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Burrup Peninsula and Beyond, August, 2009
Photos: Helen Breed
"A group of nine experienced paddlers from Ascot Kayak Club and Swan Canoe Club, Perth, had a leisurely six days exploring the wonders of this wilderness area by sea kayak."

More pics from the paddle in this unspoilt area. Other pics are here.

 This eastern side of Gidley Island is characterised by spectacular columnar jointing of the rocks.

Our kayaks stretched out along this unnamed, but our favourite, beach, on Dolphin Island. Where are all the paddlers? See next pic. You can just make out low lying, limestone Legendre Island on the horizon to the north.

Apart from fishing, swimming, photographing and lazing around this was a most interesting place to explore. There was a steep creek bed which led up to the heights of the island, but you'd need to be here in a cyclone to go steep creekin'.

The rounded, pale granite rocks in the foreground contrast vividly with the typical red-black Pilbara piles of ancient weathered basalt in the background.


Dolphin Island, one of our campsites. Wandering the sand and mud flats at low tide led to lots of interesting discoveries: see next pic. The foreground pile of rocks was full of ancient engravings, mainly depicting marine and animal life and figures.
This big marine snail was dug up from the intertidal sand flats by one of our group. It was about 40-50cm long. According to my research, it is Syrinx aruanus, carnivorous and nocturnal, burying into the sand in the daytime, like most gastropods. They grow to 60cm.

Minimalist style camping was the order of the day. The spinifex clumps were good for drying our paddling gear. 
 Blackhawk Bay, east coast of Gidley Island, with Flying Foam Passage in the distance. In times past this was a base for pearling luggers. There was evidence of their activities just out of this pic.



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