Monday 20th April 2015
Nambung Station to Dongara
The shower was refreshing, I reach for a nice warm towel and as I dry myself I realise that ants have nested in it overnight and now I’m being bitten from head to toe. Ouch.
Nambung owner Brian rolls up in his ute and apologises for the 30 knot winds. It turns out that he had wanted to surprise us with a flight over his property in his plane. What a nice guy he is. We get away at 10:30 and already it is 25 degrees.
We have lunch at Point Louise at Green Head. It is a spacious sheltered campsite on a small white sand cove.
The Indian Ocean Drive hugs the coast just behind the dunes. There are occasional glimpses of the sparkling ocean. At Knobby Head we can see the ocean and there are many flat roofed tin shacks at one with the dunes. I get the feeling that the owners would do little more than lay pots, eat crays and drink beer.
The twin towns of Port Denison and Dongara straddle the Irwin River. There is a large commercial marina filled with fishing boats, this town is all about fishing, especially crays. Even the Dongara roundabout is decorated with crayfish and small boats. The town is substantial and the main street of Dongara is shaded by spreading Moreton Bay Figs. Up on the Irwin River lookout we stare at the ti trees on the opposite bank and wonder why they are white. Oh yes, it’s a cormorant rookery!
Shirley Temple and I have a swim at Granny’s Beach, ok the irony doesn’t escape us. It is warm and at last we’ve reached good weather again. When we checked in at the Big4 caravan park on the beach the receptionist told us that the sunsets have been good and that we should grab an empty box and watch the sunset with a glass of wine. To explain that: a box is a cabin and WA law prevents you from drinking in an outdoor public place. Naturally, we take her advice. Now what will we do in the morning, a swim or a walk along the foreshore?
Accom: Dongara Denison Beach Big 4 $36
Travelling Kms: 181Kms