A week of ... "Should we snorkell or swim?"
Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
55Trip End Dec 21, 2012
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Ant rose at 5.30am to line up at the NP, on advice from the Yardie Homestead owners, as to secure a campsite. Lucky me, Astrid and Amon got to sleep in. When Ant returned @ 9am (massive smile on his face) I had packed up and we were ready to go. After a long wait - Ant had been third in the line with 10 others behind him by 8am - he told the ranger that we wanted to be near the beach, close to snorkelling and with shade, the ranger replied “Let me make your dreams come true!” And he did -Camp Lakeside. We had a shady site to hang the hammock where we could watch the kids making sandcastles on the beach, we had views of the turquoise waters, we had the most wondrous snorkelling 500 metres from our beach and amazing red, orange, pink and purple sunsets to view every night.
I won’t write too much as I don’t want all our friends and family in wintery Melbourne to be too jealous instead I will just let the photos tell the story of our week in tropical/semi arid bliss
I must say though that snorkelling with turtles on Ningaloo Reef was probably a highlight for all of us. We all saw and swam with them at separate times and all had an amazing experience with these magnificent creatures. The big “bombies” massive round corals that look like bombs were spectacular also. There was a lot of bleached coral which is always sad to see, but the way the parrot fish nibble away at it I’m surprised there is any left at all. The fluro purple staghorn coral was beautiful as was the small clusters of pink and orange corals. The tropical fish were amazing – nemos, angel fish, stingrays, damsels, triggerfish lionfish, puffer fish, garfish, parrot fish, moray eels and more, amd more... All so bright and colourful making the underwater reef eco-system fascinating. I will get the kids to write up their experiences and post them on here. The kids spent hours beachcombing and making hermit crab hotels in the rockpools.
Another highlight of our week there was a boat cruise down the Yardie Creek Gorge where we saw rare rock wallabies - super cute!