Ningaloo reef - here fishy, fishy!
06.10.2010 - 16.10.2010
We got to Exmouth not knowing what to expect. Our caravan park was below a lighthouse and when you drive up the hill you can see the ocean for miles. Another thing you can see are the whales returning to Antarctica with their babies. It was guaranteed sightings - FREE!
The lighthouse also became the place to view the sunsets and catch up with internet/phone to keep in touch. Below the lighthouse hill we were 'out of range'. Unusual for a place that has a government base with major communications networks - I think it was a spy place.
We'll give you 2 maps so we know what area of the WA coastline we are at.
Thanks to all those brochures we collect along the way, most of them have a simple map for our blogging!
Our caravan park and surrounds were powered by wind turbines but something happened to these ones. Maybe the winds were too strong for them and they fell over! We have seen a few along this coastline servicing small towns.
Another thing that popped up into the landscape was wildlife walking around the camp grounds looking for food.
We saw a lot of them from here on all the way to Perth. Some roadkill as well.
Geoff was looking forward to snorkelling off the beach. Again the waters were still turquoise and clear as can be. It was a bit intimidating to walk into the water and see fish all around your ankles looking for a feed. They are so tame. One could do very well with a fishing net! Of course being the conservationists that we are, it didn't even enter our heads then!
You could get into the water at one end and let the current drift you to the other side of the beach whilst snorkelling along the corals. It was hard work trying to not drift too far away anywhere out to sea. There is reef all around not too far from the beach and big waves breaking onto them.
Geoff thought that the corals and fish were not as good as the Barrier Reef but you don't have to pay a fortune to go on a boat to see something. We stayed for a day or 2 and then left for Coral Bay which is also part of Ningaloo reef. It was about 150 kms away.
This is where tourists come from all over the world to swim with the giant whale sharks from March to about May. There is an abundance of fish to see and also reef snorkelling. One could also snorkel straight off the beach - what a beautiful place. Had a prime spot at the caravan park called 'People's Park'. It overlooked the ocean and it was beautifully shaded.
Coral Bay is only a small town with a few convenience shops there as well as the diving/snokelling/boat trips you can book. It is very popular with Western Australians who live in Perth and further south because they have cold winters. They book years in advance just to get a spot in the caravan park for at least a month and/or more. Of course it is also well known to the tourists.
Often they appeared on your dinner plate at night if you had fish and chips! They are so trusting that they swim right up to you and you can feel them slithering between your legs. Again a few people commented how good they would taste for dinner at night. Mostly they were snapper and very large. Yum!
In fact as soon as you go into the water to swim they come up to you!
We also did some walking along the beach and this was a nice photo I took.