HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 11

So far, we’ve travelled from the Lake Macquarie area of the East Coast to just north of Perth in the West Coast and have clocked just under 11,000 km!  So, the south part of Australia has been partially explored 🙂

With Mr Oz being a keen speleologist (caver), every thing ‘rock’ is interesting to him. So when we saw a pamphlet with Yalgorup NP’s Lake Clifton’s Thrombolites, I new where we were heading. Thrombolites look like rocks but are ancient forms of microbial communities that produce energy from sunlight. These structures are about 2000 years old. Six hundred million years ago, the ancestors of thrombolites and stromatolites produced the oxygen needed for life on the land to exist. Today, you can only find them in a few places in Western Australia and the world. Now, both you and I know a bit more… lol

Lake Clifton and Thromoblites

Lake Clifton and Thrombolites

We also discovered we had a ‘Little Venice’ in the area, so went to Mandurah to check it out. Obviously, it has a bit of ageing to do in order to catch up with the original Venice, but we’ll get there 🙂

Little Venice, Mandurah

Little Venice, Mandurah

We tried our luck with Serpentine Falls in the Serpentine NP and well, we had a trickle flowing which I guess is better than nothing – like we’ve experienced in other falls. All too soon Mr Oz grows tired of the ground level view and goes off. I never know where he’s going to pop up till I hear a ‘Kooeee’, then I have to try and find him. I’m sure you can spot him, if not…

Sport Mr Oz

Sport Mr Oz

Here he is!

Here he is

Here he is

We spent the day in Perth and I can tell you we’re not City Slickers, BUT, Perth seems to be better organised with transport than Sydney! We based ourselves in Fremantle, just south of Perth and they have free buses every ten minutes that takes you around Fremantle on a hop on, hop off basis. One of these stops is the train station where you can catch a train to the city for $1.70 (on Concession). Once in the city, you have again, free buses doing various circuits around town. They have free Wi-Fi spots in various locations and all over it’s a mixture of old and new. It seemed odd at first, but when you get used to it, it becomes a case of ‘then’ and ‘now’. Take a look and see what I mean.

Perth's Old n New

Perth’s Old (Town Hall)  n New

Supreme Court Gardens

Supreme Court Gardens

Then, there are sections which are contemporary, like this…

Contemporary Perth

Contemporary Perth

and this…

Park Lamp Post in Perth

Park Lamp Post in Perth

We stayed at Fremantle Village where they have the cutest chalets…

Fremantle Village Chalet

Fremantle Village Chalet

One of my favourite spots on the West Coast is Cottesloe Main Beach. I love the Surf Life Saving building there. We made a special point of being there at sunset for two reasons. One I love seeing the building in soft light and two, living in the east coast, we never get to see the sun setting over the ocean. So, here, I’m sharing both with you 🙂

Sunset at Cottesloe Main Beach

Sunset at Cottesloe Main Beach

And a selfie of me, watching the sunset…

Sunset at Cottesloe Main Beach

Sunset at Cottesloe Main Beach

I’ll leave you now with that soft warm glow of the sunset. See you next week!

I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.

As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂

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My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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4 Responses to HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 11

  1. Debbie H says:

    Beautiful! I have never been over to the west but one day I’ll get there. The countryside looks amazing.

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  2. Why is it that “Mr Oz” is always wearing red? Time for a new colour I think!

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