Australia Trip 2008 – Western Australia

After being in Austalia alone for the past 7 days,  I will be meeting my wife in Perth for our holiday in Western Australia. I left Melbourne in the morning and arrived at Perth Domestic Airport at 11am. My wife flight will be arriving at 2pm at Perth International Airport. Not knowing that Perth International Airport is at the other side of the runway, I have to take a bus transfer from the Domestic Airport to the Internation Airport in Perth.

Waited for 2 hours in the airport for my wife flight to arrive. Took a Airport shuttle from Airport to our accomodation (AU$15/person).

We spent the night in Perth City tonight at Emperor’s Crown Lodge. The lodge is new and is very well maintained.  It’s located on a quiet street and it is 5 minute walk to Perth City Central.

For the night, we took a stroll to the city centre before heading to Perth Habour Town to check out the factory outlets.

Day 2: Perth to Albany

We rental a car from Baywater Car Rental. The location of the car rental is not too near from our accomodation. We took a 1/2 hour walk, cutting through Perth City before arriving at their office.

We hit highway 30 – Albany Highway. It is  an easy 5 hours drive to Albany. We reached Albany at around 3pm.

Travel route from Perth_to_Albany

Upon reaching Albany, we check-in into our accomodation – My Place Colonial  –  http://www.myplace.com.au. Situated in a quite street near the center of town, we felt that it is an ideal place to stay in Albany. They have a rose garden outside our bedroom, which is a pleasant surprise to us.

 

Albany
Random Shot in Albany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took the rest of the day walking around town, exploring theshops and surrounding.

For Dinner we head up to Emu Point for Fish and Chip.  We  took a short stroll along Middleton Bay.

The Squid Shack was closed and therefore we make our was back to town for dinner.  We land up in a pub called Tanglehead. They have freshly brewed beer.

 

Day 3: Exploring Albany

We started the day early at 7am to maximax the daylight. We head up to Torndirrup National Parks.

View of the National Park

Given that the day is still early, we visited Albany Wind Farm. Since this is the first time being in close proximity to a Wind Farm, we were pretty thrilled by the site and proxity to the wind farm.

 

 

 

 

Next we drop by Blowhole, THE GAP & Natural Bridge. These are natural rock formation along the coastline. Part of the attraction in Torndirrup National Park, therefore, we have to go and visit the rock fomation, though we are getting a bit bored on rock fomation.

Somewhere near the Natural Bridge
Blowhole… where??
The Gap
Coastline
A photo for the memory

Last Stop in Torndirrup National Parks is WHALEWORLD. It is an interesting museum which provided the history of Whale industry in the region.

Mary at Whale World

Hmmm… Unable to remember what we have for lunch that day…

Anyway, in the afternoon, we head up North to Strawberry Hill hoping to see some strawberries. It was not in season and therefore only manage to buy some strawberries to eat on our way back.

We have an early dinner and head back to The Squid Shack (Emu Point) for some Fish & Chip.

Dino in Perth?
Fish & Chips

Night falls at around 6pm. We head up to Mt Clarance and Mt Adelaide to catch the setting sun.

 

Day 4: Albany to Margaret River

Our Route from Albany to Margaret River

We left Albany early in the morning on day 4. Maximax the day light that Western Australia has during this period of time.
After slightly an hour drive, we are in Denmark. We stop over for breakfast at Wilson Inlet

Tranquility at Wilson Inlet

Further down from Wilson Inlet, we reached Greens Pool.
Greens Pool is a sheltered natural swimming pool of clear emerald water edged by white sand and smooth domed rocks that stop the swell from reaching the shore.
From the travel book, it many Aussies like to spend the day at Greens Pool. However, since it is still early in the morning, we were the only 2 inhabitant there.

Green Pool

We continue our journey to Walpole. We reached Walpole’s Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk and the Ancient Empire grove in mid afternoon. Interesting Forest Reserve with a tree top walk above the canopy of the 400 years giant trees.

Mary with the Giant Tree
How small I look on the tree trunk

We left Walpole and make our jouney to Margaret River, through the town of Pemberton. Did wanted to spend a night in Pemberton, however, on reaching there we changed our mind. We continue our journey to Margaret River, reaching there in late evening

Day 5: Margaret River
Today we spend the day moving around Margeret River and surround. We make our way down towards Augusta, making a stop at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

Drive towards Augusta
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse from a Distance
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
We head North, back to Margaret river visiting some to the Wineries and tourist Gallery. Spend the rest of the day in Magaret river chilling out.
Day 6: Margaret River to Perth

Left For Perth on Day 6. Making stops at various small town along our jouney back. We did our stopover at Busselton & Mandurah.

Stopover at Busselton
2km long jetty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7: Frementle

We spend the day in Frementle.

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Have lunch in a famous fish and chip cafe

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Day 8: Perth to Singapore

Spend the last day in Kings Park and Perth Surround.

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Night ends with a nice meal while absorbing the City of Perth before we head back to Singapore the next day.

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