We’ve just returned from our camping trip in the Stirling Ranges here in Western Australia. We packed our tent, sleeping bags and plenty of hearty carb loaded fuel food – pancakes, hamburgers, sausages, scrambled eggs, fresh fruits…and drove the 4 hours South toward the rugged, and colourful landscape.
Mount Trio is a camp site that is situated right in the heart of the Stirling Ranges and is managed by a lovely couple named John and Margot.
Our first evening was spent around a campfire getting to know our fellow campers. All 65+ years old whom were from the Eastern States here either for hiking or the wildflowers. They came in two distinct groups that did not mingle with one another. We got along very well with the hiking crew, chatting for many hours and turning ourselves from front to back to warm our extremities from the 3 degree weather. It was like the Church Group vs The Hipster Green’s Group.
We chose the original hipsters.
The first night I froze… I basically did not sleep, and woke Mike with my groaning and commiserating commentary. Thankfully we were able to sort ourselves out for the rest of the trip and I slept snug as a bug. I say with regret that I am a stubborn fool, and had previously refused to bring an extra blanket on account it would make for too much more “stuff”.
We ended up buying another blanket.
We woke each morning first to the sounds of magpies, then kookaburras and dozens of other lovely sing song noises.
There are plenty of native orchids in full bloom at the moment and so to make the most of our time we paid to join a wild flower tour on our second day – which was well worth it as John pointed out around 15 species nearby.
After our wildflower tour, Mike and I did some driving in the park and scouted for any signs of unusual flowers. We found a few and then decided to hike 1.3km straight up hill on a marked trail, without any water. It was gruelling and although it does not sound that far, it was literally vertical the entire hike. Our knees were flaming by the end but the view was well worth the strained muscles. Not only was the view spectacular… there were some interesting sights along the way. Mike spotted some lizards up on the mountain top, we passed a cave, and there were several orchids growing along the trail. What really captured my attention was the prolific number of birds we saw and heard. They were loving wildflower season too.
Not pictured but sighted:
- Endangered Carnaby Cockatoo
- Red Capped Parrots
- The largest dugite snake known to man
I’ll write some more about the next bit of the trip tomorrow.
Holly (and Mike)