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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Shark Bay August 9th 2008

On the way into Shark Bay, we stopped for lunch at Hamelin Pool and had a look at the Stromatolites (world's oldest living fossils) and also a quarry, where the Hamelin Coquina, compacted cockle shells, can be cut into blocks (similar to concrete BESA blocks) and used as walls in building structures - there are a couple of examples in the Shark Bay area but the blocks are now only cut to maintain heritage buildings. We then went into Denham and made camp at the Blue Dolphin caravan park. The next day we did some more home school (Annelies and Thomas are enrolled in Katherine School of the Air) and then had a look around town. We got up early on Wednesday 6th (only about 5º C) and headed into Monkey Mia. We managed to make ... read more
Sandy Track, François Péron NP
Péron Homestead Hot Tub
Shell Beach

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Shark Bay August 16th 2007

Having left our royal friends at the Hutt River Province. We travelled up the North West Coastal Highway, where we turned off to visit Shark Bay, A world heritage area, where some of the earliest living organisms are found. Shark Bay is also home to a very diverse marine life, including Dugongs, Dolphins, sharks and turtles. On the land they are trying to reintroduce animals such as the Bilby whose population is now on the increase in the shark bay area. On our way into the area we stop at the old telegraph station at Hamlin pool. Where we once again in search of the illusive stromatalites. Thankfully we found some more information about what stromatalites are all about. They are tiny organisms that helped life on earth begin and evolve due the oxygen they created. ... read more
Shell Quarry
Very happy bird
Prickley Point

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Shark Bay August 11th 2007

Having left our royal friends at the Hutt River Province. We travelled up the North West Coastal Highway, where we turned off to visit Shark Bay, A world heritage area, where some of the earliest living organisms are found. Shark Bay is also home to a very diverse marine life, including Dugongs, Dolphins, sharks and turtles. On the land they are trying to reintroduce animals such as the Bilby whose population is now on the increase in the shark bay area. On our way into the area we stop at the old telegraph station at Hamlin pool. Where we once again in search of the illusive stromatalites. Thankfully we found some more information about what stromatalites are all about. They are tiny organisms that helped life on earth begin and evolve due the oxygen they created. ... read more
useless loop
Steep point
Steep point cliffs

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Shark Bay May 30th 2007

First off, I have to say hi and thanks to Martin and Kylie for making this entry possible. So the three of us hired a car and drove up the west coast during a 1 week roadtrip. Yay roadtrip!!! After getting over the initial shock of the vehicle we were provided with (a Hyundai Tucson, which is one of those fake SUV's...damn SUV city drivers!), we gathered the camping gear we were borrowing (for such a large vehicle, you would think there'd be more trunk space!) and set out on our trip. We discovered a few things about our "car" as we made our way up north...firstly that it was gutless, which made passing trailers and boats quite a nerve-racking experience (and road trains? Nah, not enough power to pass them!). Two of us also had ... read more
Gorge formed by the Murchison
Another beautiful WA sunset
Our original source of oxygen

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Shark Bay May 1st 2007

WE got up and went to the Kalbarri national park where we went to see the gorges there, long drive on very dusty red track which managed to turn our car from white to orange! I then saw my 1st kanagroo which i was very excited about. He just stopped in the middle of the road and didnt move which was a good camera opportunity. Luckily didnt hit any as it is a $1000 excess on car if you hit a kangarroo, not quite sure how they work it all out as its $400 if you hit a car???? Surely if the cars a right off the cars a right off whther you hit a car or a kangaroo???? Saw quite a few more after this spot. WE then carried on driving up to sharks bay ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Shark Bay March 29th 2007

One of the essential attractions when you visit Western Australia is the dolphins at Monkey Mia. We were lucky enough to catch feeding time just as we arrived and sure enough the bottle-nose dolphins performed on cue! Two adult dolphins and one baby came ashore to see if any food was available. Wild dolphins have been visiting Monkey Mia since the early 1960's. They appear along the shoreline at varying times of the day, to see if any food is available from the conservationists at Monkey Mia. They are only fed under the supervision of CALM (Department of Conservation and Land Management), to ensure they maintain their natural functions. We were fortunate enough that one of the dolphins decided to stay only a metre away from where we were standing in the sea - a close ... read more
Eagle Bluff
Island off Eagle Bluff
Monkey Mia Beach

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Shark Bay March 20th 2007

So we have spent the last few days travelling up North from Perth... we spent our first night in Kalbarri (6 hours from perth) really lovely coastal town... we then spent the next day travelling up to Shark bay which is off the main highway into a peninsula, named due to having lots of Tiger Sharks in the area, we spent the night camped in Monkey Mia famous for its wild dolphins which visit that beach daily. We woke up at 6.45 this morning (had to drag mel out) and saw the sun rise and then the dolphins arrived for breakfast...although they are wild they have always visited the beach to be fed by the local fisherman.. now this is taken over by the wildlife people who restrict the feeding. You stand ancle deep in ... read more
Sun Rise
Dolphins
Dolphin

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Shark Bay February 19th 2007

After 1 night back in Perth it was time to head North and up the West Coast of Australia. I had placed an advert in the hostel to see if anyone wanted to come with me and share the costs. I had 2 replies, one from a belgian guy and one from a German girl, who sadly pulled out before I got back to Perth. I was gutted but Miguel seemed a nice guy after meeting him at last. Early doors on the first day after a boozy night before, I thought I only had to drive 400km to Geraldton but when I got there I had a rethink and drove in total 850km in one go from Perth directly to Monkey Mia. Monkey Mia for those who dont know is a World Herritage site and ... read more
The pinnacles
Coral Bay
Very friendly

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Shark Bay February 1st 2007

After some lengthy bus rides (partly due to the distance, and partly due to the Greyhound's being a tad unreliable of late) we got into the 'proper' northwest of WA to get back to nature a bit. When we finally got to Kalbarri late in the evening, we found ourselves in a nice hostel but with no food and no shops open! Luckily our fellow traveller and bus companion, Andrin, came to the rescue with some emergency rations that kept us going until the morning! En route to the shops in the morning, we saw the much talked about pelicans who live by the river, although we'd slept in a bit and missed seeing the early morning feeding. Wondering what we were going to do for the next 2 days we spoke to Goodryn, who worked ... read more
Kalbarri Gorges
Kalbarri Gorges
Kalbarri - Nature's Window

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Shark Bay December 13th 2006

Hej igen. Nu er vi så kommet hjem til kære kolde Danmark. Hold da fast, hvor er her mørkt:=( Det nu alligevel rart at være hjemme. Julen er jo en rigtig hyggelig tid. Vi havde dog helt glemt julestresset med at få indkøbt pakker.... Det virker nærmest som en hel besættelse at få købt de pakker. Her er lidt billleder fra den sidste del af turen. I alt må vi sætte 50 billeder ind og derfor har jeg kun mulighed for at sætte yderligere 6 ind. Håber I synes om dem? Vi havde en god tid i Western Australia. I WA er der meget øde og langt mellem byerne. Vi kørte og kørte og så den samme slags buske og røde jord kilometer efter kilometer. Det var også spændende. Emma fik en standard kommentar, da vi ... read more
Nicky
Aftensmad ved solnedgang.
Pinnacles




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