A Travellerspoint blog

April 2012

Margaret River

On our way to Margaret River we spent the day exploring Pemberton and Gloucester NP. The park is known for its Karri trees, some of the tallest in the world. Brad climbed the Bi-centennial tree, the viewing platform 60m up - slightly unnerving for both of us!
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By late afternoon we hit Happy Valley campsite, our home for the coming week about 10kms out of town near Stella Bella winery.
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One of the first things we noticed was the aftermath of the bushfires from late last year. The heat must have been so intense!
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We hired an extra kayak and headed up Margaret River itself. You can see from the ridge more burnt tree line... Would rather not talk about our fishing efforts here.
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There was lots to explore around the south west tip, one of our highlights was a day trip starting in Augusta; where the Indian and Southern oceans meet...
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... From the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse we headed to Jewel cave...
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...Then a crawl back up the coast stopping for a picnic on Hamelin Bay; shared with a pod of dolphins who looked to be joining us for a feed as well.
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We stayed in Margaret River longer than expected, what a beautiful place. Leaving we came across a curious local..
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Next stop is Perth where we plan to stay for a few weeks with Jens cousin and work with the Edmund Rice Centre in Mirrabooka

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Parry Beach

Having refilled in Albany we continued towards Denmark (yes, still in Australia) which is best described as WA's spiritual hub, the equivalent of Byron Bay. Definitely a good vibe as we drove through hoping that we'd find a campsite nearby so we could return on a day trip. Thankfully we found Parry Beach only 20 kms west, a camp amongst the trees right on the water and the best part, only $50p/w! 
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On arrival the camp was bustling with activity and we were lucky to find a spot to unhook the van. At the entry of the camp there is an array of local organic vegetables, honeys, jams and relishes - all using an honesty box system.
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It felt like we'd found the perfect place to bunker down for Easter and celebrate someone's birthday!... 
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...The lucky boy was spoilt to a sunrise breakfast,
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...a private kite session at Greens Pool,  
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...lunch in Denmark, 
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...and to top off the surprises, our good friends the Champions were there to greet us as we arrived back at camp. 
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Thanks Jen for making this such a memorable birthday. 

The Champions introduced us to another traveling family, Mickie, Hadas and their four gorgeous kids. We shared so many great times together. 
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Walking along the beach one morning we watched the netting of hundreds of Salmon. Only shame is that these beautiful fish were soon to become pet food... 
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...Well most of them - Matt picked up two salmon for $10 and with Brads help had fun preparing them for the gang. 
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Towards the end of our stay it was nice to revisit Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks on a more pleasant day. 
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This was our longest stint in one spot and we enjoyed the community vibe we shared with amazing and inspiring people; an experience we will always remember. 
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Jurassic Park

As we arrived in Esperance after our long journey over the bite, we took comfort  in the idea of a hot shower and clean running water at the local caravan park. The park was on the waterfront and the views... well not quite the postcard.
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With the inclement weather we used the time to stock up, read books and share dinners with Cactus Beach friends Guy & Steph.
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Under light cloud cover we headed to Cape Le Grande NP, Lucky Bay. Like a scene out of Jurassic Park we drove through the large gates in awe of the changed landscape...
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...This felt like a great place to base ourselves and relax for several days.
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The park claims the whitest sand in Australia, perhaps no one has told them about Jervis Bay (!) but it's definitely up there.
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The fresh water running down onto the beach attracts Wallabies and other wildlife. A popular draw card for international backpackers. 
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A theme park for adults with several bays to chose from, all offering the most spectacular views, not to mention the surfing, kiting, fishing and diving... Brad was in heaven and fish was finally a regular on the menu.  
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From Lucky Bay we cycled to Le Grand Beach. It was a nice surprise to bump into our friends from Perlubie Beach, Rob and Rhonda. Whilst Brad and Rob were diving, Jen and Rhonda climbed Frenchmans Peak. 
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One of the highlights here was meeting the Champion family (how good is their surname!) who've been on the road for 6 months. The introduction was made through their eldest of 3 boys, Jake who had developed a passion for fishing during their travels. After 50 fishing related questions and stories, dad came over to help. From there we hit it off and spent time just hanging out together. 
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After a long welcomed stay at Lucky Bay we were on the road towards Albany via Scott's inlet. We arrived late in the evening and discovered a crime scene the following morning...
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...To shake our heavy hearts we decided to spend the morning exploring the remote inlet. This was one place we could have easily stayed longer but kms under the belt won over. 
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Our next stop around Albany/Denmark needed to be a reasonable stay in order to miss the Easter school holiday rush; and to properly celebrate Brads Birthday; top of the list, Parry Beach. 

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