|World Heritage area|
After a little convincing Rasmus agreed to make the 300 km detour into the Shark Bay Peninsula. We wanted to see some dolphins! As it was quite a drive in we stopped at one of the free camping spots for the night. There are 4 of them as you drive into Monkey Mia and if you ring up the council for a permit you can stay for one night. We chose Whalebone Beach (recommended by the Marsh family)
Great choice too! What a spot! Right next to the water, and I mean only a couple of meters. It was so lovely.
The water was flat and easy for the kids to explore. They soon donned their snorkeling gear and made sweeps of the area on the look out for treasure. There was also a bit of sand to dig around in which kept them occupied for many hours.
Our day ended enjoying a quiet sunset at the water's edge.
After the sun rose we headed off to spend 3 nights at the Monkey Mia Resort which was rather a special treat. It's a bit expensive but quite frankly they have you over a barrel as there isn't any other choice.
|Dusk at Monkey Mia|
|Morning at Monkey Mia|
|Green Sea turtle and two crocs|
Eventually the Monkey-Mia-dolphin-food-bucket-holder arrived and we got the do's and don'ts of what to do around the dolphins.
Rasmus had turned up by now too and took the required photographic evidence.
We had a really fun time at this resort and were really lucky with what we saw.
Ben was so happy to see Lion fish on several occasions, we swam with sea turtles and Rasmus and Molly had dolphins swirling around them at one stage.
At the resort itself a family of emus roam the place looking for stuff to eat. As I was holed up in the caravan with my dastardly assignment, I was often dashing outside to rescue something that the kids had left lying around.
Hard up for TV my children loved to sit in a darkened room watching episodes of The Blue Planet. In fact, sometimes we had to drag them outside to see the actual things they were watching on the film!!! Kids heh!
On the way out of the resort and on to our final overnight camp at Sharks Bay, we stopped for lunch to see a most magnificent blue lagoon. It was so inviting. I could of just jumped into the blueness except I was trying to avert tears of disappointment of a level unseen on the Richter scale.
|Party for Julie|
In my job as mediator (for which I get paid bucks!) I rang the local Ocean Park and arranged for Ben to pop in and see their sharks. Free of charge! I know, you don't have to say it. I'm amazing.
|First wild sharks spotted below|
So, after lunch off we went.
We hit the trail again to find our camp spot for the night. We were going to do another freebie even though you are only allowed to do 1 per week on the Sharks Bay Peninsula.. We're rebellious like that.
Finally arriving about 4.30 we set up camp and Rasmus began to make dinner. I suddenly remembered that we hadn't rung the council for a permit (for the free camp) so was in the process of doing that when the Ranger pulled up in his car.
“Hi.” I said, “I was just going to call you for our permit.”
|Ranger pulled up at sunset|
“Sorry, you will have to pack up and leave.”
There was no persuading him and he went on to ask another van to leave too.
Rasmus insisted that we stay and eat dinner first which was good foresight on his behalf as it went on
to be a long night.
to be a long night.
Driving out of the campground we remembered that we hadn't seen Shell Beach yet, that was going to done tomorrow.
Oh well, we will have to see it in the dark!!!
So we did!
|Under Orion on shell beach|
|Shells here are 5 meter deep|
We put the kids into their pjs and snuggled them into the car as we were not really sure where we were going next.
By the time we had reached the end of the Peninsula they were asleep and we needed petrol. Pulling up to the bowser we noticed another car who had locked their keys in. And left their lights on!! The petrol station guy was of no help but eventually we got them out and on we went.
|Morning after a late night|
|Trees hang to life in the bush|
Another adventure complete.
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|Most western sunset on trip|