The journey south began a couple of days ago and its been a bit of an adventure. Good old Bruce the ute who transported me around up North decided that he had had enough touring so a Sunday morning start was out of the question. Rattle rattle whir clunk and that was it. Time to leave Bruce behind. This meant the territory and a trailer were the next option. My trailer skills leave a lot to be desired but oh well lets do this.
First stop Busselton a pretty not so little coastal town with one very long jetty. 1841 metres in length making it the longest wooden piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. It is now used exclusively for tourism and recreation but it has a colourful past as a working jetty. It’s an amazing walk especially at sunset which was when we took on the walk. Listening to the water lapping at the pylons and listening to the birdlife as you walk along. Several seagulls could be seen with eggs and baby chicks nestling in the old sections of the jetty. The view back to land is as beautiful as the view out to sea.
Busselton to Margaret River, now there is some exploring to do. Margaret river is gorgeous. Beaches and sunsets chocolate factories, fudge and nougat and to top it off the distillery for some liquor sampling and some purchases. Then onto Pemberton, now there’s an adventure after realizing that we probably should have ade a petrol stop somewhere we nursed the car into Pemberton with some amazing economical driving, we filled up at the 24 hour BP and then to our amazement the car wouldn’t start. After calling the RAC the owner of the servo rocks up who is also the RAC contractor, yep we had a dodgy batch of fuel so un unscheduled stop and a tank clean out to get us back on the road. Finally we arrived at our destination only to find a maze to get to our chalet that included dirt roads one way streets and no way to back a trailer anywhere. My trailer backing skills are pretty ordinary so adding hills trees and dirt roads, tiredness and there was one very unhappy camper right here. Solution found and finally fell into bed somewhat exhausted.
Todays exploration included trees waterfalls and a town full of gnomes, we do live in a beautiful country.
Tomorrow is my last evening in WA and it has been an adventure that I wont forget in a hurry. The journey of creative courage is almost complete. Whilst being away from family is difficult especially with the addition of a new grand daughter I have also learnt that I am capable of anything on my own. I have travelled many kilometres on my own and with my new work colleges. I have photographed many kids from different backgrounds each with their own story. The diverse conditions and country side that people call home and the best part is Ive seen some great countryside with the red deserts and green trees along with the bluest of seas. Australia is a magnificent place and there is still so much to explore.
So for now the journey ends but I cant wait for the next adventure.