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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay September 11th 2014

Hi travel followers. A lot has happened and we have yet again ticked a few more important items off our "Bucket Lists". As usual, we have moved again. This time from Exmouth to Coral Bay as it came highly recommended. We have been here four days now and I can see why it is so highly regarded. I.e. It is a very small coastal holiday town right on the protected pure white beaches of the Ningaloo Reef where one can walk across the road from the van park and snorkel on the reef in the 22C crystal clear azure water. (Did you like that description?) As a bonus, it is a 100% protected marine park and therefore the aquatic life and fish varieties are just spectacular. On the second day we decided to take a Quad ... read more
Snorkelling with a turtle
Quad Biking
Coral Bay from the top of the Sand Dunes

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay September 7th 2014

Hi travel followers. Thought it was time for another update on where we are and what we have been up to. From Karratha we moved on to Exmouth (545km) for a few days via a couple of Roadhouses on the way. There was basically nothing in between except for the two roadhouses and a few cattle stations, but we are starting to see wild flowers in greater numbers which is wetting out appetite for what is to come further down the coast. Exmouth is on the tip of the Western Australian north western peninsula and it's main claim to fame is the Ningaloo Reef just off the coast. In fact the reef is so close to the coast, one can walk out and snorkel straight off the beach in the Cape Range National Park. We took ... read more
The pristine beach of the Ningaloo Reef
Beach at Cape Range National Park
The bay from the lighthouse lookout

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay December 9th 2013

Well, as you all know, I have returned to England by now but the blogs aren't done! I still have a few left up my sleeve to get out to you and let you know what other adventures I got up to in all that time off... Get ready for some reading, as these will be longer than usual while I finish up my travel experiences... Last time we spoke, I had left Fremantle and had started my little jaunt up the west coast. I visited Cervantes and the pinnacles, pillars of limestone that rise out from the desert floor. Formed over millions of years (apparently!), they are pretty cool to wander around between the sand dunes and see the various shapes and sizes. From there, I took off on the road, the windows down and ... read more
The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay October 20th 2013

YIPPEE we are back in the ocean after it seems a loooong stint through amazing hot hot countryside and all scary critters in the ocean. Broome we saw the water again and witnessed our first sunset over the ocean. I yoga-ed a bit in the Buddha sanctuary. We found a new free bike for me at a garage sale. Went to a great movie in the world's oldest open air cinema and watched Tim Wintons “ The Turning”...an interpretation of his work by 17 Aussie directors. Of course we also visited the market and other Broome delights before heading down the coast. Most impressive - all the mining which is going on in this part of the country. Rents in Karratha come at $1300 per week for a house and it seems all the towns are ... read more
That's a big boab tree
Some greenery in an otherwise barren landscape
Broome campsite. We got our ensuite out

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay October 9th 2013

Monday 30th September The next day we set off early as the weather in Coral Bay was not to good, seemed very cloudy and didn’t give a good impression. Although it still looked pretty amazing and captured how blue the sea in fact was beautiful and very shallow in the water and was able to walk through the sea and still be able to see the fish by your feet. We had a short drive today only travelling about 150kms from Coral Bay to Exmouth. When we arrived in Exmouth we headed to the beach, first stopping at the Harbor where we were able to see some wild dolphins swimming around. We had a light lunch at this amazing restaurant called Whalers Café, although we waited for a while for the food to come, giving us ... read more
Coral Bay
Coral Bay
Coral Bay Rocks

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay August 23rd 2013

Our next destination took us back to the coast at Point Samson near Karratha. An immaculate caravan park with grass and no red dust. We thought we were in 7th heaven. Spent time here riding our bikes, visiting Karratha and going on a ‘Port to Port’ tour which was sponsored by Rio Tinto. Amazing, driving into the mine and around all the workings and to see all the new development under way and the current loading of ships. No sign of a slow down here as they are building infrastructure to increase the amount of ore that can be shipped out. Although, we were a little surprised as with all the Toyota 4 WD’s around and extensive accommodation you would expect to see loads of workers but no... unbelievably most of the mechanical work is controlled ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay August 4th 2013

How do you tell the difference between a conservationist and a fisherman? You come to Coral Bay at 3.30 in the afternoon and compare faces. The fishermen drool while the conservationists marvel at the number of spots on the spangled emperor fish (West Australian Snapper) that smoodge on your legs as they queue up for fish pellets. These are probably 5kg and bigger, and know to stay in the bounds of the conservation park. A volunteer comes down to the beach around 3.30pm and talks about the fish and how to feed them. 'Do not touch them with your hands.' (Disease prevention) Many persisted in touching. 'Drop the food on the water in front of you. Do not put the pellets in your fingers under water.' A man close to Marg ignored and had his fingers ... read more
Sand art
Coral Bay
Children play

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay August 2nd 2013

Today we arrived in Coral Bay, we stayed at Bayview Caravan park. At the campsite it had a heated pool, two playgrounds, tennis court and a bouncy pillow. when we got there we put up the trailer tent had lunch and went in the pool. After the pool we went to the trailer tent and had chicken wraps for tea. The next day we went to the beach and went snorkelling in the sea we thought we saw giant trevally but they were Snapper and red emperor. They came close to our feet and they felt like slimy goo. The coral looked like sticks and cabbage, it is known as finger coral and cabbage coral. We saw lots of tropical fish, we saw angel fish, butterfly fish, parrot fish, zebra fish and trumpet fish and lots ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay July 24th 2013

Meinen Versuch erstmals ohne Socken zu schlafen, habe ich um 0230 Uhr beendet, weil es in der Nacht doch ein wenig kälter wurde. Allerdings immer noch um vieles angenehmer als die letzten Tage – beim Aufstehen in der Früh war es richtig angenehm, wenn auch bewölkt. Für heute habe ich einen Ruhetag geplant, was bedeutet, dass ich nicht weiterfahren und auch heute Abend noch hier in Coral Bay übernachten werde. Ruhetag ist allerdings relativ: ich habe den Tag mit einem kleinen Morgenlauf begonnen, dem ersten in Australien. Nach dem Frühstück führte mich mein erster Weg in die Info-Zentrale, wo ich für den Nachmittag eine kombinierte Quad- und Schnorcheltour gebucht habe. Ich war allerdings bisher der einzige – die Schulferien sind hier vorbei – und daher war die Durchführung noch nicht sicher. Für den Rest des Vormittags ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay July 23rd 2013

Auch heute bin ich wieder einmal um 0630 Uhr aufgestanden, hab mir mein Frühstück gemacht, alles gepackt und bin um 0730 Uhr nach Monkey Mia aufgebrochen. Ich wollte zumindest einmal sehen, wie die freilebenden Delfine ganz nah an Menschen herankommen und sich füttern lassen. Und genau das konnte ich kurze Zeit später auch sehen – Delfine aus ein paar Metern Entfernung, die sich für einige Zeit in der Nähe von knapp 40 Schaulustigen Menschen aufhalten. Ich find es gut, dass die Betreiber des Dolphin Resort hier nur am Vormittag solche Begegnungen möglich machen und nachmittags nicht füttern, um die Delphine weiterhin selbst jagen zu lassen und sie möglichst wenig von ihrem natürlichen Leben zu entfernen. Zur Belohnung habe ich mir wieder einmal einen Espresso gegönnt und bin dann aus Monkey Mia aufgebrochen. Heute waren übrigens zum ... read more
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