The Opal Coast

By Monday, December 23, 2013 grafphoto 9 Comments

 

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Sand island in Opal Bay is often used as a romantic getaway island.

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Warm temperate water rushes in from the coast through the Opal Inlet

I guess I never imagined going to this place until I saw what it was like.   Rich red desert sands border a lush coastline bordered with inviting blue water – what is not to like.   Despite being a developers dream land deal, the Opal Coast has remained largely untouched and unspoiled by encroachment, resorts, hotels, and cruise ship traffic.   It remains a bit of coastal wilderness.   With remote sand islands, and beaches for as far as the eye can see, it is amazing this place has remained a bit of a secret for so long.

This area is rich in underground hot springs and volcanic activity that contribute to its unique geological landscape.   The coastal areas are likely to be under threat of mining for deposits of carbonate-rich flourapatite.  Silica and oxygen mix along the coastlines creating unique spherical deposits easily observed on a clear day from the air.

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Tropical greenery separates the Opal coast from the inland red desert sands.

I am not sure I will ever get to go to the Opal Coast.  If it is as appealing on the ground as it looks from the sky, it is possible I could never leave.  At least for now, I can dream.

 

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