Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
144Trip End Oct 06, 2013
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Our first stop was the tourist info office in Donnybrook where we asked a slightly perplexed lady as to how the town came to be named after an all-out brawl. Her answer, as if everyone should have been able to do the math, was that the original settlers of the community "were Irish of course"
Our next campervan site found us on the shores of Yallingup, reputed to be the second best surfing site in all of Australia. We did have fun placing small bets on which huge wave would bounce which hard-working surfer off of which coral reef (we met a Brazilian surfer who refused to go out because, in his words, the best waves coincided with shark feeding times and WA has had a recent spat of attacks), but the highlight was watching the off-shore show that a group of Humpback Whales was putting on. The light situation was poor and they were some distance out so my photos weren't wonderful (even with my one day of surfing in NZ, DH refused to allow me to take a board out to get a closer look), but whales sit high on DH's list of marine critters to be worshipped, so we spent a number of hours watching the show
At the other end of the scale, on DH's list of geography that must NEVER be worshipped, caves and cave systems are high on the list (especially small ones), but given that I had the car keys and the passports, she followed me into the Mammoth and Lake caves. Much to DH's delight, and in the finest tradition of a country that has banned four year olds from pumping gas, the Aussie caves have to be the safest, most accessible systems we have ever seen...as well as being some of the most spectacular. I'm sure that Amanda M will once again see phallic symbols, but both caves were gardens of stalagmites and stalactites, with pillars and fossil remains thrown in. Very special places indeed.