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I’m back with another post from the road. The distances and wide open spaces here in Western Australia are just amazing. Each day we are driving at least 400 km so far. That’s about half way from Sydney to Melbourne or about two thirds of the way from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Our side trip to Monkey Mia was about 300 km round trip!
Monkey Mia was pretty amazing and well worth the travel to not only seeing the dolphins so close with their young calves, but also seeing some of the largest pelicans that I have ever seen. The dolphins and pelicans were all wild, but allowed us to approach them very closely. Below are two photos one of a dolphin and one of the pelicans. If you want more information about Monkey Mia click here.
On the way back from Monkey Mia we made a small detour down a dirt road into Francois Peron National Park to see the homestead there. The homestead was built over a hot spring that fed a thermal bath and provided artesian water to the farm. The homestead use to be a sheep shearing station until 1991. In 1991 the lease on the property expired and the homestead was turned into a national park and preserves the lifestyles of the farm hands that lived and worked there. It was definitely worth the 20 km side trip from our side trip.
We also had a look at a NASA OTC dish installation on the outskirts of the city of Carnarvon. Apparently NASA built the facility there in 1966 in order to track the Gemini and Apollo space missions. The station was also used in 1986 to track Halley’s Comet, but was closed in 1987. Unfortunately the dish and the surroundings have not been kept up and look to be in serious disrepair. The only person around was a sulky teenage girl with pink hair and acid washed jeans, not exactly the tour guide type.
Finally we arrived in Exmouth after a total of 1,875 km. It is a quaint little town where we will be doing our Whale Shark diving. The rest of the day we will just relax and take it easy in preparation for our early morning. Stay tuned for more about our diving experience.