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Oz road trip #2 - Southwest WA loop: Walpole to Margaret River

sunny 22 °C

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Leaving Walpole

The drive from Walpole to Margaret River was really pretty and in complete contrast to the poker straight roads we'd had in the outback. The road meandered through heavily forested areas and took us to the cute logging town of Pemberton. This was where we stopped off for lunch having found a bakery which I'm guessing hadn't changed since the 1950's.

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There's a lot to do around Pemberton but as we had little time, we just took a couple of short trails to see some falls and one of the giant trees. The falls were spectactularly disappointing but then again it is summer here. The tree was impressive with alarming spiral steps leading to the top. The rungs were so thin with the gaps between them easily big enough to fall through. Errrr, think we'll give that one a wide berth.

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We took a diversion to see Cape Leeuwin which is the most south westernly point in Australia. It's also where two oceans - the Indian and Southern - meet. It was very calm but I'm sure it gets pretty wild here at certain times of the year. There was a lighthouse on the cape but as there was an entrance fee we just wandered around the free bit... being the cheapskate backpackers that we are...

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Our Margaret River base was another airbnb choice. We stayed with Jimmy and Amanda, a Kiwi and Canadian over here on a working visa. Our room was beautiful and a step up in comfort from the last few nights. They had a Canadian friend staying and invited us to join the three of them for a bbq on their deck. We chatted about travels and our home countries as they'd not been to Europe, nor us to theirs... nice people and a lovely evening.

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So, Margaret River was all about the wineries. It's a new wine region relative to others in Australia, with the first winery established here in 1967. Today, there are around 200, some as new as the noughties (I hate that term, but hey).

It feels like a very 'well to do' place, the tourist attractions are all centred around wineries, breweries, cheese, chocolate, olive oil... you get the picture.

We booked ourselves on an afternoon tour so we didn't have the worry of driving. We thought wineries might be a bit stuffy and pretentious, but it was brilliant... so much fun, so many tasters... got very tipsy... loved it! We were on the tour with an older couple from Queensland who were a giggle. She was a bit like a female Barry Humphries but not in his Dame Edna guise.

The four wineries were so different which was a surprise to us. The first, Voyager, was the most established and formal - very friendly but definitely upmarket. Good job that was the first one up! It had perfectly manicured grounds influenced by the South African/Dutch style in SA, complete with rose gardens.

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The second, Watershed, was very informal and the woman serving us had a twinkle in her eye and was good fun. Several tastings later we went to Vasse Felix, probably our favourite of the day, a beautiful place and felt a bit like a trendy bar.

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Vasse Felix

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The last one, Moss Brothers, was the most spit and sawdust and the guy who hosted the tastings was quite a character, his humour about as dry as one of their Chardonnays. He was a winemaker himself and gave us a lot of information, but by then I was pretty smashed so I can't tell you about the wines or anything he taught us. ;)

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A really great way to spend an afternoon. Needless to say we didn't do a whole lot after the tour...

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The wilderness of Walpole

Oz road trip #2 - Southwest WA loop: Albany to Walpole

sunny 21 °C

It was only a short 2hr drive to our next base so we had time for plenty of stop offs along the way.

Our next destination was the town of Denmark. It was tiny with not a lot to see, but is home to a multi-award winning bakery. Oh my... I love the cake and Ant is partial to a good pie. This shop excelled at both, so we filled our boots! We sat and had lunch by the river which runs through the town.

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We also stopped off at Green Pools located within William Bay National Park. Granite boulders have created a natural shallow, calm haven from the roar of the Southern Ocean, resulting in a safe lagoon for swimming. It was pretty cold (Bournemouth sea temperature in the summer) but once in it was really refreshing and a fab spot for a cool off.

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Walpole definitely wins the most remote accommodation award. I thought it seemed a bargain when we booked it - a two bedroom 'cottage' for £54 a night. That was because it was quite out of town, surrounded by forest and seemingly in the middle of nowhere. A 40km round trip to get the essentials, milk and beer (!), 6k of which was on unsealed roads.

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Distant controlled forest fires

But it's remoteness was by no means a negative... we had a large veranda and the most peaceful setting on a farm. There were 4 cottages in total and we didn't hear a peep from our neighbours. All we could hear were kookaburras laughing themselves silly in the trees (they sound like monkeys), frogs croaking in the small lake in front of our cabin and crickets. We sat on the veranda drinking beer, feet up, spotting roos and herons, watching the sky darken and listening to nature's cacophony. It was blissful, a real retreat from modern life. And award-winning pies in the oven - dinner sorted!

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Early morning mist

Before we set out for the day, we were having breakfast on the veranda when a pair of fairy wrens flew onto the fencing in front of us. The male is a brilliant blue and so striking against the parched ground.

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This area is renowned for Tingle Trees, a type of eucalypt, which can grow to 75m high and 20m wide. In the big tree stakes, they're no match for the giant redwoods in California, but what is impressive is that the base is often completely hollow from fire, fungus or insects. They stand almost as a shell, supporting the weight of the tree on just a few thin remains.

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This one auditioned for Lord of the Rings for sure

One of the tourist highlights around here is the Giants Tree Top Walk, an 40m elevated platform providing a different viewpoint of the forest. We thought it was pretty overrated and at 30 bucks between us, overpriced too.

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Conspicuous Cliffs was a lunch stop, a wide beach with southerly winds blowing in so the air was cool and pretty bracing.

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Albany... if it's good enough for the naturists...

Oz road trip #2 - Southwest WA loop: Esperance to Albany

sunny 26 °C

Yet another long drive to our next stop - 5.5 hours and 530km. We didn't stop off anywhere for long and when we did it was just for essentials - loo, fuel and icecream! But we had a few great landscapes along the way...

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If you've been following our blogs, it's a fair cop if you think we're not truly backpacking it... hiring cars, the occasional airbnb room which is a bit fancier and a couple of smart hotel stays in Thailand. T'is true, we are doing it in more comfort than many.

Well our first night in Albany definitely earnt us another backpacker stripe... and it was free of charge. Why? Because we slept in a campervan in someone's back yard with their garage doubling up as our lounge, complete with TV... ha ha!

We'd contacted the owner of a self-contained granny flat but as it wasn't free on our first night, he offered us his camper buckshee. Struggling with the budget in Oz, it was an offer we couldn't refuse...

The guy, Allen, was a bit of a highly strung character - a friendly, chatty (very chatty) type... the sort of person who wants to tell you everything there us to do in his home town. So much so, the information was a bit mind boggling and he did go on a bit. But he was sweet to let us stay for free and had put time in to get the camper ready (including hooking a TV up in there!) and leaving us everything needed for breakfast in the garage. The next morning we moved across to our granny flat, it was pretty dated but had everything to make ourselves at home... I got quite attached to the place.

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Evening walk

We spent a day checking out Torndirrup National Park - full of fabulous coves, crystal waters, rugged coastlines and natural geological formations. We fancied a swim as the waters looked so inviting and Allen had told us they don't get sharks. The sea was free of big surf, but it was a naturist beach... we hadn't brought our bathers with us... and... well it was far too tempting not to go in...

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The scenery just kept on giving around every corner, a really great day and an incredible corner of the world.

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Sigh...

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I should say this wasn't the naturist beach!

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Salmon Holes

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Frenchman's Bay

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The Bridge and The Gap

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The force of the southern ocean on a calm day!

Inland was the Porongurups and Stirling Ranges National Parks, where we headed the next day. The temperature had ramped up to the mid-30's, which made our short 4.5k walk quite challenging. We hiked to the top of Castle Rock, did the obligatory photo trickery with a large balancing rock and then clambered over some boulders to get to the Granite Skywalk.

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Bugger. The final hurdle was a steep metal ladder staircase to get to the impressive viewing platform. I'm not good with heights and after two failed attempts to get my sorry arse up the ladder, I had to admit defeat. Buggeration. Oh well, Ant climbed up and took some pics whilst I enjoyed the views from a slightly lower elevation!

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We sacked off the idea of another walk as the blazing heat was too much to bear in the forests (the eucalypts did smell amazing though) and went for a drive instead. As we were making our return journey to Albany, we'd stopped to take a picture of golden fields with the blue-tinted Stirling Ranges behind when, from nowhere, I saw a herd (?!) of emus crossing the field. Incredible! Ant captured this great shot of them...

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For our last evening in the area we decided to return to Frenchman's Bay, a favourite spot we'd found the day before which had free gas barbeques in a great setting. Steaks bought, we headed out!

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There's no doubt the Aussie outdoor lifestyle is pretty amazing - massively down to having virtually guaranteed summer sunshine. Try and pre-plan a barbie in the UK and, well, we all know the weather can change the best of plans. We felt like one the locals and got chatting to a couple of Aussies cooking on the same bbq. We had a chuckle about 'pink Poms' as they complimented us on our non-frazzled English skin, commenting that we bucked the trend.

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Roos spotted on the way home

Albany was great, the town itself was quite quaint but, as with Esperance, it's the scenery and beaches here that really pack a punch.

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World class beaches of Esperance

Oz road trip #2 - Southwest WA loop: Kalgoorlie to Esperance

sunny 26 °C

We have had, and hopefully will continue to have, lots of 'wow' moments on our adventure. One of them was definitely deserving for Esperance and surrounds. To get here was another long drive - about 5 hours with stops, just over 400km.

Our main stop en-route was the town of Norseman. When I say town, I mean a few residential streets, one small row of shops on one road and one petrol station. Norseman had a beacon lookout so we took the diversion and drove up to the peak. It was still about 41c at this point so we weren't out of the car for long, but the views were great in every direction.

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We also passed numerous salt lakes which provided an interesting distraction from the low scrub and bushland.

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One of Esperance's main attractions is Cape Le Grand National Park. It was a bit cloudy, but a refreshing 21c - what a difference! Because Esperance is on the coast, it averages mid-20's this time of year, cooled by the breezes coming up from the south... and of course there's no land between here and Antarctica.

We took the chance to do some hiking and walked up Frenchman's Peak, one of several large granite mounds rising up out of nowhere. It was a shortish steep ascent so for relatively minimal effort we were afforded some incredible views. We had lunch at the summit and stayed a while to enjoy the wide panoramas.

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The park only has three roads to follow so you can't get lost and it's easy to see everything in one afternoon. We drove on to Lucky Bay. Now, they've done tests here apparently... with the sand that is. And it's been declared to be the whitest beach in Australia. As we turned the corner and the bay came into view, we weren't about to argue. Oh. My. Word. The very words muttered as I saw it. Stunning crisp blues of the sea against the bright white sandy bay. Mesmerising!

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The sand was like white flour!

This beach also has resident kangaroos which are often seen enjoying the beach along with humans. We were so chuffed to see some - incidentally our first wild ones seen on the trip so far - what a place to catch sight of them!

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They were really tame and nice natured, this one approached me when I crouched down and seemed happy to have a pat

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We continued around the park driving to other equally impressive bays - often having them to ourselves. When you realise that we were in the middle of the school summer holidays here, you appreciate just how mad this was.

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There is, however, one major drawback to these beaches... you risk your life if you swim in the sea. The rip currents can be strong due to the surf and, if they don't get you, a great white shark might if you go out too far! Having said that, surfers are more at risk than swimmers but the big sharks are regularly spotted along the coast, so it's a chilling thought. It was quite awe-inspiring looking out to sea knowing that the most feared predator swims in these waters.

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We also toured Esperances's Great Ocean Drive - a 46km circular drive taking in the beaches to the west of the town. These were also impressive stretches of white sands and all the blues imaginable. The pictures speak for themselves! Esperance is pretty much miles from anywhere in any direction, but it's absolutely worth it. Beautiful, beautiful beaches.

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Esperance's Pink Lake looking decidedly unpink

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The vast outback, rich mining fields & averting disaster

Oz road trip #2 - Southwest WA loop: Perth to Kalgoorlie

sunny 41 °C

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And so it begins... road trip 2... awwwwwesome! We've had this joke all the way around Oz about doing the 'awesome sign' - y'know the one you see in any marketing photos aimed entirely at the true gap-year backpacker. It's, like, totally awesome man. So we're having our own middle-aged fun mocking it whenever we can... woooo hooo dude!!

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Right, where was I. Ah yes... the road trip. Awesome.

So, we set off from rural Perth to pick up the Great Eastern Highway which would take us directly due east to the outback and the mining town of Kalgoorlie - a total of 600km. It's not a journey to undertake lightly. Temperatures soar to over 40c and it's long empty stretches for miles without any facilities. A 4WD would have been nice. We were doing it in a Toyota Yaris. Flip.

Plenty of water? Check. Full tank of fuel? Check. Enough food for two days? Check. A reliable car that won't break down on us? Check. Or at least so we thought... (I will just say now that I am being melodramatic, so don't get your hopes up about heroic tales of survival in the bush... but it could've been a heck of a lot worse than what actually happened.)

The scenery quickly changed to the most beautiful golden fields and vistas that stretched to the horizon. The temperature guage was ever creeping up the further east we headed, and photo stops were a quick in-and-out of the car affair in the searing heat. We clocked 43c at its peak!

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We wowed at the parchedness of the land (it was as dry as Brenda's cake) and it felt like we were seeing true Aussie landscapes for the first time. Our first stop was York - somewhat different from it's UK counterpart - but a charming little place with wonderfully preserved Victorian buildings. It had a very friendly small-town feel and was a great place for a wander and photo stop.

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Reminded us of Back to the Future's clock tower. See you in 1985 Marty!

Back on the road, we passed through a number of tiny 'towns' consisting of one street and a couple of shops. We were also joined for much of the route by a pipe running all the way from Perth to Kalgoorlie, which supplies the latter with water - an impressive feat. One which the locals are relieved about for sure.

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Salt flats

We thought the long roads in Queensland were as far as the eye could see, we didn't know what we were talking about. Here we had 20+km stretches of straight roads without a single bend.

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The last couple of hours dragged, the scenery had become scrubland, low lying bushes and not a lot else for miles on end, so to pass the time we started games like... name 5 places in the UK with 'red' in them (inspired by the landscape methinks)... and the six degrees of Kevin Bacon...

We finally made it to Kalgoorlie just before 6pm (it's not a good idea to drive in Oz at dusk or dawn due to roos being the most active at these times, and they pose a hazard on the roads). A quick check in to our motel before we headed out to catch the public lookout point for the Super Pit, located 10-15 mins drive out of town.

In case you don't know about Kalgoorlie, I'll fill in some details. It's rich mining territory and has been since the 1890's, when three fellas sitting about under a tree found a shiny surface nugget. We've struck gold Paddy! Since then, they've discovered a 'golden mile' and have been digging that there gold ever since. In turn, they've created one of the world's largest gold mines where they're now shifting 200,000 tonnes of rock and ore a day - equating to $3m AUD worth of gold every single day.

You've probably heard that Australia is now experiencing a boom, and it's pretty much all down to mining. My cousin told us that some skilled workers are earning $1000 AUD a day (roughly £550). They'll work shifts which see them working 7 days on, 7 days off, then 7 nights on and 7 days off - others work 2-3 weeks on and have the same period off. Hard work but they're reaping huge financial rewards.

As big holes in the ground go, the Super Pit was super impressive. Standing on the edge was also like having a hairdryer on full blast and on max heat blowing on your face. Oh, and a few pesky flies which have a remarkable ability to fly straight in your eye, ear, nostril at first attempt. So we didn't hang about, plus we had a tour booked the next morning.

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However, just as we were approaching the lookout point, travelling over the gravel road leading up to it, the car made a loud clanking sound and continued a knocking noise as we drove. At first we thought we had a flat tyre from the stones, or that it was a stone caught in the wheel base. We couldn't see anything, so had no option but to drive it carefully back through town to our motel - the noise persisting throughout. Cripes.

We weren't too panicked as we'd seen a branch of our rental car firm in town, so walked into town for dinner. We didn't like Kalgoorlie much at night. The streets were pretty empty apart from a few drunks, and no tourists to be seen walking about. So we found a reasonable bar serving food and didn't hang about.

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Ant phoned to report the car problem and long story short, the breakdown guy came and declared the car undrivable because the spring which holds the brakepads had sheered off. Holy crapola. What could have been... it just doesn't bear thinking about. And the worst thing was we didn't have any phone signal until we were in Kalgoorlie, so had the problem happened along the way, we would have been at the mercy of help from the very infrequent passerbys. A sobering thought.

A few phonecalls later and the rental company arranged for an exchange the next day, on the plus side the new one was bigger and more comfortable.

We did the tour of the pit which was fascinating. The pictures do a good job of showing the scale of the operation and I've listed some interesting pit facts further down!

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Huge trucks and machinery in situ in the pit are made to look like tanka toys

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New vocations when we're back in the UK??

Before leaving Kalgoorlie we walked the main street during the day to admire the period buildings.

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The Court House clock tower is capped in 24ct gold, donated to the town by the mine

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Where there's miners, there's also the world's oldest profession. Kalgoorlie is infamous for its brothels, strippers and scantily-clad bar staff. If the car hadn't packed up we would've gone on a drive to seek them out!

Super Pit facts

  • Largest open pit mine in Oz
  • It's 3.5km long by 1.5km wide and is 570m deep - it's large enough to be seen from space
  • 57 million ounces of gold have been extracted from the Golden Mile - that's roughly the same volume as the interior of a small car
  • Current plans will see mining continue until 2021
  • There are 40 mining trucks on site, costing AU $4.4m each
  • Each truck can carry 225 tonnes of rock every load - there's around 2g of gold per tonne so if the gold were in one lump, it would be the size of a golf ball
  • One gold bar weighs 559,926 ounces, and the Gold Price is AU $1382 per ounce (£754)

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Kicking back with the rellies

Oz road trip #2 - Southwest Western Australia loop: Perth

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We flew from Sydney to Perth, picking up our rental car at the airport.

My cousin Lynn and her family live in a rural location 30 minutes south of Perth, so before setting out on road trip number 2, we'd arranged to stay with them for two nights.

Lynn is the eldest daughter of my Mum's brother, Alan, and we hadn't seen each other for over 20 years! I therefore also got to meet their two children (Joel, 15 and Lauren, 12) for the first time. It felt somehow reassuring to have relatives in the area and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

Not long after arriving we were off to a neighbours BBQ that we'd all been invited to. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming, Ant got stuck into conversations about home brewed beer with the men, and Lynn and I started our 20 year catch up. And the food! Oh my... it was incredible. The best BBQ food we've ever had by a mile... platefuls of shrimp (of course), fresh caught-that-day crabs, steak, chicken... a feast!

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The men distracted by Lily Allen in her little purple number for the Glastonbury performance... ha ha

A brilliant start to this leg of Oz!

We were going to spend a day in Perth but decided against it and took the opportunity to have a complete chill out. We had a lie in, did a bit of forward planning, patted their loveably soppy dogs, Otto and Coco, and chilled out by the pool. I can think of worse days... ;)

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Ant and Daniel

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Lynn fed and watered us extremely well - home cooked food was much appreciated and it was really great to reacquaint with my long-lost cousin. We also got a bit of facetime in with my cousin Jill (Lynn's sister) and our friends Jon & Linzi (aka the lovely clarts). We always enjoy a catch up with folks back home.

We left the next morning super excited to start our south west loop and road trip number 2 - first stop the gold-mining town of Kalgoorlie!

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NYE Sydney - where else??

sunny 29 °C

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Flying over Sydney Harbour

Bit of a long blog... sorry!

We arrived at our Sydney apartment a couple of days before NYE. Like Christmas, we had booked this months in advance - in fact it was the first thing we booked, even before our round the world tickets. Our Australia leg has been planned entirely around the need to be in Sydney for 31 December 2013.

It wasn't cheap, but we are talking about arguably the greatest city in the world to see in the new year and compared to hotel prices we still got fantastic value - a one bedroomed apartment with kitchen, a balcony terrace and the all important washer/dryer facilities. Oh, the little things you take for granted back home...

We settled in with a home-cooked chilli and Finding Nemo... P Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney!

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Our first full day in the city was spent exploring on foot. We strolled from our place in Surry Hills (a bohemian, arty, hip part of town - get us), and headed straight for the harbour to get some iconic views.

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Another job to do was to check out our proposed harbour vantage spot, Mrs Macquaries Point, for the main event. It's a free site with one big advantage - it has some of the best views incorporating the Opera House and all important Harbour Bridge... and a tonne of disadvantages. It holds 17,000 people, only a handful of spots offer fantastic views - the rest are too obstructed by trees, it's apparently very stressful (think big UK festival) and you need to be there at 10am... but the earlier the better. Some crazy people camp out overnight for the prime spots. Ant went a whiter shade of pale.

After umming and ahhhing all day, we decided it wasn't for us. It felt like too much of an investment for an area where apparently you can be for hours only to have people come and stand right in front of you at (literally) the eleventh hour. As my Dad would say, bugger that for a game of soldiers.

We'd previously discounted 'dry' sites i.e. no alcohol, but as it opened up a whole load of new choices we revisited the options. One site took our eye, Observatory Park in The Rocks. It is located on the 'wrong' side of the bridge i.e. to the west, but its close proximity to the bridge and raised elevation meant it came highly recommended. It's capacity was still 7,000 but it had a later gate opening time and just sounded a heck of a lot more chilled out.

So, decision made.

Anyway back to our first day... after a picnic in the Botanical Gardens and a pub stop, we took a one hour tour of the Sydney Opera House. A fascinating visit and the main concert hall was spectacular - shame we weren't seeing a show! It's not long had its 40th anniversary, having opened on 20 October 1973.

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NYE!
A leisurely start and fueled with a big brekkie and extensive picnic supplies, we headed off to our chosen point - the journey pretty uneventful and quieter than we both expected. We weren't disappointed with our choice, a sweeping view of the harbour and bridge. Happy days!

Now just the matter of a few hours to kill. No real hardship... it was warm and sunny... we had a shady spot under a tree so we read, ate, admired the views and did a bit of blog catch up. Seemed like a good friendly crowd too... and the advantage of no-one getting hammered around us, although I have to admit a cold beer would have just topped it off!

It was a long wait - we were settled in our spot about 12.30pm - but there's not many places in the world where you can wait for midnight in shorts in balmy heat... the challenge was not getting sunburn! Any gaps in our vacinity continued to fill up, thankfully we maintained a reasonable space around us and by the time of the fireworks, still had a brilliant uninterrupted view.

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The anticipation builds!

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Wow! I've never seen anything to rival it - they were pretty special and the crowd's cheers added to the atmosphere. Photos never do fireworks any justice, especially without a tripod, so we took video footage instead. It was definitely worth the wait - happy 2014 everyone!

New Year's Day
As we'd had a dry New Year's Eve, after walking around town a bit more and across the Harbour Bridge and back, we decided to have a wee pub crawl starting in The Rocks. One stop was the oldest pub in Sydney, The Fortune of War, followed by a walk to Darling Harbour and another couple of swifters.

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On our last day in the city we took a ferry ride across the harbour and then spent the afternoon in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It was a fantastic light and airy space to wander, one of the nicest galleries we've ever been to.

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Believe it or not, this one and the one below are actually paintings even though they're so finely done they look like fabric

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Sydney is an iconic city with a beautiful harbour and one you should visit at least once in your lifetime, but it's also incredibly touristy (especially at this time of year!) and after our 6 nights here we definitely felt like we'd done the main stuff. Time to move on!

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Getting a cultural fix in Brisbane

Oz road trip #1 - Cairns to Brisbane complete!

semi-overcast 30 °C

We arrived safe and sound in Brisbane after a long 2,580km down the east coast!

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First views of the city

We were only here for two nights and the stop was really about catching our flight to Sydney. But we had the chance to wander around the city and tick off the main sights (there's not a lot of them, but it's still a nice enough city for a stroll).

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It was also a good opportunity to do one of our favourite things... wander around an art gallery. We chose the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) as our airbnb hosts had tipped us off to a very good exhibition.

The artist was Cai Guo-Qiang from China. There were only 3 large installations, one of which was a bloody tree on it's side. Another was a rather strange surreal setting of animals drinking around a pool. They weren't stuffed animals I might add, all made by him - that was pretty impressive, even if some of the faces looked a bit odd!

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We were only really taken by one of his artworks - a pack of wolves 'running' in an arc, only to meet head on with a glass pane. A pretty tenuous link between them crashing against the thick pane and the Berlin Wall (ohhhh, of course)... but that aside, it was a striking sight and interesting to walk in and around the installation.

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Going to the cinema is one of the few activities that's cheaper here than the UK... about half the cost, so we thought we'd check out the new release, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. However, we were a pair of dumbasses and managed to muddle times up, so we arrived too late for the screening. D'oh.

Instead we caught the train back to our base, about 15 mins outside of the city centre, and did some planning and research. An enjoyable stay with a couple of hippie hosts in their quirky home.

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