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Day 10 - Exmouth to Carnarvon (part 1)

Added: Saturday, September 11th 2021 at 2:15am by Maria
 
 
 

We checked out of our hotel just before dawn and started the long drive to Carnarvon which took a little over 6 hours with one stop along the way to get breakfast (to go) and fuel.

It was a beautiful morning and the sunrise was breath-taking!!  I took these photographs as we were driving out of town.





Our drive down to Carnarvon was on a beautiful coastal road along what is known as the Coral coast of Western Australia.



Here's a little bit of information about Carnarvon.


The stretch of road from Exmouth to Kalbarri  (approx 1100 kms) is called the Coral Coast road, with miles and miles of pristine white sandy beaches and very few coastal towns along the way.  




One of the much larger towns is Carnarvon, established back in 1883 and has grown to almost a small city within the last 30-40 years.

Ask any seasoned grey nomad about Carnarvon in Western Australia and they’re sure to rave about a beautiful town filled with mouthwatering seafood and fresh produce.




Known as the fruit bowl of Western Australia, Carnarvon is home to hundreds of plantations growing everything from bananas to mangoes, rockmelons to papayas and vegetables!!




With 1200 hectares of irrigated land near the Gascoyne River, Carnarvon grows 80 per cent of Western Australia's fruit and vegetable crops.





And if there’s one thing the locals love about Carnarvon, it’s the consistently sunny weather. In the coldest month of the year, the temperature is a warm maximum of 22 degrees and at the peak of summer it reaches 32.


And Carnarvon (like Exmouth) has a connection with the US.....did you know....

Carnarvon played an important, but little-known role in the space race.

In 1964 it was home to the largest tracking station outside mainland USA, which was key to NASA’s manned moon project.

The tracking station is now decommissioned, but its critical part in the moon landing is remembered at the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum.

 

Aerial view of the town of Carnarvon...


a pretty and modern town with beautiful tree lined streets and cafe strips...




a lovely foreshore/marina



with some nice homes....



to be continued.....

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I would make it a food tasting trip!! LOL

Actually they do have food tours right there in Carnarvon!!

Hi Maria, I loved the way the clouds looked in the sky. And the other pictures were lovely.

That town doesn't look that small. Looks like a good size city too me that is. 

Glad you had a nice trip. Bro. Doc

Carnarvon is one of the biggest country towns in Western Australia, almost but not quite a city, our cities here are HUGE!!!  But then we dont have a huge population either, the whole of Australia has less than one tenth of your population in the US.

Here in Oregon a City like mine Junction City can be 6,010 or a city can be smaller.

If it is Inc. then it is a city.

But I didn't know cities there were so huge. Bro. Doc

we have a lot of open space here in Australia, plenty of room for big cities....{#basic-laugh.gif}

Some day you might not.

We have the room in Eastern Oregon also, but no big city wants too be there. Bro. Doc

I don't remember what that red sky is supported to forecast, but it looks like of scary to me...LOL

Another town, i had never heard of, but I love the fruit connection since that is one of my favorite things to eat.

I think the red in those clouds is just a reflection of the sun shining on the red earth in the horizon.

It's a shame even NASA and the moon landing couldnt put Carnarvon on the map...lol.

In the US it means snow is coming!!!

 

I wasn't sure what it meant but I knew there was something "red sky....."  it is a saying I think, that has two parts.

"Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor's warning"

I've heard that saying, red sky in the morning usually means it will rain sometime during the day but I never figured it to be true.

Are they looking for any imigrants?  I could willingly move there tomorrow.

our country towns are always in need of more people, you will be welcomed any time....{#basic-laugh.gif}

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