Really wild tour
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We tried to book onto the wildlife tour the other week when we were last here but they were fully booked, so we decided today would be a good day to go out. They had spaces yesterday on the same tour but there were already 5 other people going, so they recommended going today instead.....genius. Turned up this morning at 8.55 as requested and we were the only 2 people going on the tour, so instead of 7 people crammed into a Toyota Landcruiser it was just us.
First stop was a tour of the Peron Homestead which used to be a working sheep station up until 1990, when the land was sold back to the government and the whole area was turned into a National Park. Next stop was Bottle Bay where we were expecting to have a peaceful mid-morning cuppa tea, however someone had turned up overnight and setup a large camp at the driver's favourite spot.
Next up was Skipjack Point, a fantastic viewing platform on top of some cliffs overlooking the shallows. Shallows in which we observed turtles, large eagle rays and for the first time ever for us Tiger Sharks. First up there was 1, then 2, then a smaller one chasing a large shoal of fish whilst the 2 larger sharks looked on. After a while a couple more smaller Tigers turned up to hunt as well, the larger ones just keeping far enough away. Closer into shore we could see smaller sharks (non-tiger) just moving along the edge of the water, plus quite a few shovel nose rays trying to hide from the predators.
Woo outright refused to climb down the cliffs and enter the water in order to give my pictures some sort of perspective.....never a team player that girl. The flies were still around in droves however this time we had the nifty fly net hats on.
We're currently sat in the van watching some English cop show with Denis Waterman and the guy from the Likely Lads in drinking beer. Oh yeah, the woman from the old gravy adverts is in it as well.