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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 19th 2019

We had a domestic morning catching up with washing and shopping, filling water tanks in anticipation of needs for the upcoming week, etc. The weather was still fine and dry with a good wind blowing so we crossed fingers it would all be dry before the predicted rain arrived later in the day. A quick bite of lunch back at the caravan and then we once again headed out to Torndirrup National Park following the road running by Princess Royal Harbour that would take us to Cheynes Beach and the Historic Whaling Station. As it happened we were just in time for one of the guided tours – we were only a small group; ourselves and an English backpacker. Our guide explained the operation of the whaling company including the use of various pieces of equipment. ... read more
71907.4 harpoon with explosive head
71907.5 ropes and chains on deck
71907.6 heading out to sea

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth July 18th 2019

We are just about ready to leave Exmouth and head back to Perth for a couple of nights before starting the final leg of this trip to Cervantes. Spent the last couple of days doing a walk up Mandu-Mandu canyon and tried snorkeling at turquoise bay - had a strong current which we new about but I (Bronwyn) really didn't enjoy it so was a very short snorkel followed by last minute working on the tan before we head south. (Would have ben even better at the beach if someone had remembered to include the towels) Went to one of the bird watching hides and saw some egret saw a smaller couple of types and was wondering if it was the greater egret and then we saw a greater egret and there was no question - ... read more
Greater egret
Head  land Ningaloo
The ugliest monument ever

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 18th 2019

First thing this morning we went for a lovely walk along the boardwalk near the caravan park before heading into the town centre to look around the National ANZAC Centre. We were each armed with a personal audio kit and a card giving the name and rank of one of the original ANZACs, the idea being you could put your card on a reader and you would learn more details of that Digger’s service history, which battles he fought in etc. Then as we pointed our audio kit at a display it became a personal speaker and we could listen to reports and letters that the soldiers sent home to their families. It was a very moving display; if people spoke, it was done in whispers. There was a Reflection Pool with all the names of ... read more
71807.2 lunch at Middleton beach
71807.5 stone wall at Emu Point
71807.8 King George Sound

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 17th 2019

Our caravan park at Albany is Rose Gardens and is only a short drive from the heart of the city. It is quiet and located at Emu Point, a pretty little point on King George Sound. As with Esperance, the coastline of Albany is just amazing and affords views no matter where you look. The waters of King George Sound and the harbour at Princess Royal Bay are serenely calm today. At The Gap and The Natural Bridge it was a different situation. The pounding waves relentlessly battered the 40m high coastal granite cliffs of Torndirrup National Park. We had to drive around Frenchman’s Bay to reach the side by side lookouts which provided outstanding views of the Southern Ocean. There are two very well anchored viewing platforms with warning signs to stay within the confines ... read more
71707.4 at The Gap
71707.5 looking down at The Gap
71707.6 surging sea at The Gap

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 16th 2019

Upon checking with library staff yesterday we determined that despite not actually having any silos, Katanning is definitely on the Silo Trail and displays its art as murals on a couple of buildings around the town. A good excuse to wander around the town CBD and have a coffee. 17kms out of the town we found Lake Ewlyamartup – a huge lake that is popular with kayakers, swimmers, jet ski enthusiasts etc. It has a good size picnic area and would make an ideal overnight camp spot; very peaceful and quiet. Back in town we checked out the Lions Park – currently undergoing major redevelopment as an all abilities park it proudly flies the 20 or more flags of various community groups. We will be travelling south to Albany tomorrow and because free camps are few ... read more
71607.2 Katanning wall mural
71607.3 Lake Ewlyamartup
71607.4 steel sculptures at Lake Ewlyamartup

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 15th 2019

14thJuly The South Coast Highwaytakes us away from Esperance through a mixture of farmland and scrubby bush. Our thoughts were to go to Hopetoun on the coast but given it is a 100km detour, returning on the same road, we decide against that destination for our overnight stop. We head inland instead for a couple of days to take in the Western Australia’s SiloArtTrail. There are 6 or 7 locations to view some recent artworks. Ravensthorpe, 184km west of Esperance and on the South Coast Highway, is the first location. From there we turn off the highway towardLakeKing and Newdegate, the second town on the Trail. We have pulled in to the Newdegate Recreation Reserve – it is not a listed free camping area but there are no signs to the contrary, so we will try ... read more
71407.3 Ravensthorpe silos
71407.4 Ravensthorpe silos
71507.4 Newdegate silos

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth July 15th 2019

Spent yesterday snorkelling, on the way back to town found the emu with chicks wandering a few metres just off the road. I think that on the scale of Australian intelligence these are really close to the bottom of the list. Today Yardie Creek area, walk around the rocks and canyon and then took a boat ride. Osprey nests and birds, wallabies sunning themselves on the sunny rocks. Driving back to town had to stop suddenly for an echidna crossing the road. Very endearing but I wasn't sure if I wanted to get tail ended for it. luckily everything worked out ok and all the other tourists stopped to watch as it buried itself on safer ground. Just in case that wasn't enough road stories for the day we also saw a mangy looking dingo walking ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 15th 2019

We had three great days in Canberra with Melissa, James and the boys. On the Monday Fletcher and I spent the whole day in the house. We had been travelling for so many days that we were a little burnt out so we enjoyed chatting to Seb and Jude, listening to Zac's cello practising and playing on our computers. That night, James and Seb cooked some red curry chicken which was delicious. Then Seb proposed that he and us took on the other four in a game of Codewords. This is a lot of fun and makes you think. In the end we were victorious after several turns and more wins than losses. Good fun. On Tuesday, Seb and Zac accompanied us as we drove over the lake to Manuka to visit our favourite book shop ... read more
Kingston foreshore
Looking at the Kingston Marina
Melissa and me at the restaurant

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth July 13th 2019

Two days of high activity. drove to Coral Bay for the manta tour (see photos) saw dolphins, whales, dugongs, swum with mantas, turtles rays etc. By the end of the day we were running out of things to tick off. Friday whale sharking...Even watching a humpback displaying, flapping its flukes about etc ended up being anti-climatic compared with swimming alongside a whale shark. Saturday will definitely be a 'down day'... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 13th 2019

With an overcast sky and temperature around 14oC it was a good morning to go for a wander along the Esperance foreshore. They have certainly spent a good deal of money along the Esplanade with beautiful parkland areas, meandering walkways and boardwalks, play areas and a skateboard park for younger folk. The public amenities block is framed with large photographic murals of a much younger Esperance and there is a nod to the days of whaling with a giant whale tail leading the way to a stone wall jetty at the end of which you can sit and gaze over Esperance Bay out to the archipelago. There is a huge wharf facility at the far end of the town accommodating both rail and road distribution of grain. Its port at 14.9m is the deepest on the ... read more
71307.2 across to Grain silos
71307.4 whale tail
71307.5 James Street stone jetty

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