Shark Bay area

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Aug 30, 2008

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

It's been a while since we have been off the radar.  Well at least to us - to you it's only been a couple of days.  So our last travel pod was from Exmouth.  The morning we were due to leave we were told to expect some rain.  We didn't really believe this because we have had such great weather so far.  So off we went (late because Peter took the Landcruiser to an Auto Electrician) and our first stop was Charles Knife Gorge.  We didn't know what to expect but it was just off the main road.  WELL!! again totally unexpected - we thought we were looking at Australia's Grand Canyon.  As we drove up the ridge there were huge canyons either side of us and very impressive too.  This is what gets us we keep coming across the un-expected around every bend.
So off we headed for Coral Bay.  As we arrived it looked really pretty - what we could see around the wall to wall tourists but it was just starting to spit with rain.  Oh No! we decided lets get out of here!   Sadly we couldn't out run  the rain and we spent all afternoon driving in it.  Well now we had a problem becuase we wanted to bush camp that night.  So about 4:30 we had a talk and agreed to B-line for Carnarvon for a night in a motel.  About 60Km out we decied to use the SAT phone (and it worked) and start ringing for CP cabins etc.  So many were booked.  We finally got a two bedroom "apartment" at the Gateway Motel.  Our relief was short lived - when we arrived it was not up to expectations.   At least we had a "port in the storm".  Next morning we decided it was wetter inside our unit than out.  There was salt damp and the whole carpet was wringing wet!!  Made our little campers seem like a palace.  Anyway there was no more rain and blue skies the next day.  So off we went to visit the blowholes and Point Quobba.  This was most impressive any many locals camp for months along the foreshore.  We moved on to Quobba Station and camped right beside the sea.  It was a beautiful night but boy did the sea come crashing in all night long.  Are we hard to please?  May be. Further along the coast were some beautiful areas called Red Bluff and Three Mile which we wanted to see.  Locals said the road was too wet so we gave them a miss. (PT says chickened out)  So we thought we would push on to Shark Bay area and tried to book into a CP.  No luck they were all booked out.  However we did book two nights at Hamelyn Pools so off we went.  This was a nice quiet little place and we thought we would do a day trip to Steep Point from here.  Steep Point is the most westerly place in Australia and is a 4x4 drive to get there.  Still no luck because this road was closed due to the rain.  Well this meant we were off to spend the day at the famous Monkey Mia and Denham.  This area has a world wide reputation but we can't tell you anything about it.  The bays were pretty but the countryside was so uninspiring but we travelled over 60km to the boom gate at Monkey Mia to be told we were too late to see anything and we would have to pay $6 each to go any further any way.  We weren't too impressed because we just wanted to have a look and eat our lunch on the beach.  So off we went to Francois Peron NP which looked nice but also rain affected.  Then on to Denham which is a nice little sea side town then home to the campertrailers.  So we saw the sights of the famous Shark Bay region in one day! 
Well we woke up the other morning and heard a strange sound.  Rain was falling on our tents.  It showered on and off for a couple of hours and dampened our spirits.  However the sun came out and the bonus was our canvas is now officially seasoned!  I suppose we can't complain compared to the weather the rest of the country is getting.  So now we have decided to spend three nights in Kalbarri because the washing is piling up again and we are actually feeling like we need a holiday from our holiday!?!  Now for some really bad news for our poor family - we have struck wildflower country big time kids!!!  Can you imagine how many photographs we are taking now? Just wait until you see them all!

Toddy has his say -
I guess we had been living dangerously bragging about the weather.  The wet bitumen roads have helped wash the red dust off the campers.  Camping in wet weather does test our resolve for this type of lifestyle.  The auto electrician was needed to upgrade the wiring from our car battery to the camper so that we could charge the camper battery while travelling. It was undersized and world not charge effectively.  Seems to be working. Heaps of travellers on the road.  I am still married, but I don't know for how much longer.  Camping pendulum keeps swinging.  We are onto our 4th x 1hr video tape and lost count of photos taken.  We will only show them to you if you ask.

Cheers until next time form mostly sunny WA.
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starlagurl on

Complaining about the sea crashing into the shore too loud all night? Now, I think I've heard everything...

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