Perth and the south west
Trip Start Feb 22, 2009
4Trip End May 05, 2009
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In the last month or so we have been arranging, rearranging, thinking, changing our minds, going back to square one, nearly booking then not, sorting and resorting a huge amount of travel arrangements. It all began with the simple agreement we both loved the cultures, sights and sounds different to our own (not that we haven't loved every other part of our travels you understand?), and we wanted more. From this seemingly inauspicious remark when we leave Oz we are now booked to turn right at LA not left...
Countless emails, phone calls and agency visits and we are heading to South America - we are now frantically trying to learn Spanish!
That said, it's not all work work work for us, we did manage to get some r&r in the south west. We hired a little car for two weeks (which even managed to run after Jon accidently put a spot of diesel in instead of petrol; bloody pumps are all the wrong colour! Oops!)and headed on a round trip through Bunbury, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta, Pemberton, Denmark and Albany. We, of course, have furthered our taste buds with the vin yards in the area, famous for sauv blancs, cab sauvs and chardonays. In Dunsborough there was a really cool live music event for the long weekend with food and drink, where we sat and watched the sun go down over the sea listening to some local bands. En route we passed through the Forest of Giants, probably one of the few green areas in WA, stayed at some cracking hostels and met some really nice people who even tried to help us with our Spanish! Tired of just drinking our way through the region we headed out for a bit of bush walking, it was really nice but a real eye-opener as we came across two tiger snakes on the track (we shat ourselves silly but did the right thing by freezing as we later found out they are extremely dangerous; average survival time after a bite is under 1 hour). But not all the wildlife here is as hazardous, in Flinders Bay we saw a small pod of dolphines that came up to us as we walked along the jetty, and in Hamelins Bay we had our toes nibbled by huge sting rays whilst paddling in the Southern Ocean.
On our return to Perth we have spent a few more days with Den and Nola, met with Ali's friend from work, Rachel and her partner Andrew, who took us for a bbq on the beach front where we caught up and put some of the world to rights and watched the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Whilst here we have bought two $5 body boards and tried our hand at body surfing, really good fun and we were getting the hang of it until the boards broke, but what can you expect for $5!?
Finally we have booked our Greyhound ticket up the west coast and chosen our first destination. We have a further 6 or so weeks to laze our way to Broome and then over to Brisbane, so time to lay back and take it easy for a while!