Tuesday, 22 July 2014


MONDAY, JUNE 2 – THURSDAY, JUNE 11    CORAL BAY

Beautiful beaches (but not dogs, so not for us)

Lovely shady grassy sites in the park (but very small, no room for
either the truck or the boat)

Delicious pasties and pies at the bakery (but only if you get there
before 12)

As you can see, Coral Bay was a mixture of good and bad for us.
Absolutely beautiful if you have a normal sized caravan and no dog.
It's just a walk across the road to a beautiful beach for snorkelling and
swimming.







This wasn't the beach across the road, these were two different beaches
where we could take Millie and we had to drive to them.  The bonus
was hardly anyone went there.

There was some fishing done, with successful results.


and sightseeing in the boat, out on Ningaloo Reef.  Unfortunately no
whales, turtles or sharks spotted, but there was plenty of coral which
unfortunately doesn't show up very well in photos.



It's not just sunshine and beautiful beaches up here, we have had some
cloudy days, and even a bit of rain at times.




Makes some interesting photos with the clouds.

Millie loved swimming here, particularly when there was someone else in
the water.




As usual there were beautiful sunsets.  Alan says "how many photos of
sunsets do you need?" But there is always the possibility that one of
them might just capture something amazing.  Anyway, digital photos -
who cares!




And of course wherever we are, there is always happy hour!




And just to show all you wonderful readers that I was there, here I am
on the beach, a little windswept this day.


That's it for our relaxing few days at Coral Beach.  Next stop Yardie
Homestead (where we are still enjoying the delights of Ningaloo Reef.)

Missing you all.

Merrilyn x

In case any of the loyal readers haven't caught up with our family
news, we are very excited to have Luke and Nell moving to Melbourne. 
Luke started his new job yesterday (Monday 21st July) and Nell will
follow as soon as everything else is sorted out.  They have an
apartment in Southbank and Luke will be working in Collins St. Just
working on getting Ben and Jamie back here now!


Friday, 18 July 2014

Finally managed to get a post happening, thanks to my new beaut Yagi antenna which has given me much better internet access.  This post is weeks in the making so is very much out of date now.  We are currently at Yardie Homestead about 35 kms from Exmouth, on the western side of the cape, just a short distance from the beautiful Ningaloo Reef.  We have extended our stay here as the weather is great, the fishing is good and there are miles of beaches for swimming (and for Millie to run on).

Hopefully the next update won't be so long coming.  Thanks for staying with us.


ON THE ROAD AGAIN

FRIDAY, MAY 30        CERVANTES TO KALBARRI
It was time to be on the road again, this time bound for Kalbarri.  We hadn’t really planned to go there, but we had 2 more nights to soak up before we were due in Coral Bay.  The road heading out of Cervantes to Kalbarri was the usual – long straight stretches, red sand on the sides and scrubby vegetation.



When we got to Kalbarri, we realised we had made a mistake – we should have spent a couple of days here.  It was a lovely place and the caravan park was right in town, walking distance to the pub.  That’s always going to be a winner!  Definitely a place to re-visit some time.




SATURDAY, MAY 31     KALBARRI TO GLADSTONE SCENIC LOOKOUT
As this was a comparatively short drive, we had a leisurely breakfast in Kalbarri and a look around the town.  There was a market on the foreshore, which provided 5 minutes distraction, but also some beautiful free range eggs!

As we left Kalbarri, we saw lots of banksia trees.  We had also seen these in other places, but these ones had more colourful flowers. 


We also passed through large areas of burnt scrub and very little else.  It seemed that the fire through here wasn’t too long ago.




Our planned overnight stop was one we made on the way home last year.  A free camp in a spectacular setting and we could have a fire!








This is a popular overnight stop, and as we discovered last year there is a sort of a memorial cairn with lots of gnomes on it.  There are messages written on rocks and some other items there as well.



Once again we were treated to one of the stunning sunsets we have been seeing on the west coast.






SUNDAY, JUNE 1   GLADSTONE SCENIC LOOKOUT TO CORAL BAY

The next day we headed further north to Coral Bay through more flat red countryside.  


But we know what is at the end of the road. That will be your treat in the next post.

Monday, 9 June 2014

ALAN

There's a bit of a story in our family about photos of Alan always showing him walking away.  So on a rainy day in Coral Bay (didn't plan for that!) it seemed like a good time to show the collection so far on this trip.

Natalie and Richard, I know you've been waiting for them.


SMOKY BAY

GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT 


ESPERANCE


ESPERANCE


VALLEY OF THE GIANTS


ELEPHANT ROCKS


CERVANTES


CERVANTES


JURIEN BAY


CORAL BAY


CORAL BAY

And it's still raining, so back to reading and relaxing now!

Merrilyn x

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

CERVANTES

SUNDAY, MAY 25             AUGUSTA TO CERVANTES

No photos for this bit - nothing interesting to show.

Fortunately, the rain let up enough for us to get packed up and on our way.  We weren’t really sure where we were headed when we left, just north!  The rain started again just after we left Augusta, with some very heavy showers.

This was probably the least interesting day of our travels so far, as we didn’t see anything particularly interesting, and we travelled on the freeway from Bunbury through Perth until the end of that particular road.  This took quite a long time and we were looking for a service station to stop for a toilet break for us and the dogs, and to get some lunch.  There was nothing without going some distance off the freeway for the whole time!  Very poor planning, and they have done such a good job with the railway line running down the centre.  By the time we eventually found somewhere, it was about 2.30.  No happy campers in the touring party at this stage.

We decided to press on, probably with a roadside stop overnight.  These were also a little scarce, so we ended up going into Cervantes having had enough driving for one day. Luckily, the one caravan park was pet friendly. 

We set up, not knowing how long we would stay, and the rain was continuing here so it was all a bit miserable. However things improved later when we went for a little walk to get something for dinner and rain make us seek shelter at the first place offering food.  The Sunday night special at the motel dining area was wood-fired pizza.  They were very good, so after a couple of glasses of bubbly and some good food, things were looking up.  We decided to stay a few days as we have plenty of time in hand before we get to Coral Bay, which is only a couple of days drive from Cervantes.

MONDAY, MAY 26 – THURSDAY, MAY 29   CERVANTES

The rain continued at Cervantes on and off over the next few days. We managed to fit in a few activities between showers (not involving wineries unfortunately).

Just near Cervantes there is a lake called Lake Thetis which has examples of stromatolites.  Don't ask, because I'm still not sure what they are, even after reading the information.  All I know is that they are very old and there are very few places that have them.  





We did see some kangaroos while we were driving back, so it wasn't all a waste of time.


Back at camp later - more rain.


And more threatening clouds over Hanson Bay and the marina.




There are lots of good things about Cervantes and I'm sure it doesn't rain all the time.  The main industry there is rock lobster fishing. Everything there seems to feature rock lobster.  There is a very large Lobster Shack where you can buy lobster, the lobster sandwiches at the servo are apparently very good for breakfast (as proclaimed by some members of the touring party) and the Community Club does a wonderful seafood platter for 2 at $75 featuring ........... you guessed it LOBSTER!!!

Another exciting thing about Cervantes is that you can drive onto the beach.


That is Peter Brown driving along near the water.  And later doing a little bit of fishing at sunset at the same spot.


As with most places on the west coast, the sunsets are worth seeing (and photographing in the hope one will be spectacular).


There just happened to be a plane flying over at sunset which made for an interesting photo.

 
There was no boat ramp at Cervantes with boats having to be launched off the beach. This proved to be a trap for young, inexperienced players who just might have got into a bit of bother and had to be towed out! No names being mentioned but it could have been the male members of the touring party.

Just a bit further north from Cervantes was Jurien Bay, a bit bigger than Cervantes and a boat ramp to launch your boat for those of you fishing folk.



And just so we don't disappoint you by not mentioning food or wine, there was a lovely cafe by the jetty for lunch!

From Cervantes it was northward bound for Coral Bay, via Kalbarri. But more about that next time, boys and girls.

Merrilyn (happily relaxing in Coral Bay) xx