Blogs from Swan Valley, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Swan Valley September 15th 2015

Monday 7th September After filling up with more diesel, should have bought shares in BP, we drive just out of town and stop at Rainbow Jungle. A breeding centre for parrots from all over the world. It didn't sound that interesting to me, but when we go in it is really well set out. There are parrots from all over the world in good size averies. Many are wonderful colours and all in very good condition. It's really nice to see such lovely looking birds close up. After an hour we set off for the day. We're driving along the coast and pull in at one of the many lay bys and look at the rugged cliffs and crashing waves. The scenery has changed now and is rolling hills and some crop fields. Alongside the road ... read more
2 More parrots
3 Painted Emu Eggs
4 HMAS Sydney 11 Memorial

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Swan Valley June 6th 2012

Hello everyone, Yeah I know, I haven't been writing on the blog for a long time. Sorry! But I've got good reasons. Last time I was in Yasothon to enjoy the rocket festival. After that, I went back to Surin for 5 or 6 days to work on my blog. Surin is a lovely small town, but outside the festivals, there is not much to do here. So when I finally managed to catch up on my blog, I came back a day in Bangkok, just the time to buy some cheap clothes and I took the train to go back in Malaysia, in Penang more precisely, to spend a week with my lovely Bertrand. I've got no pictures for those few weeks, as I took some rest, enjoy time with no camera in my hand, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Swan Valley April 8th 2012

With a day of indulgence ahead of us we started the day with a healthy trip to the gym, but the good work was quickly countered with a bacon and egg roll for breakfast - although we thought this would lay good foundations for the day of wine tasting ahead. We walked to the train station in Perth where we met our bus that would transport us around the wineries, and Phil the driver. The first winery stop was at Ambrook wines at 10.30am, but with our bacon rolls behind us we were all ready to jump straight into the wine tasting. We tried 6 of the wines at Ambrook, which is a very small winery which only sells its wines from the cellar door. It turns out we were too efficient with our ... read more
Barrels of wine
Will sneaking an extra glass
Houghton Valley

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Swan Valley July 24th 2011

On the 21st. of August the Western Australians taking part in the Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre organised to raise funds and awareness of depression by The Red Dog Foundation, will require us to ride in excess of 3,600 Kilometres over six days. Once the group has broken up in Alice Springs my ride on to Sydney, south to Melbourne then back home to Perth will become a lot more leisurely with no set time table. If the weather is not suitable for riding I'll just sit tight until fine weather returns. While in the Red Centre I will be climbing Uluru, something I have always wanted the chance to do. From there I will be riding to Broken Hill spending a few days sight seeing before heading east toward Sydney. Riding through Bathurst, ... read more
Full Itinerary

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Swan Valley June 22nd 2011

After 2 months travelling it is good to get home to recover from jetlag and to review what seems in retrospect a dream. Here is what I learned: It is good to have a bucket list and it is even better to pursue it. What is the point in vegetating in front of TV or in a job you do not enjoy? The sounds that stick in my memory are: The Painted Reed Frogs that call like windchimes in the night along the riverbanks in Maun Botswana in the Otavanga. The Hippos snorting at night in the hippo grass. What a sound to fall asleep to. The nocturnal shunting of trains that woke me in Siberia. The dogs that barked around the transportable accomodation in Maun when the moon was full and the Jackals and Hyenas ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Swan Valley April 19th 2011

What does 4.8kg of luggage look like? The case is a 2.2Kg Samsonite case. Lots of the gear is high altitude fast drying and v light. It's all about layers when it gets cold. Please note I have no room for gifts going out or coming back unless you want to get me a Rolex watch. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Swan Valley November 30th 2010

Hi all Wed 9th Nov. We left Geraldton for Dongara, after a very relaxing time. We enjoyed our daily walks and time spent reading and playing Backgammon. We had a nice afternoon at the Greenough Pioneer Cottage, about 20km south, where a lot of the local history is documented. The weather remained very pleasant, averaging 13 to 28deg each day. We spent two nights at Dongara (famous for its Rock Lobsters) on the way, in a lovely small caravan park where we met some mad poms. Two of them, from Bristol, were on a three month holiday travelling in a campervan. The others were originally from Preston but and now live in Perth. We had two great evenings with them, laughing and joking around, telling corny jokes. Believe it or not, we actually had rain on ... read more
Geraldton Rock Pool
Smelly Seaweed
Sandy Cape

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Swan Valley August 26th 2010

Feral Brewing Company Swan Valley, Perth, Australia Aug 26, 2010... read more
The 3 Musketeers

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Swan Valley August 25th 2010

Fish Tail Wines Swan Valley (Perth), Australia Aug 25, 2010... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Swan Valley August 24th 2010

Black Swan Winery Swan Valley, Perth, Australia Aug 24, 2010... read more
In the Back

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