I left Fremantle about 8.30am amidst drizzly rain and headed straight for the nearest service station to fill up with petrol, then headed off to Port Denison. This was a truly amazing drive through breath-taking scenery. Imagine, if you will, sand dunes in the Sahara Desert. Then cover them with green foliage and every so often imagine a peepshow of pure white sand.
Of course, one has to firstly navigate successfully through the traffic leaving Fremantle and then Perth and it is considerable time before you are greeted by the open road. This time though, the road was much busier than before, with more road trains, and more caravans and camper trailers – generally, more travellers heading northwards.
The rain grew heavier at this time and it slowed the traffic down considerably.
First of all, there is the brown, barren scenery not that different in many respects to parts of the Nullarbor, with sparse vegetation dotted here and there. And then, surprisingly, a curtain seems to part and sand dunes appear. One such sand dune will stay imprinted on my memory. Almost an mountain of pure white sand dune devoid of any vegetation appears and dominates the journey for many kilometres.
But what I most enjoyed about this fairly short trip up to Port Denison was visiting the Pinnacles. It was like visiting another planet.
I have never experienced such mystique as these thousands of pillars of limestone jutting out from the earth in all shapes and sizes. Moonscape? Mars maybe? Or perhaps the setting for the next Harry Potter movie, or an as-yet unwritten contender for Lord of the Rings?
I spent quite a while here just observing, trying to dodge the rain showers.
The rest of the journey to Port Denison was inland, but when at last the Indian Ocean appeared, together with the pure white sand, I felt happy to be following the coast again.
This is probably the latest I have travelled in the afternoon, due to spending time visiting the Pinnacles, and it was getting dark by the time I arrived in Port Denison. The managers of the cabin park were very good and gave me a lot of information about the next day’s intended trip up to Kalbarri.