Kangaroo's, quad bikes, whale watching....
Trip Start Mar 27, 2006
95Trip End Dec 03, 2006
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We took a tour around Fremantle prison when we left Fremantle back on Tuesday then headed north. After leaving Perth we didn't see civilization again that day. Ended up spending Tuesday night miles away from any sort of anything, about 100km south of Geraldton by the side of the road in our campervan.
On Wednesday we spent most of the day taking it in turns to drive and managed to make it to Shark Bay which is a bit of a detour off the main highway but something the lonely planet guide book advised seeing
After realising that we had taken a detour of about 150km to see pretty much nothing in the middle of nowhere we left Shark Bay Thursday morning and headed up to Monkey Mia where you can watch wild Dolphins being fed on the Shore between 8am-1pm. We arrived at noon paid $12 to get in and found out that they had finished feeding the dolphins for the day. Didn't really fancy staying in a caravan resort with absolutely nothing to do until the next morning so we decided to head back to the main highway and Carry on North. We stopped of at Hamelin Pool on the way back and had a look at something called Stromatolites which is the oldest living organism on the planet at about 3 billion years old. Admittedly it looks like a bunch of rocks but if it wasn't for these bunch of rocks humans very likely we wouldn't be here.
On the way to Coral Bay on Thursday night Luke managed to plow the van head first into a kangaroo which miraculously survived when he had managed to yank it out of the engine (see the photo)
The following morning (Friday) we got told by a ranger we couldn't camp there which was ok by us because we'd already had the free night in the car park. Went and chilled out on the beach for a few hours which is just as nice as some of the beaches in Thailand with lush blue sea although it is freezing. Yesterday night me and Dave went on a quad bike tour for a couple of hours which was great fun off roading on the beach and on sand dunes. Dave thought he was being smooth with his Biggles style goggles but he looked more like he was going deep sea diving with a helmet on. We wanted to stay another night in Coral bay so that we could do a whale watching tour this morning but basically got kicked out of this little settlement of two caravan parks by the ranger and told to drive 12km down the road through Kangaroo country to park on the side of the road which pretty much sums up the attitude of the Australians we've met so far
We returned to Coral Bay from the dirt patch on the side of the road this morning and managed to get a place at the campsite for tonight. We went on the whale watching tour this morning and saw some whales which were awesome especially when one jumped clear out of the water. Then we went snorkeling on the Ningaloo reef.
So far we've covered about 1200km not including a round trip of about 300km to see monkey mia/shark bay. We're staying one more night in Coral bay and then taking our sardine tin on wheels to Karijini park which is the second largest national park in Australia and proper isolated. Will update with photos when I get a chance again but with the huge distances between towns it probably won't be until we reach Broome or Darwin.