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Bassett Park

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  • Day124

    Biology lesson

    March 9, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    We travel with a 2-berth van but an early morning inspection proved that it can easily accommodate 200 bush flies on top of that. Most of them were still a bit sleepy when we found them on the side of the van, seemingly disappointed they hadn't been able to find a way in during the night to suck on our skin. We were terrorized during breakfast to the extent that we decided to brush our teeth while driving and make a quick stop further up the road to finish up.

    Today we were going to the beach town of Denham in the Shark Bay area. It was around 300km driving from our free campsite. The area is probably mainly known because of the 'wild' dolphins at Monkey Mia which are being fed every morning. We thought that didn't sound too wildlife friendly and since we had already seen wild dolphins in natural setting in New Zealand, we decided to skip this. Nonetheless we felt it could be worth the detour to see Shell Beach, Hamelin Pool and some nice coast line.

    The driving here is by the way quite different to anything we have experienced so far. Roads are straight as far as you can see, always surrounded by red sand and bushland that never seems to end. Once in awhile there is a goat, emu, kangoroo or bird showing its face or lying dead on or besides the street. And every 100km or so there is a roadhouse coming up, often with petrol station. While that's of course commonly known about Australia, it is still a different thing to experience yourself. For now we still very much enjoy it.

    The first stop was Hamelin Pool, which is a Marine Nature Reserve where stromalites can be seen. These are rock-looking bacteria and the earliest signs of life on earth, as far as billions of years ago. It was cool to walk around there and learn a bit about them. Most were in calm, undeep water when we got there, and we could see some fish "floating in the air" swimming around the stromalites. We had another stop at a viewpoint over the sea, where it was interesting to see Australian red outback sand mixing with white beach sand.

    We arrived early at out campsite in Denham, which was needed as it was also washing day. After a late lunch we originally wanted to check out the local beach for swimming as it was warm weather and a coastal town but we both didn't feel too well and decided to take it easy. Instead we baked some improvised spinach-tomato-paprika-feta dough pieces and had a healthy tasty dinner.
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    Suzanne Schönbeck

    You guys :) I'm reliving my entire trip 10 years ago via your travel stories. And you are right, monkey mia is so lame, great decision making!

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  • Day48

    Reiseabbruch und Rückkehr

    March 18, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Die Ereignisse überstürzen sich! Nachdem wir erfahren haben, dass der Bundesrat allen Reisenden die Rückkehr in die Schweiz empfiehlt, haben wir die Schweizer Botschaft in Australien und unser Reisebüro kontaktiert. Beide haben uns empfohlen zurückzukehren. Die Versorgungslage in Australien hat sich inzwischen auch geändert und ist schwieriger geworden. Rund 40% der Inlandflüge sind gestrichen worden, sodass wir nicht sicher sind, dass unser Flug von Broome nach Perth stattfinden wird. Auch ist es so, dass immer mehr Airlines ihre Flüge reduzieren und wir wollen nicht riskieren, dass wir von Perth nicht planmässig zurückfliegen können.
    Somit haben wir schweren Herzens entschieden, den Empfehlungen zu folgen und die Reise abzubrechen. Die Vernunft hatte Vorrang.
    Wir sind jetzt in Denham und fahren in 2 Etappen mit dem Camper nach Perth zurück, sodass wir am Donnerstag dort ankommen. Wir bleiben dann noch eine Nacht in Perth und fliegen am Freitag zurück, sodass wir am Samstag in Zürich landen werden 🛬.
    Wir sind einerseits traurig 😢😰 dieses faszinierende Land vorzeitig zu verlassen, andererseits dankbar, dass wir in dieser Zeit so viel schönes und interessantes erleben durften. Und natürlich freuen wir uns, euch wiederzusehen und hoffen, dass ihr alle gesund seid.
    Zum Abschluss noch einige Fotos unserer Höhepunkte in Australien.
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    Susanne Specht

    Gute entscheidung👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 wir freuen uns auf euch🤗🤗

    3/18/20Reply

    Maria Luisa, ja eine gute Entscheidung Danke für die Erlebnisse die wir teilen furften. Guten Rückflug.

    3/18/20Reply
    Julia Pietsch

    Hallo ihr Lieben, das tut mir echt im Herzen weh, zu hören, dass ihr eure Reise abbrechen müsst! Aber es ist die richtige Entscheidung! Und am besten lasst noch von Freunden vorher Basics einkaufen. Hier in Deutschland sind die Regale leer 😏 Kommt gut zurück nach Perth und dann nach Hause. Fühlt euch fest gedrückt 😘

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  • Day34

    Kalbarri Nationalpark

    February 29, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Heute stand der Kalbarri Nationalpark auf dem Programm, welcher zu den schönsten in Westaustralien zählt. Gestern konnten wir ja schon die Steilküste bestaunen, heute warteten Ausblicke auf unendliche Weiten und tiefe Schluchten auf uns. Somit fuhren wir die einzelnen Höhepunkte nacheinander ab. Jeder Stop ist mit einer kleinen Wanderung verbunden. Nach der ersten hatten Carl und Greta schon keine Lust mehr...na super. Aber ich kann sie verstehen...die Hitze und noch viel schlimmer, diese nervigen Fliegen, die einem wirklich jeden Nerv rauben. Aber sie haben doch alles tapfer durchgestanden.
    Gern hätte ich noch die ein oder andere Wanderung unternommen, aber mit den Kids in dieser Hitze auf keinen Fall. Dazu waren einige Strecken ohnehin wegen der Wärme gesperrt.
    Gegen Nachmittag machten wir uns dann auf den langen Weg nach Monkey Mia in der Shark Bay. Eigentlich wollten wir nur 200/300km fahren. Aber auf der Strecke ist einfach mal gar nichts, außer toten Kängurus am Straßenrand und Emus, die dir vors Auto laufen, sodass man nur weiterfahren kann, was wir auch taten. Somit waren es am Ende knapp 500km für heute. Nun sind wir in dem kleinen Ort Denham, in dem die Emus sogar im Ort spazieren gehen und schlafen hier eine Nacht. Morgen geht es nach Monkey Mia, wo wir für 3 Nächte im Campingresort gebucht haben.
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    Ihr könnt einem richtig leid tun... Tausche gerne Sonne und Hitze gegen Wind und Regen 🤣 Genießt es weiterhin 😍

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  • Day87

    Shark Bay last day

    September 21 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    We started early so as to catch the dolphin feeding back at Monkey Mia. It was quite busy and started at 7.45am but the dolphins have their own itinerary and came wandering past at 8.25am. There were 10 bottle nose dolphins of which all were female. Only 2 of these are fed as this minimises any dependence on food from humans. There are also strict limits on the amount of food and close contact. Was quite interesting as the females stick together with multiple families grouping together and will never travel far from their birthplace. The males stick together as a team or an "alliance". We were dipped in insect repellent today so we were safe from the midges. The morning weather was perfect and very calm.

    After the feeding we found a 2.5km walk through the scrubland behind the resort so worked hard in soft sand, hot sun with no shelter, and persistent bush flies. They ignore insect repellent. By the time we returned to Denham we deserved a trip to the bakery for a late breakfast.

    A few household chores and calls to people today. Granddaughter birthday today (Lola is 5!). I fuelled up at the local service station then found out later from our camp neighbours that the diesel fuel ran out about an hour after I filled up.

    Decided to try a swim at the Little Lagoon which is just behind the town. It's a big inland seawater lake which is clean but really shallow. We waded out in the water for well over 100metres and the water was still only knee deep. So Regan did a small swim in very shallow water, I decided to skip it.

    Back to camp for drinks with camp neighbours that have just arrived. Talking to fellow travellers has been great to find out about new places to visit and of course learning their stories.
    Tomorrow we have quite a big drive to another national park- Kalbarri.
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  • Day85

    Denham

    September 19 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 19 °C

    A short and uneventful 220km day pushing against wind gusts today. Lunch at an unmarked rest area with the temperature rising to 29 degrees. The roads are getting busier and after talking to the camp manager this area will get really busy next week with WA school holidays starting. By then we will be away from the places where most kids will be. The land today was mainly flat with lots of low scrub which is suited for the coast winds. We kept thinking we would see the sea as we approached the top of each rise. It took quite a few hills before we were rewarded.

    Once we arrived in Denham mid afternoon we set up camp then walked into town for a look around. That didn't take long. Denham is a small seaside village with 3 caravan parks and 2 pubs. A small jetty and a gap in the reef for fishing charters. This is a good base for us on the Peron Peninsula for the next 2 days while we discover more seaside attractions. As I write this our caravan is getting rocked with the wind. Nice to not have to tow for a few days and battle the wind.
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  • Day245

    Shark Bay/Monkey Mia

    August 9, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Stayed 5 nights at Denham in an overflow section of the Shark Bay Caravan Park. Very busy around Shark Bay so was all we could get, but actually preferred the overflow as it had plenty of room and ocean views.

    Started working as a contractor from here and happy to say it seems to be going well. Just did 2 days to start off with...we'll see how it progresses.

    Spent an early morning at Monkey Mia with the dolphins that come in to the beach to be hand fed. Incredible story...rangers only feed them 10% of their diet so that they still learn how to hunt for themselves. Historically, many dolphins perished from losing the ability to hunt for fish after being hand fed too much.

    Splashed out on a 3 hour cruise which sailed out of Monkey Mia checking out dolphins, turtles, and dugong in the sea grass beds. Marg even got in the boom net behind the boat on the way home. We had a sunset cruise thrown in, so did that the next day which was fantastic.

    Really liked Shell Beach, one of only 2 beaches in the world covered entirely in shells. Spectacular!

    Robert & Karen caught up with us here...great to touch base again. Whilst we have to move on, I'm sure we'll be catching up again down the track.

    Weather 8-22°
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    The Shifting Spanners

    Shell Beach

    8/9/17Reply
    The Shifting Spanners

    On the lookout for Bilbys

    8/9/17Reply
    Michelle Sheerans

    Awesome Marg😊 was it too cold for you Pauly.

    8/9/17Reply
     

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