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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance January 25th 2012

After an early start and a trying drive down through Bunbury we made it to Manjimup and unfortunately the temperature is not much cooler. The good news is that the caravan park is top shelf and has an enormous fresh water swimming pool and lush surroundings. We decided to set up the tent for a bit more of a comfortable night. Quick trip into town for supplies and a few dips in the pool had us all settled in. Rachel made a healthy dinner which was in stark contrast to a diet of pastries and donuts throughout the day. Starting to feel like a real backpacker as shopping consists of buying only things that are on special and we have even been venturing into the 'reduced to clear' stalls. If this stretches out the holiday as ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance January 24th 2012

The last two days of the house sit was spent taking it easy and getting prepared to hit the road. Once again I underestimated the time it would take to pack everything back into the van and clean the house; you tend to try and do a better job cleaning someone else's house than you would your own. The owners got back late on 24 January and they were very happy with the house and that the dogs were in good spirits. Having booked in earlier in the day we then set up the swag at the local caravan park. Tough night as it only cooled to the mid 20s. Time to move south for a few weeks to escape the incoming heat wave. The last weather report we saw read something like this: 40, 40, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance November 24th 2011

Denmark(D) to Esperance(E) (15996 km to 16517 km) CADES DIARY ESPERANCE -Walked along Tanker Jetty and saw 2 sea lions... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance November 24th 2011

Today we are leaving Esperance for a free camp destination at Mason Bay. Following the South Coast Hwy for 60 or so Klm passing through predominantly cropping country we saw herds of beef cattle and Merinos for the first time in months. We had decided to get of the main roads and head towards the coast to follow it to Mason Bay and as such we turned off at Springdale Road, a dirt road that appeared on our maps and info to head about 15 Klm towards the coast to meet another dirt road that would follow the coast. It was amazing to pass wild Kangaroo Paw, growing profusely along the roadsides and we thought about all the thousands of dollars that are spent on buying this plant and attempting to grow it in gardens in ... read more
Mason Bay
Mason Bay
Mason Bay

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance November 21st 2011

This Blog entry covers our stay in Esperance to the 22nd Nov. We came to see the 'best beaches in Australia' but first a few words on the town itself. Esperance has all the facilities that you would expect to find in a town that supports a strong community and region, car dealerships, Hardware, light and some heavy industrial enterprises as well as new big brand supermarket and numerous retail shops within a defined shopping precinct on the Esperance foreshore. We did notice that there were no 'coffee shops', but the cafes and restaurants were more than adequate to meet our needs. The retail shopping gave the distinct impression of catering to a holiday clientel much as you would find in any major beachside tourist town. Trish found a very nice little number in one of ... read more
Esperance
Esperance
Esperance

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance November 19th 2011

Leaving K.B. (Kalgoorlie-Boulder)we headed west to Coolgardie. As you will (may!) recall from the previous blog alluvial gold was found here in 1892. Coolgardie grew quickly in the next 10 years to be a town of 15,000 people, 23 hotels, 6 banks and 2 stock exchanges ! The main street was made wide enough for camel trains to turn around in & was lined with some magnificent buildings & although few remain today, of the ones that have survived, 23 have been listed on the National State Register. Walking the main street looking at these buildings we noticed many 'markers' positioned at historic sites utilising stories & photographs to recapture the gold rush days. As many of you 'older' (with respect !) Aussies will know, Coolgardie is also famous for something other than gold. As in ... read more
Coolgardie
Coolgardie
Coolgardie

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance October 13th 2011

As we have progressed with our travels, we have visited a few places we would have liked to spend more time in or visit again some time in the future, and some, which we would never go back to. We would like to revisit Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing, Exmouth and Horrocks, all north of Perth. The last four days in the south of the state produced a stand out addition to the list, Albany. Albany, on the southwest coast is stunningly beautiful with its natural harbours surrounded by hills and rocky outcrops. Albany plays an important part in Australia’s history. It was the first colony in Western Australia, was the home of the now defunct whaling industry, and was the last port before troops departed their homeland to fight overseas in the First World War. We went ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance September 24th 2011

It was sad to leave the Aylett’s place as we had a great time there. We left Perth on the 10th of September to explore the south-west. On the way we stopped at the Fremantle market where Dad and I did some busking. We didn’t make much money though as there were lots of other buskers. We had lunch with Jen’s sister and her family then headed to Wellington National park to camp for the night. We didn’t see much because we arrived there in the dark. The next day we went to visit the King Jarrah tree. It was really tall and there was a huge hole in the back. We drove some more and arrived in Gnomesville, which was a place where people have just put their gnome families in the bush. We then ... read more
Dad makes friends with the ring necked parrots at Wellington National Park
The King Jarrah Tree
Inside the King Jarrah Tree

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance September 11th 2011

Watched, wind, wavelettes and wild flowers Waves, no, rather riplettes, Swish onto white sandy shore, A hush, barely a murmor, Then receding to sea once more. Yet the sea scape intrigues, Dark blue of the channels deep, Bright turquoise in the shallows Where silica returns the suns rays. But as I dream, drinking the view, I sense dark eyes are watching. Every move noted,every thought assessed, Who is this that has entered paradise? Ah, 'tis one who loves the sea, One who loves creation's splendour, One who shoots only with lense, Recording in image the glory of life. Those eyes have reason to question, For they have witnessed man's relentless intrusion. Tall towers with rotating blades that mame, Erected to provide electric power? Who needs that? For they can fly, Yes hundreds of miles thay rove, ... read more
Esperance Bay view
Coast line west of Esperance
Coastal view

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance May 8th 2011

Day 7 A 6.30am start. Actually saw the rest stop properly in daylight and it was a great rest stop with pit toilets and bins. A pleasant change to see a clean well kept rest stop that was slightly away from the highway too. The sky looks depressing though as we headed towards Norseman. As soon I reached Norseman and within phone coverage I called Andre. He was at Ravensthorpe. That means I was only 10km further than he was to Esperance. WOW. Really felt rejuvenated now Praise the Lord. In Norseman it poured with a heavy downpour. In fact the rain will continue to follow us for days. We reached Esperance around 10am. Andre & Linda arrived first and were already at the tourist info getting the WA National Park pass and the throw net ... read more
Cape Le Grand
Lucky Bay




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