repair set is about 40 years old so that glue won't do much anymore) and went to Coronation Beach to camp. First letting the sleeping mat to dry from the soapy water, Annie putted some glue round the leak spot and glued a piece Thermarest fabric on it. Drying time of the glue: 8 hours. Thats at midnight. So Annie went to sleep without air in her matres in the soft sand, and blow air in at around 11:00pm. Repair successful.

    Annie: Sleeping went well again.
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  14. WoutenAnnie

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    Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd September.

    Wout:
    We made some kilometers and drove on to Hamelin Pool. An old telegraph post that was opened in 1884 as a repeater on a 3500km long telegraph wire. The connection to the rest of the world in those days. The building was the workplace for one man for maintenance. Seems like a lonely and boring life to me. Going for a walk is not possible because if the amplifier fails you have to be there immediately.

    British breakfast done at the post. Two older ladies run the post and campsite.

    Time for the laundry. After 10 days of travelling it is already a reasonable amount. A large (7,5kg) top loader with blades on the bottom and around it the drum that works as a centrifuge. After half an hour of cold washing it is not clean but the sweat is out.

    Annie:
    The laundry on the line is dry within the hour, great. Hot and windy drying weather.

    Wout: Kindgraf.JPG
    A walk along the beach of Shark Bay was both sad and Scientific. First along a child's grave from 1884 (8 months old, the parents had traveled 900km in a carriage to save him but unfortunately), and Stromatolites billions of years old. Water in the bay can reach 45ºC in summer and is twice as salty as the ocean due to evaporation. It creates an environment where it can thrive.
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    Glad to see you are rolling. Thanks for posting
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  16. WoutenAnnie

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    Wout:
    Left Hamelin Pool to go to Coral Bay. The place to go to see the Ningaloo Reef. The first stage ends in Carnarvon. After the groceries we went looking for the campsite. The one closest to the sea seems like a good idea. Well, that's a disappointment. The largest campsites usually have the most rules to manage all the superfluous luxury they offer. A tag to go to the toilet, to get into the cooking room, to shower (with chlorified water as usually comes out of the tap here). We were assigned a place behind the cooking space, where also 2 large refrigerators and a freezer are making noise. The light stays on all night (and shines exactly on our tent). All this, together with a whole list of forbidden things. So one night is enough.
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  17. WoutenAnnie

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    Vissen onder de boot 1.JPG Slakoraal.JPG Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September

    Wout:
    Woke up early (5:00 am) to be on the road early because of the expected heat. We drive out of Carnarvon and the GPS indicates that the shortest way out of the city is directly to the left. That turns out to be our first corrugated track. Is this what you call "Heavy Corrugated" or can it get worse? At the end of the road I think all my bones are still in place, but I'm not sure about that. The rest is Highway, long and boring (almost) straight road. Annie takes over after a lunch stop and drives up to 50km before Coral Bay.

    Coral Bay is nothing more than a tourist resort. One big campsite, a hotel, a backpackers hostel and a shopping mall. Everything is focused on the coral reef neer the coast. Snorkeling, swimming with whale sharks and rays, flying with an ultra-light plane, sailing with a glass-bottomed boat, everything for the reef. We choose the “glass-bottomed boat" because swimming is not an option for Annie (her ears must stay above water).

    Directly from the coast we sail over huge coral fields. All kinds of forms, especially snail corals, but also deer antlers and brain corals. The name indicates what it looks like.

    Fish swim under the boat, a good protection against birds. At the end of the trip we sail over a coral island, with about 5cm of water under the boat it's still possible, but the 2 outboard engines stick too deep so by going reverse we can't damage anything.
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  18. WoutenAnnie

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    Friday, September 27th

    Wout:
    Little late started for the stage to Nanutarra Roadhouse of 254km. We arrived there at 12:30h so that went smoothly. With the tarmac we can speed up the pace again. The off-road tyre wears out much too fast with all those asphalt kilometres, so we changed them again. To keep the wear down a bit, we drove a maximum of 95, and the motto was to pull up slowly. That slowed down the pace quite a bit.

    At Nanutarra Roadhouse we meet a Harley biker, and another one and so on. Finally 6 Harley's and 2 Triumphs Rocket. All on their way to a motorbike party near Karijini.

    We appear to be known in the area because the first biker we saw already knew a lot about us, through a tire dealer we spoke in Geraldton.
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  19. WoutenAnnie

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    Saturday, September 28th.

    Wout: Kamp bij Paraburdoo.jpg
    We decide to go to the motorbike party as well. The Harley rider had said that everyone was welcome there, even with a different brand of bike. Upon arrival we were welcomed by the chairman. We could park our motorbike on the terrain at the back and pitch our tent there as well. The terrain had already been used for all kinds of purposes, including cows. There was dried cow dung all over the terrain. Pitching the tent was not easy, the pegs would go in 5 cm and then hit a hard layer "yeh men, thats the Pilbara. I was surprised you could get the pens in at all. Usually you need a dril to make a hole to put your pens in”.

    The party was a classic rock party, with old music and beer. In addition, there was a concrete slab where burnout drifts were made with cars until the tires blew. This went on until about 1:00 am, but we went to bed a little earlier.
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  20. WoutenAnnie

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    Sunday 29th and Monday September 30th.

    Wout:
    After breakfast with eggs and bacon we drove to Tom Price to do some shopping and book 2 nights in National Park Karijiri.

    At first sight this seems to be as dry and desolate a plain as the rest of this area. Because everything is booked already we can go to the "overflow campsite" where there are only two toilets and a water tank. We pitch our tent under a tree over some grass clumps. In between there are also stones. Good non-leaking mattresses work well, no stone felt.

    The gorges are beautiful, but very deep. There is a long staircase in Dales Gorge to Fortescue Falls with 4 platforms with a bench, nice for the way back up. It is a beautiful place and from Fortescue Falls there are footpaths to Fern Pool and (further away in the opposite directionon) Circular Pool. At Circular Pool you can also go down along a steep path along the cliff, we didn't do that. After an extensive visit to the information centre we know a lot about the Aboriginals and how they lived there, and what the arrival of the Europeans meant for them.

    In the evening we prepare for the ride to Port Hedland. Boom op kampeer terrein.JPG Boom op kampeer terrein.JPG Termietenheuvel in Karijiri.JPG Fern Pool.JPG
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