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Monkey Mia

Denham

There are no monkeys here. No-one has really been able to tell us why it is called Monkey Mia, something to do with a British explorer naming it after his ship or something.

But Monkey Mia is known for the dolphins, especially the 'dolphin interaction'. They come into the shallow waters everyday and get fed by the park rangers, during which time the rangers gives a talk about dolphins in general. Quite a good experience and Servane even managed to feed one of them.

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Saw the giant pelicans on the beach, with a wingspan of apparently over 3 meters.

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Spent our night at a place called Eagle Bluff just outside the resort. You are supposed to see sharks from the top and although we didnt see any, we did catch the sunrise in the morning.

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Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

Cape Range National Park / Coral Bay

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Nearly never made it to Cape Range. They say that the most dangerous time to be driving in the outback is either sunset or sunrise. I shall now listen to these warnings a bit more after nearly running down a full sized cow, after going sideways to miss it and eventually stopping half in the ditch, only centimeters away. Someone was smiling down on us that evening.

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Anyway we did eventally it make it to Cape Range National Park, stopping to buy some snorkel gear and a fishing rod, the only things to do here are swimming and fishing.

Pretty nice scenery though. Turquoise Bay:

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Dont know if you can see this properly but this lizard was massive

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Like i said, bought a fishing rod expecting to catch everything in the sea although i did catch one fish, i spent the majority of the time staring at the end of the rod. Servane thought it would be funny to write in the sand.

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Karijini National Park

North West

View from top of Dales Gorge

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We actually made it all the way this time, bit of a detour but as its supposed to be a main highlight we thought we'd give it a crack.

Dales Gorge itself was pretty awesome though well worth the detour. Apparently the cliffs are thousands of millions of years old and the river that is carving its way through the gorge is unearthing fossils etc. of equal age.

Couldnt do all of Karijini unfortunately as the main gorge way 4wd only and we didnt realy fancy risking it what with everything thats happened.

We did a days worth of walking covering a few kms going to places like Fortesque Falls

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Circular Pool

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View from bottom

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Broome

Western Australia

1500kms from Katherine, it took us 15hrs over 2 days to get here.

Broome is a winter holiday resort for all Aussies living in the southern half of the coast where the temperatures are very cold at the moment. Even though there isnt too much to do, weve still had a good time in Broome, we met up with some Aussies at our campsite, travelling up the coast for winter. We spent the first week with them lot, going to the beach, horse racing and of course a bit of drinking.

Cable Beach

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Sand Surfing
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Broome Races

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Stairway to the Moon. This is a natural phenomenon that occurs evry month when there is a full moon and the tide is low enough. The moon rises above the horizon and they say that it looks like the mud flats are giving the impression of a 'Stairway to the Moon'.

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Guntheaume Point

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On attempting to leave Broome a week ago we our engine basically blew up. So there we were stuck in the middle of nowhere with no signal on the phone hopelessly flagging people down to see if we could get towed the 120km back into Broome. Luckily for us someone had the means to bring us back and we have been here until today.

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Next stop Karijini National Park.

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Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park

Katherine Region, Northern Territory

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Coming from Kakadu to Katherine was a mere 5hr drive and barely visible on the map, after a night in Katherine itself, we made our way straight to the national park.

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Between the territorys monsoon tropics and dry zone, the park is known for the 15km gorge that goes through the park. We took part in a bushwalk (insert joke here) through the park, ending up at the face of the gorge where we thought we'd be able to take a swim in the river only to find out that crocodiles had been spotted recently.

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We also had a visit from one of the locals during dinner one night.

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