Drifting along the coast

Cape Range National Park Travel Blog

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Walking towards the breakfast table

It’s a pretty ordinary day so I start the day more or less the same way I start every day. I go for breakfast. But I am not the only one down at the common breakfast area this morning - I got company by some smaller diners - all dressed in beautiful white and a bit noisy for this time of day. Unfortunately they don’t seem to respect private property - hence after a little while I decide I will stop the cockatoos from chewing all the way through the plastic bread backs.

After breakfast I head towards the Cape Range National Park. It is nice little national park along the coast of and the Ningaloo Reef is just offshore. Unfortunately the southern parts of the park are closed while I am there because of roadworks. Hence I can’t go out for the hikes down in the southern end but then I have to settle with going for the water snorkeling along the coast.

I am hungry

The first place I go for snorkeling is sort of interesting. There are a lot of current running along the coast - hence the way to go forward on the snorkeling is just to go out in the water and swim out the shallow water for quite a bit. Then it is time to relax and just go with the flow. The water will carry you from one section of corals and then you flow to the next - not having to swim at all. Actually at times when I see something interesting I just turn around and start using the flippers for a while and I stand still in the water.

When you get tired of watching the same corals and fish you can just turn and then start flowing for a while again. There is just one thing you need to remember. There are a spot at the coast with a big warning sign.

It tells you the current just down the coast from the sign is so strong it can possibly take you out and away from the coast for several hundred meters and taking you further down the coast so you might not be able to get back for a long time. Hence you better swim back in towards the coast before you hit this part of the beach. I don’t feel like taking any chances so I make sure I will get to the shore way before this point. Then when I get to the end it is just a matter of warming up again for a while before walking down the beach one more time and then out in the water for another float down the coast.

After a couple of more goes at the drifting snorkeling I head for another beach not far from here - it is more of the same deal with nice corals abundant and I get to enjoy a bit more of the water.

The American submarine communication towers. The white building is five storries tall
It is nice but even though it is around 24-25 degrees it still tend to get cold after a while.

In the evening just before sunset I head to a lighthouse on the top of a hill. It is a great location for the lighthouse and apparently it has made it to some sort of top ten lists of the most scenic lighthouses in the world. From the top of the hill you can easily see out over the top of the peninsula. The area around the top of the peninsula is a US military area. Up there are 13 big structures of which the central one is apparently the highest freestanding structure on the southern hemisphere. The 13 giant wire towers are used to communicate with the US submarines in the Indian Ocean. The size of the towers is put in perspective when you realize the tiny building in the middle of the towers are indeed the highest building in all of Exmouth - and it is five stories tall.

Lighthouse at night
The towers are constructed really solidly and when a hurricane passed through Exmouth with winds in excess of 260ks per hour all the towers survived it.

The sun is setting slowly over the ocean and the bright sun is getting an orange color while it goes down under the horizon. When it gets darker you can see the big boats which are located of the coast. They are used in the search for natural gas and you can see the flame burning in the night sky.

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Walking towards the breakfast table
Walking towards the breakfast table
I am hungry
I am hungry
The American submarine communicati…
The American submarine communicat…
Lighthouse at night
Lighthouse at night
Walking outside
Walking outside
I just start - you can join in lat…
I just start - you can join in la…
Walking outside
Walking outside
Vegetable waste product not suited…
Vegetable waste product not suite…
Pigion
Pigion
The beach at Cape Range National P…
The beach at Cape Range National …
Small lizard
Small lizard
Small lizard
Small lizard
Small lizard
Small lizard
Australian style flyhat
Australian style flyhat
Beach
Beach
Australian style flyhat
Australian style flyhat
Beach
Beach
Beach
Beach
Sunset at the cape
Sunset at the cape
The light house
The light house
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Ships working the gasfields offsho…
Ships working the gasfields offsh…
Ships working the gasfields offsho…
Ships working the gasfields offsh…
Ships working the gasfields offsho…
Ships working the gasfields offsh…
Moon over the lighthouse
Moon over the lighthouse
Moon over the lighthouse
Moon over the lighthouse
Cape Range National Park Sights & Attractions review
Cape Range National Park
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