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Western Australia: Kalbarri to Geraldton (Day 5)

posted by Martin Rubli at 16:29

Geraldton is only about 150 kilometers south of Kalbarri and we had only pinned down two stops on the way: the coastal part of Kalbarri National Park and a suspiciously colored lake.

This left us with enough time to spend an afternoon in Geraldton and visit a few local attractions. Because it was Sunday there wasn't much else to do in town anyway. Most shops were closed, but despite that getting food wasn't a problem. Delicious burgers for lunch and Asian noodle soup (whose exact origin was impossible to determine) for dinner.

The next day was going to be another long drive back down to Perth.



The coastal area of the Kalbarri National Park is just as beautiful as the inland one.

The coastal area of the Kalbarri National Park is just as beautiful as the inland one.

This is Mushroom Rock ...

This is Mushroom Rock ...

... but somehow no matter from which side you look at it ...

... but somehow no matter from which side you look at it ...

... it looks more like a table to me. So I'll call it Table Rock.

... it looks more like a table to me. So I'll call it Table Rock.

There are all kinds of amazing rock structures along the Rainbow Valley trail.

There are all kinds of amazing rock structures along the Rainbow Valley trail.

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A Banksia tree along the highway.

A Banksia tree along the highway.

Close-up of a Banksia's flower spike.

Close-up of a Banksia's flower spike.

Hutt Lagoon, one of several pink lakes in Western Australia. The color really looks very weird and it's hard to believe that it's natural.

Hutt Lagoon, one of several pink lakes in Western Australia. The color really looks very weird and it's hard to believe that it's natural.

Of course, the sign of a large chemical company right next to the lake does make it look even more suspicious, but apparently the color is caused by the presence of a particular kind of algae.

Of course, the sign of a large chemical company right next to the lake does make it look even more suspicious, but apparently the color is caused by the presence of a particular kind of algae.

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In Geraldton the water color looks much more normal again.

In Geraldton the water color looks much more normal again.

The lookout tower along Geraldton beach.

The lookout tower along Geraldton beach.

The beach in Geraldton.

The beach in Geraldton.

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The HMAS Sydney memorial in Geraldton.

The HMAS Sydney memorial in Geraldton.

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The dome is made out of 645 steel seagulls, one for each person aboard the vessel when it sank.

The dome is made out of 645 steel seagulls, one for each person aboard the vessel when it sank.

The bronze statue of a woman looking towards the ocean, waiting for the HMAS Sydney to return.

The bronze statue of a woman looking towards the ocean, waiting for the HMAS Sydney to return.

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