Day 23 has us heading to Exmouth, along the way we cross the Tropic of Capricorn, this tells us that we are level with Rockhampton on the east coast. Our first stop is Coral Bay, we had planned to stay here for a day and do some fishing, swimming and snorkelling, this changed when we drove in and the place was packed. We took the turn to Ningaloo but the road was terrible so we headed to Exmouth.
We found the Big 4 van park and booked us a site. After a drive around we found some very interesting things, as I am into radio type stuff I could not resist the amount of antennas that are around Exmouth, there is a site that was built by the US Navy and there are 13 towers, all over 300M high with wire going in every direction, I am led to believe that this is where they used to communicate with the submarines. There are also some large log periodics that are used by Air Services Australia, would have loved to been able to hook the 857 to one and say hello.
I will talk more about the antennas later when I get some more information about them.
Next morning I am woken to a soft voice asking Stacey if she is VK2BO, I hop out of bed and there is a tiny Japaneese guy standing there looking up at me. He had tracked me down using APRS and I must say I was rather blown away. He introduced himself and asked about my radios and stuff, he had a look at my set up then offered to show me his JEEP.
I thought he was staying in the same park that we were but this is not the case, so out the front we go and there is the JEEP, a 1979 model Army jeep, I thought at the time that it was a Willies, but he advised me that it was a GM. He has all millitary radios in the JEEP andhe is travelling around Australia also, he is using HF APRS and thought he would say hello, I am glad that he did.
He is heading to Perth and when he gets there he has to fly back to Japan. He returns in September to finish his trip, he asked if he could visit me when he comes through Sydney and I hope he does.
After our chance meeting we headed to a place for some snorkelling, Tourquoes Bay was the place for us beginners, but in no time Stacey had the snorkelling down pat. We put on our goggles and snorkel and head underwater to our amazment there are a few rather large fish swimming around looking back at us, then a nice size grassy sweetlip swims up and before long we are floating over the top of a couple of bommies, these reefs are loaded with fish and with the GOPRO we manage to get some underwater footage, again we are no Ben Crop, and we find out later that we need another part to the camera for better underwater stuff, we may look into this for further underwater adventures.
We had a blast floating around in the water looking at the fish, some rather large schools of fish and all the clown fish around the annenamies. This is a part of the trip that will be etched into our minds forever, and have vowed to return and do it again.
We will endevour to get some more video of the fish online soon.
We had some lunch in this beautiful part of the world before heading back to the van park.

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