The next morning we set off to explore the National park at the top of the peninsula. What an amazing and unspoilt place. Our first stop was an old sheep station where we could walk through the well-kept shearing shed and quarters. Ben's dramatisation of the cycle of the shearing was priceless! Then we had a quick look at Big Lagoon. Driving out of there we were amazed to find a thorny devil on the track! It is so rare to see one in the wild as they are so well camouflaged, small and still. Luckily for us he was easy to spot this time! Ben moved him off the track with a shovel and we all sat around him for ages getting an eye full of the little beauty! They are fascinating creatures! While we were there a car of French tourists pulled up behind us, Ben made them come and look at the thorny devil and we tried to tell them about how special he was. Jack was great, he went on and on about all the amazing features of the thorny devil, not realising that they couldn't understand a word he was saying! After having lunch on a beach we had to ourselves we drove up to the top of the Cape, it was a bumpy ride but worth the beautiful view. On the way back we went back to the sheep station where there is an Artesian hot tub! We had a quick dip in the 40 degree water. Crikeys it was hot!! After tea the boys went squidding again, this time Will caught a huge one! Yummy calamari for tea!
As we left the next day we called in to see Shell Beach, a beach completely made of shell!, and Hamelin Pool to see the microbial mats and Stromatolites, basic marine creatures that influenced the evolution of life on earth. They are still able to live in this area because the water is so salty no other marine creatures can live there so they have no competition. It is incredible how much there is to see and learn in this one area.