Last month we drove north. Up until then the farthest we had driven was to Cervantes for lobster.
It's been a particularly long and cold winter this year and the thought of having a little early sunshine was one of the attractions, but we also wanted a bit of an adventure. There was an awful lot of driving involved and sometimes it felt like we spent most of the trip in the car, although in the end it felt as if we had been too careful.
We stayed in Carnarvon in amongst the banana plantations and satellite dishes. Mr Sunshine was in his element in the Space and Technology museum, which was extremely friendly and had plenty for the children to do too. It was good to spend time out of the car walking around Carnarvon too! Especially as we had some day trips which involved very early starts and hours and hours of car time.
The longest trip we took was to Monkey Mia in Shark Bay which took around five hours. It would be a lovely place to stay but I think the journey from Carnarvon took the edge off our enthusiasm. The highlight of the trip was the day we spent in Coral Bay. We booked a tour on a glass bottomed boat over the Ningaloo reef with Coral Bay Ecotours. The reef is totally spectacular and the tour was fascinating. I've wanted to see the whale sharks since before we came to Western Australia but unfortunately we were there out of season. Little Miss Sunshine has loved turtles since she was tiny though and when I saw the turtle tour I knew she would love it. Luckily it turned out to be incredible, we saw heaps of turtles and even got to snorkel with one. She gave us all heart attacks by disappearing into the distance with her snorkel and loved every second.
Can't wait to go back next year in whale shark season!