So the family and I decided that we should explore a bit of Western Australia in July and see how winter is like over there. I have to say the primary motivator seems to be the winter bit as it’s blistering hot over in Johor and Jakarta. Only having about a week’s holiday due to the Idul Fitri celebrations in Indonesia and not wanting to spend too much time copped up in a flying metal tube, Perth and Margaret River presented an easy choice.
Flight on Qantas was uneventful except for the rather distressing long queue for the toilet (problems with the single aisle aircraft). Temperature hovered between a minimum of 6ºC and maximum of 15ºC which was absolutely brilliant. QF71 arrived in Perth almost midnight and after being greeted by friends who have migrated there, we were taken to our first base in Perth, the Duxton Hotel. This was a familiar choice as I had stayed here previously when I was in town for a court hearing. It’s an older hotel but they’ve kept the room updated and the location is fantastic.
Started the next morning with an unhealthy but oh so rewarding big breakfast. The family had healthier selections though.
Explored King’s Park to walk off the heavy breakfast and to breathe in all that morning air.
After that it was off to Fremantle to walk the Freo Market, which only opens from Friday to Sunday. Definitely worth a visit just to enjoy the buzz.
What’s next after all that walking? That’s right…more food! Tucked into Freo’s seafood offering at Kailis Fish Market Cafe while watching sea gulls battle for leftover chips.
The next day we collected our rental Toyota Camry from Hertz in Perth to start our road trip down south to Margaret River. While the rental company did try to get us to pay for all sorts of extras, it wasn’t too bad (had read some really nasty comments by customers on the Hertz website itself). Did get suckered into paying for the benefit of not returning the car with a full tank of petrol and did make the return drive a wee bit more stressful as we were trying to return the car on empty to really squeeze value out of that benefit).
Driving in Western Australia is pretty relaxing and with Waze/Google Maps it was actually fun to look up interesting food/pit stops along the way. Broke the journey with a quick stopover at Bunbury and an overnight at Busselton. Stayed at Amaroo Motel which I think offers rather good value. The place is literally a highway motel with the most basic of accommodations. The room was clean and beds comfy and it’s walking distance to quite a number of restaurants so it was definitely a good and cheap choice.
Went to the main attraction in town which was the Busselton Jetty.
Weather was amazing for a walk and certainly helped achieve the daily 10,000 steps goal.
The other amazing thing that we couldn’t miss was going to get a fresh loaf of bread from the Yallingup Woodfired Bakery which was located in the middle of this wooded village area that had loads of kangaroos hopping about and across roads (almost hit one that shot across the road). The experience of ripping into a fresh loaf right out of the oven and munching down the soft and dense bread is just out of this world. Lots of rosemary bushes around the bakery that can be picked and if you have the foresight of bringing along some olive oil … bliss.
After that, there’s no better way to end the day by enjoying the sunset at the Canal Rocks.
Onwards to Margaret River next.