Published: June 26th 2012June 26th 2012
A busy day above and below the water. We started the day off with a trip to Yardie Creek for the boat tour. I'm glad we did. It was a fascinating place once you have a guide point out the different features of the area. The creek is more like a lake created by a sand bar that occasionally opens to the ocean. But not at present. Up the creek we went to see the gorge and some rather precarious but spectacular rock formations. It turn's out this is all limestone that has been stained by the coloured soils around the area. It still looked pretty impressive. There were also quite a few black footed rock wallabies. According to our guide they don't have the typical feet of a kangaroo or run of the mill wallaby, but rather pads with lots of knobby tread patterns more like a motocross tyre.
On the opposite side of the creek we saw a osprey, very similar to the eagle sitting patiently on a rock checking out lunch....a rock wallaby. The rock wallabies seemed to be very observant of it too!
Then it was off to a recommended lunch location from Sandy. Sandy
Bay. As it turned out a very pleasant spot for lunch with permenant picnic tables set up under shade cloths. Following lunch we headed back to Turquoise Bay for some snorkelling. at Turquiose Bay it is a drift dive, so get in at one end of the beach, swim out a little way, then let the current move you across the reefs, then get out at the other end of the beach. Walk back up the beach and repeat the process. With the weather being so windy over the past week visibility was down to around 10m. Not too bad, but there was a lot of sand still present in the water.
Debbie andSteve headed back to the caravan after Turquiose Bay whilst Sandy and I went back to Oyster Stack to see if we could find the turtle again. No luck this time. A couple who were chatting to us before we went in the water had seen it earlier, so it was still around the area, just hiding from us!
Back to the dive shop to drop off the wetsuit we had hired for Sandy, I enquired how many we had on the boat for tomorrow's
Cliffs along Yardie Creek
These are where the rock wallabies live
whale shark dive, it's now up to 15, 16 is the maximum number to go on the boat.
Debbie and steve have gone to the lighthouse tonight to watch the sunset. Not a bad sunset! After dinner back at the caravan whe have another round of 500. The good news is Debbie and Steve did not win, the bad news is we lost. As we went below minus 500! We'll now have to wait until Karijini to get back to winning as Debbie and Steve head off tomorrow in order to only travel shorter distances in the day with the caravan as well as do some shopping in Tom Price on Thursday morning before entering Karijini National Park.
There are more photos below