A Travellerspoint blog

Australia

Albany

On the bottom of WA

semi-overcast 19 °C

And what a lovely bottom it is!!! Albany has a population of 30,000. It is a lovely city mafe famous by shipping. Ther harbours and waterways are spectacular. The beaches have no surf but are amazing and fishing is everyones hobby or job. The temperature in summer months averages about 20 degrees max. Albany was first settled in 1826, two years before Perth. Albany boast at being the first white settlement in WA as well as having the best natural harbours in the World. There are a lot of perennial rivers, dense karri forrests, farmland and WA's most temperate climate.

Ship in the main street

Ship in the main street

Albany is 408km south-east of Perth on the stretch of the coast that looks out onto Antartica which is 7,000 km south. Usually the rain falls between April & October and it is usually only 37 inches per year.

Middleton Beach

Middleton Beach

There a lots of lookouts and great shopping in Albany.

Harbour entrance to Port

Harbour entrance to Port

Albany is a very pretty place and the people are lovely and only too happy to help a tourist.

wonderful waterways

wonderful waterways

Our old neighbours from Walpole, Vicky & John (crom Cessnock) are parked next to us again. This happens so often when you travel. The same people keep popping up now and then. It is such fun running into people you have previously met. You swap a few stories and share a few yarns. It is a little like meeting your family members again.

Nest stop will be Esperence. Not sure when....

Posted by anne.muld 16:26 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

artwork in the bush

Swarbrick art gallery in the bush. Between Walpole & Nornalup

overcast 23 °C

There are a huge amount of towns in WA that end in the letters up. There is Nornalup, Myalup, Ongerup, Manjimup, Kojonup etc etc. Add about another 200 places with "up" on the end. Apparently it derives from an Aboriginal word meaning "place of water". As WA is such a dry state, I suppose you do need to know where the water is in abundance.

While staying at Walpole Restpoint Holiday Village, neighbours, Vicky & John from Cessnock told us about the artwork in the bush. Obviously the Greenies had a little to do with this as well as a few hippies. This is where they chained themselves to the forrest to save it from being logged. Here are a few photos.

Mirror book

Mirror book

Tony looking in the mirror

Tony looking in the mirror

Messages in the leaves

Messages in the leaves

Seeds in circle

Seeds in circle

The entrance to the Artwork

The entrance to the Artwork

This is just a small portion of the discovery. It tells the story of the bush and how the Aborigines lived in harmony with the beautiful bush. It gives life to the forrest and lets us all be reminded that it is needed for our survival. There has been a great amount of money and work poured into this wonderful art exhibit and it is all free to get too. It is rather funny but the local Tourist Information doesn't inform you about it???

Posted by anne.muld 01:10 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

We're at the most southern part of WA

Walpole and Fonty's Pool.

overcast 25 °C

Last night we stayed at a beautiful, peaceful van park called "Fonty's Pools". This park is 8 km off Highway One, about 100 km north of Walpole and this is where I wanted to get to. There are vinyards, apple orchards and black truffles(very sort after by cheff's) growing in this region. It is a lovely quaint park that locals come to for weekends. Weddings are also very popular here. The original owner was Archie Fontana, was granted this area in the early 1900's. He chose this area because it had a huge natural spring so fresh water was plentiful.

Fonty's Pool

Fonty's Pool

He cemented the base and sides of the spring and this became the swimming pool for the town people. Archie migrated from Italy a young man and died about 20 years ago aged 103. The water is known as "fountain of youth". The grounds are gorgeous and you can have a camp fire every night if you wish.

beautiful grounds at Fonty's Pool.

beautiful grounds at Fonty's Pool.

After spending one night at Fonty's we moved back to Highway One as I was keen to get to Walpole as I've heard about the great suspended tree top walk on bridges 40 metres off the ground. There is a placque situated on the highest point as one the the builders died by falling asleep on the job.

Our new house in the Land of the Giant Trees

Our new house in the Land of the Giant Trees

We arrived at lunch time and headed to the "Land of the Giant Trees". The walk was excellent. Very different from the other two suspended tree top walks I've been on. The one in the Daintree had a very dense and tropical follidge and the one on the Great Ocean Drive in Victoria was also very dense and slippery. On this walk the sun can actually shine onto the ground so it wasn't at all dense on the ground.

The top of the walk 40 metres high

The top of the walk 40 metres high

The "Tringle" (This is the name of the Forrest) trees often have houses within them. I'm sure a fairy or two has lived here in the past?????You can see where the trees have survived fires and they are still standing tall and strong. I have a thing for trees and the roots of trees. I'm sure I must of been "Tinkerbell' in another life. (Actually Tinkerbell was the nickname my father use to call me). I just think this forrest is fantastic... A little on my weird side I suppose but each to their own. Tony loves birds (feathered ones) He is always saying look at the little wren or ......listen to the bird call....... I love the birds house!...

Cubby houses everywhere

Cubby houses everywhere

Highway One has became very windy, hilly and narrow. This section of it reminds Tony of going through the Buladelah mountains. We only travel about 100 km per day now as Tony says he has to concentrate too much on the road. The kangaroos are also very huge and they jump on the highway anytime. You don't see any trucks along this section, obviously too windy for them. It is still very beautiful and we are glad we chose to travel this way as there is plenty to see but of course it is a little cooler.

Posted by anne.muld 00:06 Archived in Australia Tagged coast of south wa Comments (0)

Mandurah

The place to be if you have a golden nest egg in WA

sunny 28 °C

We love Mandurah!This seems to be where a lot of "Grey Nomads" live when they go home from Broome after there five month stay at Cable Beach.
Great Cycleways

Great Cycleways

You can tell this area is booming. It reminds me of Port Douglas without the rainfall. There are moats in the backyards with a huge boat for every home, or should I say mini castle. The cycleways are everywhere and the shops are great.

Where the rich and famous live in WA when they retire.

Where the rich and famous live in WA when they retire.

We are staying at Miami Caravan Park. It is about a kilometre long with a few shops near there entrance, two abolution blocks, one at the front and one in the middle, and a lake at the very back. We are at the very back on the lake frontage with access to a bike track also. So we are so far away from the abolution block that we now use Big Bertha's loo. This is the first time we have used it on the trip. Tony read the instructions and we rung a friend and bingo. If I'd know it was so easy I would of started earlier in the trip. We have used the shower once before but we didn't bring a hose to fill the water tank up, so we have to bottle the water to refill Bertha. So no need for showers unless we are desperate. This park is only 3 star but it is probably one of the quietest and peaceful one we have every stayed in. The sites are 4 times bigger than most parks, and because this section is $35 per night and the sites near the entry are only $25 per night, not many sites are taken near us.

Tony giving Trixie a ride

Tony giving Trixie a ride

".

Tony doing "dunny duties".me doing some more exercise

me doing some more exercise

Trixie the Tricycle is out. That is why we are staying a week. (Tony won"t assemble Trixie unless we stay a week) She is in good use here. I go for a ride for an hour everyday as well as do the grocery shopping with her and fill the water bottles us and Tony even gives Trixie a ride when he dumps her "black water". I love Trixie as much as I love my treadmill at home... A bit of exercise keeps my back happy!

Best lattes judge

Best lattes judge

The cafes in Mandurah are plentiful. We are doing a latte crawl around Australia. We ride to a different cafe and have a latte. I think we have found the best latte in WA here. It is at the Miami bakehouse. Also there spinach and fetta rolls are very, very good. (We share one between us so as I only put on half the calories!)

The weather here is perfect, dry, and about 30 degrees most days. We celebrated Melbourne Cup here again. That is 2 years in a row we were in WA for the Cup. Last year we docked into Fremantle from our Cruise Ship "Rhapsody of the Sea". We stolled to the front of the van park to the local hotel and they had a wonderful Cup is on at 12.00 noon. I actually enjoyed this. So we had a great day out and Tony got a second place. I wonder where we'll be next year? Perth again??

Posted by anne.muld 16:15 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Happy Birthday to Me!!! We're in Perth

Great place to catch up with friends......

sunny 28 °C

I must admit, I love Perth, it is such a pretty capital city and a lot more organised than some of the others.

Perth is a beautiful city

Perth is a beautiful city

We decided ti stay on the southern side of Perth near Freemantle as Tony gets the wobbles taking Big Bertha through the cities. We turned on Bitching Betty (GPS) and she smoothly delivered us to our new home for the next week or so. We have 3 families to catch up with while we are here. We gave them all a ring to see when the best time is to invade them and we have a plan for a change. Very civilized.mmmmm

The Vogel Family

The Vogel Family

The first family we were able to visit was the Vogels. They use to live near us at Redhead and have been part of our "Family Group" for about 20 years. They moved to WA about five years ago, but they do pop over to visit their east coast friends about every year. They still own a home near ours, but not for long as they plan on staying in WA for at least the next 10 years. Jenny has been following Muldysmovements and also facebook and knew it was my birthday. (nothing is a secret anymore).... She had a cake for the occasion, after a delicious bar-b-que. Young Cameron made me a CD of all hís favourite songs for us to listen in the car. That should keep us awake on The Nullabor!!! I use to be able to tell the twins apart quite easily when they where young. They have changed so much. So after 10 minutes of staring at them I could still spot the difference (Mitchell has a freckle above his eye and a dimple in the chin) Hooray I can do it again = untill next time I suppose. It was great seeing Jenny and Matthew again (we did see them in February this year) We had a lovely night. Jenny gave me a bucket full of Advocados and lemons from there 40 odd trees in their backyard, but I accidently left them behind....sob sob sob. It was a lovely way of celebrating my 31st birthday......(perhaps ad a few years do that???)

Lanaye & Josh

Lanaye & Josh

On the following weekend we caught up with Lanaye and Josh (Lanaye is Tony's cousins daughter) They were recently married in June and we were suppose to come to their wedding but we were't quite ready in time. Hey but we made it now, just a few months behind. They moved over here about 4 years ago from the east coast. They have built a beautiful home about 12 months ago and have 2 puppies who like to destroy their fly screens. Josh and Lanaye took us for a day out to lunch at Cottesloe and a tourist drive to the highlights and then onto Kings Park. What a wonderful park. It is high over the city and looks over Perth & Fremantle.

View Over the old Brewery from Kings Park

View Over the old Brewery from Kings Park

In the Kings Park there is a war memorial. WA is very big on War Memorials, they do put a lot of thought into them. This one has a curved brick wall and when you wisper to the wall at one end, the person sitting at the other end of the wall can hear you very well. Even I could hear it and I'm pretty deaf. Apparetly at night the view is spectacular as the city displays coloured neon lights that change like a christmas tree.

The whispering wall

The whispering wall


YOU WOULD THINK I'D REMEMBER TO SUCK MY TUMMY IN WHEN I GET PHOTOGRAPHED???? Especially after Caroline (from work) showed me how to do the model pose!!!
Wispering War Memorial

Wispering War Memorial

We went for a walk from our camp to Freemantle and along the waters edge we saw stack of boats. Yep they really do stack there boats over here. They are for sale of in storage and there are boats stacked everywhere.

stack of boats

stack of boats

The next thing on our list was to get Big Bertha re=registered, the poor old girl is 39 years old. We had to find someone here to give her a roadworthy certificate as her birthday was coming up soon. We thought we should bath her first. (special occasion and all) so we found a van washing place and made her dimples shine. Tony reckons he has bathed her before but i WONDER???? It is a mission as she is so big and when you put money into a slot machine and you have 4 minutes to do it, it is a funny site. I man the slot machine while Tony does the workout - It should of been of Funniest Home Videos. Especially with The fremantle doctor (the gusty winds) having fun at the same time.... Well I know I'll sleep well tonight laughing at Tony getting wet and scrubbing on fast forward... hehe he. Now we have to find a place for the inspection.. Found one down the road who said come now and bring $87 with you...WHAT IT IS ONLY $30 AT HOME!!!!!! Well she didn't quite pass, they wanted more lights and lots more reflectors on the old girl.. We had to 5.00 pm to do it as well (4 HOURS) We need an auto electrician quick. They take your money first - sneaky... We found a Repco close buy and bought all the required lights and reflectors and Tony put hís auto electrician hat on, I had a nap on the bed and bingo, four hours later (in the nick of time) Big Bertha looked like a Christmas Tree. She had sparkling lights and glowing plastic reflectors on nearly every little dimple of hers!!! The girls from work had the best laugh... as they were waiting for the fax from the mechanics all day..... Shame we never take Big Bertha out at night to show off her new jewellry.......

Bertha getting her new jewellry applied

Bertha getting her new jewellry applied

Next year Big Bertha will be 40, she will probably want a better facelift.????????
At least she has a shinny new sticker on her backside saying she belongs to NSW.....
So girls marry a man with many talents as it can get you out of a pickle....

A beautiful city Perth

A beautiful city Perth

Posted by anne.muld 16:16 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

(Entries 11 - 15 of 36) Previous « Page 1 2 [3] 4 5 6 7 8 » Next