OzXposure Day 2

Kalbarri Travel Blog

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10 past 7 I was up this morning, can you believe that. 2 mornings in a row I've got up early and on time. We all had some toast or cereal, but more importantly tea, before making our sandwiches to make things easier for the day. Because it was raining most of the night Phil (our tour guide) wasn't entirely sure what we would be doing today. We could go to a gorge but the chances are it would be closed because of all the rain, as it would be wet and dangerous to climb up and down. So we continued into the same Kalbarri national park to Hawkes Head, which is a similar gorge containing the Murchison River, about 800k long. It was fantastic views and so tranquil considering it's meant to be such an abundance of wildlife. We continued further onto Ross Graham lookout nearer the river before balancing our way down the rocks to the river at the bottom. From here you can see the watermarks on the walls of the gorge that show how old it is and where the river had run thousands of years before. Across the river you could see wild goats grazing on the land.

We left here and continued on north to Hamelin Pool Marine reserve home to the living Stromatolite. These of the west coast of Australia were only found in 1956, and the only others found were in the Brahmas. They are single cell organism's that produce oxygen and grow over thousands of years. Its been suggested that these helped humans and other creatures to evolve. Because of their oxygen producing ways. Other Stromatolite's have been found across the world, but these were dead. After we left here we headed towards Shell Beach trying to get there for the sunset, but was distracted on our way as a snake was in the road, we all stopped to have a look but the 4wd in front of us had already pulled of and was beginning to move the snake. It was then that we found out the snake's back was broken and it was going to die soon. It was then that they told us that it was a King Brown which can be dangerous towards humans. After knowing that it felt a bit morbid to be taking pictures of it, so we left them there as we crossed over into Area Eden, a conservation area for native Australia, so to cross, meant going over a cattle grid, past an electric fence which goes across the tip from on side to the other of the area. Once across we continued our drive to Shell Beach, named as there is no sand, pebbles or anything apart from millions of tiny shells. For miles, it looks crystal white where the shells are all stacked on the beach, which makes the sea look even brighter. Its so tranquil and peaceful. We met the other tour bus here that are traveling up to Darwin and they tried challenging us to a game of football. Yeah right! their 24 against our 9, not to mention it was a rugby they had!!!

We left here after a little while and continued to Monkey Mia, and was there just in time to see the sunset over the bay. Not too great as there was a lot of clouds that ruined it. But the beach was clear and pretty, with clear waters. We cooked a BBQ feast for dinner that night, since we had 24 steaks and even more sausages to eat between us all, so we made some coleslaw and some potato wedge/chip things to go with this. Before all settling down with a beer for some gossiping in the dark.

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