HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 13

We’re still in Western Australia – I think we’ll be here for a while yet. It’s so BIG!

Here’s a glimpse into last week’s travel, in no particular order 🙂

Shark Bay is beautiful – although the name doesn’t have much appeal to me, it has the name for a reason 😦 Right now though, I’m going to forget that reason and just concentrate on its beauty. We arrived at Monkey Mia early to get a Dolphin Experience which it’s when dolphins come unto the shores three times in the morning for a snack. They only feed five females with three fish on each session – three sessions a day.

Monkey Mia Resort

Monkey Mia Resort

So, Mr Oz went in line for the chance of giving the dolphins a feed. I went to the jetty for a better view. Can you spot him? Clue: he’s wearing an Akubra hat!

Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Dolphin Experience

Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Dolphin Experience

Two lucky ladies

Two lucky women

In between the Dolphin Experience, I remained on the jetty and rewarded by sighting this beautiful Green Turtle dive down and come back up several times. How gorgeous is that?

Green Turtle

Green Turtle

Also in the Shark Bay area is Shell Beach. I LOVE this beach for its shells. They are tiny and beautiful. Take a look…

Fragum Cockle

Fragum Cockle

Shell Beach

Shell Beach

This is how small they are…

Fragum Cockle size

Fragum Cockle size

Around the same area they had a Shell Quarry where early settlers cut out blocks of even smaller shells and used them as bricks for building. Needless to say, that practice stopped long ago, but the site remains.

Shell Quarry

Shell Quarry

Cutting line for brick

Cutting line for brick

Still in Shark Bay…

Thong Shack in Town Lookout

Thong Shack in Town Lookout

Visitors have left thongs (flip-flops) attached to this shack with their name and date of  stay written on them 🙂

So, whilst at Geraldton, we had a look at the Memorial for HMAS Sydney II which was sank on 19 November 1941 in a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast. This memorial is so symbolic with so much though, love and devotion that it was hard to leave there without a tear.

The Dome of Souls, he Stele and the Pool of Remembrance

The Dome of Souls, he Stele and the Pool of Remembrance

The Dome of Souls has 645 sea gulls representing the full crew lost, seven columns representing the Seven Seas and the number of states in Australia.

645 Sea Gulls

645 Sea Gulls

The Waiting Woman looking out to see for the men that never returned

The Waiting Woman looking out to see for the men that never returned

If you have some time, have a look at the link!

Well, we’ve left the colder weather behind. How do I know?

Two things gave it away. 1) I came back a few days ago with heat stroke and 2) there are thousands of FLIES!  I had forgotten that! 😦

Kalbarri National Park is beautiful – it’s there that I came back with heat stroke as it’s easy to forget time. It was a 29 degrees Celsius (84 F) day and the rocks generate and reflect heat to the value of + 10 degrees Celsius  so you can see how easily it happens when you end up with 39 degrees (102 F)! Here then, is a glimpse of KNP.

Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park

Pot Alley

Pot Alley

Nature's Window

Nature’s Window

Murchinson River

Murchison River

Reflective KNP

Reflective KNP

Eagle Gorge

Eagle Gorge

That’s it for this week. See you next time if you’re around 🙂

I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.

As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂

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My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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6 Responses to HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 13

  1. kazg10 says:

    Wow what sites to see, each one fabulous in its own way. What a week Sonia!

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  2. macmsue says:

    Just looking at your photos of the War Memorial gave me goose bumps, it’s such an awe inspiring place. If the name Shark Bay makes you uneasy just think of it as Denham!

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  3. bevlea2015 says:

    Great post, love the photos!

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