Final Leg Home
The Whales at the Nullarbor
Thursday 10th February 2005: We crossed the South Australian borders into Western Australia our home State and heading for the long drive across the arid but interesting Nullarbor Plains. The first stop for refuel was Mundrabilla, the next one was the Madura Pass, the next one was Cocklebiddy, next was Caiguna and at last Balladonia, and that was after travelling a total of 450 km approximately, when we called it a day's travelling and settled for the night at the caravan park next to the roadhouse. All these places that we stopped at are roadhouses with a caravan park attached and nothing else around other than a flat arid land, admittedly the roadhouse and the caravan park were very clean, and had a wonderful restaurant and hot showers. Friday 11th February: We left Balladonia and continued along the Eyre Highway (1) for 200 km arriving Norseman (the first town in Western Australia), about mid afternoon and checked in at the Gateway Caravan Park. Norseman population 2,000 known as the "Golden Gate to the Western State", is located at the junction of the Eyre Highway and the Great Eastern Highway. The town is clean, very hot and lacks the holiday atmosphere. Sunday 13th July: We left the dry heat of Norseman and decided to head south along the Esperence Highway to Esperence on the southern coast, and we checked in at the Seafront Top Tourist Park right on the cool waterfront, and not too far from the city centre. Esperence population 9,000 is delightfully situated on a coast that has near-perfect white sandy beaches, sky blue Southern Ocean waters and rocky headlands. The town has a lot to offer to visitors from restaurants to shopping. During our three night's stay, we toured the surrounding areas including Cape Le Grande National Park and the Windmills, and that was great.
|Fraser Range Station Entrance||Town Entrance-Norseman||Palace Hotel-Ravensthorpe||Salmon Gums Roadhouse|
|The Pier Hotel-Esperence||The Windmills-Esperence||Cape Le Grande NP-Esperence||Little Joey Cape Le Grande|
Thursday 17th February 2005
We left the delightful city of Esperence heading to Albany via the Great Southern Highway (1). Travelling for about 185 km, the first town was Ravensthorpe were we stopped for a refuel and breakfast, then after 115 km, we stopped at Jerramungup for refuel and lunch, then we continued for another 175 km, arriving at Albany late in the afternoon and checked in at the Rose Gardens Holiday Park. The park, the name says it all, clean, well organized, full of colourful rose bushes and right on Emu Beach. Albany a magic city with 16,500 people, the town has at least 50 historic buildings. The spectacular coastline is worth at least a day trip to view the Gap, Natural Bridge, the Blowholes and Jimmy Newhills harbour. Not too far east of town is Two People Bay Nature Reserve, Little Beach and Nanarup where you find the mouth of the Kalgan River. All these places are well worth a visit and should not be missed.
|The Amazing Dog Rock-Albany|
|Natural Bridge-Albany||Kalgan River Mouth-Nanarup||Little Beach-Albany||Two People Bay-Albany|
Tuesday 22nd February 2005
We left Albany travelling along the South Western Highway (1), heading to Busselton stopping for a sightseeing tour of each of the townships of: Denmark, Walpole, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Nanup arriving Busselton at about five o'clock in the afternoon and checked in at the Beachlands Holiday Park (Big 4). The park was clean as every other caravan park we've been to close to Geographe Bay but expensive as all the other Big 4 Parks. Busselton, a seaside town sitting on the shores of Geographe Bay, a bay of calm waters, long beaches and sheltered coves. The Busselton Jetty, all two kilometre of it, is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere, part of it was destroyed by cyclone Alby, but has been repaired since. Today is a major landmark, and daily train rides are conducted along its length and should not be missed. The town is clean and has many old buildings such as the Old Butter Factory, Court House and Newton House, as well as many shops, variety stores and restaurants to cater for all tastes. There many interesting places within a day trip from Busselton, such as: Meelup Beach, Dunsborough, Yalingup, Vasse, Margaret River, Cowaramup, Augusta and many wineries, producing world class wines. So I think it will be worth staying here at least a couple of weeks to be able to enjoy this place.
|Meelup Beach||Canoeing on the Denmark River||Lewin Lighthouse-Augusta||Dunsborough Town Centre|
Friday 25th February 2005 From Busselton to our home in Perth. Well good things don't last forever and so is our tour around this beautiful country, we hope you enjoyed reading about it like we enjoyed travelling it. So long...