Australia Day Long Weekend Road trip 2014

Source: Google maps.
Source: Google maps.

All my friends were busy with their own plans for the Australia Day long weekend. I wasn’t going to sit home all weekend, so I packed up my car and went off by myself to have my own adventure. I left my little city life and drove 247kms (153 miles) south to the little beach town of Dunsborough. On the map above, Dunsborough is NOT labeled but is the far peak between Busselton and Margaret River. I stayed at my favorite YHA beach house that I have been going to since 2005. Hung out with the resident cat ‘Neko’, laid on the beach and watched the sun set, listened to the water and just chilled after a long hot drive. I was so tempted to sleep there, especially after my three roommates took over our shared room, taking over ALL the power points in the room (taking out my charger so my phone died), played a movie EXTREMELY loud till midnight then made a racket early hours of the morning as they packed up their stuff and left. The one morning i decide not to get up at 4am. Seem I was awake, I got up and spent the entire morning in the sea. It was so relaxing and peaceful 😀 After a morning in the ocean, I drove 14 kms (8.6 miles) out to the furthest point and went on a tour of the lighthouse.

Margaret River was next on my road trip. There is not much reception out there and my GPS decided not to work so I took a wrong turn and found the gorgeous beach town of Yallingup, 20.7 kms (12.8 miles) from the lighthouse, on the coast heading south towards Margaret River. I explored Yallingup which was just gorgeous. You could smell the salt from the ocean, the breeze was magical, the waves were perfect. I even found a secret little beach which will be on list on my next road trip and tiki toured my way to Margaret River. What is Tiki Toured? My mother is Kiwi (from New Zealand) and I spent some of my childhood (from 5 years old – 8 years old) living there. When we didn’t know where we were going but knew the direction, Mum would say we are going to Tiki Tour it. Or if we were just going to a drive but didn’t know where we were going, were we just going to explore a mountain or tunnel or national park or just drive into the forest etc, we would say we are going on a Tiki Tour. I didn’t know the way to Margaret River and I lost the highway, but I knew what direction to go in, so I tiki toured it 😀

42.6 kms (26.4 miles) south of Yallingup I came to Margaret River. I visited the Sunflower Animal farm for the millionth time, bought an amazing roast pumpkin salad from the cute cafe on the main strip, realized I was SUN BURNT, stopped at Coles to buy sunscreen and stock up on snacks, bought snacks, forget to buy sunscreen because I have the memory of a goldfish on vacation, tell myself the damage is already done and started to head back north.

Cowaramup is 12 kms (7.4 miles) north of Margaret River. I LOVE THIS TOWN! It’s basically a tiny strip of shops with houses on either side and literally surrounded by cows! I photographed all the cows around the town, visited to the fudge factory, wander through a gift shop, realized I’m probably going to get skin cancer and start my 94.6 kms (58.7 miles) journey to visit my grandfather in Bunbury.

My GPS still didn’t work when I was in Bunbury but I vaguely knew where my grandfather lived. I tiki toured around for an hour trying to find that familiar intersection and after stopping twice for directions, (tattooed people always give great directions) I finally found my grandfathers house and have an amazing piece of homemade cheesecake.

North 91.5 kms (56.8 miles) later, I arrive in Falcon to stay over night at my Mothers and see Nay, my six year old niece who lives with her. Nay wanted to sleep with me which included being kicked all night and woken early to check out her tomato plant which had a new tomato. We had Maccas (McDonald’s) for brekky (breakfast), Mum, Nay, Nay’s best friend and I spent the morning at the beach and the arvo (afternoon) constructing and decorating a gingerbread house that all the little girls in the street came over and ate.

I leave Falcon at the perfect time to make the 80.7 kms (50.1 miles) trip back into Perth in time to see the sun set over the Swan River ❤

I was anxious at the start of my trip as I usually travel with friends or my man. Being on my own was a step out of my comfort zone which was a goal for this year, to step out of ALL comfort zones. It was an amazing weekend with my only loss being a dysplastic mole removed from my left shoulder ;D Below are all the photographs and video footage from my trip x

Hours lazing on Dunsborough beach x
Hours lazing on Dunsborough beach x
Morning swim at Dunsborough beach x
Morning swim at Dunsborough beach x
Neko (Japanese for cat) has been the resident cat at the Dunsborough beach house since I have been visiting in 2005
Neko (Japanese for cat) has been the resident cat at the Dunsborough beach house since I have been visiting in 2005
Feeding the animals at the Sunflower Animal farm in Margaret River x
Feeding the animals at the Sunflower Animal farm in Margaret River x
Feeding the kangaroos x
Feeding the kangaroos x
Dunsborough Lighthouse Tour x
Dunsborough Lighthouse Tour x
The roads of the South West x
The roads of the South West x

The cows of Cowaramup x
The cows of Cowaramup x
Mandurah beach x

Mandurah beach x
Yallingup Beach x
Yallingup Beach. (See bugs on windscreen?) x
My view driving back into Perth city x
My view driving back into Perth city x

More South West country roads x
More South West country roads x
SO.MUCH.DRIVING
SO.MUCH.DRIVING
My gorgeous little six year old niece, Nay, loves wearing flowers in her hair just like me x
My gorgeous little six year old niece, Nay, loves wearing flowers in her hair just like me x

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