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February 2017

Kane’s sea safari with octopuses and sea lions off Jurien Bay 1000 562 jurien

Kane’s sea safari with octopuses and sea lions off Jurien Bay

Kane Krollig lives and breathes everything to do with the sea. His house overlooks Jurien Bay and he goes to work in his boat on the sea.

“It’s a good life here in Jurien Bay with my wife and three boys and running a business which I love, I’m very grateful,” he says.

Kane grew up in Jurien Bay with his parents who ran the general store, but that was thirty years ago when there weren’t too many visitors to the town. He then took a FIFO role in the mines but in 2014 he learnt that the only fishing charter company in Jurien Bay had shut down.

“There was a company here but the chap who ran it closed the business down and moved north to Kalbarri, so I stepped in and set up Turquoise Safaris.”

“I do both fishing and sea charters. When we catch an octopus, and pull it on board, the children are just mesmerised and I love to see their enthusiasm.”

“We always spot sea lions and once we saw a four and a half metre great white shark. The youngsters are full of questions and I love answering them. It’s a great experience.”

Kane says he can’t ever imagine moving.

“Sometimes I can do one fishing trip and two nature charters back to back and it can be quite tiring, but this place is beautiful, with its sandy beaches and marine life, I feel very lucky.”

Spend some time in one of Western Australia’s most beautiful coastal towns. Just two hours drive north from Perth, Jurien Bay is the perfect weekender.

Jurien Bay’s landscape and ambience makes it a must-see stop 1000 562 jurien

Jurien Bay’s landscape and ambience makes it a must-see stop

The new jetty at Jurien Bay always seems to attract plenty of visitors. The play area just to one side of the jetty is bustling with young children and set back from this is a large information board on the fauna, flora and geology of the area.

Sue and Bob Lewis from England, who are on a six-week trip to Western Australia, are studying its contents. Sue’s old school friend Linda Clayton, who lives in Dunsborough, has brought them to Jurien Bay for a two-night stay.

“I wanted to bring them here because I knew they would like the Pinnacles, and the ambience and feel of this place,” says Linda.

“It was a good choice, I really like it here because of the bio-diversity, the nearby desert and bush. Jurien Bay itself is a sleepy town but everyone is very welcoming, they certainly know how to look after their visitors,” explains Bob.

His wife Sue adds, “Yes, the landscape is amazing along with the food and service we’ve received at cafes, it’s been outstanding!”

“What we’ve noticed here in Jurien Bay is that the pace of life is much slower, it is phenomenally less crowded than other places and for us that just means a far more relaxed holiday.”

Remember those holidays you used to take where pleasures were a lot simpler? They still exist and you only have to drive a couple of hours north to enjoy them. Take a break from the stresses of city life and visit Jurien Bay.

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