Monkey Mia - Carnarvon
26.07.2012 - 26.07.2012 21 °C
We awoke in the morning to see Dolphins swimming in the water right outside our hotel room! Mack had no idea what they were, but for some reason decided that he would call them dinosaurs, not sure where that came from!? It was lovely to see them frolicking around in the water, about 5 or 6 of them in total. At 8am every morning they have the Dolphin feeding that you can go down and watch, with one lucky person picked out of the crowd to feed them! So we wandered down for a squiz. We waited till about 9 and then the lady suggested we all go get a coffee and come back! Apparently sometimes they either don’t come or come in later. Since we had to check out by ten we decided to go get some breakfast and since we had seen them earlier that morning we didn’t go back to see if they had come in.
It was a lovely spot and seeing the dolphins was definitely a big plus, but we both are in agreement that it isn’t our favourite spot. Having explored the beach a bit further we were ready to hit the road and see Cape Peron. If we look on the map you can see it is a point a bit further up than Monkey Mia accessible only by 4WD. The poor old Hilux was working hard through all the soft sand and the Automatic Oil Temperature light was coming on again! The sandy dirt track is 40km long so the ‘Lux did ok to do 80km in the conditions. We went all the way to Cape Peron – a very nice secluded beach with the stark contrast of the red rocky hills meeting the ocean. Worth a look if you are in a 4WD (don’t even try in a 2WD!) and have come all that way to Monkey Mia. A bit further back down the track you can turn off to Bottle Bay which is a specified camping area, very nice. I think next time we would be camping there. Very secluded with the beach only metres away, it has limited facilities but it does have a long drop!
Next we travelled back down the road to Denham which is the town 25kms below Monkey Mia. We actually really liked the feel of Denham, it was a nice coastal town that wasn’t too touristy. I enjoyed some local Whiting and chips which was delicious! Wandered through the pearl shop which had surprisingly sold out of all the style of rings I liked Mark was rather happy for some reason? And fuelled up! Keen to keep moving we hit the road again to Shell Beach, another beach on the way into Denham. The beach is made up of shells! They excavate the shells to make bricks and roads…pretty interesting, another nice little spot.
If you draw a line across Australia horizontally, we are almost in line with Brisbane. We can feel the change in the weather already, it’s starting to get warmer in the days and not so icy at night times. This is more to our liking!
We’ve almost made it to Carnarvon, not quite as far up as we had hoped but we dwaddled a little too much this morning! Needing a place to stop we take a turn to the left on a dirt track about 30kms south of Carnarvon headed for Bush Bay. Turns out to be a perfect camping spot right on the beach, nice and secluded – BUT it would appear everyone else has the same bright idea we do! It’s packed and I mean PACKED. Although, we are picking up the vibe that some of these people may have been here for a while, by a while I mean months! So we kept driving for Carnarvon!
Pulling up in Carnarvon at the Coral Coast Caravan park I think we will call it a night