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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth June 11th 2016

This was my last day in Perth before my much anticipated Queensland trip and I spent the morning birding with my aunt who I was staying with before being picked up by my other aunt who I was doing the Queensland trip with. It’s a bit confusing isn’t it! Anyway, we started the morning by heading to a small lake between King’s Park and the Swan River, however the day did start particularly well with three Carnaby's Cockatoos in a tree right outside the house just as I was getting into the car. When we approached the lake we were met by quite a few darters sunning themselves right next to the path and perched on a bench. They seem to be really common all around the Perth area and I saw loads along the Swan ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth June 10th 2016

After breakfast, we headed out for a day of birding to possibly central Perth’s best and most famous birding site, Herdsman Lake. This promised to be a very good day of birding… but the weather disagreed. It was raining in the morning and continued raining as we drove to Herdsman lake. When we got there it was still raining so we parked near the visitor centre and ran in to look around. There were several live animal exhibits here and various displays about wildlife, introduced species, etc. The live animals held were King’s Skink, Motorbike Frog, Splendid Tree Frog, Oblong Turtle, Western Bluetongue, and a tank with introduced fish species. Now the thing I’m wondering about – is this a zoo? Also in the visitor centre on an upstairs floor was a bird hide looking out ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth June 9th 2016

Now having more or less adjusted to Western Australia time I was able to get up for an early morning walk in the bushland and rural housing in the local area where I was staying in Kalamunda. This started with a pair of White-cheeked Honeyeaters signing prominently in a plant with spikey leaves and yellow flowers that I have been told is called parrot brush. This plant is very popular with honeyeaters and I was able to find all four of the species that are commonly found in Perth in the clumps of these plants which are New Holland, Singing, Brown, and White-cheeked Honeyeaters. There were also quite a few Common Bronzewing Pigeons sitting on the paths as we went past. We soon left the bushland area and walked along a suburban road where, much to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth Hills June 8th 2016

he next day I got up over an hour earlier at around nine o’clock for a bit of a longer trip for birding. We headed to a slightly further away area to visit some parts around Beelu National Park. We parked in a place called Fred Jacoby Park which is an area planted with some introduced plants however despite this some slightly more unusual birds were around including Grey Currawong and Splendid Fairy-wren. We then continued further away, passing a few extremely noisy Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, and into some more natural woodland where some very cool birds started to turn up. These included several lifers such as Varied Sitella, Western Spinebill, Western Yellow Robin, and some unusual birds that I had seen in the past such as Rufous Treecreeper, Golden Whistler, and Red-capped Parrot and I ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth June 5th 2016

I left Warsaw on the afternoon of the 5th of June on an Emirates flight to Dubai. Emirates was very good as usual and I was quite lucky on my flight to have an empty seat next to me. It was my first time flying completely by myself, but I had no problems at all with anything. I had transferred through Dubai many times before and that day's transfer was uneventful. No one had any problems with a 16 year old travelling unaccompanied, though one person at the gate before boarding my second flight from Dubai to Perth asked in a questioning voice if I was by myself. I said I was and he just checked me onto the plane without wanting any evidence that I had permission from my parents or that I was being ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth May 8th 2016

Day 4 Happy Mothers Day Beraking Shelter to Mt Dale Shelter 11.6 km Today was going to be an easy one at only 11.6 km. The decision to have such a short day today was made largely due to the next shelter - Brookton, still being closed after the 2015 bushfires and Canning (the one after) having a diversion in place for prescribed burning. After a fairly wakeful night (the youngest child staying in the hut was really sick with a sore throat and fever- poor little thing) I set off late but in very good spirits after my most favourite breakfast to date (banana porridge with cinnamon and pecans). My body was feeling very good this morning- could I be getting my trail rhythm together already? Fingers crossed. I had three big highlights today: 1. ... read more
Pine Plantation
Black Cockatoo Country
Black Cockatoos

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth May 7th 2016

Day 3 Helena Shelter to Beraking Shelter via Wallegh 18.3 km Poor Meg, after a painful night we pack up early (although not the earliest- the elderly lady is already gone at 4:30!). Meg starts hobbling off at sunrise, insistent that I take more time and just catch up with her off track at the designated rendezvous point (Driver/Allen Rd). I catch her as she, Geoff and Dean are about to head off- they seem to be very well equipped - ambulance like even- without the siren and lights. They are slightly nervous that they are in a no entry area but I think they have a good case. Wave goodbye and head back onto the track which has now become very foggy. Find a perfect place for breakfast before hitting the up and down section ... read more
Morning View Toilet
A Sign
Another Pocket of Mist

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth May 6th 2016

C'est par le plus grand des hasards que nous avons rencontré Gustave (plus familièrement Gus) et Monique il y a 3 mois 1/2. Le matin de notre départ de Sapa, un groupe de retraités australiens de la région de Perth en visite au Vietnam arrivait à nôtre hôtel en compagnie de l'un de leurs prêtres et de 2 nonnes. Au petit-déjeuner, nous nous sommes retrouvés assis à la table de certains d'entre eux qui, apprenant que nous étions français, nous ont introduits à Monique et Gus. S'en sont suivis des échanges intéressants au sujet de notre voyage autour du monde, de l'Australie, de la France, et du Vietnam. Pressés par le temps, nous avons pris leur contact électronique et pris congé en promettant de leur donner des nouvelles à notre arrivée en Australie, et pourquoi pas ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth May 4th 2016

It is the night before (it actually isn't but I am now writing this all in retrospect) and I am so very excited. After some months now of planning and preparing the walk is almost upon me. I have done many day walks, 2 overnight walks and one 4 day/3 night walk on the Bibb. I have had a vague idea of "end to ending" for a couple of years but hadn't really seriously contemplated it until late 2015 when two friends told me that they were planning to do it and asked if I was interested. After a lengthy deliberation- maybe 10 seconds, I said "yep- I'm in". We looked at dates in 2016 and came up with April-May'ish, I duly told everyone I knew and a lot of random strangers, very confidently, that I ... read more
Dehydrating 101
Dehydrating 101
Bibbulmun Planner

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth April 22nd 2016

Four Nights in Perth, the luxury of a large home and Mary Walsh (Peter's Sister) going out of her way to look after us all. Meals prepared, tourist guide and assistance with the loads and loads of washing. We caught up with Cousins, Lachlan, Alistair and Cameron. All in Perth for Lachlan and Zoe's wedding. Kate is the youngest Cousin of the Dyall family. Amelia (Cameron's daughter) a second cousin. We also had a fantastic night out with old friends Leslie (Lil) and Adrian (Sancho) plus 3 great kids. Thomas complained of a painful upper molar when arriving in Perth, so it was a trip to the dentist and removal of 2 baby teeth, to make way for big teeth pushing through. His teeth perfect, just an inflamed gum. Visits to King Park, National Gallery, State ... read more
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