As we weren't able to book into Cape Range National Park (our next major destination) until the 2nd September (4 days away), we decided that we would take our time travelling the remaining 500kms by way of staying at a few free camps, as well as by spending a few days in Exmouth to see what the town has to offer.
The free camps (Robe River and Yannarie River), well they were just free camps. Large rest areas with basic toilets which allow you to get to your next spot. Other than a few classic catches by yours truely, not much to report back. We did get the chance to light a fire, but we put it out at 7.00pm as we retired to the caravan (must be getting old, would never have happened in my younger days!).
But Exmouth took us by surprise. We didn't know what to expect and after going through nearby towns such as Karatha and Port Hedland, we weren't expecting much. But it is a great town. The town is only little at the minute, but has everything you need and it seems the town is on the cupst of becoming a major tourist destination (as a result of being able to swim with the whale shark). Massive residential housing works are in progress around the marina are just a sign of how popular the town is becoming. (ps. If you had a lazy half mill, could do worse than to purchase a holiday home up here....looks impressive).
Additionally, we were lucky to spend Father's Weekend there (debate still raging whether it's day or weekend). Anyway, I received some cool presents including a new snorkel set which virtually snorkels itself. (should come in handy down the road). I was also able to have a relaxing lunch at the Game Fishing Club. Not just fishing, but game fishing......never seen so many marlin heads in the one spot!.
Overall, Exmouth rates highly on the return someday list.
PS. Whilst in town, we visited the lookout at the lighthouse where not only was the view spectacular, but you could easily see at least half a dozen whales coasting up the coast, only metres from the shore and surfers. And within minutes, with Bec going trigger happy, I think whales pictures / photos might just be behind sunset pictures on our trip!
Oh, and if you think back to Lennox Head and Hunter's surfing lessions and him being the next world champion, the name of the surfing beach at Exmouth is actually Hunters. Coincidence?????
Next stop, Cape Range National Park.