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  • 10 Days in South Western Australia

    Posted by vicki snook January 17, 2014 - 2,708 views - 1 comment - 1 like - #beach  #wine  #south west australia  #perth  #Fremantle  #margaret rivers 

    Perth > Perth Hills > Margaret River Region > Busselton > Fremantle > Perth

     

     

    In 2011 my husband and I set off on our Australian adventures with a grand flight from London Heathrow to Singapore, you’ll find that most flights to Perth have a stop off in Dubai but for some reason we were headed for the buzzing sovereign city state of South East Asia. We decided to make the most of this stop off and stayed the night to break up the journey, great idea to see somewhere completely different if you are able to do so.

     

     

    Days 1-3

    We arrived in Perth to the delight and open arms of my long time best friend, she has lived in Australia for 30 years and this is the first time we have made the trip over to visit her, usually she comes to see us but this time we are the travellers and very excited! We’re staying here for a few days to get over the jetlag and acclimatise to our new surroundings.

     

    Our first day in Perth was very laid back with casual city strolls and much needed catch ups.
    Next on our agenda was a picturesque west coast drive that took us to the popular Hillary’s Boat Harbour. This is an ideal spot for half a day or a whole day out, the coffee shops are great and you can relax by the harbour in the sunshine admiring the impressive array of boats.

     

    Whilst in Perth we visited Mundaring in the Perth Hills area which is roughly 34km east of Perth. We saw the famous Mundaring Weir and the Mundaring to Kalgoorlie pipeline which has been piping water to the local towns since its inception in the late 1800’s.
    We stopped off at the well-known Mundaring Weir Hotel which hosts live music concerts and has a great lively atmosphere. It was a Sunday that we visited and there were noticeably a lot of bikers and classic cars in the parking lot.

     

    Our third day in Perth was spent in the lovely seaside town of Mandurah where we took a boat trip down the Mandurah estuary spotting dolphins and admiring the views. If you’re able to visit I recommend the fish and chips available at the Quay and to find a nice relaxing spot under the shade of the trees for lunch.

     

     

    Days 4-6

    We set off on our own adventures for a few days and hired a car to drive SW of Perth to Margaret Rivers. Famous for surf competitions and vibrant wine regions, Margaret Rivers is a must see if you are staying in SW Australia. Find accommodation by the sea if you can as there is always something going on at the water’s edge.  We stayed in Gnarabup and loved every minute, our accommodation was in and amongst the trees with breath-taking ocean views. I’ll never forget the beautiful beaches and star peppered night sky.

     

    Whilst in the Margaret River region we had a half day wine tour which also took in a cheese and a chocolate factory! The half day was just right for us but you can also find whole day tours or even longer to enjoy the local wines.

     

    We took a scenic drive along Cave road admiring the fabulous forests of high trees on our way to the enchanting Jewel Caves. A word of warning, look out for bouncing kangaroo’s if you are driving early morning or late evening.

     

    After a lovely couple of days in Margaret Rivers we made the journey back to Perth but stopped off in the charming seaside town of Busselton. Here you will stumble upon beautiful beaches, bushland, caves, fishing opportunities, and much more.  It’s easy to see why this town is popular amongst Australians and tourists alike; you can also see here the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere.

     

     

    Days 6-10

    The tail end of our time in Western Australia was back in Perth relaxing with friends and taking up multiple BBQ invites from the friendly locals.

     

    We dedicated a day to explore Fremantle, taking a full day trip with commentary which included tram trips and a boat ride along the Swan River. Once in Fremantle we got to learn the local histories, visit the Maritime museum – ideal for a culture kick; and spend some free time for shopping and eating.  Other highlights were the wharf and beautiful beach, plus endless delicious cups of local coffee.

     

    A final top tip from me is to make sure you save a day for Kings Park and the botanical gardens for some amazing city views whilst you are in Perth.

     

     

     

    We truly enjoyed our time here and would love to visit again one day, if you’d like to ask any questions about our itinerary please feel free to get in touch! Our adventures continued over to the east coast of Australia which I will be sharing at TripTide soon.

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