Written by Coralie (& Tom)
21/02/2009 - 26/02/2009 32 °C
Sadly the next day we had to leave Broome and say goodbye to the all the people we met - so jealous that they were staying on for a while. We on the other hand had a joyous 22 hour bus journey to Exmouth to look forward to. The trip went pretty quickly thank goodness but we were dropped off in Exmouth at 4.30am and had to sit at the visitors until 7 as nothing opened in the town until then. It was hardly ideal, having not really slept since Broome and all we could hear around us was the buzzing of bloody mossies - we just wanted to get to a bed!
Having spent most of the previous day sleeping and walking around the tiny town & seeing random wild emu's that wonder about the town, we decided to hire a car for our time in Exmouth - so we left late the following morning and headed into the Cape Range National Park.
We first stopped at a shipwreck lying off the coast of Surfer's Beach and then at the lighthouse where there were some terrific views of the whole coral coast as far as the eye could see.
We went to see 4 different beachs - Mauritius (nudist beach and Tom followed the instructions), Jacobs, Janz and Wobiri - all stunning. On Wobiri we saw loads of turtle poking their heads out of the water as well a shark swimming along about 3 metres from the sand. However as the water was quite choppy due to the wind we took shelter on the other side of the headland for the afternoon and relaxed in the water there.
The next day we got up early and went back into the park - I saw my first kangaroo! I was so excited!
Tom went and did a strenous but stunning 1hr gorge walk in the morning - I'd sadly cut my foot in Broome so couldn't do it.
We then went to a beach called Oyster Stacks where we did some amazing snorkelling. The water was so clear and the reef was only about 1.5m below us so we saw loads of different coloured corals & fish. I spotted a 2m reef shark about 6m away from us! I almost had a heart attack, even Tom's heartbeat raced for a while! It kind of curved around us, checking us out and then it was gone.
Turquoise Bay - no words could do justice to how beautiful the beach was and how turquoise & clear the sea was.
Due to the currents you walk about 500m down the beach, get in the water and then just let the current take you over the reef to the other end of the beach - bliss! Again, we saw some good coral and we saw and swam next to a big turtle whilst snorkelling, which was just amazing! It's something I've been dreaming about doing for years so I was absolutey buzzing when we got out of the water!
By early afternoon the wind was picking up again though so we headed back to town and to our pool at the holiday park.
The following day was spent doing much of the same - we went back to the park and went straight to Oyster Stacks, where we saw another reef shark, which circled us....I was terrified! Just about survived and then found ourselves surrounded by a shoal of about 100 big silver fish which looked similar to bream. It was amazing! They swam around us and seemed to go on forever! Another quick snorkel at Turquoise Bay where another turtle in the distance was spotted and then we spent the afternoon relaxing on Turquoise Bay beach - it's a tough life!
That evening, we drove up to the lighthouse in the national park and watched the sunset from there, enjoying a nice mug of cold white wine.
We had to give our car back the next day so we enjoyed our final day in Exmouth relaxing by the hostel pool, then it was on the bus to Kalbarri. The stupid bus turned up 2 hours late so we didn't get on until 11.30pm and got munched by mosquitos again.