The Real Australia

Trip Start Jun 15, 2004
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Saturday, October 23, 2004

Friday 22nd October 2004
Road Trip going North -
Day 2 Perth to Kalbarri
First stop is the Pinnacles - limestone rocks jutting out of the sandy landscape - a bit like Stonehenge, but random and unplanned...and in the desert. Hundreds of them, all over the place, and looks really nice. Formed by water seeping into the rocks over millions of years, and this is alll thats left.



Next, and by next, I mean 2-3 hours down the road with not a lot in between, is sand boarding - snow boarding, but with, yep, sand! Big difference is theres no ski lift to take you to the top of the incredibly steep sand dunes, so its hard work to climb them, but then, sitting on the board, you get a terrific speed going down, using your hands as a break - excellent fun.



Go to strange locals bar in Kalbarri, where everybody knows each other.

Saturday 23rd October 2004
Day 2 Kalbarri - Denham
Go to Kalbarri National Park, beautiful gorges, where I abseil down one - exhilerating, but does feel like your about to drop off a cliff...which of course you are if you dont feed the rope correctly. Had to pay extra 25 dollars for the pleasure, the bills sure are creeping up, especially on junk food and drink at the numerous service station stops

Down in the Z bend gorge, swim in slightly murky water, but as we were all so hot, we didnt really care, and it was great



Onto Natures Window, a rock formation above a gorge that has created a window, with superb views over the gorges....at which point the batteries in my camera died - hopefully a guy called Nick will email me the pictures he took.

Then onto Shell Beach - yep, beach made of shells, and so shallow it looks like your walking on water (or perhaps I can walk on water?), and see a spectacular sunset - dont worry if you've missed it - I took about 20 photos.



Sunday 24th October 2004
Another early start at 6am - got used to about 9am the past few months, and off to Monkey Mia - here the dolphins swim right up to the shore, to get fed by the wardens - very nice to see the dolphins up so close, but there were maybe too many other tourists around - the most I have seen in a long while.



Onto see the oldest living things on earth - Stromatalites - rocky looking living organisms that were around a long time for us.

Then onto Warroora sheep station - again in the middle of nowhere, and have a campfire ( I lit it and it stayed alight - its a miracle...or everything is so dry here...)

Am travelling with a great group of people, Matt 21 (though later confesses to only being 18), Nick, 19, Tony, German Jo, English Laura, Swiss Nadine, and three Finish girls whose names I still cant remember!

Monday 25th October 2004
Onto Coral Bay, where for $120 (I've given up counting the cost) we get to goto Ningaloo Reef, and snorkel with a huge Manta Ray. Water is noticeably colder than in Asia - also get to see lots of coral, big fish, and turtles.

On the way back, the boat spots some more hump back whales, so watch them dive out of the water every so often.

Arrive in Exmouth, which is a lot smaller than I expected - with not a lot here

Tuesday 26th October 2004
Off to Yardie Creek, in Cape Range National Park - beautiful gorge very close to the sea, but protected by a sand bank, so the water is only semi saline.

Further drift snorkelling in Turqoise Bay - by drift snorkelling, you get in at one point, and let the current drag you along. Again, loads of fish, turtles and coral, all very beautiful, just drifting along for an hour or so.

Also, along with Nick and Matt, invent a new game - flipper rugby......which is very, very, tiring!!

Farewell meal in Exmouth - we have been communally making our own food to date, but we went out, to one of Exmouths few places to eat - in our hostel complex - and this is where we will be leaving most of the people, as most go back tomorrow, so quite sad to leave them, as you get to know people very intensley over 4-5 days.

Wednesday 27th October 2004
Come down day today - with only Nick, Matt & I left, we realise we are all skint, and there really is nothing to do in Exmouth unless you want to go diving, which I cant afford, and hiring a car is too expensive here.

Resort to lieing around the pool in the sun all day - guess its not all bad.

Thursday 28th October 2004
None of us could be bothered to get up this morning, so failed to get to the beach, and went for a wander round town - after 5 minutes we had finished, and resorted to the pool lounging idea of yesterday.

Found the only thing that is cheap here, wine, so consumed as much as possible!

Re met two people who had briefly joined our tour earlier, Swiss Fabienne and English Kev.

Also met a couple of guys who were in volunteer rescue teams, and they were competing in a local competition tomorrrow - did we want to be victims?

Friday 29th October 2004
Matt & I spent the day being victims - he had a very nasty car accident and I was stuck in a water treatment plant, unable to move, and I needed rescueing!

Excellent day - even though only one of the 6 teams actually rescued me in the allotted time, made even better by the free lunch, evening barbecue, and drink - so apart from when we reached the bar later on, the day didnt cost me a thing!

Quite interesting seeing the way the different teams tried to get me - some were just desperate, but got to know loads of people there.

Everybody I meet assumes I'm around 28, so I'm happy!
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