SOUTH COAST HIGHWAY - EAST
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Where I stayed
Esperance Seafront Caravan Park
Read my review - 2/5 stars
Read my review - 2/5 stars
cheyne beach cravan park
JOURNEY: Albany, Two Peoples Bay, Cheyne Beach, Esperance- 580kms
WEATHER: Overcast around 20 degrees.
ACCOMMODATION: Cheyne Beach CP $30, Esperance Seafront CP $31
The weather has definitely put on a grey front for us as we leave Albany and continues such for over a week. Well, we happily appreciated fabulous weather for months in WA and especially since the winds died in the last two months, so no complaints.
Two Peoples Bay had been on our radar for some time, so we drove the 35kms to theVisitors Centre and had a chat with the DEC volunteers based here. The bay was named in the 1803 when an American whaling ship encountered a French exploration vessel in the bay. Friendly meeting obviously.
When the noisy scrub bird, thought to be extinct was discovered here in 1960 the area was pronounced a nature reserve.happily the bird has survived and increased its habitat; later on the potoroo was sighted here but remains elusive.
Despite the grim rainy weather we explored the area and visited the gorgeous Litte Beach with its blue blue ocean, white sand and colourful rocks and headlands.It is a very scenic bay!
Cheyne Beach was our intended overnight stop and we preferred not risking a try for the free camps along the way being Friday night and inclement weather. We took the Cheyne Beach Rd through the Waychinicup NP - aboriginal "emu place"- and the coastal heath was green and thick. We noticed a few banksias with flowers.
The caravan park was a bit run down but the beach was pretty.We took a walk around the area and think we heard the penetrating call of the rare scrub bird but despite waiting a while we failed to sight it! And then it was back to the caravan park and we settled into the van for a cool night.
Saturday March 12th was spent in the van on the South Coast Highway to Esperance. We stopped at Wellstead a little town with some history to eat breakfast and buy the newspaper. The day remained cool and cloudy and this made for comfortable road conditions.
Lunch stop was Ravensthorpe and we bought a pie from our favourite pie shop and sat in the dried up picnic area to have coffee and lamented the lack of maintenance in the spot. Leg stretching was next on the agenda and then back in the van to complete the journey.
We travelled around 460 kms to Esperance and our favourite Dempster St caravan park was fully booked so we made our way to the Seafront Park which was very crowded and not worth the $31 for an unpowered site.
Well, the driver was tired and keen to relax, so it was out with the red wine and newspaper and early to bed.