After completing a fabulous house sit in Safety Bay looking after a gorgeous boy called Storm and a week kitesurfing on the Pond, we decided to head up to Exmouth and kite surf all the beaches we could along the way.
Day One – Perth to Northampton via Coronation Beach (507 kms)
We drove straight through to the Pinnacles where we stopped for a few photos, it was a balmy 42 degrees Celsius so we didn’t stick around for too long.
Then we arrived at our first kite stop – Coronation Beach, a great location – known as the windiest beach in the world, however was actually a great day for a stand up paddle or foiling, with barely a light breeze which dropped right off to nothing when we arrived. So we enjoyed a lovely swim and then we were back on the road.
Our first nights accommodation was in the very lovely and very Australian Gum Gully Bed & Breakfast in Northhampton, run by Cathy which we booked via AirBnB (see it here). This was a little gem, special touches, comfy bed and good air-con plus continental breakfast available, we appreciated the good coffee and use of the toaster, but had to skip the lovely lamingtons as we are following our keto diet all the way up the west coast.
We did stop in for a low carb dinner at the local Tavern, they were super accomodating and we left thoroughly satisfied.
Day Two and Three: Northhampton to Shark Bay ( 539 kms) via Kalbarri
We decided to head off via the pink Hutt Lagoon but skipped the lookout and the trek was through progressively higher and higher grasslands so we admired it from afar, no wind for kiteboarding this morning.
We then spent hours driving through the desert with temperatures reaching 46 degrees Celsius, we were glad we had lots of water and had downloaded a whole heap of audio comedy shows and playlists to keep us entertained.
Kite stop – Denham Beach, this was our favourite spot alomg the way, sandy bottom, clear azure water and lots of rays and small reef sharks which were cool to see. We also kited in Little Lagoon nearby however it was gusty there.
Accommodation – On the Deck @ Shark Bay booked via Booking.com, we stayed here for two nights in the downstairs room with alfresco kitchen, we had cooking facilities where we could so we could prepare our own meals and stick to plan. We enjoyed the comfy bed and made good use of the Jacuzzi after our kite sessions each day.
We got up early to see the Monkey Mia Dolphins before we made our way up the coast again and met Piccalo and Kia pictured below. These two are full sisters and are in their mid-twenties, they come to the beach almost every day and bring their young with them.
Day Four – Shark Bay to Carnarvon (380 kms)
Kite stop – we checked out Pelican Point and agreed it would be the best spot but it was stormy when we arrived so we decided to have a rest day and chill at home, this let me catch up on some work projects as well.
Accommodation – Hero’s Rest: 1960’s Duplex under booked via AirBnB (check it out here), originally built for NASA, we enjoyed a little puzzle and BBQ for two here.
Day Five and Six – Carnarvon to Exmouth (365 kms)
Kite stop – Sandy Bay which is 70kms from Exmouth, along this secluded road we saw dingoes, emus, osprey (sea hawks) and an Australian bustard. It was quite gusty so Ben had a good session on the 10m and then the 8m, I had a short ride but will have to come back one day when the wind is steadier or with a smaller kite.
Accommodation – RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park, this was comfortable and became our base for two nights, we did have to drive to Coral Bay (another 140 kms each way) to take part in our dive day, there is no getting away from driving huge distances here. We’d love to explore the Coral Bay area again and to return in the whale season.
Total kilometres driven from pick up to drop off = 2,546.4
Summary & Highlights
- Kiting with reef sharks and rays in Shark Bay
- Seeing Emus and Dingoes in the wild
- Snorkeling with Manta Rays
- Diving with tawny nurse sharks, reef sharks and turtles
- The starry nights
- Hanging with each other for the hours of driving and all the adventures in between
We then flew back from Exmouth to Perth for two nights before our next house sitting adventure in Sydney.
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