What an amazing month it has been. Four weeks spent with my auntie, uncle and cousins exploring the beautiful coast line of South West Australia. If you haven’t been, it’s a must, especially with my new favourite beach EVER being there.
Our trip started with an emotional reunion at Perth airport where my Auntie Katie, Uncle Tim and little cousin Eliza were waiting to greet us. We had a few days in Fremantle, just south of Perth, before beginning our road trip with a 7 hour drive through nothing but dry looking fields to Esperance.
Lucky Bay, Esperance.
Esperance was a quiet little town with a few shops and restaurants but what you come for here are the surrounding beaches. The coastline is just spectacular with white sandy beaches and incredibly blue waters.
For all of us one of the best days was visiting Lucy Bay after climbing Frenchman’s Peak in the Cape Le Grand National Park. It’s famous for seeing kangaroos on the beach and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The kangas are there minding their own business most of the time, sometimes letting you get pretty close, but if there’s food around they’ll be straight over as we found out the second time we visited. A lovely picnic on the beach turned into kangaroos taking over our towels along with many tourists surrounding us! The far end of the bay is so quiet and peaceful and we were the only ones who had walked all the way around. Here we swam, explored and even spotted a sting ray just a few meters away from us.
Esperance was also the start of Auntie Katie and me heading off for a walk early each morning. It became a ritual throughout the holiday and my favourite time each day with a big bowl of porridge and berries to fuel us for the walk to come. Not forgetting trying to find a nice cafe along the way for a coffee of course.
Kangaroo kisses at Lucky Bay.
West Beach, Esperance.
The whole gang in Albany including Meg and Beki.
Our next stop was Albany where we stayed at Middleton Beach, a lovely town with lots of cafes and a long sandy beach. Here we said goodbye to Meg, my cousin Tom’s girlfriend, and were joined by Beki Maplethorpe, who is one of my main friends from back home. We all enjoyed exploring Albany and the surrounding area including The Gap, a man made platform over the ocean crashing into the rocks and Denmark, a pretty town with green ocean pools and a quaint little river we kayaked on.
We also enjoyed a few trips to Emu point where the water was very calm and there was a night of live music and street food. The cafes in Albany sold delicious healthy food and I took lots of ideas from them. We wondered if I could class it as ‘market research’ and put the whole trip down on expenses...
Kayaking in Denmark.
Cafe in Margaret River.
Margaret River was a couple of miles inland from the sea and we unfortunately had quite a bit of rain whilst we were there. This didn’t stop us completely from our morning walks with one morning doing 12miles, followed by yoga at the house the next morning due to showers and aching. The coastline here was very rugged with steep cliffs and huge waves where you could watch in amazement at the surfers. The town itself was lovely with cafes, restaurants, live music and shops and we spent many hours exploring. Here we also paired up and took it in turn to cook, with my cousin Eliza and I making pulled bbq jackfruit fajitas, really delicious. Jackfruit is a very versatile fruit often used as a meat substitute as it can take the place of pulled chicken or pork. If you can locate it (try Amazon or I have seen it a Doddington Hall ready prepared before) have a go at using it in a recipe.
With Australia being famous for serving great coffee, we decided to go to a coffee tasting which was really interesting, followed by a chocolate tasting which was really delicious!
Drinking a nice cup of tea at The Bakery, Margaret River.
From Margaret River we drove just under an hour to Busselton, a town famous for its jetty being the second longest in the world (1.8km). Here we enjoyed long walks on the beach, swimming in the sea and exploring the surrounding area.
A Quokka on Rottnest Island.
The final two nights together were spent back in Fremantle where we began our trip. The town is full of life with lots of shops, places to eat and amazing markets open over the weekend. It’s also right on the coast so we caught the ferry over to Rottnest Island where we spotted the cute little quokkas and also some dolphins swimming out in the bays. We walked our way around to a quiet little beach where we spent most of our afternoon.
The day my family were due to fly home my cousin Tom got picked up to go back south to Albany where he’s working for 4 months before his final year at uni. With the others flying later on, we went into Perth and explored the city. It was really sad to say bye to everyone, especially Sophie who I started my travels with. The little bit of WA we saw was so beautiful and peaceful and I definitely recommend it as a place to visit if you’re heading to this side of the world.
My plan now is to spend a week in Melbourne and then 18 nights in Tasmania before flying to New Zealand to meet Mum and Dad. If any of you have seen Mum in the past few weeks I’m sure you’ll know how excited she is! I can’t believe I’ll have gone 6 months without seeing them, there will definitely be tears at the airport.