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Day 14 – We tour Perth and Freemantle

Day 14 – We tour Perth and FreemantlePerth, Australia Perth, Australia Todays Challenge – Carried over from day 13 – To spot the elusive Black Swan. As we rise we have a beautiful view over the city from our room and it has started to rain. It’s now half way through our trip and we head downstairs and have breakfast on Hay St before walking down to the Barrack St Jetty and board our double decker buss for a tour of the city. The rain has stopped and the sun is peeking through the clouds as we head toward Burswood Continue Reading → Day 14 – We tour Perth and Freemantle

Day 13 – Yallingup to Perth

Day 13 – Yallingup to PerthPerth, Australia Perth, Australia Day 13 – Yallingup to Perth Todays Challenge – To spot the elusive Black Swan. We leave late this morning as we only have a three and a half hour trip to Perth. There is light rain but it is clearing as we pull into Busselton to refuel. The coastline has been very pretty along this stretch of road. Just outside of Busselton we hit the freeway and a lot of traffic. It reminds us of the Sunshine Motorway. The freeway bypasses Bundbury which Rod visited some 20 years earlier when Continue Reading → Day 13 – Yallingup to Perth

Day 12 – We tour Margaret River

Day 12 – We tour Margaret RiverYallingup, Australia Yallingup, Australia Todays Challenge – To visit five of Margaret Rivers top wineries. Today is Deb’s birthday and we rise late as the wineries don’t open till 10 am. I offer Deb a champagne as we prepare to go down to the resort for breakfast. She declines saving herself for todays challenge. We order a scrumptious breakfast and do a lap of the resort on their fitness walking track to work it off. On returning to our room Deb checks for birthday wishes and already has 17 messages. She feels special! As Continue Reading → Day 12 – We tour Margaret River

Day 11 – Albany to Yallingup (Margaret River)

Day 11 – Albany to Yallingup (Margaret River)Yallingup, Australia Yallingup, Australia Todays Challenge – Not to have a challenge as we can’t think of one. We depart Albany without seeing a number of attractions we hoped to see (perhaps this may be a reason to return). As predicted the weather is stormy. We refuel and hit the highway as it begins to rain, we try to outrun it for the next two hours, The countryside starts to morph into dense red-gum forest and this part of the journey becomes a very interesting drive as we are overshadowed by giant trees. Continue Reading → Day 11 – Albany to Yallingup (Margaret River)

Day 10 – We explore Albany

Day 10 – We explore AlbanyAlbany, Australia Albany, Australia Todays Challenge – To discover Albany’s link with the ANZACs. Today we rise a little later as we are spending another day in this lovely town. We have booked a cruise on the Kalgan Queen which departs from Emu Point, crosses Oyster Bay and heads up the Kalgan River to Montgomery’s Hill Vineyard, The cruise is full of Grey Nomads but this seems to be the norm when you book a tour. On board we meet the skipper who is a real character, has a wealth of knowledge on Albany’s history Continue Reading → Day 10 – We explore Albany

Day 9 – Esperance to Albany

Day 9 – Esperance to AlbanyAlbany, Australia Albany, Australia Todays Challenge – To spot a whale. Depart Esperance at 7.00 am and refuel, Rod notes that it is still cheaper than Brisbane. We have an uneventful drive until we hit Ravensthhorpe where we spot the first cop car since Ceduna, they are pulling over a poor sucker that has exceeded the speed limit in a school zone. The town has a population of 400, they must be bored! We pass a sign the says we are entering the Fitzgerald Biosphere. What the f#&k is that? Rod suggests we might be Continue Reading → Day 9 – Esperance to Albany

Day 8 – Madura to Esperance

Day 8 – Madura to EsperanceEsperance, Australia Esperance, Australia Todays Challenge – As per the roadsigns …………. to spot a camel on the Nullarbor We depart Madura at 6 50am and refuel before we hit the road, Rod notes the cost of fuel is $2.12 per litre. We enter the longest stretch of straight road in Australia being 142km and yes this was monotonous. Stop at Balledonia for a meat pie for breakfast and refuel at a cost of $2.17 per litre. We search for their museum advertised on the roadsign but can’t find it. On the road again we Continue Reading → Day 8 – Madura to Esperance

Day 7 – Ceduna to Madura

Day 7 – Ceduna to MaduraCeduna, Australia Ceduna, Australia Today’s Challenge – To abide by the mandatory Nullarbor protocol of the one finger steering wheel wave. Depart Ceduna at 7.00am being first light. With some anticipation we are not sure what we have gotten ourselves into today. Arrive at the first town on the Nullarbor; Penong. It is big enough to justify a 60kph speed limit, but not big enough for a Chinese restaurant. Their biggest industry seems to be windmill blowing. We pass the last shop for 1,000 km. Getting windy. Sit up straighter as though this will balance Continue Reading → Day 7 – Ceduna to Madura

Day 6 – Port Lincoln to Ceduna

Day 6 – Port Lincoln to CedunaPort Lincoln, Australia Port Lincoln, Australia Today’s Challenge – To refrain from doing a full wave to passing vehicles and practice the one finger steering wheel wave before we hit the Nullarbor. We depart at 8.10am hoping to catch an oyster factory tour in Coffin Bay some 45 minutes away. Our two day break in Port Lincoln was great and we will definitely miss the fine seafood. We would recommend this place to anyone. We have a very pretty drive to Coffin Bay which is 20 minutes off the highway, it is a very Continue Reading → Day 6 – Port Lincoln to Ceduna

Day 5 – We discover Port Lincoln

Day 5 – We discover Port LincolnPort Lincoln, Australia Port Lincoln, Australia Today’s Challenge – To purchase a freshly cooked crayfish. (It’s nearing the end of the season so this will be tough) We start the day with a 45 minute walk along the Parnkalla walking trail, then we head off on a ‘Swim with the Tuna tour’, we have no intention of swimming with those suckers, but this is a must do tour if you are in Port Lincoln. The weather is immaculate and the water as smooth as glass. The tour operator fill us in on the local Continue Reading → Day 5 – We discover Port Lincoln

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