Welcome to December and to summer in Australia. Time has sped by so fast, much like the clouds overhead, the wind that constantly buffets us in Kalbarri and the stars in the sky that dazzle and then disappear. Here in Western Australia, where we’ve been for over three months, it feels like summer every day.
In the weeks since I last posted we’ve worked our butts off in the caravan park on weekends. And it’s been hot so we’ve doubly appreciated our off times. We’ve had a few dramas and some battery and van issues but we’ve fixed these and are making the most of our five day weekends. We’ve slowed right down, even when the outside world seems to be speeding up. It helps when you’re close to the coast.
This is our beach in Kalbarri. And there’s so many more close by. Below are a few of the coastal camps we’ve discovered in the past month, just a sample of the best in the west.
Marooned on Milligan Island
I loved Milligan Island and for some inexplicable reason (that a few of you might understand) the theme song from Gilligans Island constantly played in my head while we were there. I could have been MaryAnne and we could have been marooned, it was so beautifully isolated.
Milligan Island is located 165kms south of Geraldton, in between Greenhead and Jurien Bay, a relatively new shire-run eco camping area with 36 spacious sites. The camping is dispersed and tucked in behind the sand dunes providing protection from the wind. The beach is just 50metres from camp, with sandy white stretches and crystal clear water. At sunset you can see the sun setting through the rock arch window out on the bay.
“Most people’s minds are almost always too busy for them to feel their skins being caressed by the wind or the sun.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Swinging Free at Cliff Head
Cliff ahead is between Dongara and Leeman. It’s a bit of a shanty area with shacks set along the dunes but pass the shacks and in the southern end you’ll find some beautiful sheltered spots right on the water. It’s easy to slow down here with lazy days spent reading, beach walks and reconnecting with nature. Up the northern end, near the main camp there’s a massive sea eagles nest and we watched, fascinated one day, as it feasted on breakfast and then returned to its young.
Facilities at Cliff Head include clean drop loos, undercover areas and an outlook right out onto the water. Oh, and a personal swing! Fees are $20 per night payable by an envelope system. The rangers always come by to check on brazen young backpackers that try to sneak in late at night without paying.
Losing Connection at Nanga Bay
Nanga Bay Caravan Park was one of our favourite stays in the Shark Bay area,, in fact we loved it so much we went back. Once part of a pastoral station it sits right on the coast near Denham with an unparalleled location. Although facilities are old (current caretaker Corina tells me the park was built in the 1960s) there’s quirky and uplifting messages painted on the buildings, a great outdoor barbecue area where we shared drinks with them and a real charm about the place.
We loved the warm artesian spa and the fact that the beach is right on your doorstep. You can drive on it for miles and have your own patch of paradise. On our second visit there Corrina and Trevor lent us their kayaks and we had a fabulous time out on the water, at one with the calm flow of the bay and in sync with nature.
It was after our kayaking adventure that my not even one year old Iphone 11 mysteriously and completely died. Though it was covered by insurance I’ve lots so many photos, information, contacts and connections. Yep, I admit I had a melt down, but things always right themselves. As the saying goes, “if the ocean can calm itself, so can you.”
Coming back to Kalbarri
Sometimes we need to take a step back. I can’t explain why my phone died but it’s taught me to look at the bigger picture. What’s really important? Photos are wonderful but they’re also memories that are in the past and true connections always find their way back into our lives. What matters is living in the moment.
So, life goes on, here in Kalbarri, where we work and live on weekends, this quiet, picturesque and resilient town that’s still recovering from Cyclone Seroja. Its been hot lately so if we finish work early and it’s not too windy, we head down to the local beach. I’ve never lived and worked so close to the coast, even if it’s only temporary, and so I feel very blessed to be where I am.
So, whatever and wherever you’re navigating at the moment, may you take the time to breath, feel, think, dream, envision, love and fully live your life. Every time I stand on the sand I feel at peace. It’s like the waves are whispering “choose nature, connect with simple moments and find joy in my simple treasures.”
So, make today ridiculously amazing and succumb to the simple. Surrender to the flow of the Universe and watch how things fall into a rhythm. This December let’s live with intention, with love in our heart and hope for our world in these ever changing times.
As we navigate towards the end of this year, may you always keep your face to the glow of the sun. And your photos backed up!
In love and light