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Our journeys around Australia

We had a few days in hand when we arrived in Exmouth so we camped in Yardie Homestead before moving into Cape Range National Park where we had booked a camp site. It took ages to get rid of all the dust we had collected at Barradale!

Corellas

 

The corellas were having problems sitting on the electric cables in the camp site.

The reef near the camp site

 

 

Cape Range is right on the edge of the Ningaloo Reef and we managed to get into the camp site we had stayed in a few times before. We could walk from our tent over the white sand dune to the coral reef.

King Brown

 

We had a visitor whilst sat on the beach one day. I thought it was the highly venomous King Brown so we gave it plenty of space!

Reef fish

 

Josie took some good underwater photos on the reef.

You can find a few more pictures at the bottom of the page.

Snorkelling Termite Mound

 

 

 

Everybody enjoys snorkelling on the reef!

Charles Knife Canyon

 

 

 

We visited Charles Knife Canyon where Ali thought about trying her hand at base jumping.

Rock Wallabies

 

 

Just along the road from the camp site there was a small canyon with several families of rock wallabies. We got up early one morning and hiked into the canyon and saw several wallabies.

Whilst in the canyon it started to rain, the first rain we had seen since leaving Exmouth three months before. We got drenched. The next day the weather was still bad as we were packing up to move on to Carnarvon.

Road Train

 

 

 

This road train full of cattle was also heading south.

Aircraft on East Wallabi

 

We spent a night in Carnarvon and then on to Geraldton the next day. We had all read the book telling the story of the Dutch East India Company ship 'Batavia' which foundered on a reef about 60km offshore from Geraldton and we decided to take a flight out the Houtman Abrolhos Islands where it all took place.

Inhabited Abrolhos Island

 

There are 122 islands in three groups spread over about 100km. The islands lie in the stream of the warm Leeuwin Current which keeps the water temperature between 20 and 22 deg throughout the year. The larger islands are used as bases for pearl farming and crayfish fishing.

Abrolhos Coral Reefs

 

 

The coral reefs looked magnificent from the air.

Black Headed Terns

 

 

After dropping off a couple of people on Rat Island we had the aircraft to ourselves and went on to land at East Wallabi Island where we went snorkelling and looking at the wildlife.

Spiney Lizard
Skink

Site of Batavia wreck

 

This is Morning Reef where the Batavia foundered in 1629.

Wiebbe Hayes Fort

 

 The photo below is the fort that was built by Wiebbe Hayes on West Wallabi Island. Who is Willie Hayes I hear you ask! Read the book, it's a amazing part of Australian history. Batavia by Peter Fitzsimonds (ISBN 978-1-86471-040-3).

Here are some more of Josie's underwater pictures.

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