After a few kilometres driving from Denham to Monkey Mia there is a sign for the Francois Peron National Park entrance. At the beginning of the track we found a self service station where we could deflate the tyres of our 4WD to the recommended pressure. This action is not only recommended but it is necessary because the track has some sectors in which there is deep soft sand. For this reason it is clearly reported that only high clearance 4WD can enter the park while 2WD vehicles can just reach the Peron Heritage Precint where an artesian pool and a small museum showing the local fauna are present. It was June and only a few vehicles were in the all National Park. Leaving the main track a couple of kilometres after the Precint, our first stop was at Big Lagoon a place of incredible beauty. The water was turquoise in the central part of the lagoon (where it can be as deep as 5 metres) while it was transparent and almost white towards the shore. In Big Lagoon there is a campground and toilet and fishing is allowed only in the southern part of the lagoon because the area is a fishing nursery. Back in the main track we went to Gregories. The nature in the peninsula was very green due to the heavy rain, a unique condition but also a limitation in the possibility to spot the rare mammal species living in this area. The beach was white and nobody was there. The water was calm and transparent but the temperature too low for swimming. Pictures taken in the white beach dividing the turquoise sea from the red slope were amazing. Next to the beach we saw some big holes dig by kangaroos searching for water. Unfortunately we did not saw any of them even if three species (western grey kangaroo, euro and red kangaroo) live in the park. It was at Cape Peron were we saw the first animals. Using polarized glasses it was very easy to see a nervous shark (Carcharhinus cautus) swimming along the beach next to a few large black stingrays (Dasyatis thetidis). In the beach just West of the Cape there were fifteen spotted eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) swimming all together just below the surface, a cowtail stingray (Pastinachus seppe) and some small nervous sharks as well. During the drive back from Cape Peron to Gregories, the most difficult section due to the soft sand, a feral cat crossed our track. Cats, together with foxes and goats are posing a big threat to the local unique fauna. Even if the winter is not the best period to see dugongs we decided to complete the visit of the National Park with a boat cruise the following day. Departing from Monkey Mia, in 3 hour sailing along the East side of the National Park we saw many Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus), some green (Chelonia mydas) and loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). We were also very lucky to see dugongs (Dugong dugon) on the surface. For sure Cape Peron NP is a must to see in Western Australia and even if the winter season is definitively not the best period to spot animals both on the land and in the sea, it offers the unique opportunity to visit this peninsula with the feeling of being alone in the wild as pioneers.
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