Cervantes to Perth – On top of the World
Perth - view from the Captain Cook Cruise

Cervantes to Perth – On top of the World

It was a real pleasure to return to Perth - the sunniest of Australia’s capital cities.  We managed to book a table at C Restaurant in the Sky on St.…

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Exmouth to Carnarvon
Sal Salis WA - Snorkelling

Exmouth to Carnarvon

Our last day at Sal Salis started early as we had a 4 hour 38 minute drive ahead as we head slowly back down to Perth with a first stop…

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Coral Bay to Exmouth
Approaching Sal Salis Exmouth

Coral Bay to Exmouth

We didn’t have much time to explore Coral Bay as we were only staying one night and had a drive the next day.  I would have liked to take a…

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Monkey Mia to Ningaloo Reef
Shark Bay Aviation Scenic Flight

Monkey Mia to Ningaloo Reef

We made an early start today and took a pre-booked scenic flight with Shark Bay Aviation.  Their “bargain” flight is 40 minutes long and is a really great way to…

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Accommodation Review:  Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort WA - View from the "Garden View" Room - Ask for premium beach view!

Accommodation Review:  Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

A great beach front location with dolphin feeding three times a day on your doorstep.  The restaurant is extremely good for dinner and serves a good breakfast and coffee in…

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Polished Perth
Perth - a blend of old and new but young at heart

Polished Perth

Perth - capital of a state ten time the size of Great Britain - is as close to the nearest big city (Adelaide) as London is to Leningrad.  Perth is…

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Accommodation Review:  Hyatt Regency, Perth
#undertheatrium - Hyatt Regency Perth - complete with live piano music

Accommodation Review:  Hyatt Regency, Perth

A well located, luxurious hotel with everything you need for a comfortable stay in Perth.  The free bus to King's Park and the Elizabeth Quay area stops right outside the…

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Accommodation Review:  Quest Yelverton, Kalgoorlie
Quest Yelverton Kalgoorlie WA Bedroom

Accommodation Review:  Quest Yelverton, Kalgoorlie

A conveniently located apartment style hotel - a short walk from the Main Street in Kalgoorlie and the Tourist Information Office and Museum..  Wi fi is a reasonable speed.  There…

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Kalgoorlie to Perth – Rough and Tough
The Super Pit Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie to Perth – Rough and Tough

It is a long way from Esperance to Kalgoorlie - and an even longer road from Kalgoorlie to Perth (7 hours with one brief stop).  With hindsight, we should have…

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Bremer Bay to Esperance – Home to Australia’s Best Beaches
Kangaroos on Lucky Bay WA

Bremer Bay to Esperance – Home to Australia’s Best Beaches

The road from Bremer Bay to Esperance was long – very long – and straight.  There were hardly any vehicles on it except the odd road train (shortish) which gave you a start as it rushed past.  The road took us through interesting sounding places like Jerramingup, Munillinup and Nindilibillup.  Up means “place of” around here – I wonder what these places we were passing through were places of …?  They didn’t have enough interest to make us stop long enough to find out.  We were keen to press on to Esperance – home of Australia’s best beaches.  It took us around 4 hours in total to get here.

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Albany to Bremer Bay – “No Worries Mate!”
Kangaroos - Quaalup Homestead Fitzgerald River NP WA

Albany to Bremer Bay – “No Worries Mate!”

We woke early and enjoyed a hearty breaky (pronounced brekkie) at the Three Anchors in Alby. (Hey – this learning the lingo is a real breeze!).  A group of other early risers were lifting weights with big grins on their faces outside the cafe.  Middleton Beach has a net line set up for swimmers (large marine animals can’t pass through it, but small fish can) and there were half a dozen of them braving the cool morning to have a dip in the ocean.  They all came in to the cafe to warm themselves against the roaring log fire – standing in bare feet to sip on their flat whites and long blacks.  No-one opted for a London Fog (a very sweet coffee, apparently) – we didn’t try it either.

​It was interesting to see that a 3 bedroomed house the same as the one we were staying in was on the market for $299,000 AUD (about £165,000).  The news in WA this morning is that the euthanasia is on the brink of being approved by the WA government in response to public pressure.  Same sex marriage is definitely nowhere near getting to the statue books though.

We pulled in at a garage in Albany (Alby) and were surprised to find that our car was filled up for us – the garage is proud to declare that it is 100% locally staffed.  It’s a long time since that happened in the UK.  The drive to our next stop near Bremer Bay was about two and a half hours straight, so we took a short detour via the Stirling Range National Park, which allowed us to climb Buff Knoll and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.  The propensity to change colour through blues, reds and purples is captivating.  The Park has over 1,500 species of wildflowers with more than 100 different species of Orchids including renowned Queen of Sheba Orchids and Stirling Bells. The hike up to the Bluff Knoll (6km return 3-4 hrs) is well graded tourist track and the view from the top is spectacular.  We decided to get to the half way point (2 hours return) as we had a fair drive on gravel roads in too country ahead of us and didn’t want to risk arriving after dusk.  The path was very steep, but decorated with many pretty wildflowers – many of them white, interestingly.

Tip for Future Travellers
Many of the National Parks do not allow dogs or any other domestic animals.  They are treated with poison to deter anything that may prey on the indigenous wildlife (possums etc.).

The road passed through changing countryside as we drove past large fields of wheat en route to our next stop close to Bremer Bay.  A powder blue sky opened out before us – a sky so big you felt like you were right in the centre of the world somehow (rather than at the end of it!).  The sky was filled with whips of fluffy white clouds all around us – as if someone had spent the night tearing strips of a humungous cotton wool ball and let them go in the breeze to float away.  You just can’t do this sort of landscape justice with a single photo.  We stopped to refuel (never miss an opportunity!) at the Boxwood Hill Roadhouse – the last fuelling stop before we hit the wilderness of the Fitzgerald River National Park.  I’ve heard that Roadhouses are nicknamed a “chew and spew” here – this one didn’t serve any food though, so I suppose it wouldn’t count as one of those (unless you include mint flavoured Tim Tams, which I couldn’t resist purchasing.

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Accommodation Review: Dolphin Lodge, Albany
Dolphin Lodge WA Lounge

Accommodation Review: Dolphin Lodge, Albany

Spacious self catering accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen and a washing machine.  Our unit (No 10) had three bedrooms - more than we needed, but great if you are…

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