Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Easter Roadtrip to Exmouth/ Ningaloo Reef

I went on a roadtrip up north to Exmouth for the long easter weekend. 4 German girls and their camping gear packed in a teeny tiny rental car with 1300km to go! We left Perth around 4pm on Thursday and tried to go as far up north as we could before it got dark. It's really dangerous to drive here at night because of the kangaroos, cows, sheep and other wildlife on the road (and yes we did see a bunch of dead kangaroos on the road :( even a dead cow...). We stopped at a nice (and free) camping spot along the road right by the ocean. It was super windy and the moon was crazy bright that night so we had trouble sleeping but the view the next morning was worth it!! The sunrise was insane! At first, I thought that the view of the ocean was pretty nice already but then I got out of my tent and turned around......WOW! It's also way more fun to brush your teeth looking at the Indian ocean than only seeing my sleepy face in the mirror in the morning ;) So, so worth the little sleep we got!

The view out of my tent at sunrise
My new crib ;)
The actual sunrise! Sooo worth to get up early for that!
We left pretty early to make our way to Monkey Mia/ Shark Bay. We knew we were gonna miss the dolphin feeding in the morning but it was still a really nice place to hang out at the beach. Just before getting to Monkey Mia we stopped at Shell Beach which is a beach full of sea shells. At night we stayed at an actual campsite with showers in Hamelin Pool/ Shark Bay. They use sea salt water for the showers but it was still pretty nice to take an actual shower :D Spoiled brats going camping...;)

Shell Beach
Monkey Mia
Emu couldn't care less
The next morning we took a brief walk to the Stromatolites ("living fossils"). Besides the Bahamas, Hamelin Pool is the only place on earth where Stromatolites can be found! If you're keen on knowing more about it click here ;)

We got back on the road for another couple of hours. We did a brief stop in Geraldton. There is this nice place with old train tracks and old trains and other 'vehicles'.

in Geraldton
The next stop was Coral Bay. We got there in the early afternoon and had a couple of hours to enjoy the beach and the nice warm water. They had a fish feeding at 3pm. They gave a bit of food to everyone to give to the fish. At one point I was standing there in the water with my phone and heaps of fish swimming around me. We did some snorkeling afterwards and enjoyed the sunset later with some vino. We had a hostel booked for that night which felt like a luxury hotel to us at that point!!

Coral Bay - Panorama style

                                                    the fish feeding

The finest wine we could fine ;)
Wine at the beach...oh oh!
Sunday morning we reached our final destination: Exmouth/ Ningaloo Reef. We stopped at a couple of nice snorkeling areas and beaches. Snorkeling was quite a challenge for me (mostly due to my Asthma) but it was amazing to see so many colorful fish around the corals! You just need to swim a couple of meters from the beach to see this beautiful marine life! We spent most of the day at Turqoise Bay. This little place on earth is simply unbelievably beautiful! We took tons of pictures, did some more snorkeling and worked on our tan. We ended the day with a nice sunset at the Vlaming House Lighthouse. You got a wonderful view from up there. After the sun had set we made our way back to Coral Bay for the night at yet another campsite. We left right after sunrise on monday as we had a 12 hour roadtrip ahead of us. It was an awesome trip but I was super excited to have my bed and my shower back in Perth! ;) 

Oyster Stacks
Snorkeling at Oyster Stacks
Turqoise Bay
Lovin' Australia
Turqoise Bay
Sunset at the lighthouse

And then the sun fell through the clouds...
Thanks for the great roadtrip, girls!!

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