EXMOUTH [Ningaloo Reef & Cape Range NP]

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July 11th 2010
Published: July 11th 2010
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A sample of the thrill we got swimming with these immense fish.
We have now spent a week in Exmouth and understand a lot more about its appeal to Western Australians . It is about two long days travel north from Perth and it is a popular destination for the school holidays currently happening in WA.

The holidays are over next weekend so we will have less competition for caravan park spaces as we move on up the coast. We still have the “Grey Nomads” to compete with though and there are plenty of them !

Ningaloo Reef extends to Exmouth from Coral Bay. It attracts people to the area as snorkeling can be done from the beach and the coral is only a few meters from the shore. The reef meets the ocean some way out and the huge wave breaks are entertaining to watch. The currents inshore move from south to north while outside the reef, the currents are warmer and move to the south from the north.

We are planning our final assault on the reef tomorrow with some last minute snorkeling prior to some fishing later in the day. Then we will be heading inland towards Tom Price
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Shot Hole Canyon
and Karajini National Park on Wednesday.

Swimming with Whale Sharks

What a buzz! If ever you get the chance, make sure you do it.

We had a big day with an early start . We began with a reef dive and then headed out to deeper water to find the whale sharks. They are attracted to the area by coral spawning and plankton. Almost immediately the spotter plane called us south to the limit of the trip range for the boat . We were lucky as the Whale Sharks are often gone by this time of the year.

On the way south we spotted some Manta Rays. It was intriguing to watch them wallowing in the water near the boat. Not long after, we came across a huge pod of spinner dolphins and they kept us entertained for a while and then we had to move on. They are not sighted very often around here, so even the crew was excited to stop and watch their antics as they were riding in the bow wave of the boat and
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One of many shots to take in the area. Located south of Exmouth.
leaping from the water around us.

Then came the Whale Sharks! What a buzz it was to swim along with them and only a few meters away! They are huge but majestic and they largely ignored us as they swam lazily along. Two dives did me in but Rhonda was able to last for five! Over all, there were about a dozen moving around the area. They ranged in size up to 10 meters in length and were spectacular to watch even from the boat. A couple approached and then had to dive under the boat. It was a smorgasbord of action! On the way back we sighted half a dozen Hump Back Whales. It was terrific to watch them swimming along.

That completed a sensational day. We won’t mention the cost but it was well worth it! We now have a video of the day for anyone looking for an exciting half hour or so!

Yardie Creek Cruise

Yardie Creek is usually closed to the ocean but is open at the moment. It is at the southern end of Cape Range National Park . We did a cruise up
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One of five emus strolling around the information beaurau in Exmouth.
the creek and saw some steep river banks with lots of bird havens, wallabies and fantastic rock structures. The cruise only lasted an hour but proved to be most interesting. The cruise is managed and run by representatives of the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Shot Hole Canyon & Charles Knife Gorge

South of Exmouth you can also gain access to Cape Range National Park. There is some spectacular scenery to be seen at two locations in particular . It is difficult to capture the views on camera . You have to be here to experience the beauty. The roads are unmade and so the BMW has to adapt to some torrid roads. We’re getting there but are not ready for the full off road bit yet! Yes Bob, we are doing some off road but nothing too difficult yet. We are saving up for Broome to do the beach thing!

SS Mildura

SS Mildura was a vessel used for transporting cattle and ran aground in 1907. It was used in WW11 for bombing practice but is still visible from the beach in the northern section

Rhonda on sandbags of old air raid alarm near the lighthouse on the edge of Cape Range NP.
of Ningaloo Marine Park. It is only 100 meters offshore and was easy for us to see.

As mentioned above, we head off to Tom Price and Karajini on Wednesday with a stopover at Nanutarra Roadhouse.

Additional photos below
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Cape Range Beach Scene

Looking to the breakers over Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo reef is home. We saw five in a group.
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Too Windy to Fish

Looks idyllic, but not for fishing.
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Cape Range NP

Modelling in the sand at Lakeside. Whale Shark and Mantaray.
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Cape Range NP

A turtle in sand.

Cattle ship 'Mildura' at rest just offshore.
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Shot Hole Canyon

Note size of cars! special area.
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Spinner Dolphins

We came across a pod of 50+.
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Creek Crossing

Vehicle crossing Yardie Creek mouth.
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Yardie Creek Cruise

Kara, our guide and her vessel.
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Yardie Creek Gorge

Colours are bountiful in the iron laden limestone.

19th July 2010
The A Team

Hi, From Nepal
looks nice view with excellence a couple
19th July 2010

Hello Nepal
Thanks for your compliment.
26th July 2010

tony&nina keeping up with you
hi peter and rhonda love reading about your trip so glad you are both enjoying it keep well and safe driving

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