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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon May 19th 2019

We stopped in Carnarvon for an overnight stay on our way back to Perth. We must say the town is a bit dated. We almost missed getting lunch as several cafes were closing at 1:30. After Exmouth the place is a let down, but there is one place worth seeing; The Space And Technology Museum. I am a sucker for anything related to space. I used to follow the U.S. Space program as a subsriber to NASA during the glory days of the 1960s. The museum is the site of the radio dish which transmitted and relayed images from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. On site outside is the original large dish along with the Sugar Scoop Antenna which was used to transmit the first satellite TV images to Australia in 1966. There are also ... read more
60s Control Consoles
Genuine Fragment From Titan Rocket That Landed On Earth
60s Computer Panels


Our last day in Exmouth we headed out to the western side of the Cape Range National Park to snorkel along the Ningaloo Reef. This long reef stretches over 200 kilometres along the coast. It’s a matter of finding which spot you want to pick. We decided on two spots, Oyster Stack and Torquoise Bay. Oyster Stack is a bit treacherous with the “beach” very rocky, so getting in the water is fine if there is not a significant swell. On the positive side the water here is very clear with plenty of fish. It was a spot we really enjoyed despite picking our way over the jagged rocks. Torquoise Bay is the spot everyone talks about, and it is a gorgeous beach, but it in actual fact the snorkelling here was not as good. The ... read more


How can you have a kilometre long river? Even more so, a river or creek without a source or a mouth? In this part of the world, Yardie Creek is such a place. A sand bar blocks the creek from the ocean while at the other end, the creek just dies by a pile of rocks in the gorge. There is no natural source such as a spring or lake. I asked our guide, in light of the year-long hot weather with its high evaporation, why doesn’t the river totally dry up? It turns out that because of the porous limestone sides of the gorge, water does seep through into the river. Also every once in a while, a storm occurs which replenishes some of the water. In fact one storm this year literally dumped anwhole ... read more
Fossilized Tree
Mangroves
Curious Osprey

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth May 15th 2019

One of the surprises of the endless flatness on the drive to Exmouth is the Cape Range National Park. It is almost as if nature pushed up the flatness of the land and then took a giant knife to gouge out the landscape. In fact, we started our exploration at Charles Knife Canyon. From the main highway south of Exmouth we took a road that climbed a few hundred metres. We passed by tremendous views of what looked like a mini Grand Canyon. Soon we reached the Thomas Carter Lookout which is a picnic site and the start of a hiking trail. We started out on a hike on this meandering trail which was rocky in places, and traversed up and down over several hills. After 2.6 kilometres we reached Shot Hole Lookout which overlooks another ... read more
Beautiful Shot Hole Canyon
Old Plugged Oil Well
Looking East Over Thomas Knife Canyon

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth May 14th 2019

What we ultimately wanted to experience during our visit to Exmouth was being able to get up close to the largesf fish in the world, the Whale Shark. We were picked up just after 7:00 from our hotel and on the way to the dock, Alana, one of our guides, told us about the history of Exmouth. Interestingly, the town was built by the Americans in 1964 as part of the Harold Holt Communications Centre. So it was an American outpost, gradually became jointly contolled and ultimately, was totally handed to Australia. Today, tourism is big here and the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef is the main attraction. We reached the boat operated by Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours and had our introductory snorkel by 9:00. We had been told to expect a good day with the calm ... read more
Keeping Our Distance From The Tail

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth May 13th 2019

We started our day with a swim in the large hotel pool which we had all to ourselves. Then we went exploring the neighbourhood. There are many large homes situated on canals which allow owners to moor their boats adjacent to their properties. The prices are not over the top, $780,000 for a large modern two storey home on the canal with your own access to the water. It’s evident they take flooding seriously with monssonal rains potentially causing flooding. The canal walls are high and the moorings are expandable to compensate for changes in water depth. What is over the top is the price of fuel here. For our American friends the price is equivalent to $7.00 a gallon. Filling a large 4-wheel drive may set you back close to $200. A few kilometres north ... read more
Adaptable Moorings For Water Level Fluctuations
Large Homes Line The Canals
High Canal Walls Protect Homes

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth May 12th 2019

Travelling from Kalbarri to Exmouth is an eight hour trek through desolate countryside consisting of scrub. It’s not just the vastness of the countryside that is the issue, but there are so few bends or hills on the journey That monorony quickly sets in. The scrub on the Exmouth Peninsula is littered with thousands of termite mounds. Occasionally you see a goat or emu darting along the road with straying cows, and the roadside has what seems like thousands of kangaroo corpses. When we arrived in Exmouth it was surprising to see a luxury resort and nearby, homes sitting on a complex of canals...very modern indeed. The Mantalay Resort is in a beautiful spot. Our room had views of the ocean and the large pool, and we even got to see a marriage ceremony take place ... read more
Emu Darted In Front Of Us Near Kalbarri
View From Our Balcony In Exmouth
Lunching Along The Gasgoyne River Near Carnarvon

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri May 11th 2019

Where did our week go? This was our last day in Kalbarri before heading off early in the morning for Exmouth, about an eight hour drive. So we had to do laundry, vacuum some of the red dust that infiltrated our vehicle and get our packing organized. We did have a chance though to explore a couple of nearby spots and spend a bit of time taking in the sun on the river mouth beach. Meanarra Lookout This lookout sits several kilometres east of town and gives panoramic views of the Murchison River, Kalbarri on its banks and of course, the vast Indian Ocean. Clearly visible also, were several clearly delineated black areas which were the sites of localized bush fires. The hill sits within the Kalbarri National Park which is without trees and as far ... read more
Looking Towards Mouth Of The Murchison
Burnt Out Areas In The National Park
Meanarra Lookout - Kallbarri In Background

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri May 10th 2019

Some of the early history of Western Australia is symbolized by the Murchison House Station which sits about 15 kilometres from Kalbarri. It was founded in 1848 and we can only picture how difficult life would have been in those days. There were no cars or paved roads and some 600 kilometres from the tiny settlement of Perth, it was remote. Of course today it is very accessible. Typical of country properties, the station covers 350,000 acres. Traditionally it was a pastoral sheep station; today they raise goats and cattle, and run tours. The property is littered with all manner of vehicles including a landing craft that was used in World War Two in the Invasion of North Africa by the Allied forces. Post war it was used to install the first power lines from Perth ... read more
Original Material In Bibra Cottage
Landing Craft Used in World War kycz
Entrance To Shearing Shed

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia May 9th 2019

The Abrolhos Islands have always held a fascination. It was one of the earliest spots where Europeans landed in Australia. Most famous, the Dutch ship Batavia, was wrecked on one of the smaller islands In 1629. Our pilot and tour guide described the event in which 40 people died in the wreckage. Then a mutiny led to horrific slaughter of men, women and children. It was not a great introduction to the West Australian coast. We had the opportunity to go snorkelling with some trepidation. Even with thermal tops on, the water was frigid! We gritted our teeth and surprisingly about 100 metres out, the temperature rose about 10 degrees. Strange indeed, because usually it’s the opposite, warmer closer in to shore. We saw plenty of fish, a large mullosc and Adele even spotted an octopus. ... read more
Kalbarri From The Air
Coastal Gorges




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