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Monday 9thJuly 2018:
Off exploring today. First stop was The Pink Lake at Port Gregory. The lake was a little pink and not in its full glory.
Hutt Lagoon is a pink lake, a salt lake with a red or pink hue due to the presence of the carotenoid-producing algae Dunaliella salina, a source of ß-carotene, a food-colouring agent and source of vitamin A. The lagoon contains the world’s largest microalgae production plant, a 250-hectare (620-acre) series of artificial ponds used to farm Dunaliella salina.
Back to Kalbarri for a yummy lunch then went exploring all the lookouts from 10km out of Kalbarri, then back into town.
We were very lucky to see whales. They were out from the coast quite a bit but one came in quite close so we were able to get our first photo of whales in WA.
Tuesday 10thJuly 2018:
Off exploring Nature’s Window and Z Bend Gorges today.
Nature’s Window has a rock that has a “window” in it that overlooks over the gorge. We had to line up to take our turn to get pics of Guy in the window. Too many “tourists”.
We sat up on the ridgeline for a while as we enjoyed the serenity of the stunning location.
Next stop was the Z Bend Gorge. Hard to capture the true awesomeness of the gorge as half of it was in shadow. Still a stunning place to visit.
Last stop was our favourite whale-watching headland about 10km out of Kalbarri. There were half a dozen whales breaching but they were a long way off shore. Too far to photograph.
Wednesday 11thJuly 2018:
First stop was back to our whale watching spot and we were lucky enough to see a whale in close to the cliffs. Great watching him frolic and approach some fishermen in a boat and check them out.
We then went for a drive to see the Hawk’s Head and Ross Graham lookouts over the gorges. At the Ross Graham lookout we went for a walk down into the gorge and explored the awesome patterns in the cliffs.
Back whale watching after lunch but the whales were way out off the coast. They didn’t want to play close in.
Thursday 12thJuly 2018:
Quiet day as we explored Kalbarri after a load of washing was done.
Got a friendly wave from a passing whale at our favourite spot.
Friday 13thJuly 2018:
Last day in Kalbarri today. As it drizzled rain all morning we had a quiet relaxing day.
Saturday 14thJuly 2018:
Left Kalbarri for Denham (Monkey Mia/Shark Bay just up the road). A 380km 5-hour trip with a few stops. As WA school holidays end Monday the traffic going south (Perth way) was horrendous. 90% of the traffic was heading south (we headed north) and at times there were long lines of cars, 4×4, caravans, camper trailers and boats grid locking traffic.
Another nice roomy cabin for the next 5 nights. After a quick trip to the supermarket we rested up in the late afternoon as we have tours booked for the next two days. Busy busy.
Sunday 15thJuly 2018:
Went on a 4×4 guided tour today of the Francois Peron National Park. As we were the only two on the tour we got to see some “secret” spots that Luke our awesome guide took us to.
A great day out all round.
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy