1st Day - Perth - Kalbarri
Weakup at 6.30 - oh
man, .. too early but good. We were looking forward for this
departure for soo many weeks and now we were ready for
another exciting trip ... and Man, ... if we would have
known at that stage??!!XX"@@.
We were directly picked
from our hostel, we collected another few 'explorers' and
ended up in a group of 20.
Lets move .. our tour
guides were very relaxed from the beginning and seemed to
enjoy the trip as well ... a good sign!
First day was mainly
based on making 'miles and more' in our tour bus .. we made
600kM's on roads, sand and gravel!
On our way we stopped
in Nambung National Park, where the very famous 'Pinacles'
can be seen ... stones, which appear growing out of the
sand! Then we went on to visit a small Wildlife Zoo, where
the owner had collected lonely and insured animals. We could
feed kangaroos and hand snakes winding along our arms and
fingers .. have a look at the gallery!
Close to the first days
stay, we had a stop over on a salt lake, where we
experienced an unforgettable sunset.
the night as such we
spent in the hostel in Kalbarri ... breakfast, lunch &
dinner inclusive! After dinner we immediate went to bed ..
such a day eats up your reserves!
2nd Day - Kalbarri - Monkey Mia
Another day , another 6.30
A.M. weak up call! XX@@!!?? -
oh man =)
Off to another national park, where Lenni and me experienced
the adventure of 'Roping' .. this was 'scary' , BUT 'Fun'!
There ws a drop down of
some 25 meters and it takes all your courage to get over the
top and then down the rock! First time we went down with the
head heading towards the rock and second time the other way
around .. once over the top, you just run down ... was a
real 'kick' and discussed a few hours after, even a lot of
fun! we spent quite some hours in the park, .. no real track
and we continuously had to climb over rocks and other
obstacles .. weather was ideal .. 30 Grad Celsius .. lovely!
Out of the forest, we
headed on to 'Shell Beach'. As the name already forecasts,
the beach is built of shells, shells and shells! The water
is very salty and cold as well .. we didn't 'risk' a swim!
Next stop targeted, was
'Monkey Mia' , where we also spent our overnight stay.
All the way along the
west coast up to Exmouth, had the same look ... red sand &
bushes .. didn't change al along the 1700Km's.The gas
stations also are adopted ... in Germany nobody would take a
chance and buy some petrol there .. all very small and sort
of lonely and abandon .. no question .. still awesome!
Driving the Highway
also was an experience ... you are going to see no car for
hours ... every hour one at its best!
Monkey Mia was a
beautiful hostel - direct look to the beach, with pool and
every possible comfort ( .. 'bag packers' comfort!).
The water was very cold
- but the sunset in Monkey Mia compensated for that.
After dinner we
participated in an Aboriginal tour, which also turned out to
be very educational and interesting.
The guide himself was a
real aboriginal, which took as through the 'bush' middle in
the night and then ended up at a fireplace, where we were
presented a fish BBQ, which was prepared in the traditional
way the aboriginals are doing this for so many generations.
Following this, having a taste of the fish and observing the
man can never every be put in words ... absolute outstanding
and something I will never forget in life! The trip only
lasted 2 hours, but he managed to convey the basics of
aboriginal life, traditions, the language, the stars,
etc.......... only a few bits and pieces, ... BUT could
change someone's life and also help understanding their
culture and believes!
Another beautiful day - immediate we went to bed ... another
day will surprise our trip and expectations tomorrow!
3rd Day - Monkey Mia - Coral Bay
07.30 A.M. - hurry,
hurry,... off to the beach! Monkey Mia is worldwide known
for its dolphins, which come to the beach every morning and
can be feed by the tourists. These awesome animals really
come to the beach and get so close to you, that you can even
touch and fondle them... big emotions take exchange there!
I'm sure the animals feel the same as the tourists do ...
seeking for communication and exchange of love with
something NEW ... as a dolphin lover, this was surely heart
breaking for me!
Next target was Coral
Bay, which very much looked like Shell Beach we had visited
before. Some sort of real figures were sculpted there, ..
only a close look could surface the evidence, that they all
were built of small shells!
The shower some time
later was a saltwater shower only, which was no problem at
all, as we were already winding up for next day ...
going for a snorkeling trip
( ... probably with
Manta Ray's ???)