Trip Leader: Chris and Jan Smith
When: 26 June to 2nd July 2010
Location: Steep Point WA Westernmost Point of Mainland Australia
Participants: Chris, Jan, Terry, Teresa, Liam, Kelly, Bruce & Jude
Saturday 26th June 2010
Wind has not let up!
Before coming here, Bruce and I were told we’d have either wind or flies.. At this stage flies are looking pretty good!
Major project of the day.. since the wind had beaten the fishermen to submission.. was for the three men to redesign the stainless steel campfire tank. Cutting, hammering, drilling, pop riveting, wiring..and suddenly we have a multifunctional “work of art” for us to cook in. It has a shelf for the kettles, a hole in the side for resting jaffle irons or for roasting corn on the cob, multiple hooks and hangers for potatoes in foil…definite patent potential !
4WD Men can do everything !!!… (muffled sound of women cheering)
Later Bruce and I opted for the shelter of our 4WD and went exploring the Peninsula. Amazing contrasts in terrain. Rock formations, beaches, blowholes.. Then we saw whales playing 100m out from the base of the cliffs 175 feet down. Magic.
While at Steep Point we were only 500m across the strait from Dirk Hartog Island!!! We remember our Qld primary school history of the Dutch ships foundering along the West Coast. We did have a sense of history.. and we couldn’t get there! The wind was too strong and with just the 2 of us paddling…in wind and chop… in kayaks only… in Shark Bay.. we decided we could do without trying to be shipwrecked also!!! and took photos instead.
Wednesday 30th June 2010
We rose to another lovely sunny day and although still windy, not as bad as the previous day.
Chris, Terry & Liam took the boat out for a fish. The rest of us spent the day reading, enjoying beach walks and just relaxing. Later in the afternoon, Judy & Bruce took their kayaks out for a paddle and enjoyed the challenge. The boys returned with a dozen fish between them consisting of Sweet Lip, Charlie Court and Queen Fish.
Around happy hour we shared a fish tasting plate which was very nice. Chris & Terry were partners against Kelly & Liam in a game of Boule, while camp ovens simmered away with the evening dinners. The oldies tried hard, but were narrowly beaten by the young ones. After dinner, Judy provided a lovely pudding and home made custard for dessert.
Thursday 1st July 2010
After the usual ‘secret mens business’, the guys went off fishing. They call it ‘hunting & gathering’. The rest of us relaxed in the beautiful surroundings and lovely sun shine.
In the afternoon, the kayakers ventured out again while Kelly won our game of scrabble.
The fishermen returned with fish and Liam was particularly happy with his monster Spanish Mackerel.
A small amount of pre-packing was done before some good conversation around the campfire.
Friday 2nd July 2010
We woke to calm waters (go figure) and spent a leisurely morning packing up our camp for a 10am departure. Everyone was ready on time so we set off around the bay and over the sand hills taking in the beautiful scenery.
Judy & Bruce left the party and headed north to explore the Shark Bay surrounding areas. Terry, Teresa, Liam and Kelly then parted ways at the Overlander Roadhouse for the drive to Carnarvon to meet up with the Quobba trip. Chris & Jan continued home after spending a night in Northhampton and catching up on the history of the town.
We enjoyed our trip very much and would like to thank the Keesings and Brinkleys for joining us.