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Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia

Posted by Flo et Romain on March 30 2015, 14:02pm

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Ah, we were waiting for it, and now we are back (after 5 years) in Australia!!! At Perth airport, to avoid paying for the shuttle, we hitch hiked!!! Only 2 minutes near the road and someone stopped!!! Let’s the road trip starts!!!

Then we go to Louise’s home, one of my school friend. We didn’t see each other since we graduated in 2011…it is a long time ago!!! It is really nice to speak again about school, our common friends and to discover what everyone is doing!!! Of course we also visited the city of Perth. It is the biggest city on the west coast but it seems small. You can find few skyscrapers but the majority of the houses has one or two storeys maximum. Streets are wide, clean, with only few cars…. What a big difference after 7 months in Asia !

Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia

We walk in the streets (and we don’t need to avoid scooters or street food stalls) and everything seem new. (Australia’s history only started 300 years ago when the British came here…. But don’t forget that the first people of Australia are aborigines and live here for more than 40000 years… but they suffered from the “invasion” of the British).

Swan Bell is one of the symbol of Perth: it is a modern tower, with a “swan” shape and at the top you can find bells. We also walked in Kingspark and the night view on the city centre is beautiful!

Around Perth we found nice beaches and we had our first Australian swim!!! Lovely!

After these few days in Perth, we are now driving our car (rented for 1 month). Let’s go to the South!!! The South is well known for its white sand beaches, its amazing caves and its delicious wines….

Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia

We started “slowly” with a beautiful lake (Clifton Lake) where we can still find living stromatolithes. These “Stomatolithes” look like stones but they are microorganisms which use water and calcium to grow and develop this “stone”. These living organisms are the oldest forms of life still living on Earth.

Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia

During our road trip we took a dip many times or we just walked on the beach when the weather was not so great. Every times the same heaven: turquoise water and white sand… What can we expect more? More un sometimes??? Once we were lucky enough to see dolphins 200 metres from the shore ! We didn’t hesitate long and we swam near them! We were 20 metres from them!!! That was a nice unexpected event J ! Coming back to the beach was a bit harder and some people told us that some great white sharks are also in the area… So next time we will look at the dolphins from the beach… !!!

Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia

Near Margaret River we visited beautiful caves. One of them has a “ suspended table”: it is a piece of calcium which does not touch the floor but which hangs from the roof hold by 2 pillars. Such a formation occurred a long time ago, when the floor was higher (at the level of the table): some stalactites formed on the ground, and stalagmites on the roof. After hundreds of years, they joined to form a column (a pillar) and at the same time (or later) water came in the cave and eroded the floor until the “suspended table” appears! Mother Nature is incredible!!!!

In Margaret River we did not only visit the caves !!! We tasted delicious wines!!! We discovered a chocolate port: it was new for us but we fall in love with it (but not with its price…); we also tasted some cheese (mostly cheddar)! A good time in a nice region!!

Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia

Our road trip brought us to bicentennial trees used in the past (but sometimes also nowadays) by the firemen to detect forest fires. 130 metal bars are “nailed” in the trunk to form stairs. At the top (65 metres above the floor) a platform is installed with a 360 degrees view! No safety equipment provided to climb; but we did it anyway!!!! It brings a lot of adrenaline but the reward at the top is huge! You can see up to 40 km far!

Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia

One sheet of the Australian History is not very popular : it is about whale fishing ! We visited the last whale stationery near Albany. It opened in 1952 and closed in 1978. At that time, whale fishing was legal and whale oil was used for a lot of day use products: cosmetics, public lamps, drugs, watch making process… Even the “teeth” of whales were used as plastic (at that time plastic did not exist) to do Bras and corsets. Whale meat was to Europe after WWII! .... In this stationery, 14600 whales were killed in 26 years. 3 boats, helped by a plane, looked for whales, and killed them with a harpoon. The dead whales where puled by boats for several kilometres up to the stationery. They were then pulled out of the water with a winch and cut into pieces with a huge saw. Each part was boiled to extract the oil. The bay was full of blood and many sharks started coming in. Workers had to kill also the sharks to avoid that they eat the precious whales…. In 1978 the stationery closed for economic reasons, but whales were only protected in the 80’s! Today, whale fishing is prohibited and punished by law and we are happy now to see them from the shore or from a boat….

Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia

Whales are not the only animals we met: at dusk we’ve seen many many kangaroos and even if it is difficult (almost impossible) to near them, we made good shots (with our camera of course ;-)). We also met two green cockatoos , 3 dolphins near the beach, a big lizard and two centipedes! No koala yet but soon, I promise !!!

Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia

During these 10 days in the South, we camped on free camps, took our showers in public showers or with our solar bucket, we cooked with our gas stove and Nutella was on the breakfast table… It was really nice to experience it and is was also better for our wallet!!! Now let’s go to the North of Perth for a new adventure!!

Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
Perth and the South : Welcome in Western Australia
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