Sandy Cape - Finally
Taking a quick break from our Paj build series we wanted to share our quick overnight camping trip from before Christmas. We were getting the itch, it’d been about 6 weeks since we’d slept under canvas, the wilderness was calling.
During the week we watched the weather outlook for the weekend with keen interest, stinking hot was the forecast which was slightly worrying but Thursday arvo that subsided slightly and we made the decision to pack the car and organise an early departure from work on Friday. It seemed an eternity heading North, we finally hit the dirt at Sandy Cape, paid our camping fees in the honesty box and proceeded further north into the sand dunes.
This was our first trip beyond the designated camping areas and while we didn’t have the time to explore too much with the sun rushing towards the horizon, the excitement of driving new tracks just wet the appetite to come back again ASAP. We passed a number of campers in some nice looking sites along the coast before stumbling upon a jem of a spot only a few km's from the highway. Big enough for a handful of vehicles and with walking access to a private stretch of beach this may become a new favourite.
The weather forecasters had stuffed up a bit and the gentle breeze they’d expected was actually near gale force. Never mind, tucked in behind a sand dunes and hanging up a wind break we set to relaxing like you only can in the bush. The wind woke us in the night as it rocked the car and rooftop tent a bit. Fear of our windbreak flying away had Mr going out at 2:30am to take it down and the poor dog who was sleeping in the annex was probably scared to hell as it had detached from some of its pegs and proceeded to blow in on itself a bit.
All the wind was worth it when we woke to a perfect morning for the beach. Mrs was up and enjoying it early while Mr caught a few more Z’s before enjoying the views of the ocean from the comfort of bed. The obligatory bacon and egg wrap was cooked up before a couple of hours enjoying the beach like children. The dog was even more excited, non stop chasing balls, birds or just swimming in circles, becuase she could. Few words can describe this place other than perfect, the beach was blocked off by cliffs and rocks at each end creating a private area for this campsite, we both remarked we wished we could stay all day.
Unfortunately with Christmas fast approaching (where has this year gone?!?!) we had things to do and people to see which saw us packing up and heading for home just before lunch. It would seem we had forgotten our lessons of camping in the heat from the Kimberley, and that was to start packing as soon as you wake up, instead we were building a sweat, getting sunburnt and trying not to fill everything with sand as we left packing to last.
Excitingly this trip only fueled our desires to explore this area more and camping trips have already been planned to be back before the end of summer. We’ll be back next week with the next installment in our Pajero build series.
Till next time...