By mid May we reached our destination, Perth! Very pleased to have accomplished such a journey – from one end of Australia to the other! Here are some highlights of our time in Perth when we first arrived.
A friendly man takes a picture of us at King’s Park, shortly after arriving in Perth
‘Kangaroos in the City’ at St George’s Terrace
Water Labyrinth at Forrest Place
The Swan Bells near Barrack St Jetty
Outside the Old Shanghai in Northbridge
Visiting the Perth Mint – Australia’s oldest operating mint
Having a walk around Government House Gardens
The iconic ‘blue boat shed’ near Crawley
King Neptune sculpture at Atlantis Marine Park, the abandoned theme park in Two Rocks, near Yanchep
Nervous about walking down the crumbling old staircase!
Checking out the public viewing platform at Perth Airport
We took a day trip to Lesmurdie Falls in the Perth Hills
The foot of the falls
Cycling along the Swan River near the old brewery
The Round House in Fremantle
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
London Court shopping precinct in the CBD
Getting a picture of us both with our new tripod!
Sun setting over the Swan River at McCallum Park
We drove round the South West corner of WA, through Yallingup and Busselton, towards the state capital of Perth!
Looking out over the bay at Yallingup
Busselton’s heritage listed jetty – 1.8km long!
We drove up the south coast of WA, known as the Rainbow Coast (Albany, Denmark & Walpole), stopping at some well known sights!
Dog Rock at Albany
Valley of the Giants ‘Tree Top Walk’ near Walpole and Denmark
Exploring the Walpole Wilderness – Valley of the Giants!
At the end of April 2014, we reached Esperance, after our long journey across the Eyre Highway, and took the opportunity to relax for the day at Cape le Grand National Park
Capturing the amazing aquamarine water at Hellfire Bay
Finding our way about the National Park
Overlooking Thistle Cove
Craig feeling frustrated by the poor phone signal at Lucky Bay!
As we were leaving, we did the Great Ocean Drive tourist loop around the lovely beaches of Esperance
On the third day of our journey across the Nullarbor Plain, we crossed the border into Western Australia, stopping in Eucla and conquering the ’90 Mile Straight’ (Australia’s longest straight road) before continuing to Norseman.
Visiting the remains of the old Telegraph Station hidden in the dunes near Eucla, which operated between 1877 and 1927
Stopping for a rest before tackling Australia’s longest straight stretch of road, and one of the longest in the world!
Ceduna marked the start of our 1200 km trip across the Eyre Highway from SA to WA via the Nullarbor Plain – the world’s largest limestone landscape, which was once a part of the ocean floor!
Ceduna jetty, quick picture before setting off on our long journey across the Nullarbor Plain
The windmills at Penong
One of the famous Nullabor roadtrip signs
Reaching the vast and treeless plain
Coastal lookout – one of the only things to stop and look at on the journey!
Big road train at Border Village roadhouse
We drove round the Eyre Peninsula and stopped in all of the beautiful bays and fishing ports along the way, taking in the amazing coastal scenery
Nice views of the ocean from the lookout at Whyalla
Port Gibbon beach, continuing down the Eyre Peninsula
Watching the pelicans at Arno Bay
Stopping for a picture of the jetty at Tumby Bay
Stopping for the night in Coffin Bay
Watching the oyster boats at work the following morning
Crossing the dunes at Sheringa Beach
Relaxing at the bottom of the steps down to Locks Well Beach
Going for a stroll along the quiet beach
Time to relax in the sun at Elliston Beach
Taking the scenic ocean drive at Elliston
Strange sculptures on the clifftops
Rugged coastline and amazing blue sea
View from the jetty
Visit to Murphy’s Haystacks, rock formations said to be over 1500 million years old!
Final jetty of the day at Streaky Bay!
Around the third week in April 2014 we were in close proximity to the Flinders Ranges, passing through the industrial town of Port Pirie and also Port Augusta – known as the crossroads of Australia, where major roads from the north, south, east and west all intersect.
Overlooking the Flinders Ranges at Port Pirie
The deserted train tracks at Port Augusta
We enjoyed a day sightseeing in the state’s cultured capital
We decided to hire a couple of bikes for the day in Adelaide
Cycling past the National War Memorial
Outside the South Australian Museum
Amazon Waterlily Pavilion at the Botanic Gardens
We stopped at the wharf in Murray Bridge on the way to Adelaide for a couple of snaps
The banks of the Murray River
Old steam train