Perth to the Gascoyne, Pilbara, Mid-West, Wheatbelt and back – Part 1 – Hamlin Pool and Exmouth

Just returned from a two week, 4987km round trip from Perth to Ningaloo and Karajini National Parks in Western Australia and back again….. heaps of photos, some sketches….will take several posts to cover it all!

20160717 Hamlin Bay NestThe left hand sketch is a sunset sketch of an Osprey’s nest atop a disused telephone pole just outside of Hamelin Pool Caravan Park…. Hamelin Pool was originally a telegraph station for Perth to Roebourne communications (1884) but is now more famous for the stromatolites on the beach at Hamlin Pool Marine Nature Reserve.

 

 

20160717 LighthouseOn the right is the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse just outside of Exmouth, completed in 1912 it served as a warning for shipping. The North West coast of W.A. is a very dangerous stretch of coastline, with high cliffs, few natural harbours and additional hazards of reefs. The nearby World Heritage Listed Ningaloo reef is one of the longest fringing (close to shore) reefs in the world….300km from just outside of Exmouth to Quobba Station south of Coral Bay and Shark Bay.

 

Some photos….

20160717 Photo 1 20160717 Photo 2 20160717 Photo 3 20160717 Photo 6 lighthouse

 

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