Benhams go Walkabout WEEK 13 - EXMOUTH & NINGALOO REEF

CAPE RANGE NP, EXMOUTH

Things you never thought you would say - “Boys!. It’s time to put your corals and shells in the toilet!” The currently unused porta-loo was the only storage space available…...honestly!

ROAD TRIP DASHBOARD

We couldn’t quite make it to Exmouth in one go so we opted for a station stay for our 2 spare nights. These cattle/sheep station stays are a revelation for us. They vary considerably from a caravan park that happens to be on an old station, some grass or dirt available to campers on a fully working station or characterful rustic accommodation and facilities based on a working station. Bullara Station was the latter of these. Beautiful old homestead with coffee and scones available on the verandah, rustic camp kitchen and amenities newly constructed from odds and sods from old farm buildings. It was here I decided I could live on a farm if it was like this. Masses of outdoor space, rustic buildings, physical labour, near Ningaloo Reef and good coffee. During this decision making process I forgot to factor in that I was on holiday and every day wouldn't quite be like this one.


EDDIE'S 'CAMPFIRE' BIRTHDAY CAKE AROUND THE CAMPFIRE (1 DAY LATE)

Quote of the Week - Me to Eddie “ So what is it like being 5?”

Eddie - “Well now I can ride better, listen better and wipe my bottom better”

Me “yessssss!”

 I GOT HEAPS CLOSER. THE PHOTOGRAPHER DISTRACTED ME. HONESTLY.

Now Exmouth was the destination I had been waiting for. White sandy beaches, turquoise water, coral reef, swimming with whale sharks. Lets hope it was going to live up to my expectations. You tend to lose touch with days of the week and school terms when on the road this long so this meant we didn’t expect the national park to be booked out. We spent a week in the area with 2 nights in the national park and the remainder at a nearby ‘station stay’ caravan park. Snorkelling was stunning, the water vibrant, the landscape rugged, emus bizarrely roaming the streets and the whale sharks appeared…...YAY! I can finally tick it off my list and swiftly put it back on to return again someday. Boys also hung out near the fish cleaning station and scored some fillets of trevally. WOOP!

EDDIE'S FIRST SNORKEL

  EXMOUTH LIGHTHOUSE & BUSH BATH BABY

Solly is a star! Sleeps beautifully in the car. Happy feeding, happy awake. We can’t believe the blessing he is.

WINTER AT TURQUOISE BAY

Injury Report

Me - 2 bruised toes after leaping to the shout of ‘Mantas!” while on the whale shark boat.

Duke - Knocked top off his big toe. Still won’t keep shoes on.

Eddie - Infected gum. Yikes!