Perth - Esperance
01.08.2012 - 04.08.2012 21 °C
Well we are Perth bound once again! We had a lovely time seeing friends and having a rest day, but we need to keep covering some ground. The trip back down south isn’t anything spectacular, just a long drive, about 800kms or so, with desert style scenery. The closer you get to Perth the country side starts to become more lush and we are starting to see a lot more paddocks planted with various crops. I do love the Canola ones!
We got to Perth in time to watch Roger play indoor Soccer which was fun! Mack had a blast cheering him on, yelling out his name and doing his best to distract him! It’s always nice to break the drive by hanging out with friends
The next day we leave Perth and it’s now time to explore the south of this state! We drive to Bunbury first then along the coast to Dunsborough and down to Cowaramup and finally to Margaret River. If you head right into Dunsborough the coastline there is simply stunning! There is a caravan park/cabins right on the coast that boasts being the best waterfront view in Australia. I think when we are here next this is a spot we will be staying at! This part of the state reminds me a lot of Tasmania with the gorgeous tall trees, lush green grass, rolling hills and mountains. The weather is pretty cool and I think it would rain a fair bit here too, very Tasmania! Unfortunately the underwater observatory and jetty was closed at Busselton due to the weather Although if you’re in this town have a wander through the ArtGeo Gallery. It’s the old Court House, Police Station and Goal converted into a Gallery, pretty cool!
From about Dunsborough down to Margaret River is just littered with various wineries, cheese factories, chocolate factories, silk farms, preserves and jam makers, arts & crafts, yoghurt makers, confectionery, natural wonders, caves and so much more! I had an absolute ball along this bit! I could have spent 2 weeks here just exploring all the different places. We managed to fit in a few of the factories, the important ones like chocolate and cheese factories! This is a fantastic place to explore, and if you’re heading this way an absolute must.
We stayed at Margaret River that night, a quaint little town, although quite touristy. I would liken it to Malany and the towns up in the hills above Brisbane. Again, I could have stayed here a week!
After driving around and having a bit more of a look around Margaret River, we continue onto Albany. Another spot you could stay and explore, unfortunately we are coming to the end of our time and need to keep moving, so just an overnight stay here as well. Albany has a good feel to it and is surprisingly big with a population of about 25,000. We indulged with a dinner in town at a lovely little restaurant called York Street – Mack was extremely well behaved and a great night was enjoyed by all!!
Next on our destination hit list is Esperance….another lovely town with a great feel about it. Although it is coastal, it doesn’t have that typical beachy town feel to it. To our pleasant surprise my relatives are also here this weekend (what are the odds?!) and so we spend the night with them catching up. The next morning we head to the local place to hang for brekkie – Jetty Bar and Café – where we enjoyed a buffet breakfast! The café overlooks the ocean and you can see the ships coming into port, was a big plus for Mark. Mack had a great time playing on the lawn with some of the other kids, expelling some of that energy!
And then after a look around we are off in search of the Nullabor!! xx