SW Australia – Sept 2018

A 2,000kms road trip around South West Australia

From Freemantle with Samuel at the wheel and his Mum & Dad taking it all in, we took in all the main tourist attractions and some not so well known (Gnomesville with 7,000 gnomes was unexpected).
Lots of spring weather with everything from sun, wind and rain thrown at us each day.
Nine days of adventures.

Mile upon mile of fabulous National forests, a walk among the Treetops, Kangaroos, Emus, Lizards, Bird of Prey, pristine beaches at Elephant Rock, Greens Pool & Little Beach, a Whaling Station, a big climb up to a Granite Skywalk lookout, a sobering afternoon exploring our ANZAC history at the ANZAC Centre, big coastal seas & rocks at The Gap, going underground into the Mammoth Cave, two Lighthouses, a very long Jetty at Busseleton and exploring Australia’s colonial history along the way.

From Freemantle we travelled south down the inland route to Albany and then west along the southern coast before travelling north via Nannup. A day or two exploring the Margaret River area with excursions to Busselton and along the coastal highway between the Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouses before heading back north to Freemantle.

A closer look at our route around the Margaret River area and the Cape Leeuwin & Cape Naturaliste Lighthouses.

I snapped around a 1,000 photos on our tiki tour. Here’s a selection in no particular order from my collection.

Beaches

Debra wrapped up against a cold wind driving in from from Antarctica. Little Beach is a beautiful white beach in the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, 35 kilometres east of Albany. We visited this beach on a cold day with lots of showers. After sitting in the car for wee while, the rain stopped for 30 minutes and the sun came out and we were able to enjoy this fabulous beach that we had all to ourselves.

Wildlife

On a day trip east of Albany, we spotted these Pelicans on the wharf near Middleton Beach.

Spotted this beautiful bird of prey soaring high up in the thermal wind drafts at Greens Pool in William Bay National Park near Denmark. I think it is an Australian kestrel which is one of the smallest falcons.

A lizard sunning him/herself on the rocks at Greens Pool in William Bay National Park near Denmark.

Kangaroos from the bush happily grazing (uninvited) on fresh spring grass on a life style block near the town of Margaret River.

A seagull at her nest on the Bussellton Jetty feeding her chick with regurgitated food.

A bird spotted in a tree in the old township of Northcliffe.

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