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Elaine and Peter’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015

Location: Exmouth, Australia

MapAn early start this morning to drive the 32 kms to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp in the national park. It was sad to see so many dead kangaroos by the side of the road, victims of road kill overnight.

We had booked an hour's glass bottomed boat tour with Alek and Gina's boats. Gosh the man never shut up but he was so passionate about his life. It was an amazing trip, saw barracuda, giant Queensland grouper, green sea turtle, cod, parrot fish, angel fish, trout, pink lipped spangles, loads of brightly coloured little fish, brill. Some of the corals were over a thousand years old. The reef is just recovering from the cyclone a decade ago which caused large sand deposits to cover the reef. The only snag was that the green glass filtered most of the colour so we got a green grey effect, never mind, still very good and worth the money. The bloke obviously knew as he gave us all a free dvd.

We spent the rest of the day driving through Cape Range National Park. One marvellous thing here is the abundance of brightly coloured wild flowers all,along the roadside, even through the most isolated places. It really is such a delight to see so many. I suppose in the summer they die off in the heat so this is prime time for them. In the Cape range, the flower specific to this area is the Sturt desert pea, they cause a bright red carpet all along the verge. Just wonderful.

Turquoise Bay is with a mention. As the name suggest, the lagoon is bright blue and the lagoon is crystal clear. It is a popular spot for beach lovers as the sand is white and pristine. We even had a paddle! Living dangerously.

We did a two hour walk along the Mandu Mandu Gorge/ridge which was well worth it though very challenging in parts. And also very hot.

We didn't see any wild life except sadly for the numerous road kill kangaroos at the side of the road!