Day 2 Episode III.
Was having a fantastic day tooling around the North West Cape with Ningaloo Safari Tours, with still a couple of stops to go! Cruising Yardie Creek Gorge was something else off my bucket list; I can’t believe it’s only the first W.A. gorge that I’ve been to! I always meant to at least visit Karijini while I lived in W.A. but… never got round to it. Next time. The Kimberley one day too.
We drove south from Osprey Bay, right to the end of the sealed road past the Yardie Creek Station homestead. That’s something else for the bucket list; a bushwalking photo expedition during wildflower season! I bet I could turn a 3km hike into an overnighter.
We explored while Dave rowed out to retrieve the bigger boat.
The mouth of the gorge was gradually silting up again after all the recent flooding, and it reminded me of Pelican Point near our old place in Carnarvon.
We hopped into Dave’s flat-bottomed boat and headed up the creek past mangroves and a bright red beach.
Soon flaming red rock walls reared up either side of us.
Gorges! Absolutely gorges!
I polished the metal seat with my constant scooting back and forth. Dave was able to spot the Black-footed Rock Wallabies quite easily, whereas I had trouble finding them even when he told me exactly where they were. I did see a few though, eventually. When the wallabies made it super easy. Like, I’ll-stand-here-like-a-taxidermied-stunned-mullet easy.
We, as a group, apparently saw fourteen rockstar wallabies. I can vouch for five.
We leisurely made our way as far up Yardie Creek as we could before running aground, then headed back also without getting stuck at low tide. Back in the OKA we stopped at Turquoise Bay for a quick snorkel but with the seabreeze up the water was a bit choppy and cloudy.
Hit the road back to Exmouth, enjoying the twin spectacles of the rosy twilight making the termite mounds glow crimson and the roos trying to play chicken with the truck.
The sun set over the Indian Ocean as we reluctantly headed back to the outside world. It’s probably the thing I miss the most, living on the east coast; ocean sunsets. Sunrises are beautiful too but it’s just not the same.
And that was my first full day in Exmouth. In my next post I’ll finally introduce you to the Ningaloo Reef!
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Amazing! That fossilised coral is really beautiful!
Isn’t it? And it’s everywhere! It’s like walking through the bones of some enormous sea creature… Well technically you ARE walking through the bones of some enormous sea creature… Or millions of tiny ones actually… It’s a bit mind blowing.
Doesn’t it just drive you nuts when you don’t have the lens you need?
Gorgeous pictures, regardless. That red beach is something else!
I drive MYSELF nuts, because I know I’ll always want it, but stupidly I talk myself out of it with stuff like ‘aw I’ll be taking mostly landscapes’ and ‘my case is probably already over 20kg’… (it was 18.5kg which just makes me even more annoyed)… d’oh. I have recently heard of a magical lens which does the work of both a regular AND a zoomy lens! No more missed shots!
And thanks for the feedback on my pics. Seriously it’s so gorgeous over there it was hard to take a bad photo.
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I do the same thing. “I’m just going for a short walk, I won’t need my macro lens.”
(5 minutes later) *sees gorgeous butterfly land on a flower two feet away* “Son of a…”
gorgeous images and a great story. when I look at these formations, it’s like stepping back in time! 🙂
Thank you! It was very much like a time warp being there, so many different layers of history, including my own, all in that place!
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