Yardie of Glass. (Yardie Creek Gorge, Western Australia)

Day 2 Episode III.

Was having a fantastic day tooling around the North West Cape with Ningaloo Safari Tours, with still a couple of stops to go! Cruising Yardie Creek Gorge was something else off my bucket list; I can’t believe it’s only the first W.A. gorge that I’ve been to! I always meant to at least visit Karijini while I lived in W.A. but… never got round to it. Next time. The Kimberley one day too.

yardie creek gorge 1

We drove south from Osprey Bay, right to the end of the sealed road past the Yardie Creek Station homestead. That’s something else for the bucket list; a bushwalking  photo expedition during wildflower season! I bet I could turn a 3km hike into an overnighter.

We explored while Dave rowed out to retrieve the bigger boat.

I could dig this driftwood out, brush it off and sell it for 40 bucks at the markets in Brisbane. I like it better where it is though.
I could dig this driftwood out, brush it off and sell it for 40 bucks at the markets in Brisbane. I like it better where it is though.

The mouth of the gorge was gradually silting up again after all the recent flooding, and it reminded me of Pelican Point near our old place in Carnarvon.

Except for all of these! Fossilised coral everywhere.
Except for all of these! Fossilised coral everywhere.

We hopped into Dave’s flat-bottomed boat and headed up the creek past mangroves and a bright red beach.

A White-Faced Grey Heron. Possibly. (While I was packing for this trip J broke the bathroom scales the bathroom scales broke and since I couldn't weigh my suitcase and was paranoid about getting stung 50 bucks for excess baggage I left out all non-absolutely-essentials. I should've remembered that my 55-200mm camera lens IS ALWAYS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.)
A White-Faced Grey Heron. Possibly. (While I was packing for this trip J broke the bathroom scales the bathroom scales broke and since I couldn’t weigh my suitcase and was paranoid about getting stung 50 bucks for excess baggage I left out all non-absolutely-essentials. I should’ve remembered that my 55-200mm camera lens IS ALWAYS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.)

Soon flaming red rock walls reared up either side of us.

Red, white and blue. White clouds, that is, not the white quartz-looking 'seams' in the rock. That is birdshit.
Red, white and blue. White clouds, that is, not the white quartz-looking ‘seams’ in the rock. That is birdshit.

Gorges! Absolutely gorges!

See the nest? Big birds around here include ospreys, wedge-tailed eagles, a few kinds of heron, pelicans, emus... I can confidently say it's not an emu nest though. They use grass not sticks.
See the nest? Big birds around here include ospreys, wedge-tailed eagles, a few kinds of heron, pelicans, emus… I can confidently say it’s not an emu nest though. They use grass not sticks. And… er… can’t fly.

I polished the metal seat with my constant scooting back and forth. Dave was able to spot the Black-footed Rock Wallabies quite easily, whereas I had trouble finding them even when he told me exactly where they were. I did see a few though, eventually. When the wallabies made it super easy. Like, I’ll-stand-here-like-a-taxidermied-stunned-mullet easy.

Where's Wallaby? A mama and her joey.
Where’s Wallaby? A mama and her joey.
Aw cute widdle rock wallaby. Kicking myself for the umpteenth time for not having the zoomy lens. Those bastard scales!!
Aw cute widdle rock wallaby. Kicking myself for the umpteenth time for not having the zoomy lens. Those bastard scales!!

We, as a group, apparently saw fourteen rockstar wallabies. I can vouch for five.

An osprey? Probably? DAMMIT!
An osprey? Probably? DAMMIT!

We leisurely made our way as far up Yardie Creek as we could before running aground, then headed back also without getting stuck at low tide. Back in the OKA we stopped at Turquoise Bay for a quick snorkel but with the seabreeze up the water was a bit choppy and cloudy.

Hit the road back to Exmouth, enjoying the twin spectacles of the rosy twilight making the termite mounds glow crimson and the roos trying to play chicken with the truck.

COME AT ME SKIPPY!!!
COME AT ME SKIPPY!!!

shadow, termite mounds Exmouth Western Australia

My absolute favourite time of day.
My absolute favourite time of day.

 

The sun set over the Indian Ocean as we reluctantly headed back to the outside world. It’s probably the thing I miss the most, living on the east coast; ocean sunsets. Sunrises are beautiful too but it’s just not the same.

On the road in the clear winter twilight.
On the road in the clear winter twilight.

And that was my first full day in Exmouth. In my next post I’ll finally introduce you to the Ningaloo Reef!

– Michelle

 

 

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Amazing! That fossilised coral is really beautiful!

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    1. Michelle says:

      Isn’t it? And it’s everywhere! It’s like walking through the bones of some enormous sea creature… Well technically you ARE walking through the bones of some enormous sea creature… Or millions of tiny ones actually… It’s a bit mind blowing.

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  2. Doesn’t it just drive you nuts when you don’t have the lens you need?

    Gorgeous pictures, regardless. That red beach is something else!

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    1. Michelle says:

      I drive MYSELF nuts, because I know I’ll always want it, but stupidly I talk myself out of it with stuff like ‘aw I’ll be taking mostly landscapes’ and ‘my case is probably already over 20kg’… (it was 18.5kg which just makes me even more annoyed)… d’oh. I have recently heard of a magical lens which does the work of both a regular AND a zoomy lens! No more missed shots!
      And thanks for the feedback on my pics. Seriously it’s so gorgeous over there it was hard to take a bad photo.

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      1. I do the same thing. “I’m just going for a short walk, I won’t need my macro lens.”

        (5 minutes later) *sees gorgeous butterfly land on a flower two feet away* “Son of a…”

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  3. W.H. SIM says:

    gorgeous images and a great story. when I look at these formations, it’s like stepping back in time! 🙂

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    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! It was very much like a time warp being there, so many different layers of history, including my own, all in that place!

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