Hopetoun, WA

Lucky Bay, sunbathing kangaroo.

Lucky Bay, sunbathing kangaroo.

A comparatively gentle day today as we spent a good part of the morning at Lucky Bay, then a shopping trip in Esparance before getting under way.
After a relaxing breakfast we packed up and drove down onto the beach for a few photos and because we could 🙂 We’d heard about the kangaroos sunbathing on the beach but it was too windy yesterday when we arrived. This morning they were there though and seemed tolerant of humans getting near them. An interesting photo opportunity or two cropped up as a result. Pam was “warned off” by one of the adults when she got a bit close to a youngster but later the same adult started sunbathing and allowed the youngster to get much closer.
imageAll tarmac roads today again as we headed to a caravan site at Hopetoun that has good reviews on WikiCamps. We’d intended on finding somewhere for a couple of nights but the reviews are misleading. It’s not a bad site but not somewhere we’d want to stay for more than on night. On the way there a couple of points of interest grabbed our attention at the side of the road. Someone has created a Stonehenge replica near the road, which is odd enough, but they’ve then erected a screen and put no stopping signs up to stop people taking photos of it from the road. We also spotted a Land Rover parked on top of a bottle shop, which we did take a picture of !
This area seems a but expensive for camping and at most of the sites they seem to charge over the top and then provide facilities that don’t really match up to the price. Compared to NSW and Victoria at least it doesn’t seem as easy to find good sites that offer value for money. Hopefully things will improve in other areas of WA.
We’re anticipating an early start tomorrow, driving through the National Park on unsurfaced tracks and then cutting west to one of a couple of likely looking spots – we’ll decide which when we get there !

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