This road trip was the celebratory vacation after finishing up 3 months work in the city of Perth. It was well deserved and the final reminder as to why we chose to stay in Perth as our city to work in.
The south west corner of Australia is vibrant, full of nature and has too many "must see" places to name. Well, technically you could name them, but for that you would have to know them, and I haven't got enough time to learn them. So this is what you get.
The highlights of a delightful drive from Perth through Margaret River, over to Denmark and back to Perth. The trip is 3 days long and could easily be stretched if you have more time on your hands.
First stop: Bussleton.
The place, like many small Aussie towns, has only one claim to fame. In this case it was a really long jetty. And yes, it was really long. People come from around the world to look at this jetty. Myself, for example, coming all the way from the US. And boy, it was worth it and has been checked off my list of life accomplishments, right under Disneyland.
Continuing on with no time wasted looking at a pier, we arrived in Margaret River for lunch at one of the many wineries. This one overlooked its vineyard, reminding me of the good ol' days, picking buckets of grapes for .85 cents each. Wow, was I glad to be on this side of the fence.
Further south, the landscape changes dramatically, with huge trees lining the roads, it's a constant reminded of a slasher horror movie with a similar theme (The Wizard of Oz.) These trees however, are very old and will ultimately lead us to Walpole and the reason we made this trip south. Let's hope they don't start throwing apples at us.
The Tree Top Walk is in my opinion, one of my top 5 most memorable Aussie nature places. I first read about it in Bill Bryson's book, Down Under, also known as In a Sunburned Country. This treetop walk is not anything I heard about from travelers or even Perth locals, in large part because there is so much other natural beauty in WA, that many just haven't made it here yet.
Southwestern Australia is a much less celebrated place. It gets little attention from backpackers and the international community. News coverage from WA is minute, at best, and usually consists of a shark attack. Even by Australian standards, Perth is way far away.
Further up the road from Walpole and the treetop walk is Elephant Rocks Beach. I hate to sound jaded, but there are just so many beaches in Australia, and WA has some of the best in the world, so to call it "just another beach" is easy when you've been here for a year. It is, however, in my opinion, another Australian beach: Relatively empty, and life threateningly beautiful.
The final stop on the tour was a completely random Dinosaur Land wildlife park. Having absolutely no knowledge of it ahead of time, we turned off the bitumen and down the rocky road to another empty parking lot in the middle of nowhere. To pay $17 AUD at the door for something we knew nothing about was a lot to ask, but it did pay off after getting past the Dino exhibit. Why? Because I am a sucker for petting zoos.
Several birds greeted us out back. I don't know what their proper names are so I will refer to them by their dominant colors: Orange, red, black, green and white.
Hello, Darling. Scratchy Scratchy. The clever words of Mr.. White, pronounced so well it makes you turn around to confirm it was a bird that said that.
In the Kangaroo area, we were greeted by four roo's, the sweetest and most attention deserving was Lucy. Lucy had one eye. Lucy was a sweetheart and knows how to push all the right buttons to get the most Roo Snacks out of our bag. It's survival of the fittest, and Lucy wins.
This trip took 2 days in a rental car, with an overnight at the Walpole Lodge. It was the prefect mix of the rural life that southern WA has to offer. Beaches, nature, and wildl-fe. You'll also notice I spelt wildlife with only one I as a shout out to Lucy.
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