A Travellerspoint blog

April 2021

One CarCar Southbound

Today I hit the long road home, last place I wanted to go, I was happy escaping reality but happy to have my own bed & a decent shower.

It’s a long drive of well very similarly terrain, you can’t play eye spy alone & if you count caravans, motor homes or campers you’ll be asleep pretty quick. I did see emus, goats & a wedge tail eagle so that kept me on my toes.

I didn’t get very far out of Denham before I pulled into my first stop - Eagle Bluff. I missed it on the way in & while it was close enough to town I could have ducked out I didn’t. Anyway I took a stroll on the boardwalk & watched the sun rise.

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The mist in the valleys was quite photographic, just never in a good spot to stop.

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Took a quick toilet break at a rest stop at the Galena Bridge rest stop.

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So after 3,407.3km, 10 books, 3 cancelled attempts at day tours, countless photos, many memories & 699 songs (A-Z on my phone but I didn’t listen to everyone of those songs tall the way through) I’m home itching to run away again.

Ps I will miss my 3.30, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere :-) drinks & nibbles.

Posted by ChristieA 10:48 Archived in Australia Tagged road_trip Comments (0)

Why Do I Do It To Myself???

Well I tried to do several tours here in Shark Bay & they just got cancelled due to not enough numbers...that’s life so I got a lie in. I just chilled at camp reading this morning.

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Then I migrated to the beach for a little swim.

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I got lunch at the cafe & sat in the park with my book for a bit.

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Chilled some more at camp, wandered down for my sunset cruise. Seriously why do I go on these things I don’t even like boats!?!?! Guess the guy selling it to me felt bad since they’d cancelled 3 trips already he had to sell me something. Anyway the sunset was nice, we saw dolphins & a sea snake.

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Posted by ChristieA 10:51 Archived in Australia Tagged ocean camping western_australia Comments (0)

Where The Desert Meets The Sea

Well today I thought I had booked a morning tour, turns out the booking system at the Shark Bay Visitors Centre isn’t great but the kind Janine at Naturetime Tours took pity on me & took me on an afternoon tour of Francois Perron National Park but first I wandered around town, took all of 5 mins to visit the shops, followed by a paddle in the ocean (not sure how I feel about swimming after learning about stonefish & all the other nasties at the aquarium yesterday).

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I sweated it out at camp (the thought of attempting to put my bathers on my sweaty body was a workout I didn’t feel like)

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Before Janine picked me up and away we went into the red. The contrast between the red dirt & the ocean was just amazing & the photos do not do it justice.

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Even saw a turtle!

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Janine was full of information (just don’t ask me to remember any of it) so the time on the road was filled in with chatter. She did manage to find someone else so I wasn’t the only one on the tour. The highlight also the lowlight we found a thorny mountain devil however he had been run over {insert sad face} he was still breathing but I don’t think he would make it.

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Last stop we just viewed Little Lagoon because how amazing was the combination of still water & the sunset.

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I Fed A Dolphin- That’s All Today

I remember seeing pictures of Monkey Mia as a kid & thinking that’s cool, well today was my turn to visit. I made the 20 or so minute trek so ild be there for the first feed well provided the dolphins were going to play the game today. I stood patiently while all the other rude people pushed forward when they did turn up (what social distancing?) for the first feed & I will admit I was a little disappointed when the couple next to me got picked to feed the dolphins. So I spied a cafe & joined the long line for a coffee & muffin.

This guy tried his hardest to steal my muffin but managed to get the cookie off the neighbours plate.
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The dolphins came in a second time, this time I thought ild watch from the jetty prob a better view. Less people around so I thought I’ll go get my iPad from the car finish my book if they come in before I finish my book awesome if not I’ll hit the road. Well third time lucky I got picked to feed Piccolo, her baby Pan was right beside her. In my excitement of feeding her I didn’t think to ask anyone to take a photo but never mind I have the memory and a pretty close photo. So ready for dolphin spam .... too bad here it is

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I did try to pick my favs.

Heading back to town my next stop was Francois Perron Park I only went as far as the homestead (need 4wd to go further & the Rav & I know our limits). Still a nice little explore & I had all intentions of jumping in the hot tub easing all those tired sore muscles but it’s like 30 out & boiling point in. I stuck a foot in decided been boiled alive was not an option so nothing else went it.

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Lucky for me Little Lagoon isn’t far away so a quick dip there cooled me off before heading back into town for a quick dip at the beach & a picnic lunch (pretty sure I never want to see another rocket & cheese roll again or pasta for that matter).

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There’s a little viewing platform where you can see the water flow through the mangroves into the lagoon. There’s a cow something ray in this pic.

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Headed out of town the other way out to Ocean Park Aquarium, it’s not a big place but you get to see these cool little critters plus a few sharks. My favourites were these Longhorn Cowfish, honestly they looked like little bulls, they had that bull attitude so cute & funny (I’ve got a video but it won’t load so Google them)

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Found the Thong Shack on my way back.

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Posted by ChristieA 09:13 Archived in Australia Tagged road_trip ocean adventure western_australia aquarium Comments (0)

We Will Remember Them

So the one day I think I’ll get up early & go to the Anzac dawn service is the one morning I sleep to 6am.... lucky for me they had an 11 o’clock service, so I went to that instead.

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Before I start harping on about what I did today I’ll take your breath away with last nights sunset.

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I know amazing right!

Right so today what did I do today???? I don’t know???? slept in, went for a walk, sweated through the Anzac service, took a dip in the pool, a swim in the ocean, chilled, oh treated myself to fish & chips for lunch, pizza for tea (budget blown back to cheese sandwiches & pasta tomorrow), watched the sunset....can’t really think of much to tell you the truth so here’s a couple pics from today.

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Ps only think the cost of everything & the humidity is the only thing that’ll send me home

Posted by ChristieA 10:56 Archived in Australia Tagged sunset road_trip ocean australia camping western_australia shark_bay denham Comments (0)

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