These past school holidays, we drove up to Shark Bay for a break.
We hired an off-road camper trailer from campertrailerswa.com and packed it up that evening ready for a morning departure. First stop, The Pinnacles, wow, this place has changed since I was a little fella. They have a tourist centre, staff, a shop, all sorts. Did you know it’s the most visited tourist attraction in W.A?
Leaving The Pinnacles, we headed for Dongara which would be our first night stay in the camper and a chance for the kids to rest up. Tough job all this driving!
I only partially set up the camper (no annex) and not long after arriving and setting up, we walked down to the beach for a look
Leaving first thing in the morning, we headed up towards Shark Bay. We stopped at Billabong Road house for a pie and a coffee. Out came the awning and we all had a rest
Driving in to Shark Bay was exciting, it’s really lovely country-side. It was a shame to see so many wild goats at the road side chomping on peoples trash. Can’t people just put their trash in the bin instead of out the window? Lazy.
We arrived in Denham and set up at Seaside Tourist Village where we would be for 9 nights. The ground here is as hard as rock. You literally need to drill holes to get your pegs in! The entire camper was set up with a little help from the lads
And then the adventures continued! Using Denham as a base camp, we took off each day on various trips and took it all in. Our first outing was Little Lagoon, where we drove on shore and set up for a day of fishing, swimming and relaxing.
Charlotte caught her first fish, a little “Long Tom”. She was so excited! The other kids were not happy!
Much beer was consumed later that day (actually, every evening).
We took a couple of trips out to Monkey Mia, and on our second trip, we were chosen to feed the dolphins. A lot of people show up for this, sometimes up to 600-700 people! People from the crowd are called in to feed the dolphins. Charlotte was so excited!
While in Monkey Mia, we jumped on a boat and went for a ride to check out some Dugong and also visit the Pearl Farm. It was quite an experience, the crew there sure do know their stuff!
We visited the ocean park / aquarium and saw a great range of marine life including turtles, sharks, sea snakes, lion fish and other common varieties. Of course, we had an ice cream before leaving! The view from this place is spectacular!
We visited Peron Homestead and did the walk-around. Sadly the hot-spring was out of action and being cleaned up because a bunch of idiots trashed the place the night before.
We arrived quiet early so before heading in to the homestead we decided to have a look at Big Lagoon, about 10km up the cape from the home stead. The kids loved the 4WD’ing
One evening, Clinton and I decided to go check out the sand bank a little further north from our camp. We spotted a few folk fishing off there a couple of days earlier and figured we’d give it a go at night. We packed up the FJ and drove right down on to the beach, out to the tip of the sand bank and set up with the big LED light strip from the awning switched on. It was slow to start but as the tide came in, the bites increased as did the size of fish. We pretty much only caught Pink Snapper. The biggest was 47cm, sadly, 3cm short of legal, they all went back in the drink. We had a great time and the FJ was fun at night in the sand.
We took a trip up the top to Cape Peron, via Bottle Bay for some fishing. The 4WD’ing was loads of fun and the FJ just ate it all up. The corrugations were really bad. The Engel held up just fine!
I caught Mulloway, Spangled Emperor and Pink Snapper. All under-size
The cape was spectacular! The red earth meeting the white sand and ocean is a sight to see! It’s approx 40km of off-road from the Peron Homestead to the tip.
We visited Eagle Bluff, Goulet Bluff, Nanga and Shell Beach
The sunsets were stunning
After nine nights in Denham, we packed up and headed south to Kalbarri for two nights on our way home! TBC