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indian ocean drive TRIPS
Jurien to Geraldton
Jurien Bay, or Adrenaline Bay as it’s also
known, is the only place in WA where you
can skydive and land on the beach. Sadly,
conditions meant we weren’t able to jump, but
we enjoyed the spectacular, turquoise views
vicariously via a guy we met called Scott. He’d
jumped the previous day, and said it had always
been a must-do for him.
“Your heart is in your mouth as you jump
from 14,000 feet,” he told us. “The adrenaline
rush is electrifying – seconds seem like minutes,
then the chute opens and it’s peaceful and you
feel like a bird enjoying the spectacular views.”
We also missed out on the other activity
making people flock there – swimming with
sea lions. Jurien Bay Charter ’n Dive will take
you to swim on the shallow sea bed with the
uber-friendly creatures. Some say it’s more
fun than swimming with the whale sharks
at Ningaloo – that other big bucket-list
experience – because the sea lions are playful.
We did manage to scuba dive at a popular
site opposite the war memorial, where there’s
some amazing coral and fish. A yellow buoy
marks the spot and the dive site is only a short
walk from the beach. There are snorkel and dive
trails in the area – just ask a local. You can rent
equipment from Jurien Bay Charter ’n Dive.
Plans for a new artificial reef, and proposed reef
balls for coral to settle on, will make this even
more attractive as a diving destination.
Further down the beach the new, modern,
curved jetty looks vaguely futuristic, and is a
popular fishing spot with locals. I don’t rate my
fishing skills, but it didn’t stop me attempting
to catch a prized dhufish or a baldchin groper.
To cap off a great day we hit the beach for
some 4WD exploration. When the tide is right,
you can drive from North Head to Sandy Cape
Recreational Park on 4WD tracks, but you need
to know what you’re doing. Sandy Cape has
been popular with locals for generations. It’s
run by the Department of Environment and
Conservation and for $5 per person you can
pitch a tent or park the caravan then explore.
We had to get back for some recommended
evening fishing. The locals had things sorted
on the wind-protected beach – stove on, water
boiled, table set. We dined on crab and snapper.
After a peaceful night in this very affordable,
pristine rural retreat, we headed to neighbouring
Green Head for a morning dip. Dynamite
Bay delivered exactly what we were after: a
beautiful, almost unnaturally perfect protected
cove. There was no time for boat fishing, despite
the local fishing tackle shop owner’s attempts.
Perhaps we’ll be back; they are building a
boutique hotel right opposite this fabulous bay.
Location, location, location.
We drove past Lesueur National Park, which
locals told us would have more species of
wildflowers per square metre than the Amazon
Jungle when the season starts in June.
It took just over an hour to get to Dongara,
where we strolled down the quaint main street
under the huge old Moreton Bay Fig trees before
heading to Port Denison for a snack at the Little
Starfish cafe. It’s right by the famous South
Beach, where we saw hundreds of kite-surfers
riding the wind. This marked the official end of
the Indian Ocean Drive. Just past Dongara we
rejoined the Bland – sorry, Brand – Highway.
The most spectacular way to hit the beach
(Photography Skydive Jurien Bay).
Unique rock formations on
the beach at Sandy Cape
(Photography Andrea Gray).
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