It is a long way across the top of Australia, so as we made our way from the Norther Territory to Western Australia we decided to stop off in a town called Kununurra. This was a small town out in the middle of no where, but after a long day of driving, it was right off the road……and it had a pool! Kununurra is also a great place to see the sunset over the mountain ranges.
Sunset over the town of Kununurra
The other side of the sunset
The next day was a long driving day….about a 10 hour push from Kununurra to Broome. We did this because there just isn’t a whole hell of lot to see.
As you can see........once again......the traffic is out of control!
We were rewarded though when we pulled into the coastal town of Broome. First, because it was around 5pm, and immediately you could tell it was going to be our coolest evening in a while, and second, the great campsite location we got was right on the beach.
Campsite in Broome, right on the beach!
The next morning we woke up early, after 10 hours in the groovy mobile the day before, we were both itching for some exercise. We headed down to Cable Beach, one of the best beaches in Broome for a run. As you can see……….it was pretty cool. A lot of people walking their dogs, others riding horses, people surf fishing, and then people like us getting in a run
Cable Beach...not a bad place for a run
After getting cleaned up and checking out Broome a little more, we started making our way further down the West coast. After a few hours we decided to pull in and stay the night at the 80 mile beach campground, which is located on……you guessed it! 80 Mile Beach.
One view of 80 Mile beach
Enjoying the sunset at 80 Mile Beach
The two things 80 mile beach is known for is, one, the surf fishing…..we didn’t do any, but supposedly really good. Two, and we found this out the night we stayed there, turtle nesting. This is the time of year that the big sea turtles come out of the ocean at night onto the beach. They make their way up to the sand dunes, dig a big hole with their flippers, lay their eggs, cover them up, then make the journey back to the ocean. We ventured out to check it out and sure enough we came across five of them all in different stages of the process. It was really cool to witness, and definitely the highlight of staying there. Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures, it is frowned upon to take pictures, since the flash of the camera would startle them and disrupt their cycle…….and we didn’t want to mess with any Momma turtles!
The next day we headed further down the coast. There wasn’t a whole lot to see this day, except to add a couple other animals to our list of things we are trying to avoid on the highway!
Let's add sheep and goats to the list!
We ended up staying the night at a Roadhouse on the side of the road. Sometimes, you just end up timing it right
Sunset on the side of the road
We woke early the next day to head off to Exmouth, and the start of Ningaloo Reef. I have always wanted to visit this area of Australia just to see and dive Ningaloo. Unfortunately, we visited at the wrong time of the year The best time is March to June, this is when you can snorkel with the whale sharks. We weren’t able to dive. The good news is, the reef is right off the beach, so the snorkling is really easy to do. Cathy and I headed into the park to check it out, and hit up a couple of the coves to access the reef.
Getting geared up for a snorkel in Turqoise Bay
Luckily the next day was a short driving day, as we ended up setting up house a few hours South of Exmouth at a place called Coral Bay. This place is spectacular, and I don’t think our pictures do it justice. It is a small seaside community with two campgrounds pretty much right on the sea. Where you can also snorkel part of Ningaloo reef. Some pictures of our time there.
From the lookout over Coral Bay
About to head out for a snorkel in Coral Bay
We drove yesterday to Shark Bay, which is a World Heritage Site. As you are driving around the bay there are these beautiful places to stop. One was Shell beach.
We ended up spending the night in the small sea side town of Denham. The views coming into the town are awesome.
Views of the sea from just outside Denham
This morning we made our way further out onto the peninsula to a place called Monkey Mia. Monkey Mia is famous for it’s year round dolphin population. There is a research facility on site, and they study the wild dolphins who on their terms come into the bay each morning for feedings.
The dolphins coming in for a closer look at the humans
As the dolphins were taking off I was able to get this pic
We left Shark Bay and we made our way further down the coast. We pulled into the town of Kalbarri. We will probably spend a few days here checking out the national park…..and, if the information we have is good….hopefully get some climbing in!
We hope everyone is good back home.