Just arrived back from WA after almost a week of visiting James & Emma and sightseeing, definitely not enough time, to even see the little bit of the state that I did get to see. Apparently you can fit the UK, Germany and Japan into the state of WA with room to spare, so there is plenty to go and see :)
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James and Emma showed me around Perth over the weekend, I had a walk around the city on Saturday morning whilst they went bathroom suite shopping. Perth CBD is nice, quite small, and has a nice waterfront on the river Swan, I met up with James and Emma in a pub called the Lucky Shag... named after a sea bird apparently, well whatever your interpretation of the name, it wasn't lucky for me ;)
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After a pint we headed up to Subiaco for lunch and shopping for BBQ stuff, as we had a BBQ that night, which was a good laugh, a few of James & Emmas friends came round and a fair amount of beer was drunk, except for Emma of course as it's not good for the baby.
Sunday was a bit of a lazy day, hangovers in the morning for me and James, but it was another lovely sunny day, so we headed over to Kings Park in the arvo, then it was off to Fremantle in the evening and a trip to Little Creatures brewery for dinner and a couple more beers.
- James & Emma in Kings Park
- View of the city from Kings Park lookout
Monday was another sunny day, James and I headed off to a few beaches, when I'm in Perth I've gotta see a few as it's the main thing to do over there... It's a lot quieter and everywhere seems to shut at 6pm, or all day on a Sunday. We ended up having lunch at the City Beach, which was different to what I was expecting, not a city in sight, just turquoise ocean and white sands. Then we went on to Cottesloe beach which was very busy, and finally off to Scarborough beach for a quick half.
Later that afternoon I headed off on my travels to the Margaret River region, about 250km south of Perth, lovely drive down through the countryside, but as soon as I stepped out of the car it started raining.
I stayed at a place called Yallingup, in a guest house in a winery, woo hoo! :) Margaret River is wine country, and there were heaps of wineries around there. On Tuesday I visited Cape Naturaliste lighthouse, which is at one end of Geographe Bay... Apparently some French dude discovered the places and named them after his boats. September is the start of the whale migration season, the whales are all going south for the summer, and there were a few heading past the cape, so managed to see them breaching as they went past. They were quite far away though, you could only really tell because there was a bit of a bigger splash than a normal breaker...
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Eagle Bay was next on my travels, which was another lovely beach, almost deserted, with clear blue waters and white sands.
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I ended up having lunch (late mind you :) at Yallingup Beach, which was another nice beach although with big breakers and some looneys surfing... There is a pattern emerging here, WA has some very nice beaches. The sun started to set whilst I was there, and it was quite spectacular seeing the light break through the clouds, I can imagine that there are lots of great sunsets on the west coast.
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To round off the day I headed into the nearest town, Busselton, to find some dinner, and this seems to be another thing about places around here, if I blinked I had driven through the town, and after 6pm there was pretty much nothing open, oh, except the drive-in cinema. However, Busselton has the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere (according to the sign), it's about 1800 and something meters long, and took me a good half an hour to walk to the end, at night, in the dark (as I wasn't coming back there I thought I might as well)... one side had no hand rail either :P just open ocean... there is an underwater observatory at the end of it, but it was after 6pm so it was shut ;) But everything looks very far away when you are at the end, must go back when it's light :P
Weds turned out to be a bit cold, cloudy, windy and rainy... boo, a summers day in England even... still, I managed a bit of a tour in the car, starting with Canal Rocks, which is some rock formations that have been eroded in a certain way to make canals that the sea fills up. Then it was off south to Hamelin Bay, and then onto Augusta (nope not the one in Georgia), another blink and you miss it town, and then on to Cape Leeuwin, which is the southern cape of the two capes, there was a sign up as I was driving to it for a burger place, saying that it was the last burger before antarctica :) There is another lighthouse at the end of the cape, and also a waterwheel, that was apparently used to provide the workers who were building the lighthouse with fresh water. By this time the weather was awful, the water was blowing sideways off the water wheel it was that windy. Needless to say, I didn't hang about.
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Next stop, Margaret River, for lunch before heading back up north again, stopping off at a few more places on the way, and I managed to get to a winery, Vasse Felix, and a brewery, Bush Shack Brewery, before everything shut for the night. Pity I couldn't do a proper sample as I was driving, but I did bring a bottle of Shiraz back home with me :)
So, finally made it back to Sydney today, and I'm just washing my clothes and re-packing ready for our trip to the Hawkesbury River tomorrow and the long weekend spent on a house boat. And it looks like it's gonna be warm weather too, yay!