Distance: 206 Km
Fuel: 33 L
Out and about by 8.30am. Straight to I Mile Jetty to walk it before the day warmed up. I paid my $5 to be able to go on it at the honesty box near the beginning of the wharf.
It was a long walk but worth it; you seem a long way off shore; there is a problem at the end – it seems to be in danger of collapse.
Near the start of the wharf were some relics.
This is the anchor of the cargo ship Korean Star which ran aground in 1988 during Cyclone “Herbie” and broke up. The crew were rescued by flying fox within 45 minutes.
Back to the main part of town to see where the 3km of tramline to the wharf once started.
Next up I took a 75km drive to Blowhole Point and Quobba, didn’t see a blowhole but did see some terrific scenery and beaches.
Don’t you hate overcrowded beaches? Somebody got there first.
Drove for Ks over the worst dirt road for the biggest disappointment of the day. The cairn erected to HMAS Sydney II. It is pathetic and serves absolutely no useful purpose.
Returned to Carnarvon to visit the OTC Space Museum. The OTC Earth Station had some duties tracking and transferring data on the Apollo Missions. To be honest it was not clear what. Until Earth Stations were built at Ceduna and Moree Carnarvon also transmitted video and telecomms traffic via satellite to the UK and the USA. The dish is obsolete now but right next door is the NBN satellite earth station.
My car sheltering in the shade of the dish.
It was still only mid afternoon so I drove around Carnarvon enjoying the sights and taking a walk along the Fascine.
Unfortunately the one thing I could not find was a seafood restaurant that served all day. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.
I do like Carnarvon, it quite appeals to me as a town.
Finally one last photo, The town is on the Gascoyne Delta named after the river that flows to the sea here. This is the mighty Gascoyne River in full flood.
Apparently it is like that most of the time, the exception being when a northern cyclone turns into a rain depression and dumps a lot of water into the river’s catchment then it can become several kilometres wide.