Holidaying like it was 1990 in Western Australia

Early childhood holidays were in a remote beach hut community, surrounded by sand dunes, daily encounters with kangaroos and emus, and stories of a haunted hut. I made it once to the window at night before hastily running away because the oil lantern and wood rocking chair freaked my wandering imagination into thinking a ghost would appear any minute. The excitement was playing with the kids next door and running through the settlement in the ...

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Road trip tips for Western Australia’s South West

A while ago I wrote a few tips for the drive to Albany and from our recent trip along the South Western highway to the great southern forests I’m sharing some general knowledge for a seamless enjoyable 'down south' drive. This post covers the towns along Forest Highway and the South West Highway all the way to the great southern forests area of Pemberton, Northcliffe, Manjimup and Walpole. It's a decent length ...

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Dylans on the Terrace, Albany

Following a few hours at Discovery Bay, we returned to the seaside town of Albany with hungry appetites. When I am hungry there is nothing much I can think about, except the next meal, and so with that, we decided to give Dylans on the Terrace a try. Old European buildings add character to the lower end of Albany’s town centre, you'll find a few of them closest to the harbour and tourist bureau. Albany was settled a few years before ...

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Wrap Up of Porongurup + Albany Travels

We spent a couple of days on a working farm in the great southern region of Western Australia, however, there was no working for Derek and I, it was holiday time. There is something about the country, I always return back to Perth wanting to move and set up a life on a farm. For me, I love the outdoors and as much as I enjoy blogging, I also appreciate the time away ...

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Sky high on Bluff Knoll, Western Australia

A new experience is the spice of life, is it not? Our last day in Porongurup, we hiked Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Range National park. The 6 kilometre return trail to the Bluff Knoll summit scales 1,097 metre high, the highest peak in the south of the state. Bluff Knoll is a must see and do in Western Australia particularly because the biodiversity and scenery is quite unique in the area. Waking up ...

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Nailing it at Castle Rock Sky Walk – Yeow!

Following a festive Christmas we drove down to the great southern region of Western Australia, overnighting on a beautiful farm at the base of the Porongurup Ranges. We found Jilba Farm, on the accommodation marketplace website, Airbnb. Those of you that read the blog regularly, would have seen my posts about our previous visit and unfortunately we were unable to get up to Castle Rock due to weather conditions. This ...

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Albany is beautiful in the rain

Spending a couple of nights in Porongurup (travel post here) we traveled further south exploring the town of Albany, albeit the weather kept us from doing some our plans like hiking Bluff Knoff and attempting the mountain bike track on Mount Clarence we managed to see a couple of other entertaining sights around town.  Albany Town Centre Located in the great southern region of Western Australia the seaside town of Albany is in fact older than Perth, by ...

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Kate’s Place, Albany

Albany has a fair few places to enjoy a good espresso and we discovered Kate's Place to be one of them. Located on York Street a couple of doors down from the backpackers and not too far from the tourist centre it is pretty easy to find. We arrived around lunch time and the cafe was packed, we found a small table under the stair well which was fine by us as we wanted ...

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Staying on a farm in Porongurup

We spent a couple of nights in the great southern town of Porongurup, four and a half hours drive south of Perth. The day before our departure it was a sunny 34 degrees but as we arrived into the region we seemed to have brought along all of rain! Our plans of hiking the ranges and cycling around the town of Albany were quickly halted as hail storms lashed Perth and ...

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The Happy Bull Cafe, Mount Barker

On the way to Porongurup we stopped in at the township of Mount Barker for some much needed coffee. Our car journey began from Perth and continued for roughly four hours until we reached the town. Mount Barker is located in the Shire of Plantagenet, what an interesting name! The town reminded me of the fictitious town of Pawnee from the Parks and Recreation US TV series. Anyhoo we stretched our legs ...

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