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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monkey Mia, Western Australia

Monkey Mia is an unusual name. It's thought that 'monkey' might come from the old pearling days when divers kept pet monkies and Mia is Aboriginal for 'shelter'.

A recognised natural beauty and World Heritate landmark, Monkey Mia attracts visitors from all over the world. It has crystal clear water, pure white beaches and sunshine 320 days a year - a true paradise.

But people come here for one reason, to see the bottlenose dolphins up close, they've been coming here to be hand fed every day for the last forty years.

Monkey Mia isn't a place or a town, there are no shops and no houses, just the Monkey Mia Resort.

The resort provides a good choice of accommodation - units, villas, cabins, backpacker quarters and the caravan park is right on the beach.

It was a joy to see a little child with cerebral palsy being pushed to the front in his wheel chair to marvel at these beautiful creatures. Monkey Mia - a very special place.