Exmouth on the Ningaloo Reef with Zeb and Eider Duck

From Coral Bay we continued north to Exmouth.   We made it!

We are in Exmouth, Western Australia

We are in Exmouth, Western Australia

Turtles are born here.   However it was not turtle season when we were there, but this is the path to one of the nesting beaches.

Turtle Rookery

Turtle Rookery

Looks like a nice beach.

Turtle nesting beach

Turtle nesting beach

Further along the beach we liked this turtle sculpture.

Ceramic turtle

Turtle Sculpture

The small town was very nice and the people friendly.    This is the Koobooroo Oval, and sports field.

Koobooroo Oval in Exmouth

Koobooroo Oval in Exmouth

We liked the trees planted around the oval.   In Coral Bay we showed you the beaches, so today we will show you the Vlaming Head Lighthouse.

Vlaming Head Lighthouse

Vlaming Head Lighthouse

This lighthouse is 17 km from the town of Exmouth.   Since it is built on the northern most tip of Cape Range, it is one of the few places in Australia where you can watch the sun rise and also set.   Building the lighthouse had been under consideration for  few years, but in 1907 when the SS Mildura sank here and many good men were lost, the lighthouse building date was accelerated.   The lighthouse was completed in 1912 and was a welcome addition to this coast.   This is the anchor from the SS Mildura.

Anchor from SS Mildura ship

Anchor from SS Mildura ship

The view from the lighthouse is wonderful.   Many people report seeing the migrating whale shark from here.   The ocean current here made an unusual pattern on the Indian Ocean.

Unusual currents viewed from lighthouse

Unusual currents viewed from lighthouse

From the lighthouse 13 tall towers are visible.

13 tall towers

13 tall towers

During the 1960s the US Navy was granted permission from Australia to build these towers to aid in the US communication network.   During our visit to Australia, we learned about many joint military efforts between the United States and Australia.   We will show you more of these sites soon.   Leaving the Vlaming Head Lighthouse, we saw this friendly emu.

Friendly emu

Friendly emu

Emus are very common in and around Exmouth.   We are still enjoying our road trip up the western coast of Australia.   We hope you enjoy some of our explanations and photos also.

Zeb and Eider Duck Drive North to Coral Bay on Australia’s Ningaloo Coast

Zeb and Eider left Carnarvon and drove north toward the Ningaloo Coast.   We love car trips.   We can see so much of the land and watch the terrain change.   Soon we stopped here at the Minilya River Roadhouse.

Minilya River Roadhouse

Minilya River Roadhouse

Those humans think they need a Magnum Ice Cream bar every day.   While they are eating (again) we admire the display of old farm equipment.

Old equipment

Old equipment

Continuing north, we begin seeing strange things in the fields.   First we think they are large rocks, but soon realize they are termite hills.

Hundreds of Termite Hills

Hundreds of Termite Hills

Termites are a type of ant.   There are many types of termites and they build many different shape and size homes, or termite hills.   This one is pretty large and very lumpy.

Big, lumpy termite hill

Big, lumpy termite hill

We showed you a few smaller termite hills on Kangaroo Island in our August posts.   We have arrived at the Ningaloo Coast.

We are here on the Ningaloo Coast

We are here on the Ningaloo Coast

This is another World Heritage Site.   First we will visit Coral Bay.

Beautiful Coral Bay

Beautiful Coral Bay

Another beautiful view of the Indian Ocean.   Coral Bay is just north of the Tropic of Capricorn.   The Ningaloo Reef forms a natural lagoon.

Coral Bay

Coral Bay

The Ningaloo Reef runs for 80 km off shore, starting about 300 meters from the beach.     This is the boardwalk to the public beach.

Boardwalk to the beach

Boardwalk to the beach

Much of Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Coast forms the Ningaloo Marine Park and much of that is an animal sanctuary.   Turtle hatching takes place in February.   Whale sharks can often be seen from March to June.   Human activity on the water is limited, but on this beach we can enjoy the beach and swimming.

Swmming and sunning here

Swmming and sunning here

Isn’t this a pretty beach?   We think it is.

Lets take a boat ride

Lets take a boat ride

We ducks think this boat is here just for us.   But, the humans would not let us take it out on the water.   They said it was not ours and not for rent to tourists.

Beautiful beach and not many humans

Beautiful beach and not many humans

Notice that like so many other places on Australia’s west coast, the beaches are not at all crowded.   This is so nice.

Ningaloo Reef Resort Hotel

Ningaloo Reef Resort Hotel

This is the Ningaloo Reef Resort Hotel and is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the Ningaloo Reef.   We could stay here for a long time if the humans would let us.