On the road again…. Because we were in a hurry to get a site in Denham we passed a few interesting places so on our back down the peninsula again we stopped. We had a second look from Eagle Bluff but still no sign of marine life so we headed on to Shell Beach. Although they are mining the beach, and selling to poultry keepers, & for use as paths etc, they ask that you don’t take any shells away. I cannot understand the logic, even if 1000 tourists took a handful of shells it wouldn’t equal one scoop of their front end loader and there were hills of the stuff they had piled up.
After Shell Beach we called into Hamelin Pool were there were flies by the zillions but we persisted and went to the place where they had previously mined the shell composite and where there are Stromatolites. If you want an explanation of them I hope the link below will help. When we were in the café there was an extract from a Bill Bryson book pinned to the wall and he said he had to give up his walk to the Stromatolites because of the flies. I wish we’d been able to read more of the book, maybe it will be available for my Kindle.
If you want to see some info check here.
When we were driving back on the main road we saw a very frazzled Emu trying to keep his brood under control, I think he had about 6 but as you can see from the photo they’ve all scarpered. I can’t remember which side of the Vermin Proof Fence he was on but they have fenced across the narrowest part of the peninsula, culled feral goats, baited for rabbits, foxes etc and are trying to eradicate all the feral cats but they’re still a problem. Some native animals have been reintroduced and we saw signs warning drivers to watch out for Bilbies but we didn’t see any.
Arriving here was stressful, we haven’t been near a big town for a long time and in fact we haven’t even made it into Geraldton yet because the Caravan Park is on the northern side. When I was booking in the woman remarked on the wind that had sprung up and said it hadn’t been at all windy! Grrrrr We’ll be here at the Sunset Beach Caravan Park again tomorrow night.
Alex on Shell Beach -there is no sand, it’s all tiny shells.
Hamelin Pool -the old quarry. The only blocks taken from here now are to replace ones in historical buildings.
The quarry blocks
Field of Stromatolites
Poor Papa Emu, his kids have taken off in all directions.
Friday, 9th September
A significant date, Mum’s birthday and the day we started our new life in Australia. Not so significant in 2011. Because of the publicity we decided to be at Monkey Mia for the first feeding of the dolphins, it was cool and windy. Heaps of people were lined up near the water, waiting for the dolphins to appear but they took their time. We could see some out beyond the little jetty but they took off away from the feeding spot. Eventually 5 dolphins appeared, only feeding mothers are given fish and the Rangers knew each dolphin and the family history. The best show, for me, was put on by one dolphin leaving the area and she rolled and swam sideways and put on a nice display. It was also lovely seeing the young ones come racing in towards the mothers when the feeding was over. They’re only given about 3 fish each so that they go hunting and don’t become reliant on the daily feeds.
On the way back to Denham we called in at Little Lagoon but didn’t see any wildlife so didn’t stay long. We also went down to Eagle Bluff and had a fantastic view of the Islands and also the sea where the underlying sands make sweeping transitions of colour. Although there are enormous banks of seagrasses we didn’t see any of the animals that feed there. On the way back to Denham we stopped in at Ocean Park which has hourly shark feeding in their Aquarium but it was $19 per person entry fee which we thought was excessive and not in a natural environment anyway. Back here the best entertainment was watching a salvage crew working to get a wooden fishing boat (Huon Pine & about 30 foot) onto a low loader. Alex & I were panicking when the diver, using only mask & snorkel, disappeared underwater for ages. None of his crew was watching out for him but of course he surfaced eventually. After all their work making a transport dolly with extended truck axles and wooden beams, backing it down the ramp with some extendable crane arrangement etc the diver measured everything up and there was insufficient depth to support the boat so it was all abandoned for another day. EVERYONE in town was disappointed when the action stopped.
Off towards Geraldton tomorrow.
One happy dolphin.
Sturt Desert Pea -no black eye
Alex plays BRILLIANT golf here!
Note -no cars please!
Heath Robinson Boat Handlers Inc.
Breeze Block building??
Blocks are actually cut from compacted shells found at Shell Beach- this is a closeup.