Re-tracing history in inland WA

Caravans, camper trailers, RVs and vehicles have been arriving in WA by the shipload. Camping gear has been streaming out of stores. STEPHEN SCOURFIELD investigates

Travellers are geared-up and ready to explore our western third of the continent in this year in which we get to immerse ourselves in WA— a playground as big as Western Europe.

Big, flat and boring? Nah.

Western Australia has a variety of climates, landscapes and human history.

It has wide horizons. And at this time of the year, my gaze is turning from blue to red — away from the summer past on the coast, and into the cool season ahead inland.

And the Gascoyne Murchison region of Australia’s Golden Outback has all I want — red earth, rock formations, agricultural and goldrush towns and plenty of space to explore.

And last month, some parts of the Gascoyne recorded their biggest February rainfall for at least 20 years. The Gascoyne River peaked at 7m, and the Murchison and Wooramel rose, too — a scene-setter for a good touring season.

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