Start: Fortescue River Roadhouse - Finish: Carnarvon | Distance: 655km approx. |
We survived the night! We survived the night! Nah nah nah nah nah nah! After possibly the worst coffee in the history of coffees, it was back on the road towards Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef.
Coral Bay yeeeeeew! Look at it. Just look at it 😍 This is actually a real place, guys. In contrast to my trance-like reaction to Cable Beach, I actually partook in some activities here. Namely: snorkelling.
For a mere $10 we hired snorkels and fins for half a day - I even got a fetching pink pair - and into the sea we walked. Yes, walked. From the shack on the beach, you turn left round the corner, keep walking for about 300m until you reach a '5 knots' sign. At the sign just start swimming, like you're in Finding Nemo. About 15 seconds later you'll see the Ningaloo Reef. Say it out loud, I dare ya! The best bit? The natural current will bring you back round the beach.
From one snorkelling expert to another (I've snorkelled in Cairns, the Whitsundays, Spain and Taba in Egypt), the Ningaloo Reef is huge. I mean the actual size of the coral, it's hard to explain and I wish I'd got a photo of me next to the coral for comparison, because I've never seen anything like it. Big, brown roses, most definitely bigger than me (although that's not hard). The Ningaloo Reef stretches for 260km from Coral Bay to Exmouth (roughly) and is the home to a ridiculous amount of fish: whale sharks, tropical fish, manta rays, turtles and humpback whales.
After a well-earned siesta, we were back on the road and on our way to Carnarvon. Now, Carnarvon is somewhere that I have to go back to. We had planned to go to the One Mile Jetty for sunset but, surprise surprise, we were late. Who would've guessed?! Popolop and Sid running a tad behind schedule?! Never! We'd also planned to go to Pickles Point Seafood for dinner but it was closed by the time we got there. LOL.
Have no fear, though! We decided just to go next door to the Harbourside Cafe and Restaurant for our fish and chips (and salad). Delicious. I'm salivating just remembering it. We also - obviously - shared a bottle of wine and had dessert. Cannot recommend the sticky date pudding enough, it is the stuff of dreams. Honestly, it's worth a trip to Carnarvon just for the pudding.