HDP: Traveling Around Australia, Weeks 14 – 17

So, you haven’t heard from me for a while and some of you are wondering why.

Well, you see, it’s like this: Way back in Kalbari NP, I rolled my ankle badly. Had it X-rayed and luckily there’s no fracture 🙂 However, it’s now been five weeks and it’s still swollen and aches if I walk around a bit. The warm days  here- 29 degrees Celsius (84F) is not helping 😦

Also too, we’ve been in Exmouth now for four weeks as we came here for a caving conference. Remember, Mr Oz is a keen caver and I’m glad to say, it’s all over now as it was pretty full on.

So, the first thing we did was to snorkel with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef. If you haven’t done that, it HAS to go on your bucket list! It’s UNREAL !!!  Whale Sharks are the biggest fish in the world – some have been reported as being 18 metres (60 feet) long!

Ready for my experience :)

Ready for my experience. Cape Range NP in the background 🙂

Natural entertainers while we waited for the BIG one!

Natural entertainers while we waited for the BIG one to arrive!

The photos below taken during the snorkel were taken by the underwater photographer and Marine Biologist – Catherine McKelvie.

Whale Shark Tour, Ningaloo Reef, WA (2 of 7)

Mr Oz with red flippers, me with blue sides on wet suit – same for the rest of photos 🙂

Whale Shark Tour, Ningaloo Reef, WA (7 of 7)

Me admiring Mother Nature

Whale Shark Tour, Ningaloo Reef, WA (3 of 7)

Whale Shark Tour, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Whale Shark Tour, Ningaloo Reef, WA (4 of 7)

Whale Shark Tour, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Whale Shark Tour (86 of 92) July 2015

Mr Oz in pursuit…

Reef marine life

Reef marine life

Whale Shark Tour (66 of 92) July 2015

Manta Ray

The rest of these photos were taken by yours truly. I have to say the day was magic from start to finish! Just when you thought the day couldn’t get any better, along came this ‘out of this world’ sunset!

HDP Wk 13-17, (6 of 8) July 2015

Unedited photo of the sunset. Now isn’t that magic?

HDP Wk 13-17, (3 of 8) July 2015

And this?

And just to top it off, when we arrived on dry land, we were greeted with this!

Full moon magic!

The end of an exceptional day 🙂

You can snorkel independently in a myriad of reef beaches and bays along Ningaloo Marine Park close to Cape Range National Park.

Edited Photos Cape Range NP, (1 of 8) July 2015

Osprey Bay

Talking of Cape Range NP, here is a glimpse into some of the canyons there.

Edited Photos Cape Range NP, (5 of 8) July 2015

Along Charles Knife Road

Edited Photos Cape Range NP, (6 of 8) July 2015

Charles Knife Road, Cape Range NP overlooking Exmouth Gulf

Edited Photos Cape Range NP, (4 of 8) July 2015

Mr Oz at home on higher grounds

Edited Photos Cape Range NP, (3 of 8) July 2015

Looking at the bigger picture of where Mr Oz was 🙂

Edited Photos Cape Range NP, (2 of 8) July 2015

Beautiful wild flowers

Edited Photos Cape Range NP, (1 of 1) July 2015-3

And as the sun began to set on the Range..

Edited Photos Cape Range NP, (8 of 8) July 2015

It was time to go home

This is it, as a catch up post. Too much and not enough has been going on, so hopefully I’ll get back on the straight and narrow after this. OK, so slowly does it for me until this ankle heals up. See you next week – Wi-Fi reception permitting 🙂

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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About Retired2Travel

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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14 Responses to HDP: Traveling Around Australia, Weeks 14 – 17

  1. GF-Chopstix says:

    Those sunsets are just stunning! It must have been a wonderful experience to swim with such huge creatures. Hope that your ankle recovers soon!

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  2. Glad you are recovering because these photos are stunning. What an adventure you are having. 🙂

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  3. kazg10 says:

    Sorry to hear about your ankle, I hope you’re on the mend now. Your sunsets are “to die for” just beautiful. 🙂

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  4. macmsue says:

    Simply stunning photos.

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  5. Amy says:

    What an adventure! You got some awesome shots here!

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  6. Sammy D. says:

    So sorry to hear about your ankle. It’s hard to ‘lay low’ when there is so much to do and see. The photos are stunning – sunset and moonrise etheral. I would have been quaking in my flippers swimming with those big guys! Thanks fir doing it for me 😉

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  7. It was my pleasure to do it for you. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  8. What a magical experience and day! One Im sure you’ll never forget. The photos are brilliant. Its totally on my bucket list… That sunset is gob smacking! x

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