After four months spent working in Darwin, it was time to move again. My brother Matteo had already moved to New Zeland, so my roommate and I decided to start a road trip of approximately 5000 km from Darwin to Perth, the capital of Western Australia. We set out on our own, knowing we were going to meet a lot of travel mates on the way, and that’s exactly what happened.
At the beginning we spent a couple of days in Kakadu National Park, the biggest and most famous reserve in Australia. This place is just amazing, but to enjoy it properly, you definitely need a 4WD: that’s the only way to see the most remote and beautiful places the park has to offer. With our roaring, yet civilized Mazda 626 we could only drive on the main road and visit the basic spots. After Kakadu we headed directly to Broome, where we met our travel friends: Anna, Gi, Max and Thomas, better known as Martino. Six people with three cars: we were ready for our adventure.
We progressively switched from the humid and tropical weather of Darwin to the dry and desert climate of Kununurra, with a maximum temperature of 51 degrees. Constantly without a plan, we just decided day-by-day where to camp and spend the night, and that proved to be the best way to enjoy your trip. Every night we set up our campsite, enjoying music, good wine and storytelling under the stars. It took 27 days to complete our trip, and we spent just 3 nights under some sort of roof, in order to wash our clothes and our equipment. For the rest, we always showered in public toilets. Living the road, ready to visit as many places as possible.
After a couple of weeks travelling we arrived at the Karijini National Park, where we spent four days, such huge it is. We enjoyed beautiful waterfalls lost in a desert and blazing atmosphere, but we also did something more challenging than just chill in fresh water: with some French friends we met on the way we climbed Mount Bruce on a nice track that took almost 4 hours, but from the top it seemed totally worth.
Finally, after more than three weeks we arrived on the West Coast. We stopped first at Coral Bay and then we drove up to Exmouth, an astonishing place marked by white sandy beaches and turquoise sea: I can confess I felt like being home for the very first time after almost one year. We had the chance to admire whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and any kind of vivid fish you can imagine.
In 27 days we had the chance to visit such amazing and different places, but we knew it was time to finally get to Perth. Everyone of us had a different plan for our future in Australia: some of us decided to settle down in Perth, while I had to finish my 88 days in order to extend my visa for the second year. My final destination was Margaret River, a new adventure had just started.
Photo by: Enrico Fabi