On Route to Monkey Mia

Trip Start Dec 24, 2009
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Trip End Apr 02, 2010


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Journey to Monkey Mia

We got up early and took some video of the stunning coastline before going to watch the feeding of the pelicans on Kalbarri beach front at 8.45am. They have a special seating area for this event which takes place every day.  Unfortunately on this particular morning, not one pelican turned up – is this sounding familiar!!!!  So we jumped in the car and headed off to Monkey Mia, hoping and praying that we wouldn't experience the same 'no show’ here as this was the ‘Dolphin’ place and was set to be another highlight of the holiday.

We made a couple of stops on route, the first being the Hamelin Pool Stromatolites which is one of the few places on earth where living marine stromatolites exist – the oldest living organisms on the planet (and no I’m not talking about Stuart again!!).  They grow just 0.3mm a year, so the metre high ones are up to a thousand years old.  The viewing platform was great and although they are funny looking things, it was very fascinating and the sea was such a beautiful colour and so clear.  We also saw 2 enormous red kangaroos in the bush on our walk there and again it was incredibly hot – yes I said HOT!!!!

Before we got to the Hamelin Pools, we had driven about 3 hours and hardly passed any cars or anything!  It was real outback and in one stretch we passed nothing for about 200k, seeing just 4 cars and one petrol station(roadhouse) stuck in the middle of nowhere called the Billabong – brilliant! It had a motel which looked decidedly creepy – you know the sort that you see in the horror films...... luckily we weren’t booked into this  one, although some of our lodging has been rather dodgy in Western Australia!

Our next stop was Shell Beach made up of countless tiny cockle shells up to 10 metres depth and stretching over 120k!  The effect is stunning with the contrast of the white shells, turquoise sea and blue sky.  The water was so warm – just like a bath – really beautiful!

On the road again to our final destination Monkey Mia and scorchingly hot – 39c but probably more in the sun.  The resort is again in the middle of nowhere, well actually at the end of a peninsula in Shark Bay with just one road to and from.

The beach was beautiful, wonderful warm turquoise sea just a few steps from our room.  The room itself was a bit dodgy – boy have they got good marketing here as it looked nothing like in the brochure and was set in a courtyard of the backpackers kitchen – need I say any more!!!  Luckily we didn’t see the ginormous cockroach which was the size of my hand until the morning we were leaving!!  We also had a very unusual visitor when we first arrived in the shape of an emu, who was very inquisitive and stayed on our verandah for ages peering through the glass doors, head bobbing up and down as if to say, what are you doing here!  I’m sure she would have come in given half the chance!

Anyway, although the room was rather basic and the resort rather strange (haha), the beach was beautiful and we had a great walk and swim, and excellent fish dinner in their restaurant.  Can’t wait for tomorrow morning to see the dolphins!
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