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Day 8 Arthur's River Mouth & a look around, Stanley

Arthur River mouth Photo, Stanley, Australia

In the morning we headed of to the mouth of Arthur River - it was overcast and blowing a gale so we were wondering if that was such a great idea or not, but it wasn't raining so we kept going. We headed out through Smithton to the blustery west coast where the mouth of the Arthur River is located.

Dale was hoping to go fishing but, unfortunately, the wind was blowing way too strongly for casting fishing lines even though a couple of locals were giving it a go - it didn't look like they were getting anything.

I could imagine that on a nicer day it would be quite a beautiful, scenic place to be. On the day we were there the weather was wild, the sea was wild and the skies were grey - it was great scenery and beautiful in a different way.

As the weather was not the best we didn't stay long but returned to Stanley for a drive around to see some other things we hadn't seen yet. Dale wanted to check out the east and west inlets - sea water inlets that are each side of the road leading to Stanley. We then found a lookout just down the road from the Highfields Historic Homestead - nice views of Stanley and The Nut.

We had lunch at the Port Cafe and Dale tried his hand at fishing at the port but it was too windy so he gave up.

For dinner we went to try our luck at a couple of restaurants but were out of luck - it was Saturday night and things were really busy, we were told that we should have booked in advance. We ended up at the take away/cafe on the corner of the road that head down to the port and had fish n chips - great food at a great price.

After dinner, at about 9:30pm, we headed down to the shore area to wait for the little penguins to come to land to feed their chicks. We got a great kick at watching two fluffy chicks that would rush out of their burrow every time an adult penguin would waddle past to get fed - they either got a peck for their effort or, if they were lucky, they might get a small snack.

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