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Karijini Trip - Week 4

Day 22, Sat June 3

Very lazy start. A lovely French toast breakfast watching people to-ing and fro-ing (emptying their toilet cassettes in the dump point). A wonderful spot to have the dump point. At least there is a screen, just have to listen to it.

Great coffee at the Saltwater Cafe. Also checked out the Shark Bay aerial photography on display by Christian Fletcher and others. Very inspired.

On to the Aquarium where they have shark- feeding with a number of tanks with many varieties of fish, stingrays, turtles and squid. Squid are amazing. Have 3 hearts, blue blood and can change their colours, even though they are colourblind. Learnt that barramundi change from male to female when they get older. The female one they call Caitlyn.

Had nice lunch then checked out Eagle Bluff, which has a boardwalk up on the headland. Apparently a great spot for shark viewing. No luck though.

Early start tomorrow, off to see the dolphins at Monkey Mia.

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Day 23, Sun June 4

Early start. Off to Monkey Mia for 7.45 dolphin feeding. It's 28km from Denham. Arrived with the rest of the North West. Reminds of queuing for the Batman ride at Movieworld.

Had about 7 dolphins visit. One called "Puck" is 40 years old. I thought it was too touristy. People jumping in to get photos where they shouldn't be. I reckon just go to Bunbury to see the dolphins.

Had a nice walk along the beach to a sandbar. Plenty of shells, pelicans and cormorants. Also 3 camels. Tried to grab a pic. Guy goes ballistic, "no photos, no photos, no photos! Ok then, the doctor was thinking of having a ride. Not now. Anyhow thought $45 for 30 minutes was a bit exy.

Not much at Monkey Mia really, just a resort. It was good to say we've done it, but I'd stay much longer at Coral Bay.

Off tomorrow to somewhere near Northampton, not sure where yet.

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Day 24, Mon Jun 5

On the road again. Heading towards Geraldton. Stopped at Shell Beach about 50kms out of Denham. The beach is huge! It must be around 15 0 metres wide. It stretches for 120 kms and is up to 10 metres deep.

Pickup our free coffees from the Billabong Roadhouse.

Decided to stay at Drummond Cove 12 kms North of Geraldton. Will stay for 2 nights. Have just heard that Denham is out of Petrol. Some people have to prolong their stay to wait for the next delivery.

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Day 25, Tues June 6

A bit of a rough night as the caravan park is on the main road. Road trains sound like they are in the park. Seem to go all night. Also very windy and the awning shook all night. Spent the day in Geraldton.

The doctor had a wonderful time in the big shops then morning tea overlooking the harbour. The museum is really good here. Particularly the story of finding HMAS Sydney. Lost 645 men, no survivors. Also fascinating area on shipwrecks and the story of the Batavia. Well worth a visit for $5 donation.

Visited the Sydney Memorial in town. Very well done and a great view of the city and harbour.

Off to Moore River tomorrow.

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Day 26, Wed June 7

Last day before our return home. So sad.

Headed to Moore River. Stopped at Jurien Bay and Cervantes. Arrived at Moore River Caravan Park at 3pm. Place is deserted. Unbelievable! You can never get in here. Apparently was chock-as on the weekend. Can't believe that our friends (from Bunbury) we met on our trip are here too. So we parked next to them. Right next to the best toilet block we have seen on our trip. Also ran into a guy going fishing. Our boys played cricket together about 12 years ago. He became a great subject for the beautiful sunset tonight.

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Day 27, Thurs June 8

Left Moore River this morning. Great park and amenities. Home by lunchtime. Van and car cleaning time.

Had an amazing adventure. Did 5042 km in 27 days. Planning the next one already.

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Highlights of our trip:
 
Swimming with the whale sharks at Ningaloo.
Swimming and sitting under the waterfall at Fern Pool, Karijini.
Snorkelling at Turquoise Bay, Ningaloo.
Microlight flight over Ningaloo.
Snorkelling at Coral Bay.
Climbing down to Handrail Pool, Karijini.


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