West Coast Day 143 - Kalbarri to Perth

Saturday, Dec 12, 1998 at 01:00

ExplorOz - David & Michelle

We rang Ian at the dive shop early to see if we were diving today but he said the conditions were even worse than yesterday. We were really disappointed to have to miss diving with the sealions but since I couldn't sail then there was not much left for us to do in Leeman to warrant waiting around for the conditions to calm down. We seem to be having a bit of bad luck with the weather due to the cyclones and no one can predict what will happen.

We left Leeman after cooking "eggy-bread" - a favourite breakfast dish of the Addocks. We drove to Cervantes, another crayfishing town but much larger than Leeman and Greenhead.

Just out of Cervantes is the Nambung National Park whose main feature is the Pinnacles Desert where limestone pinnacles rise up 5m out of the sandy desert just 4km from the beach.

We also found a great windsurfing beach at Thirsty Head in Cervantes where 2 guys were out on small boards and sails. One was using a 4.0m2 and the other a 4.5m2 and both were having trouble keeping their boards on the water in the screaming 35knot wind. I couldn't sail there because my smallest sail was 4.5m2 and the mast would definitely have snapped and probably ripped a sail. So we camped at the caravan park and fished from the wharf where the locals told us we would catch herrings and tailor.

Most of the jettys in these small towns on the WA coast serviced the crayfishing boats. At the end of the jetty a processing plant pumps crushed cray heads back into the water - and obviously that means good fishing. We caught a bucket full of hearings and I bought a live rock lobster and blue manor crab for $10 off one of the boats as it came it with a fresh catch. We had a beautiful seafood feast back at the caravan park that night.
David (DM) & Michelle (MM)
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