The Very Blowy Blowholes
Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
55Trip End Dec 21, 2012
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Today we finally left Denham. In my anticipation to leave and hit the road again I yelled, "Stromatalites! Here we come!" Running to the car Amon yells “Boring rocks, here we come!” Classic. The stomatatlites were actually “quite cool” (quote Amon). Ant was particularly looking forward to seeing these formations having seen them on a documentary with his class last year, and once again with all of us on the “Time Traveller's Guide To The Earth” which was on ABC recently
Next we headed North seeking still warmer weather and beaches
We started the morning with a walk on the beach – it was still very windy but calm compared to last night. After breakfast we headed off for a day trip to Red Bluff. The first stop was the blowholes though. We were joking about how the last blowholes we saw were “particularly unspectacular” and hoping these ones weren’t. Luckily these were quite the opposite and we were totally impressed by these - the kids remarking that these ones were “particularly spectacular”. The coast surrounding the blowholes is rugged and the sea wild and unrelenting. Massive swells smash into the lower platforms of rocks and the bottom of cliff faces. The waves create giant splashes and spray as they crash against the cliffs. The blow holes themselves are holes in the platforms of rocks where the sea surges into from underneath and then the water is sucked out with the undercurrent
Heading off to Redbluff I felt like we are in Tim Winton country -sweeping golden sandy beaches, deep azure blue oceans, reef breaks, aquamarine barrels, sand dunes, red dust and unrelenting sunshine. People fishing off cliff ledges and on giant rocks edging out into the burly sea, and little sea shacks that the fisherman (or fisher-people) use to gut their catch and wash up. Imagery and the feeling of some of our favourite Tim novels – Breathe, Open Swimmer and Dirt Music – everywhere.
A missed turn off to Red Bluff led us to the Gnaraloo Station and 3 Mile Camp – what a wonderful misjudgement. We chatted to the owners who encouraged us to go down to the lagoon to swim and snorkel – as this is the most southerly point of Ningaloo Reef. Wow! What an amazing day! We snorkelled out to the reef, only a few metres from shore and swam with garfish, rainbow parrot fish, moray eels, zebra fish and many more. We saw massive sea urchins, colourful corals and rock moving rasses. We swam, made sandcastles, relaxed and had fun