So what is www.bigaussieroadtrip.com all about? Well... hopefully, by the time we are done, it will be a comprehensive journal about a family of 5 who have travelled around Australia to see the sights and also do some volunteer work around the country! In Mid 2010 we started thinking about what it would take to fulfil a life-long dream... We wanted to bundle up our 3 kids, pack-up the house, jump in the car and hit the road - probably for about 12 months. It sounds so simple ... At the start of January 2013, after almost 15 months on the road; we finally completed Our Big Aussie Road Trip. We hope that you enjoyed following our adventures, trials and tribulations as much as we enjoyed having them!

14 April, 2012

Monkey Mia

The road out to Monkey Mia has lots of interesting things to stop at and have a look at.  Our first stop was Hamelin Pool to see the Stromatolites (rocks formed by cyanobacteria that were thought to be extinct and only appear in this pool and somewhere in the Bahamas!),  they were amazing to see and the scenery was beautiful.

Looking at the amazing Stromatolites in Hamelin Pool

The Stromatolites
Our next stop was at Shell beach, instead of sand the beach is covered in tiny shells!

A close up of the 'Sand' at Shell Beach
Liz and the kids splashing in the beautiful water

From here we continued on to Eagle Bluff, from the viewing platforms you can see the shallow waters below and spot marine life.  We saw a number of large rays and a few sharks,  we were hoping to see a Dugong but there wasn’t any there.

The view from Eagle Bluff

Can you spot the shark??


After Eagle Bluff we headed straight to the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort and checked in (they have a caravan park). On arrival we ran into a Sharon and Wayne and their two you boys whom we had met at Lane Pool Reserve.
Monkey Mia was so beautiful,  it’s in the middle of nowhere and we really felt like we were staying at a resort on an island.
There were lots of Emu’s that walked around the resort we counted at least 14 of them.

plenty of emus wander around the monkey mia dolphin resort

An emu trying to scavange scraps around the caravan


We quickly found the pool and settled into resort life.

It was great to have a swim in the pool
The next morning we were up nice and early as the best time to see the dolphins is between 7.30 and 9.00am.  We joined the growing crowd on the boardwalk to watch the dolphins come in and then everyone went down to the water with the rangers for the dolphin feeding. Five dolphins came in for the first feeding.  It was amazing to have them swimming so close to us.

Waiting for the dolphins to come into the beach

A dolphin with the ranger right at the water's edge
After this feeding we went and watched part of a documentary on Dolphins at the theatre and then had a look through the shop, while we were in the shop we heard the call come through to the Ranger that the dolphins had come back in and they were going to do the second feed, so we went back  down to the beach to join in. There was only about 40 people at the second feeding, the lady next to us in the line of people was invited to come out and feed one of the dolphins and she very kindly gave up her invitation to our kids.  So Josh, Natalie and Liz (Sam had already lost interest and was digging happily in the sand) went out to feed the dolphin (Piccolo).  Unfortunately  Piccolo refused the feed (which she did at each feed we went to) but we were still very excited to have had such a wonderful experience.

The dolphins coming in to the shallows

The Dolphin interaction area at Monkey Mia



Liz, Natalie and Josh getting ready to try and feed Piccolo




That afternoon we saw a sea turtle off the jetty and while we were swimming a couple of dolphins swam past, one of them came right up to us as.

Swimming in the afternoon at Monkey Mia


Our own personal Dolphin Interaction that afternoon

The next morning we had time to go and see the first feeding again before packing up and moving on.  We really enjoyed our trip to Monkey Mia.

The Morning line-up on the second Morning


After leaving Monkey Mia we head to Gladstone camp ground which is about 140km south to Carnarvon. It’s a popular fishing spot apparently, it was pretty quiet while we were there and it only cost us $11 for two nights. 
Our Gladstone Campsite
The beach area was small but there was huge mud flats, we splashed in the water, walked the beach and the kids gave their bikes a good go around the campsite.  We spent a bit of time getting school work done, so we only had one art unit left to do for the rest of the term.  We were all looking forward to the school term being over so we could have a well earned holiday.

Walking along the beach at Gladstone
There were some magnificent sunsets while we were camped at Gladstone.

A beautiful sunset at Gladstone

An even better sunset the next night!

From the Gladstone campground we headed into Carnarvon.

3 comments:

Scott from Perth said...

Hey guys,

Randomly stumbled across your blog while looking for information about Monkey Mia. Looks like you're having a wonderful time!

Cheers,

Scott

Aussie Family Road Trip said...

Hey Scott,

Thanks for the message. It certainly is a wonderful country we live in - well worth having a closer look if the opportunity is available!

Cheers,
Mike

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