Caves, Kangaroo, Sharks and Sunsets

We’ve spent the last week in Yanchep, Western Australia which is about an hour north of Perth. We’re staying in a small apartment that has Indian Ocean views, and is a 10-15 minute walk from the beach. I can’t say enough about how unexpectedly beautiful this area is. The sunsets in particular are stunning. IMG_20170421_173412424

The plant, wildlife and general geography here is so different from anything that we have encountered before. We are really enjoying absorbing all of the sights, and learning a lot in the process.IMG_20170416_123834116_HDR

Yanchep National Park

We purchased a holiday pass for Western Australia’s National Parks while we are here, which allows us unlimited access to the parks for a month. Yanchep National Park is the closest park to where we are staying, and we have been visiting it often and taking advantage of the fabulous picnic facilities throughout the park. While we picnicked, there were always birds nearby. These pretty birds are called Galah and are quite a common site in and out of the park.

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The park has a Koala boardwalk, which allowed us to walk among Eucalyptus trees and other feeding stations where Koala are either hanging out sleeping, or munching away on leaves. When they are eating… they seem to be quite focused on their eating… Apparently, Koala are not native to Western Australia anymore, so the bears that are in the boardwalk area are not from this part of Australia.IMG_20170416_122014894

There are many kangaroo within in the park, but they tend to stay hidden for the most part during the hot part of the day. As evening approaches, they start to come out into the open. We managed to catch a couple of them with our cameras as we were leaving the park yesterday.IMG_20170421_155633176

The Crystal Cave

Within Yanchep National Park, there is a large, interconnected network of limestone caves that are part of the local aquifer. Because of the fragile nature of the caves (and the possibility of collapse), as you go through the park, most of the caves are just for looking at, from a distance.IMG_20170416_132405725

It is possible to tour the Crystal Cave in the park, and see what can happen underground with water movement over time.IMG_20170421_153422559

In case you have ever wondered about what to call the formations that happen within a cave, there are:

  • Straws – thin hollow formations that grow down from the ceiling.
  • Stalactites – formations created on the ceiling as water drips down.
  • Stalagmites – formation created on the ground as water splashes onto it.
  • Columns – formations that extend between the roof and floor and can be created from either stalactites and/or stalagmites.

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The Pinacles Desert

An hour and 45 minutes north of Yanchep, is the Naumburg National Park. Naumburg National Park is home to the Pinacles Desert, where thousands of spiky limestone formations dot the landscape.IMG_20170420_152802247

There are a number of theories about how these spikes and spires were formed, but no one is 100% certain about how they came into being.IMG_20170420_150501418

It does feel as though you are in another world as you walk among the Pinacles. But, even in this other world, some things remain the same… like the fact that Artie does not listen when I tell him not to pick up rocks…IMG_20170420_150644407

Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)

About 45 minutes south of where we are staying is a place called Hillary’s Boat Harbour, which is home to the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA).IMG_20170418_154034151

The coastline of Western Australia is incredibly diverse, so AQWA is a fairly large facility.  IMG_20170418_141932620

AQWA walks through each of the different areas and related plant and sea life.IMG_20170418_151142547

The aquarium has a discovery centre, which allows visitors to use special magnifying goggles to see the marine life within the pool.IMG_20170418_144042504

You can even touch the starfish and (small) sharks and fish within the pool.IMG_20170418_145828548_HDR

My favourte part of AQWA though, was the underwater tunnel, that has a motorized conveyor belt to move people through it. I completely enjoyed being under sharks and rays, and not needing to worry about them touching me (or eating my children).IMG_20170418_152218001

This shark spent a long time hanging out over my head…IMG_20170418_152348079

Yanchep Lagoon

Yanchep Lagoon is a 15 minute walk from the apartment we are staying in, and we have made our way down there almost every day.IMG_20170421_174534275

Marcus has memories of being in Majorca (Spain) when he was Artie’s age, and spending hours snorkeling and exploring the water there. It has been a goal of ours on this trip, to be able to provide that kind of an experience for Artie and Morgan. Unfortunately though, I keep taking us to beautiful beach locations, at the wrong season for snorkeling… The water is too rough right now at Yanchep Lagoon to see much of anything.IMG_20170421_173509891

So, instead of enjoying being in the water, we are are doing our best to enjoy the sunsets… IMG_20170421_174740112

Kay Green

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Kay Green

Professionally, I am an e-learning instructional designer who breaks down the barriers of space and time in learning. Personally, I'm the Mom in the Little-Green Family, and co-planner in our adventures.

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Lyse

Oh Kay thank you so much for the pictures , write ups, information
It was so enthrawling . The time you take to share the family experiences is breath taking and greatly appreciated so much .
Everyone looks like they are enjoying so much
Truely happy for you and the family
Big hugs for everyone

    Kay Green

    Lyse – thanks so much for following us and for your kind words. I’m glad to know that the posts are appreciated 🙂
    We are having a good time, and are really glad that we decided to go on this “adventure” together. Big hugs to you and Doug too 🙂

Marcia Gardiner

Looks so beautiful! Being that close to​ the beach would be amazing. Are you able see different constellations that can’t be seen in North America where you are now? I’m not an astronomer or anything, but I do seem fixated on yoy traveling so far that even the stars are different.

    Kay Green

    You know, I’m so exhausted by the end of the day – I haven’t even thought about star gazing here! Thanks for the reminder. It would be a terrible waste to go to the Southern Hemisphere and not think to look at the stars here 🙂

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