Departing Broome my next major destination was Coral Bay and the beautiful Ningaloo Reef. A distance of nearly 1,400km
Western Australia is a vast State covering around 1/3 of the Australian Continent.
In the north towns and settlements are few and far between and the roads long and straight.
Mining is prevalent in this part of Australia and relics of mining are many.
This part of Australia has had significant land returned to aboriginal control under Native Title which commenced in Australia in 1993.
Native Title aims to give back to Australian Aborigines land where there has been continuous connection since colonisation.
When I rode through Roebourne 43 years ago it was a town one didn’t stop in. It was the wild west rough and dangerous.
The Victoria Hotel was a bloodhouse that you entered at great risk. Now it’s a beautiful art gallery.
That I would recommend any and everyone to stop at.
The importance and connection to country that aboriginal people have can not be underestimated or understood by us from a colonial heritage.
At the Welcome Lookout overlooking there are silhouettes of aboriginal men from the local tribes looking out on country. Emblematic of the connection.
The indiginous culture has reclaimed and so has the name Leramugadu.
From Leramugadu I headed to the coast to Point Samson and the Indian Ocean.
The coastal land offering some wonderful views and a taste of the wildflowers to come now spring is emerging.
And the lovely coastal birds
But my aim was Coral Bay and the amazing Ningaloo Reef and Marine Sanctuary.
Have had a first little swim on the edge of the reef and look forward to exploring more.
I’m here for a few days and will explore and share some more of this remote and beautiful place.