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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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Posted by ChristieA 10:54 Archived in Australia Tagged road_trip ocean australia adventure western_australia Comments (0)

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)

Grugs Aussie Cousins

As a kid I had a book about Grug and honestly it’s all I can think of when I see these any hills.

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Was a tad misty this morning.

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Today had a are we there yet theme as I drove from Exmouth to Denham, it’s a long road and there can’t be a camper van, camper, caravan, boat, kayak.... left in Perth cause they’re all heading north. Anyway I eventually made it to Shark Bay where it seems the ocean & the sky blend into one another.

I did the usual tourist selfies {insert eye roll but it did help break up the journey}

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There was a stop at shell beach which was pretty cool.

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Now I think I’ll pour myself a drink & relax in my little hideaway.

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Posted by ChristieA 09:01 Archived in Australia Tagged road_trip australia camping western_australia Comments (0)

What Happened To The Big Prawn???

So on the tourist map I picked up at the tourist information it mentions the big prawn I’ve been driving round for days wondering where this big prawn is. Well today I found it well I found it’s base, someone was obviously hungry & took it away, I’ve been driving past it all week!!!!

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As usual I was wide awake before the sun woke up but how nice is it to lay in bed & watch it rise whilst reading my book, now If I could just get a coffee delivery I’ld be happy.

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Whilst been the laziest person this morning (I had no where to be ok) I saw my pics from the whale shark swim had been loaded, so many amazing pic but here’s one of a whale shark & I’m in the other two (so planned on doing thumbs up or ok but I dunno I was caught up in the moment.

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Decided since I was going to be lazy I would treat myself to breakfast, cause you know juice boxes & breakfast biscuits create a lot of dishes. Followed by a wander through the shops, my favourite Gallery 6707 & if you’ve got a spare $2,500 ild love the turtle photo, thanks.

There was a couple of beaches close to town I hadn’t yet explored so I packed my bathers & towel and headed out, practically had the place to myself so I had a few dips & laid on the sand with my book.

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Washed the sand off in an almost deserted caravan park pool, I discovered the pool by the gate is more adults only & not as busy = perfect the one closest to me always seems to be packed.

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Last stop other than you know the adult stuff of fuel, shopping, washing, etc was the Aquarium, not so much aquarium as museum. There were a few tanks, another amazing photo display & some information. I decided since I slept through cyclone Seroja ild have a go at cyclone Vance.

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