Wow it’s been 5 days since putting my thoughts on paper. There has been a lot of territory covered during that time. From an amazing day in Karijini it was n to Newman to actually do some work. A couple of schools to photograph and just a little bit of exploring with the 360 degree from the top of the hill. A little too much sun as the weather had me fooled with the icy cold mornings of 3 degrees followed by a cooler wind during the day but the sun was still out.
From Newman, it was a drive back along the Great Northern Highway watching the ever-changing landscape which goes from rugged mountains and gorges to open plains, there were more dead cows along the way than kangaroos which is a crazy thing to see. I spotted two mobs of horses just roaming the open land. No fences and miles from anywhere. As you pass the road trains you get an appreciation for how long it takes to move things across the vast country side. The only other traffic other than mine vehicles and trucks is the constant procession of grey nomads that are roaming the country in search of warmth. After 7 hours of driving safely back in Karratha for a quick overnight stop. A viewing of a sunset in Dampier and then passed out in bed to do it all again tomorrow.
Today’s drive was from Karratha to Exmouth. The landscape seemed to change yet again. The red red dirt at the start was replaced with a little bit of greenery and the termite mounds that stood along the way as if they were soldiers on duty keeping a look out. The kangaroos that had met their demise along the way were also as red as the dirt of the countryside. A couple of times I had to slow and watch the sheep and lambs wander across the highway and then I saw it! The bluest water that I had ever seen, I was finally on the coast.
Accommodation check-in was at the Sea breeze resort which is accommodation on the Naval Base, awesome rooms and great hosts willing to point you in the right direction for some awesome sites. Sea Breeze is closing at the end of the year as their lease is not being renewed after 20 years, It’s a pity as it’s a lovely place. Exploring involved wandering down and finding a lovely beach and then heading up to Vlaming head lighthouse where the view is amazing. The trip to the light house started with the sighting of an emu with 6 baby chicks trotting along behind and then from the top I saw whales. Not close enough to photograph but there seemed to be two heading past the point.
Another amazing day with awesome weather and the coastal views are stunning, tomorrow it’s a drive to Carnarvon with maybe a stop at Coral bay along the way, this is a beautiful part of the world.