Australia’s Kalbarri National Park with Zeb and Eider Duck

Kalbarri National Park, in Western Australia, has coastal lookouts and look out points over the gulches of Murchison River.    After leaving the Principality of Hutt River, we drove to the Indian Ocean coast toward the town of Kalbarri.   Our first stop in the national park was Grandstand.

From Grandstand Lookout in Kalbarri National Park

From Grandstand Lookout in Kalbarri National Park

We, Zeb and Eider, were very careful because the wind was pretty strong.

We are here too, but it windy

We are here too, but it windy

We loved looking at these cliffs of the Indian Ocean.

Great cliffs to Indian Ocean

Great cliffs to Indian Ocean

Our next stop was at Island Rock.

Island Rock

Island Rock

It really is an island of rock.   Natural Bridge, a little further along the coast, was nice.

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

This bridge was formed by the force of the water, cutting through the rock.    Here at Eagle’s Gulch, we admired this beach.

A beach at Eagle's Gulch

A beach at Eagle’s Gulch

This would be a great place for a picnic.   More beautiful views of the Indian Ocean from Pot Alley.

We like Pot Alley. We feel safe here

We like Pot Alley. We feel safer here

As the weather changed, we saw this rainbow.

We love rainbows

We love rainbows

Next morning we drove a little inland to the entrance of Kalbarri National Park.

Kalbarri National Par

Kalbarri National Par

We were fascinated by this plant at the Park Headquarters Building.

Different plant

Different plant

The Murchison River flows through the park, so we had our choice of hiking trails and beautiful views of the gorge.

We hiked this trail

We hiked this trail

This was our first hiking trail.   We enjoyed this view from the trail.

Great view

Great view

After our hike, we drove a little further and saw this emu.

Emu wandering

Emu wandering

This was a pretty view of the Murchison River from Hawks Head Walk.

Murchison River

Murchison River

Since Western Australia is known for wildflowers, so we wanted you to see these flowers near the building.

Everybody loves bright flowers

Everybody loves bright flowers

As we were leaving the park, we enjoyed watching this flock of emu.

Are they sad we are leaving the park?

Are they sad we are leaving the park?

We are really enjoying our drive in Western Australia.   You would enjoy time here also.

Aruba’s Natural Bridge and Ayo Rock Tour

Pounding waves, sea spray and wind dominate the north shore of Aruba.  The crashing surf erodes some rock and centuries later natural bridge was formed.

Natural Bridge of Aruba area

Natural Bridge of Aruba area

The relentless pounding continued and natural bridge collapsed in September 2005, fortunately during the night.  The pounding and force continue and Baby Bridge is forming, beautiful in its own right.

We ducks and our humans love the water and are in awe of the power and beautiful sea spray.  Baby Bridge is beautiful,

Baby Bridge

Baby Bridge

but we spent much of our time watching crashing waves.

Crashing waves at Natural Bridge

Crashing waves at Natural Bridge and more tourists

Crashing waves

Crashing waves

There is a refreshment area and a nice gift shop.  Also, a clean restroom is available for $1.00.  They must pay for water to be brought here.  There is no admittance fee to Natural Bridge.  We liked natural bridge area.

Approaching Natural Bridge from Alto Vista Chapel, our guide showed us an inlet where local residents had fed sharks.

Former shark area

Former shark area

They are not allowed to do that now, so we did not see sharks here.

Continuing our tour, Ayo Rock Formations were next.

Ayo Rock Formation

Ayo Rock Formation

The Arawak, Aruba’s early residents, considered this a sacred place.

Cave drawings at Ayo Rock

Cave drawings at Ayo Rock

We saw these drawings in a cave.  These boulders are huge and their placement a mystery.

Bars in front of cave to protect drawings

Bars in front of cave to protect drawings

Ayo Rocks are home to several whip-tailed lizards.

whip tail lizard at Ayo Rock

Whip tail lizard at Ayo Rock

The males are cobalt blue and the females blue gray with light blue dots.  Very colorful and very fast.

Continuing to Savaneta on the calmer coast, lunch was provided at La Granja Peruvian Restaurant.

Lunch here.  Chicken, ribs and rice.

Lunch here. Chicken, ribs and rice.

Chicken, ribs, rice and a drink.  Very tasty and the service was fast and friendly.  We would definitely go back.  Soapy’s mom got a little crazy and put us here.

How small we feel

How small we feel

We really feel small.

Another stop was swimming at Baby Beach.  Very nice, calm beach

Calm Baby Beach

Calm Baby Beach

but we did not swim here.  We walked to another area to watch the pounding surf again.

Rugged shore near baby beach

Rugged shore near baby beach

We will swim at MooMba Beach tomorrow.

This was a great tour and our tour guide Victor was very knowledgeable and nice.  Visit him in Aruba at Tour Pelican adventures or www.pelican-aruba.com   Let him guide you around this diverse island.