Our camp site tonight, is amongst boulders and wildflowers about 20 km North of Meekatharra.
It is listed as a free camp site, in the Western Australian Royal Automobile Club, travel guide book. This camp site has been a favourite place to stop our car, take a walk, photos and marvel at the unusual rock formations and the wildflowers that grow so profusely out of the sandy and rocky soils in Western Australia. I saw some beautiful wildflowers along the road side today. The weather was glorious again, as it usually is during winter in this part of the country; it has indeed been a great day’s traveling driving towards Meekatharra from Newman in the North, on Highway 95, the Great Northern Highway.
We filled up with Diesel and food at the Capricorn Roadhouse, just out of Newman and I added the audio book ‘Twilight’, to our 'keep the driver alert', kit, for the trip as I still have the flu and felt like, pampering myself, making the driving experience as pleasurable as it would be possible and I know that because of the addition of this audio book to the journey, I probably drove an extra two hours for the day than I might otherwise have chosen to and I was pleased with 1,200 km to drive this week to get that extra couple of hundred kms covered on the first day. This means I can cruise along at my leisure for the rest of the week, sight seeing, relaxing and walking as much as I would like to.
We arrived at this lovely campsite around 4pm, plenty of time to set up camp in daylight and walk around and marvel at the beauty and ruggedness of this amazing area.
To find this unmarked free camp site, look for an outcrop of granite boulders 20 km north of Meekatharra, , drive in off the road and around to the back of the boulders for private, level, caravan sites away from the noise of the road side.
Caution, I never stop at any free camp sites close to a town if there is no other caravan travelers also stopping, tonight, two of us pulled in together, and another caravan has since joined us.
There is safety in numbers and this is also in Telstra wireless connection range, hence my being about to post onto the internet, even though I’m basically in a remote outback region. Technology is amazing and making travel safer. J I also look for tell tale signs of any potential safety concerns.
For example a lot of broken glass and graffiti would put me off staying overnight and I avoid free camping on a Friday and Saturday night close to any town.
Remember that camp sites close to towns are a great place for the minority who might abuse alcohol to come for a drinking party. This situation could occur in any town. Western Australia has very strict liqueur licensing rules, there are many dry and alcohol restricted towns, and the Western Australia is making a bigger effort than any other state as far as I know to try to prevent alcohol abuses.
Respect these free camp sites, take only photos and leave behind only foot prints, so these places will remain open for other travelers and for your return journey.
Theses free campsites within nature's splendor, are what makes a road trip around Australia, the most memorable and beautiful experience.
Ryn Shell writes stories of crime, love and Australia.
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