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Phie's WA trip

2 Jan 2010  
3.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

8day in western australia. From perth, down south.

  • 1. Balingup
    Balingup, Western Australia

    We arrived at Perth in the afternoon of christmas day and drove down to Balingup. All shops and most petrol stations were closed and we had to cook up some instant dinner when we arrived at Hiker's Hideaway at Balingup. HH is actually an extension to the Balingup post office and located in a convenient location near the start of the blackwood valley tourist drive and close enough to the cafes along the main street in town. We stayed in a private room with bunk beds. There was a common bathroom shared with 3 other rooms and a common kitchen. Living area with TV and lots of travel info on the region was available.

    The following morning, we had a nice breakfast at Fre-Jac Patisserie. It was a great start to the day with delicious french pastries, flat white, gourmet tea and orange juice. The owner was an extremely friendly french lady who spoke english with a thick french accent which made me miss my weekly french classes. The weather was beautiful that morning, warm sunshine with a cool breeze. That made sitting beside the street, watching the occasional car, random people and their dogs walk by such a pleasure.

  • 2. Day 2: Balingup-Nannup, Blackwood Valley Tourist Drive

    We took the winding blackwood valley tourist drive that passed through pastoral country and forest, a welcome sight after the comparatively boring drive along the highway the previous day. This road follows alongside the river but the river was mostly dry in the heat of the summer. Plenty of grazing cows, sheep, hay stacks, barns, farms, some vine yards, craft shops along the way.

  • 3. Day 2: Nannup
    Nannup, Western Australia

    Stopover for lunch and refuelling

  • 4. Day 2: Bridgetown
    Bridgetown, Western Australia

    We picked up a map of the region --- Bridgetown, Pemberton, Walpole, at the visitor information centre before carrying on to Pemberton.

  • 5. Day 2/3: Pemberton - Denmark, WA

    On the way to Pemberton, we went to the Diamond Tree, a fire lookout tree more than 50m tall. Then by way of Channybearrup Road and then Tramway trail, we travelled on unsealed roads through the beautiful karri forest and past big brook dam to get to Pemberton. These roads are perfectly fine to travel on with 2WD though a slighter bigger 2WD than our petite hyndai getz would have made for a much more comfortable drive.
    After checking into Gloucester motel, we headed for a late lunch. As it was boxing day and past 2pm, few restaurants and cafes weren't open. We packed chicken kiev and pies from IGA. It would have been nice to picnic at big brook dam but to avoid repetition we ate at gloucester park which was cool and shady with bird song. After that, we did the parts of the karri forest explorer drive which took us through beedelup national park and warren national park.

    The following day, we journeyed to Walpole, visiting Valley of the Giants, Green's Pool, Elephant Rocks along the way. By late afternoon, we arrived in Denmark. Pensione Verde, an organic-themed accomodation whose hostess also conducted cooking lessons (if I'm not wrong), was to be our shelter for the night. This place is impossible to miss --- the moment number one takes you into Denmark you WILL spot this place at the corner of Strickland road and 1. We stayed in a petite comfortable room with bathroom, TV, fridge, water boiler. Free tee and coffee and tea cookies were provided for us to enjoy leisurely afternoon tea complete with porcelain tea set. We had a quick bite at the adjacent Denmark Bakery. The award winning Denmark Bakery does the most delicious pies with delicious thick gravy locked in the crisp pie pastry. My favorites by far are the steak/beef pies. Their cakes are gorgeous too.
    A leisurely drive up Mount Shadforth and along Ocean Beach road before dinner brought us to some lovely spots to view the town of denmark and the amazing coast.
    Dinner on a budget was achieved by taking out beer battered fish and chips from Pemberton hotel's bar counter. Possibly the best beer batter I've ever tasted. Loved the side salad too =)

  • 6. Albany
    Albany, Western Australia

    Day 4: We drive from Denmark to Albany. Visited Bartholomew's Meadery and Toffees and a bit on the side, Albany Wind Farm, and the Tondirrup National Park (natural bridge, the gap, salmon holes, blowhole) along the way. Stayed at Albany Backpacker's Inn in town. It was a hostel with great friendly vibes and colorful rooms with vibrant artwork painted on each room's walls. Located within 1min walk of the visitor's centre and equally near to york street and peels street were the restaurants are. Before dinner, we journey up Mt. Adelaide for a good view of albany, and then to Middleton beach and emu point for a relaxing evening.

  • 7. Perth
    Perth, Greater Perth

    Day 5: Breakfast @ York Street Cafe in Albany before the dreaded 5 hour drive back to Perth. Stopped at Kojonup to smell the roses, and Wool Shed at Williams for lunch along the way. By late afternoon, we were in Perth and at Witch's Hat in Northbridge. We took the car to the CBD after 6 and walked to Hay and Murray and then to Swan River for an evening stroll.

    Day 6: A lazy morning at Le Papillon watching the world go by while munching on croissants and coffee. Then we walked down Packenham to James Street and caught the CAT into the CBD. Shopped along Hay and Murray and relaxed at King's Park, taking in the views of Perth and Swan River, the sun and the breeze, I'd have loved to be the one reading a novel, strumming a guitar or doing yoga on the lush greenery. A 30 min walk later, we were back on James for dinner.

  • 8. Caversham Wildlife Park
    Caversham Wildlife Park, Whiteman, Swan

    Day 7: We spent a good 4 hours at Caversham that morning meeting the adorable animals. I can imagine how much kids would love this place when an overgrown child like me loves it that much. Great place to learn about, get close to and grow to love the wildlife in australia.

  • 9. Fremantle
    Fremantle, Greater Perth

    Day 7: After Caversham, we drove to Fremantle. Checked into Backpacker Inn Freo YHA, walked around town abit and took the CAT to get an idea of what there was in and around town. After snacks (pizza + Gelato) @ Dolce Vita and dinner @ Kaili's at the harbor we retired for the night. YHA was in a great location but average in terms of quality. We had a private room right beside the courtyard which was disastrous as I was expecting to get some sleep. With the beats and buzz outside my window I had half the mind to just abandon my sleep and join in the party outside but alas I was too tired.

    Day 8: Fremantle markets!, walking around town exploring the historic buildings, lunch at Cicerello's, chilling at Kaili's in the late afternoon over wine and oysters, shopping for souvenirs at Shed E, lazing at the beach watching the seagulls, and dinner at Sweetlips. Seafood overkill!! But here's the verdict: IMO, circerello's has the best fish and chips, followed by sweet lips. Kaili's has the best ambience with a great variety of seafood, drinks and deserts.

    And finally, the drive back to the airport.