22/04/2014 Flight to the Abrolhos Islands – half day trip
We left in the early morning to witness a distant view of Kalbarri, at the mouth of the Murchison River, it makes you realize just how isolated this place is, just stuck on the coastline miles from anywhere.
We flew over the Abrolhos Islands firstly, many beautiful yachts, “shacks”, and views. The area is home to an abundance of wildlife including sea lions, dolphins, migratory whales and sea birds. The extensive coral reef system stretches for a hundred kilometres and is home to many species, some as yet to be named. The unique wildlife and pristine beaches make for excellent swimming, snorkelling and beach walking. The Abrolhos Islands provide idyllic surroundings for a quiet picnic on the beach, or an afternoon snorkelling over coral gardens just under the surface.
The Abrolhos Islands are the main source of supply for Western Australia’s rock lobster fishing industry. Home to fisherman from March until June, the Abrolhos remains almost deserted for the other eight months of the year.
Here’s an incredibly well camoflagued bird, and it wouldn’t keep still, always foraging, digging, turning and looking for grubs to eat.
I went for a quiet walk on my own along this rocky coast, you could see big fish swimming around in the clear water just under the cliffs.
Another native stops for a quick minute.
Our hunky pilot prepared morning tea for us, he seemed terribly young to be flying a plane, couldn’t even keep his pants up properly!! (There’s a mum thing to say.)
The Abrolhos Islands lie about 60 kilometres west of Geraldton, on the Western Australian coast, and consist of 122 islands clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group, which extend from north to south across 100 kilometres of ocean.
The Abrolhos are also famous for their historic shipwrecks, the best known being the Dutch East India Company vessel Batavia, which ran aground in 1629.The water surrounding the islands is the graveyard to 18 other wrecks, mostly believed to be from the 19th century.
The pilot was very adept at taking photos whilst flying the plane! He could use everyone’s camera without any trouble and was only too happy to take a picture on each camera for each individual passenger, that’s service!
Upon our return to Kalbarri we landed just after the Royal Flying Doctor, that was on its way to pick up a patient and deliver him to Perth.