The 4WD tour of Francois Peron National Park, conducted by Harvey from Wildsights, was by far the highlight of our trip to Monkey Mia. Because it is a full-day tour that runs from 9 am to 5 pm, we initially wondered how we could spend all that time in the same place. We needn't have worried; Harvey and the Francois Peron National Park delivered in spades. The eye-popping contrasts of colour between the orange sand, the turquoise ocean and the white sand dunes made for a stunning backdrop for pictures, and Harvey knew just the spots to bring us.
But this was not just a "photo-op" tour. More importantly, Harvey made the National Park come alive with his intimate knowledge of the land. He was constantly on the lookout for wildlife: at one point, he slammed on the brakes because he spotted an out-of-season thorny devil in the middle of the road! It was such a rare encounter at this time of the year, and we were all excited to have seen it. We also saw sharks, eagle rays, schools of fish and kangaroos, just to name a few. Where we couldn't see wildlife, he pointed out their tracks and identified bird species by their songs. His knowledge of plant species was likewise impressive. I made a cursory remark that my father liked knowing about species of native plants, and he immediately showed us a whole variety of significant native plants, explaining to us how they could be used for survival in the bush. Perhaps due to his work in conservation, he was able to give us an accurate and informative big-picture view of how the flora and fauna of the area has changed over time.
At no point in the tour did we feel rushed. We were given ample time to stop for rest and toilet breaks, to have lunch, tea, coffee, biscuits, and thoroughly appreciate our surroundings. Wildsights also provides everything you could need, like polarised sunglasses and sunscreen.
It was an incredible experience for everyone, and I highly recommend the Wildsights 4WD Francois Peron National Park tour for anyone who appreciates nature.
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