Days 84 to 89
30.08.2015 - 04.09.2015 18 °C
Sunday 30th Aug Day 84
After packing everything up, we left Perth at about 8.20 this morning taking the Roe Highway to the Kwinana Freeway south to Bunbury. We stopped for morning tea at a parking bay and minutes after we stopped, Glenn and Yvonne pulled in.
We continued on the Bunbury which certainly has grown since I was a lad. We drove out to the back beach and took a photo of Yvonne and Hiroe there.
WE decided to carry on and have lunch at the small village of Capel so that's what we did then just 8 km further on we pulled into a rest area in a pine forest at Ludlow where we will stay for the night.
Monday 31st Aug Day 85
We left Ludlow and drove into Busselton and had a look at the 1.8 km jetty there. The wind was blowing it was raining and it was FREEZING cold.
We visited the old court house and Police Station and goal.
There were side by side toilets in the old goal.
We continued on to Margaret River where it was still raining and cold and a little miserable to walk around. We did look a bit and had lunch before going further south through Witchcliffe then turned east at Karridale. We were going to stay overnight in a semi-freebie at Alexandra Bridge but it was too wet so we continued on the Nannup and booked into the small caravan park there. Nannup has a lot of tulips blooming in the main street gain.
Tuesday 1st Sep Day 86
It rained on and off last night we were glad to be in a caravan park, have power and the electric blanket on. We left Nannup and drove to Manjimup and as we arrived, so did the rain. On the way there, about 7 km from the junction of the Vasse Highway and Graphite Road a group of emus ran out of the scrub and into the side of our van. Thankfully not too much damage.
We drove on towards Walpole and had a brief look down at Nornalup Inlet on the way before having lunch.
We rang a caravan park in Albany and booked in for 2 nights which should give us time to dry everything out. We stopped in at William bay for a look at this marvelous beach.
Then at the lovely town of Denmark which has also had a lot of rain and the bandstand is flooded'
It's still raining and we are a bit sick of it.
Wed 2nd Sep Day 87
We had a very busy day today. First up we went to a caravan repair centre to purchase a new door handle for the van which was damaged yesterday. (Hiroe couldn't open the door) then it was up to the Light Horse Memorial from World War 1. It is a magnificent structure even though there are a lot of step to get up to it.
We then visited the pre world war 1 gun emplacements which were constructed in 1892.
The next stop was at the Albany Windfarm which supplies 80% of Albany's power. Albany has a population of 31,000.
Hiroe wanted to have a look at the local distillery which we did but the cost of the whiskey was too expensive.
We drove past the replica of the Brig Amity which bought Early settlers to Albany.
We caught up with cousin Wendy her daughter Glenda and Glenda's two children (Beth and Jim). It was good to catch up again.
Spent the remaining of the afternoon replacing the door latch on the van.
Thurs Sep 3 Day 88
Left Albany this morning and had a leisurely drive north East to Jerramangup, stopping for morning tean at Marra Bridge on the Pallinup River.
We intended stopping for the night at a rest area just outside Ravensthorpe however it as far too early so we continued on the Munglinup.
Fri Sep 4 Day 89
Left Munglinup before 8 am this morning and drove to Esperance where we visited the Rotary Lookout and took a heap of photos of the beaches and islands just off the coast. The water is an amazing colour here and very clear.
We stopped at the childrens playground where we had morning tea and looked at the harbour and the clock tower at the miniature railway station.
We then drove up to Grass Patch and took a photo of the sign at the entrance to the very small village.
On then to Salmon Gums where had lunch in the rest area provided by the community there. Then continued on to Norseman to fill the water tanks in the vans, do some food shopping for the long trip across the Nullabour and refuelled. We took a photo just out of town showing how far to Adelaide.
On then for another 80 km east to a lovely rest area at 10 Mile Rock where we have stayed for the night. We don't know when we might have internet range again so will be posting this off in a moment or so.
It is actually sunny today and warm.