A Travellerspoint blog

November 2010

Walpole, Denmark, Albany and Esperance

Great southern land!

Will start this blog with a Wicked camper slogan.
wicked - worth a thought for those who are working!

wicked - worth a thought for those who are working!


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Have put a map of the area at the end of blog. Denmark and Walpole are in between Manjimup and Albany. This is the area we believe should be the winery areas instead of Margaret River. We arrived in the forest area. Trees of many shapes and sizes and had no idea what they were called. After a day or so, we got to recognise some of them. They also have wineries along these areas and cheese factory, meadery, chocolate 'lounge' etc. The drives through the forests were awesome. You can take a scenic loop of around 86 kms in the forests but we opted to do around half of that. In between the forests were scattered farms for cattle and sheep. Our caravan park at Walpole was beautiful. We stayed at a place called Coalmine Beach and it was surrounded by peppermint willows. Such a pretty tree. The park backed onto a beach with the dune to buffer the winds. It is pretty cold in this area and the winds didn't help. Of course I loved this climate. We got a huge area to ourselves in the park.
our motorhome in amongst the peppermint willows

our motorhome in amongst the peppermint willows

the caravan park at Coalmine Beach

the caravan park at Coalmine Beach

inlet at Walpole - our caravan park at Coalmine Beach

inlet at Walpole - our caravan park at Coalmine Beach

From Coalmine beach we could walk into town through the heathlands which were full of wildflowers and again the heathlands. Beautiful but not the flies that came with it. Have bought a 'magic cream' which apparently the flies hate. Tested it and it is not too bad. Now they only sniff our skin and fly away. Walpole is a very small town with beautiful gardens all around and surrounded by forest. They had a nice little bakery there which was good for lunch and meat pies!
walk through the heathlands

walk through the heathlands

walk through the heathlands to town of Walpole

walk through the heathlands to town of Walpole

marron going for a walk?

marron going for a walk?

bent 'black boy'

bent 'black boy'


In the forest they have these huge karri, jarrah and tuart trees. We climbed a karri tree which has a house halfway and another at the top. It was about 30 metres high and pretty scary. They use this tree when the forestry/fire people need to see where the fires are. You must not have a fear of heights. It looks not too bad from the ground.
treehouse on a giant karri tree

treehouse on a giant karri tree


Have a look how far Geoff got!
Geoff didn't get very far

Geoff didn't get very far

We also went to the 'land of the giants' which had a walk above the trees. The giants were mainly red tingle trees. It was cold and rainy but stunning.the sign says it all -visiting the forests and particularly the red tingle trees

the sign says it all -visiting the forests and particularly the red tingle trees

the walk above the treetops

the walk above the treetops

red tingle tree giant

red tingle tree giant

red tingle fairy!

red tingle fairy!

pushing the tree roots apart - what a strong man!

pushing the tree roots apart - what a strong man!

the next Wiggle!

the next Wiggle!

one of the giants

one of the giants

top half of the giant

top half of the giant


Along the way we met some really nice people from Mt Gambier. We met them in Margaret River and shared a few beers/wines and dinners. We thought they were a pair of 'wily old codgers' because they had planned their washing day on a sunny day and knew all the good spots to stay at and see. Useful for us young things that are novices at this camping life. Had lots of fun with them and definitely will be catching up with them in the future if not this time round. (They weren't really that old)!
dining with some wily old codgers!!! Hi Marie and David.

dining with some wily old codgers!!! Hi Marie and David.

We were also told about Peaceful Bay but check out the sign and the beach conditions. It was far from peaceful and in fact the inlet there was called 'Foul Bay'.
Peaceful Bay warning sign!

Peaceful Bay warning sign!

Peaceful Beach at Foul Bay

Peaceful Beach at Foul Bay


On the way to Albany we stopped at a beautiful place called Denmark - it is the Byron Bay of this area. Lots of organics, yoga, hippies and ... you get the picture.
Denmark river

Denmark river


When we got to Albany the town didn't look too inviting. It is a 'large port' town and looks like a lot of heavy industry there.
Albany and the black swans

Albany and the black swans


Once we settled into our caravan park at Middleton beach we started to see how beautiful this area is. There are so many walking/cycling tracks around and really pretty following the coastline and heaths. We went for a scenic drive and what we saw was stunning. Verve energy also have a wind farm there supplying 80 percent of power to Albany. The walk around the wind farm area was stunning.
scenic drive along the coast of Albany area

scenic drive along the coast of Albany area

spectacular views of the ocean at Albany

spectacular views of the ocean at Albany

walk around the wind farm

walk around the wind farm

the gap rock formation

the gap rock formation

Albany's electricity supply - wind farm by Verve energy

Albany's electricity supply - wind farm by Verve energy

the views from scenic coastal drive Albany

the views from scenic coastal drive Albany

the walking track at the wind farm

the walking track at the wind farm


One of the shopping centres was called 'dog rock' and you can see why?
dog rock

dog rock

We also had a fantastic fish and chips at the jetty/marina of Emu Point. It was called the 'Squid Shack'. You can bring your own grog at no extra charge and eat in the shack or takeaway. It was really delicious. We enjoyed this meal with our 'old' friends David and Marie. It was a fun night and definitely recommend eating there.

Next stop was Esperance about 480 kms away still south and further along the coastline. Another fantastic location. You think that you would have enough of all those cliffs, heaths, farms etc but the colours are just so stunning. The southern area is much colder due to the wind chill factor. My camera doesn't do the colours of the ocean justice.
trying to capture the colours of the ocean

trying to capture the colours of the ocean

Twilight Bay which was voted one of the world's top 10 beaches in 2006

Twilight Bay which was voted one of the world's top 10 beaches in 2006

Esperance

Esperance

the spectacular drive along the ocean and cliffs - 34 kms.

the spectacular drive along the ocean and cliffs - 34 kms.

what adventurous people we are going along the coastline here!

what adventurous people we are going along the coastline here!

they also have white silica beach here

they also have white silica beach here

whistling rock and it did whistle the sounds of the ocean

whistling rock and it did whistle the sounds of the ocean

the contrasting colours of the ocean but too cold to swim

the contrasting colours of the ocean but too cold to swim

Lucky Bay at Esperance

Lucky Bay at Esperance

at Le Grand national park

at Le Grand national park

I think this is a honeyeater that eats wildflowers!

I think this is a honeyeater that eats wildflowers!

We are off to Kalgoorlie next and after that take the long crossing over the Nullarbor plain from Norseman to Ceduna. Will be out of range with phone and internet but may be pleasantly surprised if there was any Telstra connection.

Perth to Adelaide

Perth to Adelaide

And I will close by 'sealing this with a 'kiss' for those people who have commented on our blog - pardon the pun.
Sammy the seal waiting for some fish off the jetty at Esperance

Sammy the seal waiting for some fish off the jetty at Esperance

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Margaret River area (the south west)

All those wineries ...did I mention the food?

We left Perth after staying there for over a week. Had to get the motorhome serviced and luckily there is not a thing wrong with it. Before I start this section I have to say that now we are getting back into colder climate, wind and sometimes rain. Probably in summer this changes but not for this time of year. So you will notice a lot of pics of beaches but not us swimming in them.

Will put a map in at end of this blog. We headed to the the south west of WA - Margaret River area. Had heard a lot about it - in particular about the wines. On the way there we passed Bunbury and the turn off to a town called Collie. When our family first arrived in Australia we lived in this small town but I have no desire to see the place again. It was a 'dump' and fortunately my parents decided very quickly to move us to Queensland. We then passed through Busselton and the only point of interest here was the 1.8 km long jetty. It has an underwater aquarium at the end but unfortunately it was under repair. The jetty had a huge history about when they were going to pull it down and then it broke and then it became longer etc.
1.8 kms jetty at Busselton

1.8 kms jetty at Busselton

the souvenir shop on Busselton jetty

the souvenir shop on Busselton jetty

the underwater aquarium - what it would have looked like if it was open

the underwater aquarium - what it would have looked like if it was open

We stayed at Margaret River and it is what you would expect of a wine growing area. Plenty of vines and also farming country. A pretty area. The shops had some good stuff for women shopping and were really reasonably priced. It is a small town made to look cute. The fudge factory was really yummy! I was hopeful to find some cheeseries which is of far more interest to me. The cheesery was pretty ordinary. What was really yummy was the 'nuts and cereals' factory - it had these beautiful mueslies of varying sorts and biscuits. The chocolate factory was also pretty good. The chocs however come from Belgium and they melt it down to various tastes and shapes. You are only allowed to taste the choc chips - so everyone was helping themselves to spoonfuls of the stuff. I only had 2 glasses of wine in the whole area and visited 4 wineries. We have to say that of far more interest was the architecture and landscaping of these places.
Margaret River

Margaret River

marron in the river

marron in the river

wine estate viewing!

wine estate viewing!

a thorn among the roses

a thorn among the roses

the landscaped gardens at Voyager

the landscaped gardens at Voyager

Cape Dutch style architecture

Cape Dutch style architecture

smelling the roses at Voyager estate winery

smelling the roses at Voyager estate winery

Leeuwin Estate winery entrance

Leeuwin Estate winery entrance

entrance at the tunnel to winery

entrance at the tunnel to winery

list of entertainers who have performed at Leeuwin estate

list of entertainers who have performed at Leeuwin estate

Our caravan park was a farm (Taunton Farm) so we had these lovely views of farmlands and the animals. They were fed every day at a certain time and of course kids loved to feed them. I also had to have a go on the jumping pillow which is for kids and adults. Had to wait for the kids to be gone so I wouldn't embarass myself! Great fun and good exercise.
farm animals at Taunton farm

farm animals at Taunton farm

donkeys being fed by kids

donkeys being fed by kids

me exercising on the jumping pillow

me exercising on the jumping pillow

The trip to Augusta was beautiful. Again the lovely heathlands meeting the ocean. It is the southern most tip of WA. They called this tip of South west Australia Cape Leeuwin National Park, recognising the Dutch explorers. The tip north of Margaret River was called Cape Naturaliste National Park to recognise the French explorers. Both ends had a lighthouse and walks along the cliffs to view the ocean and the heathlands. There is also a Cape to Cape mountain bike race held once a year which is a distance of approx. 135 kms and goes over a period of 4 days. You can also walk this track!
lighthouse at Augusta

lighthouse at Augusta

Dutch person exploring Cape Leeuwin

Dutch person exploring Cape Leeuwin

Augusta heathlands

Augusta heathlands

Smiths beach in the Yallingup

Smiths beach in the Yallingup

lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste

lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste

walk along the cliffs at Cape Naturaliste

walk along the cliffs at Cape Naturaliste

Margaret River and Augusta is just below it

Margaret River and Augusta is just below it


All in all we think Margaret River is overrated. Have seen nicer wine growing areas around the Barossa and Vic areas as well as New Zealand and South Africa. I am not a wine buff but hopefully the wine is good. Prettier areas (growing wines as well) we found along the southern coastline of WA with the added attraction of the forests.

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Perth, Freemantle and Rottnest Island

Beaches, shops, old buildings, ducks and rats!

We arrived into Perth after staying a night at a lovely little place where an estuary meets the ocean once again. The little town was called Guilderton. We would have stayed an extra night but the place was so windy it 'blew us away'. This is a problem along this coastline. The winds can change everything.

Our caravan park at Karrinyup Waters about 10 kms north of the city was beautiful. It had 2 lakes and many birds - in particular ducks and their babies of varying sizes and also the black swans with their cygnets. We had many visits from these cute things and I fed them well! The swans weren't as welcome because their poo was too big!
swans at our park

swans at our park


more ducklings

more ducklings


Another visitor to our park was relevant only to my Mum whose name is Nell! I had a laugh.
for my Mum

for my Mum

The city is of course the youngest and has grown substantially since I was here. Now having 2 malls and lots of cute arcades with shops to walk through.
arcade between the malls

arcade between the malls


They have an excellent transport system - best in Australia. Their trains run very regularly through the middle of the freeways/highways into and out of the city which makes them a tempting travelling option. The bell tower was another beautiful feature.
bell tower in Perth

bell tower in Perth


The park was outstanding with beautiful views of the city and surrounds including the Swan river. The river actually looks clean.
Kings Park

Kings Park

another view of Perth

another view of Perth

view from Kings Park

view from Kings Park

small tree walk at botanic gardens

small tree walk at botanic gardens


The memorial to all the WW1 and WW2 diggers was one of the best we've seen. The wildflowers were well represented for all the different regions of WA. I have lots of photos of them but don't want to bore you with too many more.
memorial to diggers at Kings Park

memorial to diggers at Kings Park

memorial Kings Park

memorial Kings Park


We also went to the 'Mint' where they make lots of coins and gold bullion. Would love to have souvenired the bullion they made for us - the audience. It looked very hot but cooled down very quickly. Unfortunately we couldn't take photos of it for security reasons.
Perth mint

Perth mint


Another day we drove to a very expensive suburb of Dalkeith where Bond used to live and maybe still does. Beautiful peppermint trees everywhere and we parked outside one of the beautiful mansions. Couldn't take too many photos in case of security.
peppermint trees at Dalkeith

peppermint trees at Dalkeith

mansion at Dalkeith

mansion at Dalkeith


Another beautiful feature of Perth is the beaches. There are many suburbs that enjoy being on or close to a beautiful beach. Not sure I would want to swim/surf in them due to the white pointers that are out there somewhere - very tempting all the same. There are esplanade walks all along the beaches which I reckon are better than the Bondi walk. A lot of people use them for exercise, walking the dog and simply enjoying the scenery. Of course whale watching is all along those beaches. Yes John, a lot of people having a 'whale of a time' and no blubber!
view of suburban beach around Perth

view of suburban beach around Perth

one of the many beaches around Perth

one of the many beaches around Perth

some penguins for the white pointers!

some penguins for the white pointers!


Another day we went to Freemantle and enjoyed the 'cappucino strip'. The buildings are also really old and well maintained. Fish and chips are on offer at the wharf. We also went to the markets - Geoff's favourite - NOT!
eateries at Freo

eateries at Freo

beautiful old church at Freo

beautiful old church at Freo

We also went to the museum to see how the Dutch discovered this country. There was a wreck of the 'Duyfken' in the museum. These things were bigger than I thought. What we saw were only pieces and it was only half way up to the ship's deck.
Maritime museum

Maritime museum

Captain of the Duyfken

Captain of the Duyfken

some old wreck!!

some old wreck!!


The French and the Dutch have been all around this part of Australia. The Dutch saw no value in the trade of spices and the French only charted the coastline on this side. Hence all the French and Dutch names given to national parks and such.

Rottnest Island was also a very pleasant surprise. Geoff went with snorkelling equipment and was not disappointed. The waters were so clear. We paid for a round trip on the bus and you can get on and off anytime along the way. Some people cycled around but it was a bit warm for that and there are a lot of hills (we saw a lot of people taking their bikes for a walk) and flies were also plentiful.
beaches on Rotto

beaches on Rotto

Rotto beach

Rotto beach

salmon bay

salmon bay


Geoff hopped off the bus to go snorkelling and I had coffee and walks at the main jetty area with another lovely lady from our caravan park called Marian. The water was too cold for me. There are a lot of museums, eateries and shops.
snorkelling

snorkelling

Rotto jetty area

Rotto jetty area


Also saw some quokkas there. When the Dutch came here they thought the quokkas were rats and hence the name 'Rottnest' (ratnest). Pretty big rats! They weren't as plentiful as we thought they would be but could be the time of day as they sleep during the day.
quokka shopping

quokka shopping


The apartments around the island also looked like they were in picturesque locations. Great place and about 40 mins by ferry from Hillary's marina.

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Monkey Mia, Kalbarri, Geraldton

No monkeys but plenty of Pinnacles??

Mia is an Aboriginal word meaning "place." Despite what one might think, this is not "the place of monkeys." The Monkey was the name of a ship which brought surveyor Henry Ommanney to Shark's Bay to check out the fishing prospects. The spot where Ommanney's ship docked became known as "Monkey Mia."

The day we arrived the ocean looked like a lake! It was late afternoon and people were sitting on the beach 'cocktailing' and watching the sun set - as you do!
an ocean that looks like a lake!

an ocean that looks like a lake!

sunset at Monkey Mia

sunset at Monkey Mia

us at the resort!

us at the resort!


Exmouth to Monkey Mia

Exmouth to Monkey Mia


Monkey Mia is actually the name of the resort where you go to feed the dolphins - like Tangalooma is, in our neck of the world. The area is national park and the ocean around there is Shark's Bay. We stayed 3 nights there and went to view the dolphin feeding once. It is done a bit differently to Tangalooma. At a certain time in the morning you are asked to stay away from the water's edge until you get 'the call' from the rangers to move towards the sea. We are waiting for the arrival of the dolphins who have already been there earlier and people have seen them.
on dolphin watch!

on dolphin watch!


Once they have been spotted we can then move to the shallows of the ocean - ankle depth only because the dolphins don't like it if you go in too deep. They have a habit of nibbling/biting you.

up close with the dolphins

up close with the dolphins


Unfortunately only 5 people (out of the hundreds that are there) are selected to feed the dolphins and then they only get one fish to give them. Very controlled. What is nice though is that you can view them from the shallows of the ocean up close. The dolphins follow the ranger whilst she is giving her talk up and down the crowds. They also like to show off to people. There are only about 4-5 dolphins that can be fed and 2 babies. Not as many as Tangalooma has.
the dolphins - one of them is called Nicky

the dolphins - one of them is called Nicky

my namesake

my namesake


This happens 3 times a day in the mornings when the dolphins appear and if you are persistent enough and hang around you might get a chance to feed one sometime during the morning.

The next day I went on a boat cruise to see guaranteed sightings of dugong. There are huge areas of seagrasses here at Shark's Bay and I was not disappointed. They are rather difficult to photo and very shy so this is the best I can do on a photo.
dugong at Monkey Mia

dugong at Monkey Mia


We also had the dolphins follow us. Another thing was the floating farm - 'black pearl'. This was the workplace of 'farmer Jamie' from the show 'Farmer wants a wife'. There was a young, blonde girl helping out there in the shop which I think ended up being the farmer's choice. I guess if you have to live on a farm then a pearl farm is not a bad way to go!
black pearl farm

black pearl farm

Again the desert met the ocean and the colours are amazing.
the colours of Monkey Mia

the colours of Monkey Mia


swimming at Monkey Mia - is it a lake?

swimming at Monkey Mia - is it a lake?

Another unusual sighting on the beach.
emu at Monkey Mia beach

emu at Monkey Mia beach

Apart from the dolphins which attract the tourists, this place is another 'gem' on this coastline.
When you arrive and leave Monkey Mia there is a lot of beautiful National Park and coastline to see. The road is a mini version of the 'Great Ocean Road'. A small town of Denham has fantastic views of the ocean and there is a lot of new housing going up. Well worth an investment if you had spare cash. One unusual building was made of cockleshell bricks.
restaurant made of cockle shells brick

restaurant made of cockle shells brick

In fact on the way out we drove into 'shell beach' where there was a beach load of these cockle shells. It looks like a normal white sandy beach but it is not.
cockles and mussels...

cockles and mussels...

cockle shell bricks

cockle shell bricks

this sign explains it!

this sign explains it!


We also drove into a place called Hamelin Pool that had stromatolites. What are they? They look like rocks, you'd think they were rocks
but they are in fact living things, believed to be the oldest living organisms on earth.
stromatolites

stromatolites


I also visited an aquarium with a huge collection of live sea life caught by the guides themselves who were marine biologists or similar science degree.
baby shark in aquarium

baby shark in aquarium

box fish at aquarium

box fish at aquarium

Our next destination was Kalbarri.
Kalbarri to Perth

Kalbarri to Perth


We missed out on 'wildflower' season by a month due to the early summer weather they have been experiencing here. I went to a wildflower park and took some photos. Beautiful and also amongst the dunes. A unique scenery.
wild flower park

wild flower park

wildflowers

wildflowers

wild flower

wild flower

unusual name - I didn't taste it!

unusual name - I didn't taste it!

lambswool wild flowers

lambswool wild flowers

cauliflower wild flowers

cauliflower wild flowers

wild flowers

wild flowers


Kalbarri also enjoys stunning views and you can walk in the heathland along the cliffs. This was also the first beach on our whole trip that had surfable waves. We also had delicious fish and chips here. It is a small fishing village where the Murchison river meets the ocean. It is surrounded by National Park and heaths with all the wildflowers. We could see the ocean from our caravan park. Again a rugged coastline and beautiful lookouts to see all this.
Kalbarri cliffs - years of erosion and also a whale lookout

Kalbarri cliffs - years of erosion and also a whale lookout

my rock!

my rock!

the cliffs lookout at Kalbarri

the cliffs lookout at Kalbarri


I also went to a place called 'Parrotiso'. This place has the largest collection of parrots in Australia. Some can talk and my favourite was a 'Cocky' at the entrance. He could say so much and was a real character. He had all the tourists in stitches. If you weren't in the area he would call at the top of his voice 'Mum' and expect a reply. If you say 'what do you want' he would reply 'come here'! Hilarious. Another parrot says 'hello beautiful' when you aren't expecting it - I thought it was Geoff talking to me!
parrot

parrot

black cockatoo

black cockatoo

parrots

parrots

parrot

parrot


and then there were the unusual sculptures
another unusual creature at 'Parrotiso'

another unusual creature at 'Parrotiso'

unusual sculpture at 'Parrotiso'

unusual sculpture at 'Parrotiso'

After leaving Kalbarri we also have to mention the unusual 'Pink lake'. My photo doesn't do it justice but it is full of beta carotene and this gives it the colour. Hopefully our video will have captured it better.
Pink lake

Pink lake

pink lake of beta-carotene at Kalbarri

pink lake of beta-carotene at Kalbarri

Going down the coastline - Geraldton is a larger town which is being developed big time! It is also a port for iron ore. The memorial for the people who lost their lives on HMAS Sydney during WW2 was well done.
the seagulls on the memorial at Geraldton - commemorating loss of lives on HMAS Sydney

the seagulls on the memorial at Geraldton - commemorating loss of lives on HMAS Sydney

the mothers looking for HMAS Sydney to return

the mothers looking for HMAS Sydney to return

After leaving Geraldton we stopped in at Cervantes where the Pinnacles are. I thought it would be just another bunch of rocks. They were unique and once again unusual. They were in the middle of the heaths and wildflowers and there was this desert full of these rocks that look a bit like all the termite mounds we have been seeing in our travels. There were thousands of them in this area.
the Pinnacles desert park

the Pinnacles desert park

more Pinnacles!

more Pinnacles!


You can 'tiptoe' through the Pinnacles which come in all different shapes and sizes.
Pinnacle peekabo!

Pinnacle peekabo!

weirdo behind a pinnacle?

weirdo behind a pinnacle?


At this point we have to mention the flies which were driving everyone crazy. There was a lot of 'Aussie saluting' going on.
the show must go on!

the show must go on!


We could have sold our nets several times and made a fortune. If we had known we would have bought a box load! You can also drive through the Pinnacles which goes for 4 kms.
the Pinnacles desert drive - 4 kms.

the Pinnacles desert drive - 4 kms.

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Exmouth and Coral Bay

Ningaloo reef - here fishy, fishy!

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!
Ningaloo Lighthouse caravan park

Ningaloo Lighthouse caravan park

part of the 360 degree view of the ocean from the lighthouse

part of the 360 degree view of the ocean from the lighthouse

free whale watching - can you see them?

free whale watching - can you see them?


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.
lighthouse at Exmouth aka internet/phone cafe!

lighthouse at Exmouth aka internet/phone cafe!

We'll give you 2 maps so we know what area of the WA coastline we are at.
Darwin to Perth simple map

Darwin to Perth simple map

Broome to Coral Bay map

Broome to Coral Bay map


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.
wind turbines powering Ningaloo reef area NOT

wind turbines powering Ningaloo reef area NOT


Another thing that popped up into the landscape was wildlife walking around the camp grounds looking for food.
looking for food!

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.
Turquoise Bay at Ningaloo reef

Turquoise Bay at Ningaloo reef

swimming again at Turquoise Bay

swimming again at Turquoise Bay

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. turquoise waters at Ningaloo reef

turquoise waters at Ningaloo reef


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.
Coral Bay

Coral Bay

Another popular thing to do was fish feeding daily. Mainly snapper and they were already swimming around early because they know what time it is!
the crowds that can't wait to feed the fish??

the crowds that can't wait to feed the fish??


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!
here come the snapper! Yummy.

here come the snapper! Yummy.

friendly snapper coming in for food

friendly snapper coming in for food


In fact as soon as you go into the water to swim they come up to you!
the 'fish whisperer' returning from a big day of snorkelling at Ningaloo reef

the 'fish whisperer' returning from a big day of snorkelling at Ningaloo reef


We also did some walking along the beach and this was a nice photo I took.
Barra boy is not a bird whisperer!

Barra boy is not a bird whisperer!

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