- November Blog -
Wednesday 30th November 2016
Into Fremantle today (or Freo as the locals would say!). Such a lovely town with some impressive history, and original architecture maintained in wonderful condition. We did a tour at the famous Fremantle Prison which was fascinating, and then some fish and chips at the marina! Yum!
Tuesday 29th November 2016
This is turning out to be a great Helpx experience, we’re loving getting our hands dirty in the gardens, meeting the resident peacocks and puppy dogs, and enjoying a lovely peaceful part of the world! #notwhatyoucallhardwork
Sunday 27th November 2016
Next week we are doing some more ‘helpx.com-ing’, this time in Baldivis...doing some gardening for a lovely couple on their large beautiful property. Love stuff like this, it makes travel so much more interesting! Looking forward to exploring this area.
Friday 25th November 2016
It’s Amanda's birthday! Yay!!
To celebrate, we jumped on the ferry to ROTTNEST ISLAND! What a way to spend your birthday!! We hired bikes and rode all around the island (approx 22km) – which is absolutely beautiful. This place is a national treasure! The quokkas were friendly, the water was crystal clear and is perfect for a refreshing swim and snorkeling, the seals were, well.. pretty lazy.. but still awesome! And the scenery is just incredible. We needed more than one day here, next time we’ll be staying on the island and doing a slow explore, this is a place that deserves more time!!
My birthday dinner tonight was courtesy of the Street Food Market in Forrest Place.. YUM! They had everything you could imagine.. We tried Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, plus some Columbian lemonade.. Such a great atmosphere in town tonight as well, what a treat!
Thursday 24th November 2016
Back into the city again! There is so much to see and do here! The Art Gallery of WA was the highlight of today’s city adventures.. Tomorrow, however, is going to be HUGE!! 😉
Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Back on the train into the city! Today we checked out the Perth Mint, Elizabeth Quay, and wandered through the many malls and arcades with their interesting buildings, shops, oh and beautiful Christmas decorations!
Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Public transport is pretty impressive here in Perth, we’re a few train stops out of the centre of town, so it is no hassle to train it in for the day! We began our exploration of the city with a walk through the Mall, the new City Library, and the old St Georges Cathedral.. Then lunch at Kings Park Botanical Gardens.. What a view! Perth is a lovely clean city with a great atmosphere, thoroughly impressed so far!
Monday 21st November 2016
After a stop off to visit The Pinnacles (which are so cool!) we are finally in Perth! I’ve been looking forward to our time here, everyone we have spoken to says Perth is a fantastic city, so we will be spending this week checking out the sights and enjoying everything this place has to offer!! Cant wait!!
Sunday 20th November 2016
Farewelling our new friends today as we continue our travels southward.. Tonight we got as far as Julien Bay, which has a fantastic man-made snorkeling trail!
Thursday 17th November 2016
Exploring Geraldton today, there is so much to see and do, like a tour of St Francis of Assisi Church, and a visit to the HMAS Sydney Memorial.. This is a lovely little town!
Wednesday 16th November 2016
We’re spending some time in Geraldton this week, staying with a local as part of www.helpx.com. We’re doing some work for accommodation, and it looks like this will be another memorable experience.
Tuesday 15th November 2016
Continuing our journey south, with more National Park adventures today – Kalbarri National Park is another lovely spot, with lots of wildflowers still out, so lots of stunning colours on display!
Monday 14th November 2016
Last day with the dolphins, its has been so wonderful to spend time with these friendly and inquisitive creatures.
Sunday 13th November 2016
Back with the dolphins, there are five wild dolphins that come in for a fishy treat here at Monkey Mia: Shock, Surprise, Kiya, Puck and Piccolo.. They are only fed a small amount of fish, and they only get fed if they choose to come into shore for a visit.. The research being done on these dolphins is world class, and has spanned 40 years. The staff are so knowledgeable and full of passion for their work, it is great to be able to participate, not to mention being part of putting the huge grins on visitors who get the chance to come into the water and meet a dolphin face to face! What and experience!
Saturday 12th November 2016
So today found us doing something VERY Special! Volunteering at Monkey Mia with the dolphins! We’ve signed up for a couple of days helping out the Rangers at Monkey Mia, which includes preparing fish food for the dolphins, collecting data on dolphin and turtle activity, and helping many visitors with their once-in-a-lifetime encounter feeding wild dolphins! How exciting!!
Friday 11th November 2016
More National Park exploring today, this time the incredible Francois Peron National Park! What an experience.. The highlight was the walk to Skipjack Point along the coast, from the lookout you can see so much marine life it is hard to believe! We saw dolphins, turtles, sharks, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Sting rays.. plus comorants and other lovely bird life, and a coastline that is just magnificent.. What a place!
Thursday 10th November 2016
Exploring Shark Bay today, including a visit to Little Lagoon (there were emus cooling off in the water!). Then tonight – seeing as today is our 4th wedding anniversary – we had a celebratory drink at the famous Shark Bay Hotel – the western-most pub in Australia!
Tuesday 8th November 2016
We’re heading to to Denham tomorrow but tonight we’re trying our luck fishing at Fowlers Camp on the shores of Shark Bay.. Fingers crossed!
Monday 7th November 2016
Enjoying the best Carnarvon has to offer today – fresh seafood and sunset on the Fascine.. Lovely.
Friday 4th November 2016
Taking in more of the sights today, with a drive up to Gnaraloo Bay for some snorkeling, and a stop off to see The Blowholes – which are a pretty impressive natural phenomenon! Such a beautiful and extreme coastline all the way along Western Australia, every place you stop at you are captivated!
Thursday 3rd November 2016
Today was one of my favourite days on our whole trip so far, with a visit to the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum! What a treat.. It turns out Carnarvon has played a large role in the ‘Space Race’, and their museum is a real treat, with heaps of fascinating information, interactive displays, and a chance to dress up and be an astronaut! I think I missed my calling!
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
We’re in Carnarvon (get the pronunciation correct or no one in Western Australia will know where you are talking about!!) for a week, with plenty to see and do in this area. Today was spent learning about the local history of Carnarvon, checking out the museum and nearly being blown off the OTC Dish (Carnarvon is a WINDY place!)