Monkey Mia and the Dolphins

We drove from Steep Point to Monkey Mia and it was long day in the car when we arrived at the Resort…we checked into the Monkey Mia Caravan Park that was full and we were allocated the overflow camp near the front gate which turned out to be more roomy than most of the sites in the park a lucky bonus and they let us stay here two nights.

thumb_IMG_4373_1024 thumb_IMG_4376_1024 thumb_IMG_4379_1024 thumb_IMG_4382_1024

Dolphins happily swim by and check out the crowd

Dolphins happily swim by and check out the crowd

Looking at the dolphins in the beach line

Looking at the dolphins in the beach line

thumb_P4243400_1024 thumb_P4243402_1024

dolphins at Monkey Mia

dolphins at Monkey Mia

Dolphins come to say hello

Dolphins come to say hello

The carpark camp and our washing lines!

The carpark camp and our washing lines!

The kids woke early to see the dolphins and we had discussed the need to be really well behaved listen to the rangers and you might get chosen to feed the Dolphins. They only feed the senior female in the pod as the young need to learn how to fish and the males get aggressive. So there are only five dolphins that are fed and they only get 3-4 fish each. There were approx. 50-160+ people there for the feeding so the kids odds were not good. It is still really beautiful to see the dolphins and on our first morning we got to see 10 dolphins up close although we didn’t get to feed any.

We were all thrilled to see the 10 wild dolphins that visited Monkey Mia that morning and three of the ten were in the feeding program. As they only feed older female dolphins and they only get a small amount of fish if they all come in at once then the feeding is all over for the day. It all depends on the dolphins and if they have better things to do than visit with tourists.  After that we all went for a swim in the freezing pool and a dip in the heated spa. Andrew and I caught up on some admin (writing this) and the kids spent the best part of the day in the spa.

We all decided to get fly nets as the flies seemed to be getting worse. A happy family in the fly nets…saves swallowing too many flies.

Family happy with new fly net purchase.

Family happy with new fly net purchase.

That night we chose to splurge on dinner in the resorts more up market restaurant. Over priced and a bit disappointing but great not to cook two nights in a row!

Out for dinner

Out for dinner

Sunset at Monkey Mia

Sunset at Monkey Mia

The next morning was ANZAC day and they held a dawn service at the resort. We decided that given we were camped only 200 metre from where the service was to be held we would wake the children and go. The sunrises and sets over the water at Monkey Mia. So we thought it would be pretty special. It was colder than expected but the dawn service was really lovely by the waters edge listening to the Canberra service. There were a number of locals from Denham, travellers, and resort staff. After the service they had a sausage sizzle for breakfast.

Meeting Tim Hargraves

Meeting Tim Hargraves

Anzac Memorial at Monkey Mia

Anzac Memorial at Monkey Mia

We met a lovely old chap wearing medals for his own service and that of his father in the British Army. Aaron was first to ask about his medals and then we got chatting about his story and how he came to live in Denham. His name was Tim Hargraves and he told us many tales about his travels as a young man he said that he travelled overland and around the world for 7 years working in any way in could and often living on a shoestring. He then told us of his good fortune to meet a beautiful woman, at a party, with whom he quickly fell in love and a few weeks later they married and for their honeymoon travelled overland from England to Australia back in 1970 in a range rover. That would be quite a trip back then. Tim had a wonderful way with words and had the children listening to every tale intently. He asked us to drop in and visit his home in Denham.

The children again went down to looks at the dolphins that came into shore for a feed. It is pretty hard to get a chance to actually feed the dolphins as there are anywhere from 80-160 people at the beach and only 5 dolphins are fed but on the second morning only when only one dolphin “Surprise” came to shore our three children and another little girl were luckily chosen to feed her one of the three fish on her quota…they were so excited and thrilled.

Looking happy with wild dolphin experience

Looking happy with wild dolphin experience

Day two getting to feed a fish to Surprise the dolphin

Day two getting to feed a fish to Surprise the dolphin

thumb_IMG_4400_1024

Dolphin coming for her fish

Dolphin coming for her fish

After the dolphin feeding we headed out to Cape Peron National Park.

2 Comments on “Monkey Mia and the Dolphins

  1. Hi, we were one of the couples camped with you at Monkey Mia. So glad to here that everything is going well. We loved our 6 weeks away. WA is just the most beautiful place. Continue to enjoy yourselves and travel safe. Hope the oil leak didn’t get any worse.

    Cheers, Gay and Stuart

    Like

    • Thanks just had the Patrol serviced in Broome and the oil leak proved to be just oil on the outside no problem so we are set for the Gibb River are now.
      Thanks McIntosh Family

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: