Accommodation Review:  Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat, Bremer Bay
Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat Restaurant

Accommodation Review:  Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat, Bremer Bay

Qualuup Homestead Wilderness Retreat is the only accommodation in the Fitzgerald River National Park. situated on 40 acres of privately owned bushland in the western side of the National Park, near the town of Bremer Bay.  It is 189km from Albany via Devils Creek Rd. and a further

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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 on the morning of our drive from Albany to Bremer Bay 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.

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Accommodation Review: Dolphin Lodge Albany
Dolphin Lodge Albany Lounge

Accommodation Review: Dolphin Lodge Albany

Dolphin Lodge Albany provides 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 travelling with a family.  A sea suite for two is $143 pppn (£85) - we were upgraded foc. .  The property is located a stone's throw from the Fish & Chip Restaurant  that has been voted the best in Australia (for very good reason!).

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Torndirrup National Park – Being a Human Being …
Sharing a Golden Gaytime

Torndirrup National Park – Being a Human Being …

Breakfast at the Three Anchors Middleton Beach was generous and set us up well for a day's hiking, although the day started cool and damp, which took a while to clear.  A short distance out of Albany brought us to the Gap and the Natural Bridge in Torndirru

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Pemberton to Albany – It’s Time to Feel the Tingle and Walk the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk …
The Giant Tingle Tree

Pemberton to Albany – It’s Time to Feel the Tingle and Walk the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk …

It takes about 3 hours to drive straight from Pemberton to Albany, but we chose to break the journey at Walpole and visit the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk.  Walpole Visitor Centre gave us a very helpful map which helped us navigate our way there via the scenic route which gave good views of Walpole and the coast.

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d’Entrecasteaux National Park – Even Giants Grow Old
Salmon Bay Entrecasteaux National Park WA

d’Entrecasteaux National Park – Even Giants Grow Old

A short(ish) drive to the coast brought us to ​Salmon Bay in the d’Enrecasteaux National Park.  The view from the lookout is truly stunning.  From the headland, crystal clear deep blue water, rolling surf and miles of deserted, golden sand stretches out before your eyes, beckoning you to discover it at close hand. 

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Accommodation Review:  Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton
Karri Valley Resort WA - Room with a View

Accommodation Review:  Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton

The Karri Valley Resort is good place to stopover for a couple of nights in Pemberton.  There are self catering chalets and lakeside rooms.  The lakeside rooms are not overlooked - well - unless you count a duck and four parrots perched on the roof and the odd canoe paddling gently past.  You can see your neighbours a bit, but the angles are good.

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Margaret River to Pemberton – Another Great Day in WA

Time for another great day in WA!  Today, we travelled from Margaret River to Pemberton taking a short detour to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse en route.  This is where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet (although they didn’t make much of a splash in the process today).  It is the most southerly point in Australia - it is 5435 kms to the South Pole from here.

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Margaret River – Kaya Wadandi Noongar Boodja
View from White Elephant Cafe

Margaret River – Kaya Wadandi Noongar Boodja

Exploring the Margaret River Region.  Kaya Wadandi Noongar Boodja  - Aborigini for “Hallo and Welcome to Wadandi Noongar country.  This morning, we took the short drive to Ambergate Reserve and Walk Trail and walked through the bush in search of wildflowers. 

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Accommodation Review:  Cape Lodge Margaret River
Cape Lodge - The view from the excellent restaurant

Accommodation Review:  Cape Lodge Margaret River

Cape Lodge, Margaret River is a very well appointed hotel with lovely gardens big enough to take a nice stroll around.  Spacious, light and airy rooms have lake or garden views and spa baths big enough for two.

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Accommodation Review – Seashells Mandurah
Seashells Mandurah WA

Accommodation Review – Seashells Mandurah

Seashells Mandurah is a comfortable apartment style hotel with a spa bath and kitchen facilities.  There is a small infinity style swimming pool and easy access to coastal walks and the waterfront.

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Best Place to See Kangaroos in Western Australia – G’Day Skippy!
G'Day Skippy

Best Place to See Kangaroos in Western Australia – G’Day Skippy!

The road from Mandurah to Margaret River has one of the best places to see kangaroos in Western Australia - G'Day Skippy! Our journey south continued today via Dunsborough to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.  The road from the lighthouse to Ngilgi Cave passes close to the Petra Olive Oil Estate where a quick detour to Sheoak Drive rewards you with easy sightings of kangaroos.

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Perth to Mandurah – Slow down and enjoy the ride …
Mandurah

Perth to Mandurah – Slow down and enjoy the ride …

We picked up the hire car this morning to drive from Perth to Mandurah and were a bit disappointed to find it had no sat nav as we had requested.  Fortunately, our 'phone plans cover Australia, so we could plug them into Apple Play and get by on Google maps.  Perth is not a busy city by any means and was easy to navigate our way out of.  We were quickly out into the country and driving on deserted roads.  There is so much SPACE here!  It is also much greener than we expected, although the earth is deep red underneath.

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10 Tips for Driving Safely in Australia
WA Road Train

10 Tips for Driving Safely in Australia

We pick up our hire care today.  From my pre-trip research, these are my top 10 tips for driving safely in Australia  that I thought it was worth sharing with you to make sure we all have a hassle free trip:

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Rottnest Island – “I will survive”
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island – “I will survive”

We pre-booked a day trip to "Rotto" (Rottnest Island) - the family holiday playground of choice for Perth locals - with Rottnest Fast Ferries.  This car free island is an off-the-grid slice of paradise about 30kms into the sea off the coast of Perth.  The trip includes a shuttle bus collection from your hotel, which makes things really easy.

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Accommodation Review – Pan Pacific Perth
Pan Pacific Perth WA

Accommodation Review – Pan Pacific Perth

The Pan Pacific comfortable hotel well located in the centre of downtown Perth a short walking distance from the lively Elizabeth Quay area, the (free) bus to King's Park and the Swan River.

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Arrival in Perth
Perth Elizabeth Quay by night

Arrival in Perth

Arrival in Perth We left home in the UK at 10.45 on Friday morning and arrival in Perth was at 5.30 on the following Saturday afternoon losing several hours, some…

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Western Australia What I’m Reading

Western Australia What I'm Reading I always get so much more out of a big trip when I make the time to do some reading beforehand.  I also love to…

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4 Weeks in Western Australia – The Road Less Travelled
Kangaroo - Pinnacles Desert WA

4 Weeks in Western Australia – The Road Less Travelled

Another exciting road trip begins.  4 weeks in Western Australia - the road less travelled - will take us on a journey through a land which offers so much:  national parks, Aboriginal culture and the closest fringing coral reef.  We will take a month to travel over 5,300 kilometres going South from Perth through the Margaret River region and then travelling up the coast to the North as far as the Ningaloo Reef before heading back home.

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10 surprising facts about Amsterdam
Facades are fiercely protected - this one is being re-built from behind.

10 surprising facts about Amsterdam

A city full of surprises - here are 10 surprising facts about Amsterdam you might not know ...

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Accommodation Review – The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam
Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam Bedroom

Accommodation Review – The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam

The Pulitzer was a perfect choice of hotel for our short break in Amsterdam.  The Pulitzer is a comfortable hotel and ideally located right in the centre of the city.  Everywhere you want to visit is within easy walking distance.  The rooms are nicely decorated with a modern feel and every effort is made to provide you with everything you need for your stay including a shopping bag, a brolly and even a bike repair kit!

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Amsterdam Day 4 – Left wanting more …
Goodbye Amsterdam!

Amsterdam Day 4 – Left wanting more …

3 days in Amsterdam is a challenge. There is a lot to see in this city - although we saw most of the major sites and walked through every part of the city - we were both left wanting more.

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3 Days in Amsterdam Day 1

I am travelling with my daughter on this trip and we have three days to get to know Amsterdam and appreciate the best it has to offer.  I am looking forward to sharing the journey with her and seeing a new city through her eyes as much as my own.  We have based ourselves at the Pulitzer Hotel right in the centre of Amsterdam so we don't waste too much time getting from A to B (see accommodation review for more detail).  We have 3 days in Amsterdam - how best to fit everything in?

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Accommodation Review – Posada El Corcal de Liébana
Posada el Corcal de Liébana Picos de Europa

Accommodation Review – Posada El Corcal de Liébana

The Posada el Corcal de Liébana nestles beneath the beautiful Picos mountains and provides guests with the warmest of welcomes and Spanish hospitality.

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Wildflower Walking – Picos de Europa
An appropriate last photo - Forget-me-not.

Wildflower Walking – Picos de Europa

Colletts delivered a well organised wildflower walking holiday with expert guiding to ensure you could locate all the best examples of the Spring flora in the Picos de Europa.

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