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Published: June 22nd 2017
This giant Boab was only a short walk from the sandy bay. As it is now old and is regularly visited by tourists, a metal boardwalk has been built to protect its roots from compaction.
Geo: -15.4295, 125.061
This morning we had an early light breakfast and headed off in Explorer to Careening Bay, so named because the explorer/surveyor Phillip Parker King stopped there in 1820 for two weeks to repair his cutter, the Mermaid. King's men carved the ship's name into a large Boab tree and “HMC MERMAID 1820” remains clearly visible to this day.
We returned for a full breakfast and then cruised for a few hours to St George Basin at the mouth of the Prince Regent River. After lunch we went on a long excursion up the river and some of its tributaries, to view the scenery and spot wildlife.
In the middle of the day there wasn't an abundance of wildlife to be seen, but we did spot a Monjon wallaby (only found in the Kimberley), a few species of birds, zillions of red and white Fidler crabs, two crocodiles and a distant estuarine dolphin. Not a great return for over four hours of looking, but the countryside and reflections were pretty. Fortunately the Explorer is comfortable, and it does have a unisex toilet.
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