Travelled down south
Trip Start Nov 15, 2009
43Trip End May 02, 2010
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road and it is quite possible they would of shut the highway. We didn't have much time in Bunbury, before we left we went shopping as Alex needed a couple more t-shirts because his white ones are looking rather yellow from the suncream. NICE!
We were headed towards Margaret River to stay for a couple of nights (4-5th). On the way down we stopped at Bussleton a very nice little town, which has the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere
On the second day in Margaret River we went on a wine tour with Bushtucker Winery Tours-we had such an AMAZING day. Our tour guide Silvano was excellent and made the day really fun. The group of people of the tour were really nice a mix of Australians and Brits mostly. The wineries were really pretty and we had fun learning a little bit about how the wines were made. The most fun came from the tasting obviously!! We went to 4 wineries in all, my favourite wine came from the first. Had a lovely lunch on the tour apart from the end when Silvano brought out a widgety grub-there was no way I was going to eat that, alex was contemplating it. A girl who we have met in several hostels along way was one volunteer to eat (apparently it tasted like peanuts, certainly didn't look like one!)
pubs in Margaret River.
We left Margaret River and headed further south towards Pemberton to explore the southern forests. We went to the Karri Forest, firstly to see the Gloucester Tree. We had heard that you could climb to the top on some sort of ladder. When we arrived the ladder was essentially rods in the side on the tree and you climbed up 61m. This would never ever happen in the UK-no health and safety whatsoever!!! We are starting to think that Oz is crazy. Neither of us gave this a go. Later we went to another tree even higher at 71m called the Bicential Tree-this tree had a viewing platform half way up so we gave it a go. About 2/3 of the way up my legs went to jelly and I pooped my pants-it wasn't the height it was the fact that I felt so unsafe, no safety ropes, one slip of the foot and there would of been a long way to fall!! Alex wouldn't let me fail and told me to get my arse up the tree! After the crazy trees we went to the Beedleup falls and Big Brook Dam,which was very pretty. The hostel in Pemberton is really nice as we are in a self-contained cottage with only 8 other people.
We left Pemberton on the 7th Dec, and headed towards Albany our most southern town
on concesison rate as we didn't have enough money to pay for adult fares (scabs). We then went to the Green Pools which would of been gorgeous on a hot sunny day buts it cloudy and chilly so we didnt fancy taking a dip in the calm sea. After arriving in Albany I have discovered that I have left my travel towel in Pemberton so frustrating and cannot find the head torch so that has also gone missing. Living out of a bag is a frigging nightmare, so I spent some time sorting out my bags and making sure I know where my stuff is. New resolution: Be more careful with stuff and make sure I pack correctly!!!
The second day in Albany has been spent chiling out really. We went to the Princess Royal Fortress museum, Alex turned into a geek getting rather excited about the military guns (which were authentic and in orginal place from the second world war). Then we went to the top of Mount Clarence, which had 360 degree views of the Albany region. Had a strolled round the town
centre in the afternoon, I got to treat myself today to a new bikini
Finally we headed back to Perth on the 9th as we fly to Adelaide on the 10th. Got up very early and was on the road by 7am to get back to Perth in a decent time. We got back to Perth by lunchtime so headed to the WACA stadium (cricket ground if you don't know), as Alex wanted to see it. We did a tour round there getting to go in the players areas including chaning rooms and got to walk onto the pitch which they are preparing for a test match against the West Indies next week. After that we went back into the city to organise a trip up to Alice Springs. After much hassle mostly due to a very tempremental debit card we finally got it booked. Leave next week from Adelaide. Had a chilled out evening going to a cafe for coffee before hitting the hay early as the flight to Adelaide is at half 8 so need to leave the hostel by 6ish.