Week Ten . (Sunday 08 September until Sunday 15 September)

Ningaloo Coral Reef is a beautiful undisturbed place. The waters are so clear you could mistake them for swimming in an olympic swimming pool. Fosh went S-N-O-R-K-L-I-N-G for hours. We floated over the most spectacular coral formations. Some pieces where as big as XQU herself. We walked down the end of the bay and then floated with the strong current back up to where we started. On our travels we saw turtles, reef sharks, sting rays, long long eel fish, an extensive array of tropical fish tank fish and fish with other fish, big fishes, small fishes, lots a fisheses. Amazing. We became submerged google monsters ourselves and every now and then wondered if we should get out before we stumble across a stonefish or blue ringed octopus (both will kill you). Swimming with 2 or 3 sharks is a strange sensation. Floating for ten minutes above a sleeping turtle was very cool indeed. On our second day at Ningaloo we explored deserted beaches, walked on white sands, examined a multitude of washed up corals, shells, and funny creatures. We swam with a star fish, and participated many times in our fun activity of floating in on the rip current just 2 metres from the shore in barely 30cm of water. It was like the first person view point in 2001 a space odyssey, floating over miles of wave washed landscapes.

After Ningaloo, we moved south bound via the underwhelming Coral Bay, stayed for free in a caravan park, bumped into our Japanese friends and their green Kombi (we first met them in Turkey Creek), then onwards to Carnarvon, passing through the end of the Tropic of Capricorn. Near Carnarvon we explored the wild coastline of blow holes and the Korean Star shipwreck and for a short time, XQU decided to play up for a few minutes along a bumpy dirt road. In Carnarvon we went Christmas shopping (only joking), saw the old NASA space communications dish and then headed late evening onwards to Shark Bay and then Monkey Mia.

On our way, we stopped the night at an amazing UFO landing site (not disimilar to the Devil's Tower in Close Encounters). It was a desolate landscape with strong winds that rocked our kombi. Near the edge of the cliff, we found a pile of stones with names of fellow travellers. It looked like rubble from a collapsed building. We added our own Fosh stone, and dated it Sep 11, 2002. Our next stop was at Hamelin Pool Nature Reserve to visit the world famous Stromatolites, which are the original lifeforms that raised the oxygen levels by 20% some 3.6 billion years ago. We continued on to Monkey Mia, on Shark Bay, to see the World famous dolphins. We stood next to them in the shallows for over 45 minutes. We watched their flirtatious nature and oohed and aahed at their pops and squeeks. The Peron Peninsula in Shark Bay was surrounded in more turquoise blue waters with blue lagoons and blue skys.

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