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Western Australia Adventure

22 October 2011

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Thanks to Tourism Western Australia, I won tickets to Perth and a 7-day campervan rental to drive an itinerary I designed to discover part of the Golden Outback! So off I went to the other side of Australia with my sister for this dream holiday!

We started the trip with two nights in Fremantle, just out of Perth. A lovely area with great people, culture and old architecture. We were lucky to catch the very impressive opening show for CHOGM in Perth with great music, food and awesome fireworks!

Then it was time to start driving! First stop, Hyden. On the way, we drove through Corrigin where we stopped at the very surprising dog cemetery. The highlight of the day was definitely the Tin Horse Highway outside Kulin where farmers have created great sculptures made of tin, lots of imagination!

In the morning, we made our way to the famous Wave Rock, Hippo’s Yawn and The Humps where we saw some interesting aboriginal hand prints. All very interesting and different rock formations.

Then we drove South towards Hopetoun, our next stop. Had a first chilly swim over there, well worth it! The next morning, the sun was out and we drove to the 9 mile beach for a lovely swim on a beautiful deserted beach. On the way there, we saw dolphins swimming in the waves, an amazing sight!!! After a second swim at the 2 mile beach, it was time to drive to Esperance. Stopped in at the Gibson Soak Pub on the way for a quick beer, we’ll have to go back one day to try their renowned massive lunches!

Walked around Esperance to get the feel of the city and had some great seafood for dinner. Next morning, I went to the very original Esperance Museum, full of detailed history of the region and odd artefacts. The Skylab remains that fell from the sky were quite impressive.

Then off to the breathtaking Cape Le Grand National Park, a must to anyone who visits the region! On the way to the park as well as in it, we saw a lot of kangaroos bouncing around. It was great to have so many sealed roads, which allow you to see so much even in a campervan. There are two camping sites in the park, we chose the Lucky Bay one, which was just a 2 minute walk from the beautiful beach. We had some fun climbing the surrounding rocks to get some nice views of the bay.

The next morning, we started with a great swim, nothing better to wake you up! After breakfast, it was time to check out the rest of the park and climb Frenchman’s Peak for incredible views. We then said bye to this amazing park and started the long straight drive up to Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Did a little stop in Norseman to drive up to the Beacon Hill Lookout, where we saw the surroundings and learned a bit about the history of the region.

Walked around Kalgoorlie the next day and did a guided walk of the museum which was very interesting, we learned a lot about the history of the city and the region which is deeply linked with gold and its mining. Went up to the Super Pit Lookout in the afternoon, quite an impressive sight. Quiet evening with a nice sunset!

Last day of the road-trip, time to head back to Perth on a highway lined with colourful wildflowers. Stopped for lunch in Merredin and later had a coffee in Northam, by the lovely river where white swans were swimming! Back to the city life, we walked around Northbridge and Perth to enjoy the nice sunny afternoon. In the evening, we had our last dinner in Perth and went to sleep in Fremantle. Next morning, we explored Fremantle on foot a bit more and then it was time to drop off the campervan and fly out! What a trip, loved every minute of it, can’t wait to go back to see more of Western Australia!

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