The last Bills Beans 

At 7:40Pm on the 30/7/18 at coral bay, WA our last bills beans packet was consumed by my parents. Who knows what tomorrow will bring with no coffee in the morning.

That bills beans was loved by 2 parents.

It travelled with us for 13,881.5 kilometres.

May the last bills beans rest in peace. ⚰

Whale sharks Exmouth 

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Hello we have just left Exmouth and yesterday we did a whale shark cruise were we got to swim at a reef, watch humpback whales and swim with whale sharks. I could not wait to get on the boat.

So at 8:30 we got on the boat started heading to the reef. once we were at the reef we stoped to have breakfast. after we had finished breakfast we got all our snorkelling gear on and jumped into the reef and started testing the gear and swimming over the reef.
there was a pretty big current going west out to sea and a swell that came through the previous day kicked up the sand on the bottom so it was very murky. After everyone had tested all their gear we hoped back onto the boat and started heading out of the reef.

For about half an hour we cruised around the sea waiting for the microlight to spot a whale shark. Once the microlight spot a whale shark we jumped into the water and started swimming with out flippers and snorkel. We all lined up in a line and we looked down – the whale shark was 8 meters long and it was right there. It was amazing.

We started swimming, we got about a minute of swimming until the whale shark started diving and then we stopped swimming. All together we did 5 dives and at the last dive we saw a huge turtle swim about 10 metres under us. Once we finished with the dives we got back out and had lunch.

We spent the rest of the afternoon watching humpback whales. Most of them had just had birth to a baby calves with them.

All together we saw 4 different whale sharks male, male, unkown, female. The average whale shark sightings per day are 1.8 but we found 4. The whale shark population is 20% female and 80% male.

And that was our amazing day with the whale sharks.

Here is our video…

A Blog All About Bolo

20180712_1302361644553496.jpgHello, you may be wondering who is Bolo? Bolo is a Bardi Jaawi local. Yesterday we went on this tour and the tour guides name was Bolo he taught us lots of things. Let’s start

So first we had to drive to were the track starts and Bolo lost the keys to the truck as you do. So we had to ride in the back of the ute which was bumpy but we made it.

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So after the bumpy ride we went into this place called the stock yard were in the 1800s somebody thought that it was a good idea to raise cattle in a paddock that at high tide nearly all of if floods and has no grass?


So on the other side of the stockyard there was a mangrove were we caught crabs. What Bolo did was he flipped the crabs out in the open and I speared them. We caught 2 crabs. One I speared and the other we we kept alive and practiced picking it up. They are quite funny because what you need to do is press the back down and pick up the back 2 legs. When you try to push their back down they bend over to nip your fingers. It’s so funny😆.

Next we learnt how to find fresh water by finding algae. How? Because algae only grows in fresh water.

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After that we learnt how to use wood for pretty much anything shelters, cooking, medicine, sandpaper, shields and spears. We learnt about helicopter trees. If you cut of a bit of bark and boil it till the water turns a grey colour then dab wounds with it and in a couple days, its all better. He also told us how to make axes out of stones. Here all the 5 uses of paper bark trees.

1. Cooking fish

2.water💧

3. If you crunch up the leaves it makes a lemony smell🍋

4. shelter roofs

5. Mosie repellent

They had different shelters for different times of the year.

We moved on to another mangrove were we looked for these shells called bomber shells. They have 2 versions one is like a crab and the other was like a snail. So we collected them up and moved on to the beach were we found a pandanas fruit that had fallen. Bolo gave us all got a piece of fruit.

After that we had to do some rock scrambling to get to the other side of the beach. That was pretty tricky so after 20 minutes of rock scrambling we took a little stroll on the beach back to Bolos outdoor kitchen.

Waiting for us was freshly made damper which we also had with fish, crabs and bomb shells. Bolo served it on wattle leaves and it was delicious. The damper got demolished.

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I learnt so many lessons on this tour. The best one?

I asked if I could keep a certain stone. He taught us that you can’t take stones because they have stories of the country surrounding. He said i can take shells because they get washed away and can’t contain those important stories. We all had a great time and we learnt a important lesson if you look after the country, country will look after you.

Cape Leveque- Gumbanan

Hello we are in Cape Leveque staying in Gumbanan with this view we see all the time. We are camping here for a week.

Today we went to the Cygnet Bay pearl farm and went to the restaurant for lunch and swam in the infinity pool there. We also looked at the pearl shop where there was a $10,000 necklace. We bought a mother of pearl shell there. This shell is were the pearl is made.

We also went to One Arm Point Community, where there is a hatchery where we got to feed lots of fish, we all got a go at feeding the barramundi and dad caught a fish – literally caught one here’s a video.

We also saw there big turtles, clown fish and lots of cockatoos.

Some of the fish tanks some of the coral is bleached because when there is a cyclone the roof gets ripped of and the sun kills the coral. There was this massive barramundi about 50cm long and to feed it you had to dangle bait over the water and they wait about 10 seconds and then they pounce.

On Wednesday we are going to Kooljaman to spend half a day with the indigenous Bardi Jawi people to learn how to make spears and find water.

Litchfield National Park 

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We spent the last 2 days in Litchfield. We went to Florence Falls, Buley rock hole, Wangi falls, Tolmer Falls and the magnetic termite mounds. At Florence falls it was a big water fall and the water is crystal clear and there is lots of schools of fish.

At Wangi falls there was a 800m walk though a monsoon forest to a view of the water fall. With a 100m plunge pool and there is a sandbar going though the middle of the pool and the deepest part of it is 16m deep.

At the magnetic termite mounds there was two 5m termite mounds called cathedrals. Its lucky we went on Sunday – does it count? So the magnetic termites make their mounds facing north.

At Buley rock hole there was lots of rock holes where some are deep and some are shallow. At the end of each on the is a small water fall normally about 1m high.

At Tolmer falls you couldn’t swim at and the water fall was about 25m high and next to it was a big cave were bats live. the water looked petty clear. If you looked in the other direction you could see a huge monsoon forest.

The mornings at Litchfield were very misty!

Territory Wildlife Park Darwin 

Today in Darwin we went to the territory wildlife park Darwin. First we went to pelican breakfast were we saw some baby fresh water crocodiles. We also spotted some turtles in there as well.

After that we went to a bird show and saw a brown kite break a emu egg with a rock and a funny emu who tryed to sit on the egg but kept sitting next to it. We also saw a jabiru which is a type of stork.

Then we went to the nocturnal house to see all types of nocturnal animals from snakes to geckos. We also saw a little fella who we have met before at Uluru the spinifex hopping mouse. Even though they are mice they are pretty cute and they hop like a kangaroo.

Thankfully we didn’t see a possum otherwise mum and dad would have gone mad – see the night time terrorism blog and you will know why.

Once we were done in there we went to the monsoon forest which had a huge walk through aviary with lots of birds and turtles.

When we were done in the aviary we took a 600m walk through a monsoon forest with creeks birds and palm trees. There was also a simulation of a monsoon at the beginning.

Darwin!

20180602_2057321973220420.jpgHello we are in Darwin we got here today from Kakadu. We are staying here for a week. In 3 days mum’s friend Káren is flying to Darwin.

Today in Kakadu, Dad and I went on a fishing trip on the South Alligator river. We learnt how to cast the line and tips and tricks here’s some:

  • when a fish bites your bait hold on to your rod hard because they are strong!
  • when you reel the bait in flick it toward you it looks more like a real fish.

We caught a couple fish but they were all to small to keep. So we are not having fish and chips tonight but we are happy that we actually caught some fish.

In the next couple days were going to explore Darwin and we can’t wait. Some of the things I am looking forward to are, seeing the ocean and beach, visiting the RFDS base and checking out the old military oil tunnels.

Uluru again 

Finally I have took that picture of the rock here you go.

Now I got that over and done with I can tell you what I have been doing today so today I climbed the rock, here is a photo of what it’s like 1/4 the way up.

And that’s only 1/4 of the rock high – I didn’t get any further up the rock because there was about 5 meters of 70° angle climb without the chain. There was nothing to grip on to I tried to get up I got about 4 metres up and gave up. Well I guess I will never get a second try 😭😭. Anyway the 10km walk around the rock took up nearly all the day. That’s all today see you later.

Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Hello. I remember yesterday I said I’ll take some photos and put them on the blog. Sorry, no photos today it was too cloudy – we didn’t do much today, but we visited Uluru and Kata Tjuta if you don’t know what Kata Tjuta is look it up on google.

We did a Mala walk at the bottom of Uluru with the ranger and learnt all about the Anangu Indigenous people. There was a cave called the kitchen were they ground up seeds to make flour. Not much else – its forecast to be sunny and we are walking along the bottom of Uluru.

Ranger Steve in the kitchen cave.

In the cave.

Mala Walk guide Steve teaching us how bread was made
Chloe touching the smooth “bread board”

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Ayers Rock!

Today we drove to Uluru I haven’t took any pictures of Ayers Rock yet we’ve set up our camper trailer. We can just walk up a hill and we can see the rock. We are just relaxing we’ve been to the pool tomorrow or the next day I’ll take some photos of Ayers Rock. We are spending the next four days here. What is really amazing is for the middle of the desert there is quite a lot of vegetation this is the hill next to us ( picture below) I have not seen grass for 10 days and I have found a patch of grass we are also getting invaded by birds. I’ll do the next post on Friday because I’m very busy tomorrow.