What’s not to love about clear blue water that is teaming with fish of every conceivable colour, shape and size? I have had a blast snorkelling in the beautiful bays here on the Ningaloo Coastline and even saw a turtle on one dive. My confidence definitely improved as the week went on and I would have done the Drift Loop at Turquoise Bay if I’d had a snorkelling accomplice. No once else was around and since there’s a dangerous current that can take you out to sea I didn’t want to risk it.
It didn’t worry us though being the only people camping at Kurrajong. We had roos for company and we are getting quite used to being lone campers at many of the campsites. The heat is definitely a factor as the mercury is not falling much below 40 degrees and many places are still shut until the end of March. This unfortunately will snooker our plans to do the Horizontal Falls in Broome as they are not taking bookings until the first week of April. By that stage we expect to be up in the Northern Territory and working our route out for coming back down the east coast (weather permitting). Oh well, it does give an excuse to come back another time with four wheel drive to do even more!
Cape Range National Park follows much of the Ningaloo Coastline and we went for early morning hikes at Mandu Mandu Gorge and Yardie Creek. We saw ospreys and eagles soaring above and, too quick for the camera, a little black footed rock wallaby. We’ve also spotted a wild cat as we’ve been driving along.
There is no chance to have a snooze in the passenger seat as the scenery is ever changing and very interesting. I am always looking out for photo opportunities and was a bit peeved that Mike sailed on past a huge termites nest before I got a chance to photograph it. I needn’t have worried, the next day we drove past literally thousands of these large brown mounds dotted all over the landscape!
With the roads being really empty and us doing many more miles between campsites, I have started sharing the driving with Mike. I love being so high up off the ground. We are now heading towards Karijini National Park. It has four mountains: Mount Sheila, Mount Bruce, Mount Nameless and Mount Meharry – fancy Sheila and Bruce being in the same mountain range lol! Four wheel drive vehicles are needed to access them unfortunately. However I am looking forward to cooling off in some of the rock pools. Rain is forecast so we’ll have to see how it goes as flash flooding can occur! We’re still capturing some amazing sunsets – this one was over Ashburton River last night.