First encounter with Dolphins
24.05.2016 - 27.05.2016 21 °C
We arrived at Cliff Head North on a beautiful fine day. There are a string of camps along the beach extending for a couple of kilometres at least. They are broken up into Cliff Head Sth, Cliff Head and yes, Cliff Head North. We had heaps of options for camping spots and found a lovely one nestled into the base of the cliff. The beach wasn’t one for swimming as recent storms had brought in tons of sea grass, feet deep in some areas. From here we visited Port Denison and Dongara on our first day. We lunched on the beach at Port Denison – Wow another beautiful location that immediately has you thinking “I could spend a lot of time here”. We drove up into Dongara, which is almost a continuation of Port Denison. A quaint little main street with the obligatory beautiful historic buildings but this time with the addition of massive MoretonBay Figs lining the street. Almost every town along our trip so far has had some unique beauty about it. These two little towns were no exception.
We came ‘home’ to find our new friends (The dog people) had arrived and camped only a couple of hundred metres further north. Lesley and Steve with their dog Maggie and Nicci and Dave with their dog Jed. (LSM & NDJ) Buddy fell for Maggie right away! They were very welcoming and we joined them in the evening around a campfire.
On our second day Megan and I were walking along the beach (AKA ploughing through the piles of sea grass) when we saw a single fin in the water about 20 metres offshore. It was joined soon after by a second smaller fin as the two dolphins surfaced. Very exciting indeed as they slowly made their way along parallel to the beach. Sometimes moving away to about 100 metres only to return closer to shore. Then it appeared that they noticed Megan running along in the shallows of the water, following their progress. They both moved to within about 5 metres of the shore right near Megan. Had a bit of a look at her while travelling along for 30-40 metres before drifting slightly further away. Fortunately they continued in this pattern all the way up past our camp so we were able to alert Rory and Sue so they could take in the excitement.