Yanchep National Park

September 2018
Monday 24 September 2018 was a Public Holiday in Perth and it was a beautiful sunny day and as it had almost been two years since we last visited, we took the opportunity to go back again. We enjoyed a walk around the lake, lunch at the quaint tea shop and I took lots of photos – I came across two Splendid Blue Wrens (such an apt name!) that were less timid than usual, probably because they were used to seeing more people in their environment. This was lucky for me and I finally managed to get some half decent photos.

I would recommend this place to everyone, just remember to take any rubbish home with you as there is so much wildlife that could potentially be harmed if you don’t.

October 2016
Yanchep National Park is a wonderful place to visit for all ages, even just for a couple of hours, or for a full day, depending on what you feel like doing. You can take a picnic, have lunch at the historic Yanchep Inn, walk around a number of nature trails, visit Koalas in a natural setting and investigate a number of caves. The park is also home to Western Grey Kangaroos which you are more likely to see early or late in the day.

When we visited in October there was a decent amount of water in the lake (last time we visited in June 2015, the water was exceptionally low). It was still much lower than it must have been in the past – in earlier years it was used for boating and the boarding stations now are nowhere near any water, and will likely never to be used again.

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Peppermint Grove Beach, nr Capel, WA

June 2018

It had been four years since we last went to Peppermint Grove Beach for a short holiday. We always used to go with our wonderful old dog Shadow but when she died, we just didn’t feel like going back there.

But we now have our gorgeous Millie and the time felt right to return to our old haunt and it was well worth the wait. Millie loved it as much as we expected she would and we all had a wonderful time. It is a perfect spot to see a wide variety of wildlife and when the weather gets in the way, there’s always a log fire and red wine!

 

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Canning River Regional Park

Sunday 30 September, 2017
We had such a lovely walk after discovering Canning River Regional Park for the first time last week, we decided to go again on a different walking trail. Spring flowers were in abundance so here are a few more to add to the collection from the week before. I apologise for my lack of botanical knowledge – I have no idea what the names of the flowers are!

 

Sunday 24 September, 2017
I have lived in Perth for eight and a half years, and visited Canning River Regional Park for the first time today. The weather for this long weekend was dismal, but Sunday started fairly bright and dry so we decided to risk it and took a 20 minute drive to check out this park on the advice of a friend. And we were not disappointed. It was lush and green from all the recent rainfall and many areas were saturated with water which in the summer months would probably be dry and baked hard. So we were lucky enough to see it at its best in terms of the wildlife that the conditions attracted.

We took Millie the dog (pictured below in the car, anxious to be let out to explore!); dogs are welcome on a lead and it was nice for her to enjoy different smells for a change, although this resulted in multiple stops for more sniffing opportunities! Canning River Cafe is welcome at the end of the walk for coffee/tea and cake. We timed our walk perfectly as it started to rain just as we got to the Cafe!

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You can read more about this park via the link at the bottom of the page.

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Road Trip – 5030.7km & 16 Nights!

Cue

From Fremantle we drove approx 670km to Cue for our first night. In 2006 its population was 328 so I would imagine it has dropped even more since then. It has the feel of a ghost town about it but still an interesting place to stay for one night and soak up the atmosphere of an old outback town. We stayed at the Queen of Murchison Hotel, which is now a B&B and had dinner at the pub across the road.

Cue was established in 1893 when gold was discovered – the roads are wide to accommodate the camel trains that were used in those days. A couple of the photos below show ‘pensioner huts’ which were moved from the Big Bell mine sight in 1958 to provide accommodation for pensioners. Until a few years ago, they appear to have still been in use but are now currently unoccupied and in need of repair.

Karijini National Park

Our second night was actually spent in Newman but the less said about that place the better! (Mind you I did have the best meal of the whole trip at the Seasons Hotel so it wasn’t all bad).

We spend three nights at the Karijini Eco Retreat. With hindsight two nights probably would have been enough but it was a wonderful place to stay.Wildlife does include red kangaroos, euros, wallaroos, echidnas, geckos, goannas, bats, legless lizards and a large variety of birds and snakes including pythons but unfortunately for us we hardly saw anything apart from bats at Fern Pool and the odd lizard.It may have been something to do with the time of year we visited which was at the tail end of Spring so coming into the hot weather.  It was great to hear dingoes howling on our last night but unfortunately didn’t see them.

Karijini is the second largest national park in Western Australia and covers 1,550,390 acres.

Exmouth

Nights 6 – 8 were spent at Yardie Homestead outside Exmouth, close to the Cape Range National Park. The area relies heavily on tourism. Exmouth was established in 1967 and in the 2011 census it had a population of 2,207 which swells during the tourist season to over 6,000. Temperatures often reach over 40 degrees Celsius in summer.

Cape Range has spectacular gorges and covers an area of 506 square kilometres. We had hoped to see turtles nesting whilst we were there, but although we saw tracks and large dips in the sand where eggs had been laid we didn’t see any turtles come up onto the shore. We did see plenty of heads bobbing about in the ocean though!

Coral Bay

We spent two nights at Coral Bay which is a small town approx 1,200 kilometres north of Perth. It relies mainly on tourism and fishing. The Ningaloo Reef is a popular diving and snorkelling site with a large variety of coral and fish life and is one of the best places to see whale sharks and manta rays. We did go out on a manta ray cruise but only saw one of these giants (which measured approx three and a half metres in width – some get up to eight metres in size!) and visibility unfortunately was not very good due to weather conditions which had stirred up the sand in the water.

Shark Bay – Monkey Mia

Regrettably we had only booked two nights and one full day at Monkey Mia, Shark Bay but we loved it so much that we are going back for a four night stay next year – it is a place to truly relax.

Shark Bay is a World Heritage Site covering an area of 5,438,550 acres, approximately 800km from Perth. In the 2011 Census there was a population of less than 1,000 people with none permanently living at Monkey Mia as there is only one resort there.

Shark Bay is home to about 10,000 dugongs (sea cows) which equates to 12.5% of the world’s population. They feed on the seagrass meadows which cover over 1,200,000 acres of the bay.

Dolphins have been visiting Monkey Mia since the 1960s and Rex saw them in his youth before the resort was built and before it turned into a tourist attraction. Their feeding is strictly monitored and managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife which is a good thing as interaction with humans is kept to a minimum and their health and wellbeing is the prime purpose. They do come in most days but their attendance is not guaranteed.

Kalbarri

Kalbarri was our home for the next three nights. It is approximately 600km from Perth and when we visited was relatively quiet due to the end of the tourist season. The area has some spectacular scenery/coast line and is where the Murchison River meets the ocean. Again, this town relies heavily on tourism and fishing.

Attractions include the Kalbarri National Park, the Murchison River and daily pelican feeding.

Nature’s Window is spectacular and a very popular place for photographers. It overlooks hundreds of kilometres of the Murchison River.

Cervantes and Lancelin

We reluctantly left Kalbarri knowing that our road trip was almost at an end. We travelled towards Cervantes stopping at Northampton on the way (a quaint town where we were sad to see many shops closing down due to lack of trade), before stopping at Okabella Homestead (a few kilometres outside Northampton) which was supposed to be haunted, for a cream tea in the tea shop. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to stay for a tour.

We then visited the Pinnacles Desert before reaching our last night’s stay location of Lancelin and then all too soon our wonderfully diverse and spectacular trip was over but the memories will last a lifetime!

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Magnificent colours of Nature

Here are a few more photos below of the lovely colourful lorikeets we have visit our birdbath regularly. I love watching them squabble between themselves for best position. These were taken in February 2017

 

When I took our dog Millie up the park for her morning walk recently I noticed a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets popping their heads out of a hollow in a tree. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, so every day since I have been taking it with me in the hope of seeing them again. For a few days nothing, but today – success – although only one went into the hollow today. I shall keep on trying and maybe I’ll be able to post a photo soon of both of them in their home together! They are quite a destructive and noisy bird, but beautiful nonetheless.

 

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Rainbow Lorikeet – Gibson Park, Fremantle

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Rainbow Parakeet, Gibson Park, Fremantle
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Rainbow Parakeet – Gibson Park, Fremantle

 

Karri Valley Resort, South West WA

This is a lovely place to stay to get close to nature. When we visited in 2014 it was in need  of a bit of a face lift but you couldn’t fault it for it’s proximity to nature. We chose a lakeside hotel room – you could lay in bed and look out across the water. Stunning location and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to spend a few days close to nature. One of its plus points is no mobile phone coverage! The quality of the food at the Lakeside Restaurant is superb. We stayed in 2014 so it may have had a bit of an upgrade since then.

 

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