Australia 2010

A circumnavigation (with risks).

Stromatolites, shells, dolphins and sand.

Around two billion years ago, in a warm salty sea, massive colonies of cyanobacteria began to create a type of "living rock". These "living rocks" were long thought to be extinct but in a very few places on earth these stromatolites survived. One such place is Shark Bay, WA.

Also in Shark's Bay's very salty water are beautiful beaches made, not of sand, but of millions upon millions of small white shells. You can wild camp on some of them (Goulet Bluff - S26.21496 E113.68940 - Highly recommended)

We stayed at a very different type of campsite at Monkey Mia. Commercial, but surprisingly laid-back with live music and a couple of emus wandering round.

But the real reason to go to Monkey Mia is to meet the dolphins that visit each morning at sunrise.

The road north into the Francois Peron National Park says that it is only suitable for high clearance four wheel drive vehicles. Very true.

In spite of what it may look like, we (in the MAN truck) are towing the Kia 4x4 out of the soft sand - backwards.

Very sensibly the Kia decided not to try and go any farther north, we watched to make sure he made it back to the harder ground.