|Looking at the amazing Stromatolites in Hamelin Pool|
|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.
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
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
|It was great to have a swim in the pool|
|Waiting for the dolphins to come into the beach|
|A dolphin with the ranger right at the water's edge|
|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|
|Walking along the beach at Gladstone|
|A beautiful sunset at Gladstone|
|An even better sunset the next night!|
From the Gladstone campground we headed into Carnarvon.