Exploring The Abrolhos Islands

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May 9th 2019
Published: May 9th 2019
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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. Unfortunately, my Go Pro type camera let me down, so I didn’t get video. I need to get it sorted out by the time we get to Exmouth.

The Abrolhos Islands are basically uninhabited, except for Pigeon Island which houses cray fishermen. There was plenty of bird life, along with wallabies, goanas and osprey.

It was a truly delightful day. The scenery both from the air and under the ocean was great. We ended the day with a beautiful crayfish dinner at the Upstairs restaurant in Kalbarri.

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