21st of February, we had a long trip ahead, about 800 km to drive. We made a scenic drive with several stops to enjoy the views. During our ride we did enjoy the airco, because the outside temperature went up to 40 °C. When we stopped in Kalbarri to take some snapshots we did it quickly as flies and sunlight were trying to kill us.
A long time ago the first Europeans arrived in Kalbarri on the coastline with the Batavia ship. The Dutch VOC crew members of the Batavia did not feel the urge to settle in this hot and dreadful place on first sight. Nowadays Western Australia is a very rich area, with a mining industry over 50 billion $ on a yearly basis. We Dutchies made a mistake by not going ashore and establishing settlements before the English came...
The cliffs near the river mouth were named after another VOC trading ship, the Zuytdorp, which wrecked there in 1712. About 200 people stranded on the coastline, many died, but remains showed some people survived. The question remains if they did integrate with Aboriginals. And maybe this explains why some of the local Aboriginals have blue eyes and a fairer skin... We even met an Aboriginal that had a Slovak girlfriend, amazing how they have things in common with 'some' Dutch people.
Hereby some shots of the Cliffs were the Zuytdorp wrecked.
When we arrived in Monkey Mia, the main 'dolphin' attraction of the Shark Bay Unesco Heritage, we wanted to get a good view of this strangely formed piece of land on the most western tip of Australia. We could not drive around everywhere, there simple are no real roads. So a scenic flight to the most Western "Steep Point" could make our mission complete!
With a small plane we, 4 people including the 60 year old female pilot, went up to about 9000 feet (3000 meters). The views we got over Shark Bay were astonishing. Especially the nervous sharks and blue clear water impressed me. After about 20 minutes we arrived at the most Western Steep Point of Australia, it did look pretty wild, with major waves crashing on the cliffs.
Every morning several wild dolphins swim around the beach at Monkey Mia. They come around for a good breakfast of fish, freely given by the Monkey Mia organisation. This routine already takes place for several decades. And many people enjoy watching them while they come by. Some of them even get to feed them as well. We could see that the dolphins do suffer from the many sharks in Shark Bay. Most of them have some nasty shark bites in their fins. That's what you get when you are playing around in Shark Bay... Hereby some shots of these happy creatures and other wildlife.