More From Exmouth
Dear Reader, having learned a little of the history of Exmouth I have re-arranged the contents of pages 81 and 82 since first posting these pages on the net. Therefore much that was on page 81 is now here, and some of page 81 is new.
The New Exmouth Marina
Just south of the town is a new development under construction. We walked - yes, walked - along the coast to take a look. Hey, we were impressed. So far there was only one complex (almost) complete and that was the Novotel Ningaloo Resort. But what a place! The first things we saw when we entered were a couple of emus cleverly sculptured out of rusty bits of cars and engines.
Left: The two emu sculptures. Right: A close-up of the construction. Poppet valves, a spark plug, a window winder,
a ring gear, a pulley, some rusty ball bearings, a clutch housing, an anti-roll bar and much, much more.
We sat on a patio overlooking a decorative pool covered in lilies with goldfish swimming beneath the flowers and leaves. Beyond was a crystal clear swimming pool and beyond that the blue waters of the Exmouth Gulf.
After a yummy iced coffee ($7 each!) we wandered inside to take a look around (no charge).
The outlook from the restaurant. Suspended from the ceiling was a
manta ray sculptured from wrought iron (pictured below).
A wrought iron sculpture of a manta ray . . . or a bed spring convention?
Leaving the buildings we walked outside to find a busy construction site. On a Sunday, too. The first structure to confront us looked like this:
Question: What is this structure? Answer: A 'coat hanger' foot bridge that was visible for miles. Soon all that bare earth will be covered with expensive homes, each with an expensive boat moored at the back door and each home just a few feet above sea level. And when the next cyclone hits the peninsula, what will happen to the resort and all those $million homes?
Left: From the foot bridge we had a good view of Australian workers, hard at it on a Sunday. Right: The future marina with a close-up of
part of a stainless steel turn-buckle tensioning a bridge cable. Did you notice the left hand thread? Well, of course you did!
Guess what was waiting for us when, footsore and weary, we arrived back at the caravan park?
Proud Mama Emu strides out on her Sunday perambulation with her chicks scurrying to keep up.
Yardie Creek Gorge
Across on the western side of the cape is the Cape Ranges National Park where the main attraction is the Yardie Creek Gorge. We drove around and visited the gorge. On the way we stopped off at a bird hide but we were out of luck and saw little. In the car park, however, was a flock of galahs.
Common in Perth, we haven't seen very many galahs on our travels.
This cheeky bird seemed to love posing for the camera.
Arriving at Yardie Creek three hours too late to catch a gorge boat trip, we walked up a new track above the gorge. This gorge was formed in the same way as others during an upheaval about 100 million years ago when the rock under the ocean was forced up above the water, fracturing in the process. The fractures, exposed to wind and rain, eroded to form a gorge.
If I asked you to name the great rivers of the world, which would spring to mind first?
The Nile, the Mississippi, the Zambezi, the Ganges, Yardie Creek or the Amazon?
Like many Western Australian rivers, Yardie Creek was separated from the ocean by a sandbank. At times of exceptionally high tides or floods in the river, the sandbank is washed away allowing the river to be purged.
As we walked back down to the estuary we saw an emu on the opposite bank and in the shrubbery on our side, a euro or wallaroo - a stocky, course haired kangaroo which lives in rocky ranges and gullies.
Footnote: This re-working of Page 82 was completed on 3 October 2013. It conforms to HTML5 and CSS level 3.