Nice Beaches and our First Kangaroo!!

Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dunsbourgh is a small town on the south west coast of Oz.  We stopped here just on passing as we heard there we some nice beaches and views to take in.  We stopped at Eagle Bay Beach (or something like that) and took a walk along it.  It was really nice.  Very secluded and quite sheltered, white sand and blue sea.  It was the first beach we had seen in Oz with the really nice looking blues shining out of the water. After walking about 5 minutes we found a huge flock of birds resting on the rocks; mostly seagulls but also a few bigger ones thrown in there along with what looked like a sea eagle of some kind.  In typical fashion I spent the next 20 minutes boring Kate while I took all sorts of photos of them before heading off. 

While I had been taking photos Kate got chatting to a lady who told her about a spot where they had seen lots of sea lions laying out on the rocks, so we went to check it out.  It was called Cape Naturalist up on some cliffs at an old lighthouse.  We followed the directions the lady had given us as we casually walked along the walking trail, when Kate looked up to see something that made her jump clean out of her skin. It was the biggest Kangaroo we’ve ever seen, and it was the first one we had seen in the wild since arriving in Australia.  We were both pretty excited and I scrabbled to get the camera out.  Just after I took the picture of him however, he stood up and stared right towards us.  His legs were absolutely massive, and when he stood up he was taller than me by a distance.  He looked like he was shaping up to jump right on us, so we took off pretty quick.

We carried on out walk to the viewpoint the lady had told us of, but when we arrived there were no seals or anything. There were some stunning views of the cliffs and the Ocean though, so we did spend a few minutes taking them in.  We would have spent a lot longer typically , but there were so many flies and they were so persistent that we just couldn’t handle it any longer.  We jumped in the car and headed for our next campsite.

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