Travellers Tales - Western Australia - Coral Bay to Kununurra
Tales of travels from Coral Bay to Kununurra in Western Australia, highlighting places of interest such as Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef, Karijini National Park, Port Headland, Eighty Mile Beach, Broome, Gibb River Road, Fitzroy Crossing, Geikie Gorge and Halls Creek.
We then drove to Exmouth where we did a couple of scuba dives from boats on the Ningaloo Reef which has been described as comparable with the Great Barrier Reef. We saw a turtle, several carpet sharks, sea cucumbers and shoals and shoals of brightly coloured fish. During our second dive I had a great time fooling around doing rolls, loops and chasing fish, though neglected to appreciate that this required more air than usual at 12 plus meters so had to cut my dive shorter than it might have been.
Next we headed inland to the Karijini National Park where we enjoyed the scenery, gorge walking and swam in rock pools under waterfalls. We also did some cliff jumping into the pools which no doubt impressed the ladies but hurt like heck if executed incorrectly.
Back to the coast and Port Headland; my first experience of the tropics ever. For those of you yet to experience it for yourself it is hot and humid to the point where the least thing going wrong will irritate you to distraction. I constantly look like I've just stepped out a shower fully clothed. We treated ourselves to the best backpacker hostel I've ever stayed in; hand held remote controlled air conditioning in the non-dorm bed room.
Following a night spent in our campervans on Eighty Mile Beach we reached Broome where we booked into another backpackers (with air con). The palm trees, pool table, bar, swimming pool, all made it feel more like five star accommodation having been on the road for so long.
Having investigated the possibility of taking the Gibb River Road (unsealed) the 700km's to Kununurra we opted for the Great Northern Highway (sealed) instead. The policeman we quizzed about it put us off slightly when he remembered that only "one two wheel drive made it through last season".
The first stop after Broome was the Fitzroy Crossing Hotel where the barman closed the pub at 6pm because he wanted a beer himself. He then asked us to join him in a beef feast with some aboriginal mates at their campfire. The next day we took a hike down Geikie Gorge where we sadly failed to see any crocs and, following a brief stop at Halls Creek, we reached Kununurra.
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