Sometimes it is easy to miss the beauty that is in right in front of us. A wonderful perspective I have gained from all the incredible places I have visited overseas is just how lucky we have it here in our backyard, Australia. I was yet to visit the West side of the country and it had been on my bucket list for sometime. I am so lucky to have Maral, my little adventure sister who puts up with my spontaneity and well enjoys it just as much, to just jump on a plane, car or train and head somewhere new at the drop of a hat.
Western Australia is huge; so we only really had time to do the more Southern end. We flew to Perth and spent a few days discovering the eclectic nature of trendy Fremantle and surrounding suburbs. Our picks in Fremantle would be Moore and Moore Café and Art Gallery, for a browse of the free artworks and yummy cakes and coffee. Bread in Common is also a great spot to check out, whether you want breaky, lunch or dinner, its all locally sourced and homemade Mmm.
On our day in Perth we drove about an hour South West and discovered a hidden little quarry. It was a beautiful walk through a canyon like formation until we finally caught a glimpse of the baby blue glimmering and still water. We had it to ourselves and it was stunning.
After driving three or so hours down the coast we made it to Yallingup and Dunsborough. This area is host to spectacular national parks and crystal blue water. The soil is red and the flora is wispy and burnt, it’s most definitely a sight to see. We sat on the beach at Eagle Bay (which we had to ourselves) and watched the sky turn red, pink, yellow, orange with a tinge of green. We listened to a bunch of classics, sipping on wine. I would say watching the sunset and sunrise along with wine is our most repetitive and enjoyed habit. We camped there the night and slowly returned to Perth via Busselton the next day.
You all need to do yourselves a favour and book your next trip to Rottnest Island. Wow, this place is something else. It inspires me how well looked after and preserved this picturesque little Island is. We caught the Rottnest Express over (only about 30 minutes from Fremantle) and we hired some bikes and snorkels and rode around the Island. There are few roads and little luxuries, its almost like travelling back in time and I absolutely loved it. They had the old train line running. Even the swamps on the Island are nothing short of breath taking. Maral and I were simply minding our own business on the beach as a little Quokka approached us. I think I actually went into shock and didn't respond for about 30 seconds, this little Aussie ball of cuteness was the most adorable and friendly wild animal I had ever seen, I instantly fell in love with little Kev. He followed us around for a little while before we moved on to the next little bay.
No matter which way you turned on Rottnest Island you would witness some sort of new beauty, whether it was the formation and colours of the beautifully preserved flora and fauna to the crystal clear seas and yes, there looked to be fun little waves too. It really was a little paradise. You can discover more at Rottnest Island WA.
We only spent a day on Rottnest Island and the next day we headed down to Denmark, which was about a five too six hours drive south. We camped at Parry Beach campsite right, which is very well looked after by volunteers who preserve the wonderful campsite. We arrived quite late so unfortunately they had no campsite available. But here is some Aussie hospitality for you, a family of WA bushys had a bit of room on their campsite and welcomed us in with open arms and even shared there open fire. They were some great entertainment, I honestly felt like I was in some cliché Australian movie, lets just say we picked up a few more phrases to add to our 100% Australian funny vocabulary list.
After watching another incredible sunrise we head along to William’s Bay. WOW! I think the pictures can speak for themselves.
We then slowly travelled to Hamelin Bay; we drank red wine and watched the sun go down over the beautiful bay. While we wished to camp there the night, we weren’t so lucky in terms of friendly Aussie hospitality, the office was shut and this one lady who was camping with her family was adamant we were not to stay on the free space next to her extravagant site so we started driving north in hope of finding somewhere else. Eventually we came to this private little campsite near the caves called Conto. This was a little blessing in disguise; this campsite was small and absolutely beautiful! Nestled right into nature. I woke up to watch the beautiful sunrise over the trees and hear the wildlife awake.
I think in our busy lives it is sometime easy to miss this simple beauty or even just take advantage of it. My best piece of advice for a sane, clear and productive mind is to emerge yourself in nature, sit back and feel everything around you and just appreciate this breath-taking world we live in. Remove distraction and consciously appreciate the simple privileges that the earth has to offer. Sunrise and sunset is a great place to start.
We then drove to Margaret River, which certainly lives up to its name. We cruised through wonderful beaches, cafes, wineries and farmland.
We then returned to Dunsborough as we could not turn down another swim in he bluest of blue waters for the second time. After spending a few hours in heaven we slowly made our way back to Perth to jump on the red eye flight (12am) back to the Gold Coast.
WA has so much to offer, we only covered a small circumference of it and well lets just say I will most definitely return!