It was the May eclipse of the moon that I was on the eastern most point point of Australia and Shark Bay is at the western extreme.
And Denham is the most westerly township in Australia. Steep Point is the the western most point but very difficult to access.
The east and west extremities of Australia are like chalk and cheese. While Cape Byron in the east sits amongst moist rain forest covered mountains but in the west at Shark Bay its where the desert meets the sea.
So desert means lack of water and sparse population.
I wonder if fewer people means more wildlife.
The old man Emu caring for his chicks.
And the beautiful wild dolphins at Monkey Mia that interact with such trust with visitors to their world.
The beaches in this special place are stunning and unique.
To create this national park now world heritage area. The Western Australian Government bought back a number of farming leases.
Sheep had been grazed on the fragile lands.
At the old Peron Station the remains of the old shearing shed still remain.
It was a bit of a trek to get to the old station along a sandy trail
But made all worthwhile by the the thermal spring hot tub at the old station.
My last day in Coral Bay was spent in and on the Indian Ocean and the Ningaloo Reef.
This was close interaction in the marine environment.
Reef sharks sleeping in coral caves; and
Myriads of little reef fish.
The coral with its colours and shapes is just beautiful.
But the big interaction with whales.
Interaction with whales is carefully prescribed to protect the whale and the humans.
We were lucky enough to get to swim with these beautiful creatures.
The skill of the skipper was excellent. We motored along side the whales as they swam. Then we told to get ready as the boat sped forward.
Suddenly the boat slowed and we slipped off the back of the boat as this gentle giant of the sea swam past below us.
We also swam with Manta Rays.
Sorry friends no photos of these encounters as the piecemeal adventurer turned part time frogman was too busy manoeuvring himself and remembering to breath while in a state of high excitement to work a camera.
So sorry you will just have to go to Ningaloo Reef and do it.
The Cutta Cutta caves limestone caves may not the most colourful but are an amazing insight to the forming of the artesian springs in the Northern Territory.
In the wet season this cave and others like it act as funnels collecting the monsoonal rains to flow through the limestone and into the artesian basin.
The water heats up and flows out at thermal springs at Mataranka and Katherine.
The sunset over the Katherine with the bats taking off into the night ( look closely at the photo just above)
The birdlife is abundant but at Edith Falls there was something special.
This Great Bower Bird singing his full repertoire of songs. (The Great Bower Birds are amazing at mimicking sounds which they include in the songs. Other birds calls, engines starting, towels fluttering are all included.)
His singing was successful as he seduced this female into his carefully constructed Bower.