This is the last instalment for my August trip to Western Australia. By amazing coincidence Im leaving for another trip tomorrow.. this time a short visit to Melbourne. I’ve taken plenty of beach pictures in Melb before, but no video, which I want to add to the beach info pages on my site Beachwiki.org.
The first two pictures here are of Lancelin, which is a couple of hours north of Perth. I was impressed by this place, and will return again one day to explore in more detail. There is an interesting island a kilometre or so offshore that I would like to visit too.
From Lancelin I drove down to Seabird (last pic), which I had wanted to visit since seeing the name on the map. I had assumed it was named for the local seagulls or something, but it turns out it was named for a ship that was wrecked nearby. Presumably the ship was named after seagull or the like, so I wasn’t far off.
I feel sorry for the pelicans at Monkey Mia… at many beaches around the country they are the main attraction.. but at Monkey Mia they are shuffled over to the side of the stage, distracted by the rangers during the dolphin feeding as apparently no-one wants to see what happens when a dolphin and a pelican have a disagreement over a fish..
I like pelicans, they are funny birds.. check out the timelapse in the movie I took below and you will probably agree with me.. More
We were told the dolphins visit the beach to be fed each morning around 7:30am, but apparently they are not so great at telling time as it was more like 8:30 before they finally turned up. We were lined up along the shore so they could get a good look at us and had plenty of time to watch them swim back and play around in the shallows. Only a few of us got to feed them as they are very careful to only provide a little of what they need to eat each day so they do not get lazy and forget how to hunt!
Although the feeding was a great experience the real highlight for me happened later in the afternoon when a couple of dolphins visited the near empty beach. This felt more natural for me.. the dolphins weren’t fed, they just swam along the shore, fighting with some seagulls for some fish before swimming back out again.
The video below has both these scenes in it and is worth watching if you cant experience Monkey Mia for yourself. The last part of the video was taken with my Iphone 4, which Im finding to be a not too bad camera when you get caught without a real one. There are also 3 Dolphin pictures inside here.
The drive from Coral Bay to Monkey Mia was a long one, I arrived at the resort just before sunset and checked in, grabbed a quick beer then headed for the beach where I took the below picture and video. We were told the dolphins would visit the beach around 7:30am the next morning, so I got up hit the beach a little earlier and took the above shot just before being shooed from the beach, as the dolphins apparently prefer the beach to be empty when they first arrive…. (Dolphin pics in next entry)
The drive from Coral Bay to Monkey Mia was the longest of the trip so far.. pretty much took all day, with little to see on the way except the odd Emu, so I jumped at the 1st chance to stop at a beach for a bit.
Shelly Beach is well named, the beach is completely made up of little white shells. I stopped here by the crystal clear water for a short break before getting to Monkey Mia just before sunset. More..
Compared to the last two days, the drive from Carnarvon to Coral Bay did not take all day, infact less than 3 hours. I could tell as soon as I arrived at the beach that Coral Bay was one of those special places you only come across now and then… unfortunately though it was raining which meant no pictures and no snorkelling. I checked into the backpackers a caught up on some sleep before going for a walk along the beach to Mauds Landing where I took this picture and below timelapse video..
Spent the night in Carnavon, WA. The town is on a narrow waterway created by a couple of close offshore islands. Babbage Island meets the Indian Ocean proper around 2km’s from the town centre and as the waterway between the island and the town is too shallow for ships, a one mile long jetty was built out to sea, connected to the town by a railway line.
Horrocks Beach is 50kms north of Geraldton, WA. After spending the night at Tarcoola Beach in Geraldton I got up early and drove up to Horrocks to check out the surf. There were some waves breaking on the reef out the back, but nothing special. I had breakfast at the cafe overlooking the beach, took these pictures and headed north to my next stop Carnavon.
A cold southerly started blowing through Perth, so I decided not to spend anymore time in the area. I had planned to drive up the coast to Lancelin and maybe get a surf in, but it was too cold so I bypassed. I’ll check this part out on the way back next Saturday.. theres a town called Seabird that i dont wanna miss.
So I drove north for 200kms or so before hitting the coast again at Jurien Bay. Took the above picture and 2 more inside….More
Drove onto Fleet Street breakwall, part of the harbour system at Freemantle. Planned to just have a quick look, but some strange weather hit.. rainbows, sunshowers etc… so I stayed until sunset taking these three pictures and video.
The video below is worth checking out. The rainbow above vanished when the sun was obscured by clouds, but I could tell it would pass through them so set up my EPL-1 to take a timelapse movie. I captured the rainbow reappearing, followed by the sunshower that hit… After the video are two more photos including the lighthouse.. More
Arrived in Perth at 1am local time and picked up rental car.. booked a suzuki vitara but was told they dont have those in WA so was given a Subaru Forrester instead.. not too happy about that, but apparently its in the fine print that they can give you whatever car they want… they offered to reduce my excess liability for $36 a day, but I told them I had travel insurance that would cover any excess and it cost me $46 for the week!
Checked into Rendezvous hotel in Scarborough beach and took picture above. Plan to check out Perth beaches tomorrow before heading up the coast on Sunday…