Leaving the Kimberly for the Pilbara

Maddy and Steve Norman's gap year

We left the Kimberly coast and turned inland to the Pilbara. It was sad to leave the beautiful coastline behind but better for my shell collecting addiction. 80 mile beach was just littered with temptation. It was also exciting to be getting back out into the deserts again on the Marble Bar road.

80 mile to dles gorge

This area had had a big dump of rain in March and it looked much greener than most places we had seen on this trip. The most exciting thing about this, was that there were wildflowers which you only see after rains. It was the first time we had EVER seen the Sturt Desert Pea in the wild and they are really striking little flowers. M

sturts desert pea pilbara roadside The very striking Sturt’s Desert Pea on the side of the road.

sturts desert pea roadside closeup Sturt’s Desert Pea, a very unusual looking flower that really stands out. They sort of look like little alien…

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