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Wednesday 26th July - Around Carnarvon WA
The plan was to explore around the Carnarvon area today. Andrew wandered off in the direction of Woolworths, so I did a ride around Carnarvon. Checked out the Facine, which is a beautifully landscaped waterfront along the lower Gascoyne River. The Carnarvon Hotel on the waterfront has a great bar and bistro.
Then around past a small canal development and over to Babbage Island. The "One Mile Jetty” is a relic of the past in Carnarvon and was used as the main wharf. There is an old railway tram line out to the end of the jetty that now is only used for tourist traffic. $5:00 will get you out to the end of the jetty. The jetty area is also a historic precinct with a rail museum, light house and keepers cottage and old shearer's quarters museum. But the best of all is the “Jetty Cafe”. A great surprise to see a historic display of the pioneer days as well as the WWII battle between HMAS Sydney and the German Raider HSK Kormoran. There is a small theatre showing documentaries of the sinking of HMAS Sydney as well as the discovery of the two wrecks in 2008. Pride of place though is a German life boat from the Kormoran. Many life boats and German sailors came ashore near Quobba Point after the Kormoran was scuttled by her crew following the short battle with The Sydney.
I never got my train ride out to the end of the jetty.
Back at camp, 2:00pm, and still Andrew was nowhere to be found. He was off walking all around town looking at the sites. So I jumped on the bike for the 70km ride out to the Quobba Blowholes.
A spectacular coastline with ocean swells crashing against the shore. The blowholes were working a treat with a 2-3 meter swell running. The noise from the blowholes is also quite amazing. To top it off, there were several humpback whales breaching and blowing just a few hundred meters off shore. The 3rd pod I've seen in only 4 days. I then rode 7kms along the beach road, which was very rough gravel, to the HMAS Sydney memorial cairn. The site where as many as 100 German sailors came ashore.
I got back to camp just around beer o'clock, just before Andrew turned up. Apparently, he had walked 25kms during the day.
We cleaned up and then wandered down town to the Gascoyne Hotel for a feed. $15:00 T-bone was an excellent feed.
Back to camp for an early night.