Northwest Cape: Surveillence City


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May 13th 2019
Published: May 13th 2019
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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 of Exmouth sits the North West Cape facility with its low frequency transmission towers which communicate with the U.S. submarine fleet and no doubt keep an eye out on nefarious activities by others in the vastness of the oceans. The facility obviously has high security as evidenced by the cameras and barbed wire fences.

We wondered how the high transmission towers over 300 metres high would fare in a cyclone. Well, a category 5 hit Exmouth in 1999. When you get up close to the structures you can see that the cables are quite thick and anchored with a steel base into large concrete footings.

On the other side of the peninsula we came to a hill on top of which sits the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse (named after the Dutch explorer). From there we had glorious views of the northern tip of the peninsula.


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