We found a camping spot near the end of a dirt fisho's track. Camped up top, with some bush protection.
Deb enjoying her coffee in calm turquoise water.
She's happy because I make great coffee 🙂
Going Camo as a fence post.
October - and the water temp is fantastic.
DON'T forget the polaroids.
The shells are super white..hard on the eyes!
Though early morning, it was still a hot walk.
No cars allowed ... which does keep it white.
NOT Shell Beach. But we did find Sorka's point where it was possible to get the MUX out on the sand bank. I got some great aerial video while Deb wandered along the shore line.
Colours, Curves and Textures at Fowlers Beach.
So much inspiration for the artistically inclined.
Afternoon White caps.
The southerly seabreeze kicked in as the birds fed.
Eagle Bluff. VERY shallow water.
I could think of worse places to get shipwrecked 😂
Clifftop Walk heading north along Eagle Bluff.
We even spotted baby lemon sharks wayyyy below.
We camped atop a steep cliff and in the late afternoon were visited by this Emu family. Emu chic incubation is 8 weeks and it's the male emu parent who sits on the eggs the entire time. He moves the eggs approx. 10-12 times per day. For the entire 8 weeks, he does not eat or drink, save for maybe some dew on the nearby grass.
Here's the male parent, walking around with his chics, teaching them life skills, such as appropriate feeding areas, and what they can eat. Males stay with the chics for up to 18 months after birth. The Female parent has long gone.
This family was a little curious (typical of the emu) and pottered around our 4WD for a bit, looking for food, eyeing us off while we sat very still. As they wandered away, the wind fluffed up their feathers, creating an almost cowlick or rosette effect.
Not a bad view to the west for Deb's morning coffee.
Yes, I made this coffee too.
Like a male emu - doing all the work!
Australia has some amazing outback dunnies.
This beauty by Little Lagoon was no exception.
Loo with a view.
This is Big Lagoon, north of Denham in the Francois Peron National Park. Really scenic. Camping is possible here (at cost) and gas BBQ + picnic facilities are modern and clean. However it's $15 to enter the Park even just for a look around, which is a ripoff in my humble opinion. It was 41ºC the day we drove in, and the MUX gearbox temps were over 105ºC (even driving at 60km/h) given the lack of wind inland and the heat coming off that red sand!
'Lil seagull chilling at Big Lagoon.
Lots to photograph - even me!
Deb loves all the patterns in the outback. Above are two more of her foamy favourites from Big Lagoon .
Australian dust is red and this place was certainly no exception. When you have the green-blue ocean in the background providing a jaw dropping colour contrast, it's easy to forget about the fact that there is red dust in every nook and cranny of your CAR and your PERSON 😉 This campsite was in a bush area not far from Monkey Mia. Monkey Mia is very restricted in terms of "free" access which is different to when I explored it years ago.
Denham is a sleepy little beachside town and we lucked out again with a lovely, quiet, wind-free morning. Being a fishing town, a number of stainless fish cleaning benches are installed along the shoreline. The Galahs have figured out how to drink fresh water from the dripping taps and we had quite the time watching them drinking and playing. They are such happy creatures and one of my favourite native species. You can pick the ladies from the men via the eye colour - men have a darker eyeball, ladies sport a pretty pink eye.
If you're on instagram, Deb's posted a cute little time-lapse here.
Stromatolites are fossilized remains of micro-organism growth. Here at Hamelin Pool, they are flourishing in number ... and globally famous for it ... because the water is high in salinity levels. This means they are protected from animal disturbance. We stopped here for some photos off the old jetty during the morning hours, before leaving this little paradise ...
a paradise we hope to return to some day