Hema's maps have been a catalyst for many of our adventures, so we're excited to be working together to update a few tracks for their guidebooks, and to create digital tracks and imagery for the Hema Explorer Cloud. First up, Western Australia's Holland Track!
That tiny ice crystals, each and every one unique in shape, can fall from the sky in such quantity as to blanket the ground so perfectly as to smooth out all the imperfections in uniform velvety whiteness, will always be wondrous.
To escape the winter crowds heading north, we turned our wheels in the opposite direction. Inspired by an image of the vast Bilbunya Dunes we hit the maps. We settled on an off-road route from Cocklebiddy, near the SA/WA border, west along the Great Australian Bight, through the Bilbunya Dunes and finally on to Esperance.
Crystal clear waters on the east, rugged cliffs on the west, a rich history, ambitious environmental goals and part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Dirk Hartog Island is no doubt wild and unique.
Standing cold beside a frozen river was not the ideal start to a 1,200km canoe journey. Just as doubts set in Zogo, the driver, appeared with Vodka. After cup three Martin and Kerryn were warm and on their way, dragging their canoe behind them!
A mysterious foreign name, the proximity to the wild Southern Ocean, a promise of both forests and white uncrowded beaches alike - D’Entrecasteaux National Park in Australia’s South West was beckoning!
The Gibb River Road is a short-cut that connects the remote Kimberley towns of Derby and Kununurra. In the wet season, December to March, it is impassable. In the dry it is 660km of corrugated hell for the ill-prepared.