Saturday, May 22, 2010

Coming in from the Wild and Woolly wilderness

Skipjack Point - where you can see the dolphins feeding on the mullet

Well, we have just come out of a week in the most westerly National Park in Australia, Francois Peron National Park and feel like we have come in from the wilderness. We are the great unwashed. We are dusty, dirty, windblown, in desperate need of food and water, and have had a great time.  Access is restricted to high clearance 4WD only as the road is both thick with sand and claypans, but it is a fun 40 km drive that took us 2 hours took get in - with me getting bogged on the way in - but (and this is a big but) it was well worth the trip.  Amazing bird life, fishing.  We have seen dolphins dancing, mantra rays, green turtles, loggerhead turtles, dugongs, and the rare thick billed grasswren, amongst other things.  We tried our hand at fishing, and caught a lot of bait (I caught the beautiful Blue Spangled Emperor), however, we became lazy fisherpeople as a real fisherman fed us Black Snapper and Wobbigong shark nearly every night from his catch.  It has been a very special week, remarkable and relaxing in this World Heritage Area (only one of 20 in the world!).  We felt very priveledged to be there.  The iron ore sand dunes with the white sand.....

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