Day 100-101 Pt Denison/Dongara

Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
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Friday, March 27, 2009

Day 100-101 Dongara/Pt Denison                                             Tues March 10th-Wed March 11th 2009
We drive from Jurien Bay on our 100th day and intend to celebrate by eating out tonight and returning to the van for a gluten free chocolate cake! Note to self, must make time to cook the cake....
Our first stop out of Jurien was Dynamite Bay in Greenhead. Unfortunately the coral was spawning according to a local who came out of the water with a smell that had seeped into his skin- it was not at all pleasant. Further evidence of the spawning came in the form of a pink colour that was accumulating in the bay by the cliffs to the right of the bay. Greg was not deterred and swam anyway (it was just another smell to compliment his feet!!). I went for a walk out on the limestone cliffs to hunt for shells and take some shots of the discoloured water. The kids joined Greg for scones at the café opposite after he showered, attempting to remove the stink off his skin.
As we drove on in 37 degree heat we tried for a swim at Cliff Head Nth, another potential free camp but the seaweed had taken over the beach - it was too hot to stay here unless you could swim.
Pt Denison wasn't much further, so we pushed on hoping the water would be better there. So much for finding another gem, we were beginning to think we should have stayed longer at Jurien. Co-incidentally we reached 10,000km total travel today, just outside the turn off to Dongara!
The twin town of Dongara/Pt Denison provided several options for us to swim. We sought the best area and found it opposite the caravan park we had chosen to stay at, but not before we drove all around the two towns exploring and having dips along the way. The water at South Beach out front of the Surf Life Saving Club was great, it had a small swell - we had fun body surfing late that afternoon. The Little Sea Star café beside the SLSC will be a great venue for my coffee tomorrow.
We settled into the caravan park and had a shower to pretty up for our night out. I quickly made the cake and left it to cool. We then left for The Priory Hotel for pre-dinner drinks.
Built in 1881, The Priory Hotel was transformed into St. Dominican Priory an exclusive girls' boarding school after initially operating as a hotel. Floods in the 70's ruined the school's capacity to house students and it was finally bought by another publican after years of neglect and returned to its original glory, with an a la carte restaurant and accommodation. We were fascinated by its charm and beauty, sitting in the gardens on comfortable wooden outdoor furniture and shared a bottle of champagne as the sun set.
Reservations were not necessary at the Ginger tree Thai café in the main street in Dongara. There have not been many tourists in most towns we are visiting at the moment. I am sure that will change come Easter and the school holiday period. Sitting outside, beneath a 106yr old Moreton Bay Fig tree was a lovely way to mark possibly one third of our journey completed. I say possibly because who knows what might happen whilst on the road, our return date may well be extended, we are having such a wonderful time!
It would be lovely to pause time, it is moving too fast. We cannot believe the 100 days have come and gone so quickly. Later that evening as we scoffed down the newly iced chocolate cake back at the van with the B.N moaning about the money we had spent, we realised that the drinks and dinner came to exactly $100... spooky!
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