It was nice to be on the move again. We left the calm beaches of the west coast in exchange for the wild and dramatic rocky coast of the south west. What a difference 100km can make!
Geographe Bay is the final piece of coastline before turning the corner and out into this bay juts the Busselton Jetty – all 2kms. We had a great walk and then a swim. Little did we realise that this may be the last swim in WA we have without fear of being swept away by a huge surf or being eaten by White Pointers!
Our stay in Yallingup did not start well with the campground opposite the beach being closed for three days due to tree lopping. Not to worry, we found another which turned out to be much cheaper although a little run down. The beach at Yallingup was beautiful, however.
Unfortunately the weather did not behave and we had a few days of overcast and sometimes wet weather. Despite this, we had some beautiful walks along the spectacular coastline and spent time catching up with my favourite brother and sister-in-law. Do my other brothers actually read these posts?…we shall see.
The rain intensified as we moved on to Margaret River and we found a gorgeous spot to camp at Conte Campground, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park (15 minutes south of Margaret River).
The boys decided they had had enough of sharing the camper trailer with their parents and they wanted to put their Bear Grylls survival training into action. They spent the next three nights in their own tent and making their own fire. Awesome for all of us!
Our three days in the Margaret River area was a blur of cellar doors, breweries, chocolate factories, providore goods, fudge shops, nougat delicacies and coffee shops.
Thankfully the increased intake of alcohol helped dull our sense of smell and we hardly noticed our odour after three days of mud and no showers. Sam and Dylan also did well with a donation from their Nanny who thought they needed a bit more sugar in their life.
Some of the most fun was had at the chocolate factory with three tubs filled with chocolate buttons for FREE tasting. The boys spent quite a while returning to the tasting area and just helping themsleves!
The Southwest of WA has been one the highlights of trip so far. The stunning coastline, gorgeous rolling hills and fantastic produce is amazing. The famous Bibbulum Track and Cape to Cape track look amazing, but what caught our interest was the 1000km mountain bike trail starting in Mandaring, just outside of Perth. We can’t wait to return…with bikes!
Dylan – The place we camped at, Conto Campground, was the best park we have ever camped at. Lighting fires was my favourite thing. The chocolate factory was awesome because there were 3 bowls of different chocolate – white, milk and 56% dark chocolate and it was free to eat!
Sam – It was a challenge trying to light fires at our campground because it was raining and all the wood was wet. But Dylan and I really liked the challenge of having to do it oursleves. I really loved the chocolate factory because we got to eat all the chocolate we wanted, for free. Yummy. We also went to the fudge and lolly factory and there was free things to eat there as well.