Drifting along the coast
Cape Range National Park Travel Blog› entry 8 of 25 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.