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Monkey Mia...worth the trip????       started by Rob+Tina on 03 Jan 2010   (22404)
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From Rob+Tina

03 Jan 2010 9:52 PM
(107000)
Hi Aussiemovers! Has anyone been to Monkey Mia? was it worth the drive up from Perth? we are thinking of staying for two nights in the Resort...did you see the dolphins? Would appreciate any comments... Many thanks Rob and Tina (flying out in March 10 for 3 weeks holiday)....
From Kieren

To Rob+Tina

03 Jan 2010 11:11 PM
(107002)
Quite simply....YES! KIEREN
From Rob+Tina

To Kieren

03 Jan 2010 11:21 PM
(107003)
Thanks Kieran! that probably answers my question!...could I ask tho. did you drive? how long was the drive? we are thinking of stopping over in Geraldton for one nights rest!! Tina
From Kieren

To Rob+Tina

03 Jan 2010 11:33 PM
(107004)
Drive is approx 9.5 hours from Perth northern suburbs. If you can manage the bit of extra driving, I'd recommend a stop at Kalbarri over Geraldton. Though Geradlton is probably more 'civilized' TBH! Kalbarrie would defo be a recommended visiting point/driving break if nothing else. Depends on what you want/like really!! Check availability online though for places to stay that time of year. KIEREN
From me2you

To Rob+Tina

03 Jan 2010 11:42 PM
(107005)
monkey mia is certainly very beautiful and as memory serves me, it took us about 10 hours to drive there from perth. a word of caution if you have young children though - they have stopped letting everyone pile into the water when the dolphins are there and basically we had to line up on the beach and about half a dozen people were hand picked to go in to the water with them - so if your kid is not picked, it is potentially a tantrum inducing incident!! we steyed in the garden villas which are a bit dated now but overall we had a great time there.
From Rob+Tina

To me2you

04 Jan 2010 12:07 AM
(107006)
Thank you soo much for the reply...very useful! did you also manage to go to Nigaloo Reef on your travels?
From Marshy

To Rob+Tina

04 Jan 2010 1:33 AM
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Personally I would say it isn't worth the trip if you are only here 3 weeks. If you want to get up close and personal with dolphins then there are plenty of trips out of Mandurah and Rockingham where you can actually get in and snorkel with them. Ningaloo Reef is awesome and we spend every Easter holiday at Coral Bay. I would recommend that hands down over Monkey Mia but that is just my opinion.
From adamcat

To Marshy

04 Jan 2010 3:13 AM
(107009)
I would second that and say it isn`t worth the trip. Monkey Mia is too isolated, it`s just a small resort lacking in facilities, and there are crowds of people there trying to see the dolphins.....We stayed in a dorm room and it was a bit noisy at times..... we stayed at Geraldton and Kalbarri on the journey, and Kalbarri is highly recommended as a top place to stay and enjoy.
From Rob+Tina

To Marshy

04 Jan 2010 7:23 AM
(107013)
Thanks for that...Mandurah and Rockingham are a lot closer too!! we will look into the places you suggest!
From jillandsi

To Rob+Tina

05 Jan 2010 12:38 AM
(107025)
Hi, we've been to Monkey Mia and Bunbury. Monkey Mia was great, we hired a motorhome and stopped at Drummond Cove holiday park (just outside of Geraldton, had tea in Geraldton) on the way up and the way back, recommended as it was clean and quiet. We stopped at the Pinnacles and Shell Beach on the way up and should have stopped at Kalbarri National Park on the way down but didn't. Monkey Mia was lovely, busier than it used to be but still peaceful. It has other activities as well as the dolphins, we were lucky and the children got picked to feed the dolphins but many didn't, they only give them 3/4 fish each feeding time however they feed them up to 3 times a day so there are other opportunities for a go. It was a very long drive but I'm glad we did it, however I wouldn't choose to spend the best part of a week of my holiday/rekkie going. Bunbury was also great but different. As they don't feed them, there is less chance of them coming into the beach. We paid to go out on the boat, my husband and girls got in the water but I stayed on the boat. The boat lasted about a couple of hours, we had a few people from the sanctuary telling us all about the different dolphins, who's had babies etc. The boat took us to all the different spots that the dolphins were, we saw lots and we had a fabulous time shooting along in the boat with the dolphins swimming and leaping alongside us. We saw a few fairly new babies and for a time they were playing and jumping out of the water, which even the sanctuary guys said was an unbelievable event as normally the mothers would not allow it. My youngest had sponsored one of the dolphins whilst in the UK and was delighted when she turned up and swam alongside us. We eventually anchored and everybody got in the water, holding onto a rope and a sanctuary guy if needed. Their belief is that they do not go to the dolphins but stop near them and allow them to come over, unfortunately they didn't want to that day as there was good feeding to be had and they had to bulk up for the winter. Despite that I would say that (dolphin-wise) we had more fun on that trip than the Monkey Mia one. Sorry for the long post, hope this helps and that you have a fab time in Perth. Jillian
From Rob+Tina

To jillandsi

05 Jan 2010 1:10 AM
(107026)
Many thanks Jillian! its looks like Monkey Mia could take a back seat! we will look more into Bunbury as you say... Where abouts in Perth do you live? my mum lives in Stoneville and my sister in Kalamunda! we were hoping to come out last year to stay for a few years...but could not sell the house! Regards Tina & Rob xx
From jillandsi

To Rob+Tina

05 Jan 2010 11:01 PM
(107033)
Hi, we're in Duncraig, north of the river. We came out for good March 09 after taking a 65,000 pound drop on the house just to sell it, it was a bit of a blow to the finances as you can imagine. Jillian
From Rob+Tina

To jillandsi

06 Jan 2010 12:38 AM
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blimey...yes
From jillandsi

To Rob+Tina

18 Jan 2010 8:35 PM
(107240)
Hi, Sorry I didn't reply earlier, missed your post on the thread and have just seen the notification on my e-mail. We were coming out for good so didn't want the hassle of retaining a rental property, it would've taken too long to wait for the prices to go back up so we just decided to go for it. Luckily we're just about young enough to start again regarding the money. We really like Duncraig, we're in South Duncraig which is really handy for two lots of local shops, Carine Open space, beaches and the city. The local schools are well thought of, we have two girls age 8 and 10. My husband was a plumber but now works offshore, I came out as a child-care co-ordinator but I am currently a housewife. Jillian