As I write this we are currently in Albany. Still in WA, we have slowly been making our way down and around the coast. We are near the most southern spot of mainland Australia. From the tip up North, all the way down to the south. What a trip!
I have realised these posts are getting further and further apart, sometimes I wonder who actually reads this, or we don’t really do anything too exciting that needs sharing. But in the end I am writing this as a memory for us and away to look back at just some of the photos we have taken. There are so many photos, I sometimes think “What will I ever do with these?” but this little blog, no matter how few people read it will always be here for us to look back on our adventures.
We are having a great time just cruising along, since last post we have covered quite a fair distance. And I even had a quick trip back to Sydney for a few different things
1. My sisters 30th. A surprise visit 🤗
2. Help mum with packing after she sold her house and that is where my stuff was all stored as well as Mum’s birthday and
3. Meeting my little niece – this was one of the best reasons to be back in Sydney 🤗😀
From Exmouth we continued south with a stop in Carnarvon, then Wooramel river retreat, (where us and the dogs 😮 got quite close to an echidna) and Denham and Monkey Mia, Kalbarri, Geraldton and the Pink Lake and Lancelin before arriving in Perth.
Monkey Mia was on my bucket list, I remember as a child, our neighbours visited here and I have seen all the classic photos of Dolphins swimming around peoples legs before, I had always wanted to experience that. Well, things have changed slightly and I totally understand it, but it is not what I was expecting. People we met along the way, said they drove into the car park and just did a u-turn and kept driving, even though it was a must do on their list too. Now I wasn’t going to take other people’s words for it, I was going to experience it for myself and I wasn’t disappointed. While no dolphins swam around my legs, and it is all a bit commercialised, it was still a really lovely experience to be there while these wild animals were fed and to learn more about them.
We had a great moment later in the day after we had enjoyed the resort facilities, we went for a walk along the beach with the dogs – Akira was pretty excited to see Dolphins………
And I went closer to the edge as a dolphin came in, it was swimming around and thrashing about in the shallow water and all of a sudden it threw a fish up into the air. Joey wished he had his fishing rods with him, because it was a decent sized fish. If you zoom in close on the photo, you can see the fish 🐟
We enjoyed two nights at a Ranch style farm stay just outside of Kalbarri, where I went for a great horse ride one morning and saw lots of the local area.
Pink lake (Hutt Lagoon) was amazing, it was an overcast day and I didn’t think we would get a vey good view of the lake, I have seen some very processed photos of this spot and done a bit of research on best times to view it etc. While our photos are not super pink, because who has time for editing photos, I was very impressed with just how pink the lake was. There are other pink lakes around WA, maybe we will get the chance to see more in our final weeks here.
Lancellin doesn’t have too many attractions to report about, we spent a relaxing two days here, where we didn’t even unhitch the boat from the car. We just unpacked the tent and did our best to stay out of the wind and rain.
In Perth, we had another break from the tent, another AirBnb house was ours for just over two weeks this time. The first week, I flew back to Sydney and Joey enjoyed a few days fishing with a new mate, who he met at the boat ramp and got an invite out on his bigger boat. When I returned it was back to doing touristy things, Rottnest Island was a highlight. The ferry ride over was atrocious in 3m + swells and high winds. The ginger tablets had a workout that morning and it felt like it was the longest 50 minute ferry ride in the world 🤢
Getting the all important quokka selfie was fun and we had another Segway tour around parts of the island this time the tour was more of an off road 4wd tour which was fun.
We celebrated Joey’s birthday at the Casino and had another day out fishing in our boat, complete with a new floor. Joey and another mate from Perth, Dean replaced the floor of the boat that was getting a bit tired. And we comfortably fit 4 adults on board for a spot of fishing. Dean and Helen joined us for the morning and told me about Dhu fish, which apparently is one of the beast eating fish in WA waters. Guess who caught one?
Slowly, sea sickness set in for 3 out of 4 of us and the day was cut a bit short, but it certainly wasn’t a wasted day, because the fish that we caught was enjoyed by us all a few nights later. Beautifully cooked by Helen, one of our new Perth friends 😊
The next few days at Margaret River were really lovely, we explored the area and tried a few wines and ciders. We loved all the cheese, chocolate and delicious foods in the area. The beaches around the area were lovely to see too.
One night at Sid’s bush camp between Margaret river and Walpole was one of the best value camps we have stayed at. Another Gem from the app Wikki Camps, at $5 per adult per night it was a bargain. The host Mick was helpful and we met a lovely couple that gave us lots of tips for our upcoming trip across the Nullarbor. We visited the Jewel Caves as well as Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse on our way to Sid’s camp.
As I mentioned at the start, we are currently in Albany, where we have come across another lovely campsite, where we can actually leave our dogs at the site for the day 😀. We have been able to see some highlights of the national parks in the area for a change as well as a day out to the Whaling museum, and the animal park, all the while knowing our dogs were happy back at camp and they didn’t have to sit on the back of our truck. We even had two other people at the park tell us how well behaved our dogs are 😇 One permanent resident came and congratulated us on our dogs behaviour 👼
Now that we are in the southern parts of WA, we will be starting our trek back East soon………… I am not sure I am ready for this trip to end……………. #seeyouontheroad