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Pinnacles to Cape Range NP

The gorgeous WA coastline!

sunny 25 °C
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We heard a severe weather warning for Perth as we left so we were hoping to avoid it by driving north for a few hundred Ks, but we got absolutely hammered by the wind and rain when we parked up at Cervantes. Luckily though, it had calmed down by the next morning when we went to see the Pinnacles...

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When we arrived in Kalbarri (600kms north of Perth), we stopped to take this photo

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...........and accidentally parked in the middle of millions of big ants which started attacking us, yuuuuuk...

The coast around Kalbarri is stunning...

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The pelicans come up onto the beach every morning and we got to hand feed them which was excellent...

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Some cheeky sea-gulls tried to get in on the action and one of them ended up getting trapped, by the legs, in a pelican’s beak. It was hilarious, the pelican was shaking its head with the seagull in its mouth and the seagull was flapping like mad trying to get free.... I was laughing too much to get a video of it unfortunately! (The seagull wasn’t hurt and carried on fighting with the pelicans afterwards!)

We went to a fantastic BYO seafood restaurant in town which the guide book described as ‘no service, no corkage, no glasses, no frills’!

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Murchison River...

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Driving into Geraldton, we noticed these strange looking trees....

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On our way to Monkey Mia, we stopped at Hamelin Pool to see the ‘stromatolites’...

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Then we stopped at Shell Beach where the entire beach consists solely of, yes you guessed it, shells...

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Monkey Mia was really pretty

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and the dolphins come right up to the beach (they get fed in the mornings but seem to hang around all day)

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The guide said that this one was floating on its side so it could get a good look at everyone!

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Next we went to Carnarvon to re-stock as it was going to be the last major-ish town we’d see for a while!

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This is the satellite they used to help track the Gemini and Apollo space missions...

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There’s a brilliant blow-hole nearby, on the way out of town...

On the way to Coral Bay we crossed the Tropic of Capricorn...

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...and saw loads of these huge termite mounds...

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Coral Bay was gorgeous...

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These huge fish came right up to the shore and swam around our feet...

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The coral and fish we saw were fantastic, and it’s literally one step off of the shore so we could pop out for a quick warm-up (the sun was boiling but the sea was a bit nippy) and go straight back in again, no dramas (as the Aussies say)!

Steve cooking the lovely fresh scallops we’d bought in Carnarvon...

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The fishermen came in with their impressive daily catch...

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We forced ourselves to leave lovely Coral Bay after a week and drove up the coast to Exmouth, stopping to buy some nice prawns on the way

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That’s not a camper, this is a camper (you have to like Crocodile Dundee to appreciate that line)

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We saw this emu wandering around the town

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It’s stupid, I know, but I had to sit here...

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We got to Cape Range National Park nice and early to grab one of the few campsites available....

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The park is absolutely stunning...

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We mostly had the beaches to ourselves...

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...apart from the odd roo or emu!

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There was only one tap in the whole park and we found ourselves having to queue for it...

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Even though the park was pretty rustic, we really loved it there and stayed for more than a week. There was fantastic snorkelling at Turquoise Bay and Oyster Stacks. At Turquoise Bay, you swim out about 10m from the shore to pick up a reeeeeeaalllly strong current which carries you all the way down the beach, over amazing fish and corals until finally dropping you off at the sand bar! You don’t have to swim at all, it’s loads of fun!!

The second place where we camped in the park had lovely white sand dunes where we had a sunset picnic and glass of wine in the evenings....

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Apart from the gorgeous scenery, beaches and snorkelling, we got to see plenty of wildlife wandering around:

Echidna...

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Rare Black-footed Rock Wallabies...

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Goanna...

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We were just trying to work out if this shape was moving or whether it was just a rock...

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...when it suddenly bolted away, shooting out loads of black ink as it went (it was an octopus)!

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There are several separate campsites in the park and each one has volunteers who work as camp hosts for 10wks per season (unsurprisingly there’s a waiting list to get that job!), and one night they gave us a freshly caught (and filleted) fish for dinner, with some fresh herbs from their garden thrown in for good measure, mmmmmm!

We didn’t really want to leave Cape Range but thought we really ought to see the rest of WA, so we headed onwards and inwards to Tom Price in the outback.

Posted by Steve-Kay 02:14 Archived in Australia Tagged automotive

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