Exmouth to Steep Point
Trip Start May 11, 2009
46Trip End Aug 17, 2009
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Heading south today. Plan is Carnarvon.
We detour into Coral Bay and have a quick look. Only tourist parks and shops and three wind power generators which were working unlike the three at Exmouth which are out of action. Very tourist only orientated place. A quick photo and on our way.
Carnarvon didn't do it for Owen so after some fuel and bread we headed south further for a road camp.
Tuesday 28th July 2009
Up early and a quick pack too to get going. Destination Steep Point, the most westerly point of the Australian mainland.
We got to the ranger station and the ranger asked what our booking was. When we said we didn’t have one he looked at the camp trailer and then us and asked why we brought it and he gave us a real strange look too. Great guy though, Scottish and possibly a relation of Jimmy Barnes! Well if you’ve got a camp site we’ll have one then please. What a fantastic spot. 20ft to the water in the most picturesque (other than Kiama) place we’ve been to on the coast.
We headed to Steep Point, then Zudoypt Clifts.
A real highlight though was the humpback whales just off the coast. Possibly 12 of them, blowing, splashing and jumping. Magnificent to see in such a special place.
For fun Owen gave the girls a drive of the car. They loved it even though they had no idea of keeping the car on the track. They steered, I did the brake and gear thing. Huge smiles. My problem is they will be at me for more now.
Back at camp we have a little fishing session to use up the remaining bait from 80 Mile Beach. Bites galore which was good for the girls to experience. Kirstyn was to only one to bag a whiting though as their mouths were just too small for the gear I had. Nice fish, nearly 12’’ long too. He went safely back to sea.
Wednesday 29th July 2009
Beautiful morning, even though the breeze was a little strong and cool. Probably 10oC this morning.
On the way in was a real narly dune which on the downward side was really steep and very soft. Owen was a tad concerned about getting back over it. On reaching that dune there is a secondary track and no need to go the hard way. Phew.
We drove into Hamlin Pool to look at the stromatolites which occur here and only one other place in the world.
We had some nice burgers and milk shakes at the caravan park at Hamlin pool then headed on our way to find a camp closer to Geraldton. We camped by the Murchison River with probably the remainder of the grey nomads not already camped in either Broome, 80 Mile Beach, Exmouth or Coral Bay!
Where I stayed