Perth to Bussleton

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Oct 02, 2005

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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

31st May 2005.

First thing in the morning we grabbed our Amazing race hats, packed out things and headed for the campervan. The amazing race hats have a special place for us. Back in Sydney on a tuesday evening was a program called "The Amazing Race". It involved couples from the states racing around the world completing tasks in order to stay in the competition to win money. Each tuesday we would sit and watch the show and no doubt you would hear one of us saying "i've seen that" or "i've been there and they do this..". The Amazing race hats are a bit of a tribute as one couple in particular, who lost due to one blokes arrogance, wore dodgy hats. As a bit of a laugh we thought we'd carry on the tradition.

Once in the van it was off to Subiaco to pick up the fishing rods from Carol's uncle, and then back to Freemantle to get our packs and off we went. We got down to Bussleton late in the evening, and we parked up right in front of where Bussleton jetty is. We took a stroll along the jetty where lots of fisherman were around, although it didn't look as though anything was biting. We grabbed a pizza and then taught tom to play the card game spit. Needless to say he got very frustrated as he kept losing at it. It was then of to bed. The Winnebago is surprisingly spacious and comfy. We may get to like this.

1st June 2005

I awoke around 6.30 whilst everyone else was asleep. Carol and Tom had bought earplugs as I apparently snore a little. I wandered along the beach where i was greeted with a great sunrise. Eventually everyone else arose from their pit around 9am. We got some food and had a bacon sandwich then walked along the jetty. Bussleton jetty is no ordianry jetty. It stretches out 2km into the Indian ocean and right at the end is a viewing area 8m below the sea. There is also a train that runs this jetty, but sods law, it wasn't running. We were looking at a 4km round trip, but it was worth it. We passed a fisherman who had caught a banded toadfish, a wonderful little fish that blows itself up when it gets nervous. He passed it to us to have a feel of it, it was surprisingly soft even though it had litle spikes on its body, and then we popped it back into the sea. Me and Sarah went to the underwater observatory where we saw some Leatherjackets and Nudibranch amongst other underwater creatures. We wandered back to the van and made our way to Cape Naturaliste. We went with a view to try and spot some whales but there were none around. Walking back to the van though a Kangaroo jumped out at us from about a metre and proceeded to eat its way through a tree. Roo's in the wild are great. (although they do have a nasty habit of jumping in front of cars on the road.) We finished our little tour of Cape Naturaliste and head onto Yallingup to see the wicked ale brewery. Finding our way there proved a little awkward with Sarah and Carol in the front of the van, and after taking a wrong turn, Sarah decided to do a 3 point turn in a narrow road that was actually a steep hill. We rocked up to the brewery with minutes to spare and tried some of their special beers, chilli, chocolate, and citrus beers were on tap as well as some wine based drinks. We grabbed a few souvenirs then headed onto Margaret River to spend the night.
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