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    • Day955

      Shark Bay - Little Lagoon

      November 14, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      After visiting the big lagoon we spend some time at the little lagoon today. Another amazing spot.

      Nachdem wir gestern die Big Lagoon entdeckt haben ging es heute zu Little Lagoon. Ein wirklich schöner Platz.Read more

    • 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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      Traveler

      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!

      3/11/20Reply
       
    • Day53

      Finding our way in ‘Shark Bay’

      March 8, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Veel belovends in Denham maar uiteindelijk toch maar weinig te doen 😅

      Ma... Wie zoekt die vindt 😋😄

      Eerst en vooral... netje check!

      Old sheadfarm bezocht, ‘gezwommen’ in Little Lagoon en ons uitzicht aan de kamping Eagle Bluff 👌Read more

      Traveler

      Wel mooi .goe gedacht dat netje .😊 😚

      3/9/20Reply
      Traveler

      Tegen de muggen. Of ander ongedierte?

      3/11/20Reply
      Traveler

      Vliegen!! Vanaf we buiten komen zijn ze er... en ze gaan ver! 🙊

      3/15/20Reply
       
    • Day14

      Kalbarri to Denham

      September 8, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

      Left our wonderful accommodation yesterday morning for the nearly 380km trip to Denham. Stopped for fuel and lunch at Billabong. Weird to say the least, out in the middle of nowhere two gas stations/ roadhouse next to one another, one with fuel 5 cents dearer than the other, a ‘no brainer’. Best thing was a group of motorcyclists, all women, sat and had lunch in among them, what a hoot. A great bunch of ladies🥴🥴🥴having a long weekend break.
      Then on to see the Stromatolites, very interesting going back about 3000 years. Called in to Shell beach, not one grain of sand, all very small shells. Funny that.
      Then to Denham, accommodation across the road from the beach.
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    • Day240

      Around Shark Bay

      May 4, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      After a more leisurely start to the morning in our cool (in both senses of the word) cabin, we spent the day exploring the Denham/Shark Bay area more. We went to "Little Lagoon" and had a paddle in the shallow waters there and Solana and I enjoyed making a shell picture on the beach, whilst Laura searched unsuccessfully for lizards in the sand dunes. We did see some beautiful little fairy wren birds as we drove away but they were too quick to get a decent photo. More photogenic were the big emus we saw crossing the road on our way back to the town! We visited Ocean Park, formerly a pink snapper (tasty local fish) farm but now an aquarium housing some of the native species of fish and a couple of marine reptiles from the Shark Bay area. Most of the fish were in large open tanks, which was good to see and also meant that we got some good views of the marine life, including stonefish, lionfish, sharks, a couple of turtles awaiting rehabilitation to the wild and some sea snakes. Many of the species are highly venomous too. We were shown around by a marine biologist and learnt some really interesting facts about the animals we saw too. We stayed for a tasty lunch overlooking the bay, then headed back into town. We have left our own snorkels and masks at home due to lack of space, so we bought a cheap one here and, putting thoughts of all the venomous sea creatures to one side, we did some snorkelling off the jetty this afternoon. Although not the best snorkelling in the world, we did see a few species of fish and some beautiful rays that were lovely to watch. Afterwards we enjoyed a sundowner beer, watching the sunset from the rocks along the shore - a lovely way to end the day.Read more

      Jennifer Bieda

      Wow! Fantastic pictures x

      5/4/17Reply
      Sue Jones

      Why did the emu cross the road? 😀😀😀

      5/4/17Reply

      Gorgeous xx

      5/5/17Reply
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    • Day59

      Kängurus so weit das Auge reicht

      November 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Wir sind bereits wieder auf dem Rückweg nach Perth. Gestern haben wir nochmals in Carnarvon übernachtet und haben am Nachmittag die Blowholes und den Miaboolya Beach besucht. Die Blowholes waren sehr eindrücklich und einen Besuch wert, der Strand eher weniger. Der Weg dorthin war extrem holprig, da die Strasse aus Sand und Gestein war. Der Strand selber überzeugte uns nach Coral Bay überhaupt nicht, das einzige was uns ein bisschen Eindruck machte war die Weite des Sandstrands.
      Heute morgen starteten wir wieder früh mit dem Ziel Shark Bay. Unterwegs hatten wir eine Kollision mit einem Känguru, wobei wir unser Ersatzrad verloren. Zum Glück konnte Papi den Schaden schnell reparieren, sodass wir kurze Zeit später wieder auf der Strasse waren. Der erste Stopp führte uns zum Hamelin Pool, zu den Stromaliten. Dort sahen wir auch mehrere Kängurus, eines davon konnte ich sogar fotografieren. Das zweite Mal hielten wir beim Shell Beach an. Der Strand glänzt mit dem weissen Sand und dem türkisblauen Wasser. Der weisse Sand besteht aber nicht aus Sand, sondern aus vielen kleinen weissen Muscheln. Das letzte Mal vor Denham legten wir eine Pause ein beim Eagle Bay. Von diesem Aussichtspunkt aus sahen wir Haie, Rochen und Schildkröten.
      Leider ist auch Denham ausgestorben und viele Restaurants geschlossen. Man merkt wieder einmal, dass hier die Saison bereits vorbei ist. Dafür haben wir auf dem Campingplatz umso mehr Platz und bekamen sogar einen Abstellplatz direkt am Meer.
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    • Day15

      Boat trip to Dirk Hartog Island

      September 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

      On the boat out to Dirk Hartog Island at 8am. 12 people, skipper and his offsider. Perfect weather. What a place, too special to describe. Water amazing, flat calm, looking forward to our adventure.
      Hopped into 4WD vehicle with ‘offsider Jono at the wheel’. WOW what a trip to Shark Bay over sand dunes on very rough terrain, Adrenalin pumping!!!
      The bay had hundreds of baby shark (lemon fish) only about 2 metres from the shore, such an amazing sight with beautiful clear water. Then on to the blow hole, again WOW, 45 metre cliff with the water spout reaching another 30 to 40 metres. Our two guides said it was three years since they had seen it like this.
      Back to the old homestead for scones, jam and cream before the 50 min boat trip back. Surely it can’t get get better than this. BUT we saw dolphins, turtles and three Dugong’s and their calves, so special. Off boat, then to the Ocean Aquarian, informative.
      Calamari dinner, now bed, knackered.
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    • Day15

      Boat trip to Dirk Hartog Island

      September 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      On the boat out to Dirk Hartog Island at 8am. 12 people, skipper and his offsider. Perfect weather. What a place, too special to describe. Water amazing, flat calm, looking forward to our adventure.
      Hopped into 4WD vehicle with ‘offsider Jono at the wheel’. WOW what a trip to Shark Bay over sand dunes on very rough terrain, Adrenalin pumping!!!
      The bay had hundreds of baby shark (lemon fish) only about 2 metres from the shore, such an amazing sight with beautiful clear water. Then on to the blow hole, again WOW, 45 metre cliff with the water spout reaching another 30 to 40 metres. Our two guides said it was three years since they had seen it like this.
      Back to the old homestead for scones, jam and cream before the 50 min boat trip back. Surely it can’t get get better than this. BUT we saw dolphins, turtles and three Dugong’s and their calves, so special. Off boat, then to the Ocean Aquarian, informative.
      Calamari dinner, now bed, knackered.
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      Traveler

      I think Shark Bay is one of my most favourite places on earth!

      9/9/19Reply
       
    • 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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      Traveler

      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
      Traveler

      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 😘

      3/18/20Reply
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    • Day33

      Geraldton - Denham / 435 Km

      May 8, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 22 °C

      Today was more or less a driving day. After disassembling the roof tent ⛺️ and having a coffee ☕️ in the cold we left Geraldton. In the interest of time we bypassed Kalbarri Nationalpark. We had seen it before and the children did not care 🤠.
      On the way to Denham we stopped at the stagmits after entering Monkey mia Nationalpark and little later at shell beach 🏖. Shell 🐚 beach consists a 100% of small white shells. Unfortunately most of them are now broken into little pieces. That was completely different last time. Thanks to Andy who gave us nets against the billions of flies. If you don‘t have one it‘s killing you!
      After arriving at Denham we spent some time in town and around our condominium and watched the beautiful sunset.
      For dinner we went into the most western Restaurant of Australia which is made completely out of little shells. The seafood served was delicious.
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