Easter weekend at Quaalup (Fitzgerald NP)
Easter means a 4-day long weekend, so we decide to join Paul, Erin and Joel at Quaalup in Fitzgerald NP. Jon and I decide to drive down on Thursday night and as Jon is also selling our 2 Finn kayaks that night, we can’t leave until 7 o’clock – a bit late for such a long drive…
At 1AM we arrive at the homestead and we pitch our tent quickly so we can sleep. The next morning Karin wakes us up and indicates we might not have picked the best spot. We move to the other side of the grounds (closer to the nature walk), have breakfast and go for a hike to the ridge via the nature walk.
When we got back from the walk, Joel had arrived and pitched his tent so we all had lunch.
That night we cooked a nice meal and enjoyed the moonrise – very pretty! Vicky came to say hello and we fed her some of the locusts that were stuck on Paul’s car. She loved them!
The next morning we had a relaxed breakfast before starting our kayak trip down the Quaalup river. We took a lunch with us and had a stop before reaching the beach as it was a bit too windy to have lunch on the beach.
Paul went straight to the beach to start fishing and we built a sandcastle – all very sophisticated stuff. After catching a couple of herrings Paul was told we had to go back otherwise we would be caught out in the dark.
On the way back the wind was still quite strong and we used my sarong as a sail. Joel hitched a ride with us and Paul and Erin used one of their rain jackets as a sail. It worked really well and we sailed half the river back!
That night we had dinner booked in the homestead. That was very lucky as it was raining and windy and it would have been quite miserable to cook outside. Karin and Carsten had set the table in a small room in the old homestead and even lit the fire! They then served us a fantastic 3-course dinner. It was soooo good!!! First a soup, followed by some yummie burritos and then cake as dessert.
We were allowed to stay as long as we wanted and we did. Paul and Erin had brought a game of scrabble and we played a game sitting by the fire, burning the old banksia flowers.
The next day we drove to West Mt Barren, last time we were at Quaalup this walk had been closed after the fires in that area. Lunch at the top with beautiful views and back down so we could drive down to Point Anne. No whales either at this time of the year, so we went for a long beach walk instead which ended with some playing in the quick sand we found near the Fitzgerald River mouth. How much fun can you have with a puddle of quick sand?!
On the last day we drove back via Bremer Bay and Paul and Erin had to go straight home from there. Joel joined us for a last paddle on the Bremer river after taking his brand new car off road for the first time. It now has a few more scratches than when it left the garage…
That was the end of a fantastic long weekend – we need more of these!!!