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by on Apr.09, 2016, under Life, Photography

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. It is located 1,270 kilometres north of Perth and 3,366 kilometres southwest of Darwin in the Northern Territory where we started this trip.

Liquid Emerald

Liquid Emerald

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/320 sec at f/8, ISO 160

The town was established in 1967 to support the nearby United States Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt. Beginning in the late 1970s, the town began hosting U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to Learmonth Solar Observatory, a defence science facility jointly operated with Australia’s Ionospheric Prediction Service.

We arrived in the township of Exmouth around midday and after having lunch and doing some shopping (this was the first real “town” we’d been able to resupply in for over a week) we headed out to where we’d be staying for the next two nights.

Little Australia

Little Australia

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 200 mm, 1/250 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Past Exmouth you drive about six kilometres to the very tip where the massive towers of the VLF communication array is and another ten kilometres past that around the corner on the western coast is the Ningaloo Lighthouse Caravan Park.

We settled into our site and then my daughter and I went for a walk over onto the nearby beach to explore (just across the road from the park).

Show me the Love

Show me the Love

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 125 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

The Ningaloo Coast is rough and rugged and amazingly beautiful with crystal clear waters. We explored the rocks and coral on the coast and even managed a phone call when intermittently we’d get 1 bar of reception :). We had fun looking for all the recognisable shapes and patterns in the fossilised coral embedded int he rocks along the coast.

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