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The journey to Carnarvon included a quick visit to meet up with friends Mavis and Ron Joyce after church in Geraldton. (Pic 4) Our own 'church' was listening to a worship CD and then a message from Phil Baker while we drove. A few kilometres down the road our suspicions about the air-conditioner were confirmed – it was broken. Fortunately that hasn’t been a really major problem as there has been a cool breeze most of the time. However, it doesn’t seem to matter what time of the day it is, the sun always seems to be beating down on my side of the car!
Lunch on the way was by the puddles of the Murchison River, 12 km north of the Kalbarri turn off
A late afternoon vista stop at White Bluff gave us amazing 360° view of the surrounding plains and hills inland and to the coast just north of Shark Bay.
It was after 7 when we arrived at Wintersun Caravan Park in Carnarvon. Our plan to have fish and chips was foiled when the shop was closed when we returned into town. Soup and bread was our dinner that night.
We did some exploring around Carnarvon on Monday; stopping at Bumbaks to purchase some sauces and jams. We also bought a dozen eggs. We also followed the plantation circuit where farmers grow a huge variety of produce including mangos, bananas, grapes, tomatoes, pumpkin, melons, avocado and corn. During winter, Carnarvon produces 70% of W.A.’s vegetables. (Pic 6)
An interesting drive out of town took us to the Bibbawarra borehole where hot water bubbles out of the ground at 65°. The bore was originally sunk to provide water for stock. The water trough that used to be there is the second longest in the world. (Pic 7, 8) The billabong created by the warm water attracted many beautiful dragonflies – large blue ones and small red bodied ones.
On the coast towards Quobba, we saw the ocean swell through gaps in the cliff, creating huge blowholes. It was a very pretty coastline and offered some great photo opportunities. It was a toss up between the dragonflies and the coastal scenery for the day’s cherry. (Pic 9,10)