Day 95 – Heading south from Geraldton

Camp at Waminda Wildlife Sanctuary

Camp at Waminda Wildlife Sanctuary

Another windy morning when we woke up at the lovely Waminda Wildlife Sanctuary! However it was a good alarm clock to get us up in time to feed the animals with Jennifer again first thing in the morning. Smash got to go into the dingo enclosure and get her dog fix for the day, and the birds were much more friendly and trusting than they were yesterday. There were also heaps more kangaroos that appeared for their bread breakfast and the usual emu gang. We gave Bona a cuddle and sat down around the big breakfast table out the side of the house for a communal breakfast of toast and tea/coffee with Ian and his 3 woofer farmhands and the other campers. It was so nice to sit and eat and chat and discuss travel, work, farm life, WA life, emu eggs and emu thieves. Ian collects the emu eggs every year when they are laid and empties them to sell them because otherwise he’d be overrun with the things! One year he forgot to collect them and had 30 baby emus running around, and someone broke in to the farm and stole them! He said it was ridiculous because if they’d come and asked he would have rounded them up and given them away – saved them the trouble of coming in at night and chasing them all around the place. The collection of eggs was awesome and Smash and I both selected and bought the greenest and loveliest ones to take home, and some fresh regular sized chicken eggs while we were at it, then said goodbye and thanks to Ian and his crew.

Ian's collection of emu eggs from his many emus!

Ian’s collection of emu eggs from his many emus!

Then it was on to Geraldton to have a look around. We needed some ice and stopped by the fish market into get a block, and had to get some seafood while we were there, because it’s Geraldton, and that’s what people do here. We got some tiger prawns for lunch and some fillets of cod and snapper for dinner which looked awesome. Back on the road continuing south along the WA coastline until we pulled in to Jurien Bay to eat the prawns which were delicious. What was supposed to be a lovely snorkelling spot along the reef was being pummelled by the afternoon winds so we didn’t stop for long. Unfortunate! We pushed on further south until we arrived at the Pinnacles to have a drive around and check it out.

The Pinnacles, WA

The Pinnacles, WA

The Pinnacles, WA

The Pinnacles, WA

These bizarre rock formations were quite eerie and strange to have them all sitting there solidly when the wind had picked up even more and was blowing a gale. We did as much walking and sand inhaling as we could stand and completed the driving loop around the park. Then it was more driving, but we pulled in to a rest stop at the Moore River for the night as it was getting pretty late. We’d both filled up on snacks and were actually still full from the lunchtime prawn feast so we decided to save the delicious Geraldton fish until tomorrow night, when it was hopefully going to be a lot less windy too.

The Pinnacles, WA

The Pinnacles, WA

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