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Published: June 23rd 2012
Hallo again from down under!!!
All right, 3 weeks to write for me and for you to read!!! First of all, I like Australia a lot, it's an amazing country with beautiful landscapes all over!!
We, that means Anne and me arrived in Perth at the 10th of May and started from there our trip. After the first night in the dormitory and some strolling around we realized one thing - it will be expensive, and it is expensive, but worth every cent. We met Anne's friend who showed us Perth a bit, a booming town because of mining. I was not in the mood to explore Perth more, I wanted to get the car and start the roadtrip. In the evening we met Chrissiiiiiii and his friend Christian and went out to a pub - the expectations rose a lot after some beers!!
So the next day in the morning we met at Wicked Campers to pick up our car - a big campervan 5 seater with 4 by 4 wheel drive. It was not the newest car but it seemed to work fine for all of us. So we went out of Perth to the countryside.
First stop was 'The Pinnacles' a national park not far away from Perth. We enjoyed a lot driving to there along white sanddunes and bushy area with eucalyptus trees and a lot more. That's one of the things I liked a lot from the beginning, being on the road and driving through changing landscapes. The Pinnacles has its name from bizar looking stones standing around a huge area and they look very beautiful, with the view to sanddunes and coastline in the back.
After that we took the following days the route along the coastline via Geraldton passing Sharkbay, Coralbay and then we headed up to Exmouth. Along this long way we saw a lot of interesting places, wonderful beaches like Shell Beach (no sand really - only small white shells forming a very long strech of kilometers of beach nearly 110 km)and beaches around coral Bay with good snorkling opportunities. In between we went to a lot of lookouts around Shark Bay to watch spectacular cliff formations with wild water and playing dolphins and even one Dugong from far away. Another place to mention was Monkey Mia, a place, where you can watch Dolphins carefully feeded directly in
front of your feet at the beach. So this first part was already fully packed with landscape beauties and some wildlife - even we only saw dead kangaroos along the highways - but some emus, beautiful parrots, kites, eagles and other birds.
Exmouth was actually the first place where we stopped for more than one night, we had already realized that our time is very short for seeing all of this great part of Australia, so we had to make our choice. In Exmouth we all enjoyed the biggest fish - the whaleshark - snorkelling in open water. 390 Dollars, extremly expensive, but a very well organised once in a lifetime experience at the ningaloo reef. The day before Anne and me went diving two times at the Navy Pier. It was spectacular diving with Grey Nurse Shark (Raggy), Wobbegongs, huge groupers (one really really really huge) loads of schools of fish - amazing!!! Me I dived also the Lighthouse and Labyrint - two places at the Ningaloo Reef - loads of turtles, some sharks and a wobbegong - was really good, but not spectacular worldclass for me!!
Australia part 2 .... to be continued
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