Baz & Denise's Aussie Travels
20th Apr 2012 - 29th Apr 2012
Bunbury / Pemberton / Walpole
After a casual drive to Bunbury we arrived at the Australind Tourist Park, the facilities here were reasonable although they were in need of a good clean and some maintenance, it didn't worry us because we had everything we needed in our Option RV. The weather was average and our hope to get some serious fishing in just didn't happen. I assembled the boat trailer and loaded the boat up ready to go but unfortunately the weather was not in our favour and Stan developed a chest cold. Denise and I drove up to Ocean Reef (North of Perth ) to visit Phil and Sue and other family members. It was great to catch up with them all and we really love their company, it would be great to be able to spend more time with them but W.A. is a long way from the east coast, never mind we will see them as often as we can and next time will spend a lot more time with them, one night was not enough. When we got back to Bunbury we took the dogs onto Lighthouse Beach a couple of times for a run and watched the surf fishing. Didn't see anything caught although had been told that salmon and a lot of herring were being caught. Baz went to another beach for a try but no luck although he had a big bight which took half of his hook. We all went down to that beach the next day for lunch and a quick fish. A ranger came along and advised us not to swim as a 3 mtr shark was seen that morning close in shore. We drove to Busselton to have a look around and take the train trip out along the famous jetty. This jetty is 1.8 klm long. We were dissappointed as the train was booked till late in the day. So off we went and bought really nice fish and chips for lunch and ate in the local park. Bunbury was a pretty place but it is not a place we will hurry back to. Leaving for Walpole on the south coast for some fishing? Will have a couple of nights at Pemberton on the way. A wet a dull day saw us drive from Bunbury to Pemberton via Bridgetown. This was a very pretty dive though a changing landscape. With wineries, orchards, dairy and tall timber country on the way. Stopped at Bridgetown for lunch at the local bakery. Arrrived at Pemberton and found our preferred bush camp amongts the tall Karri at Big Brook Arboretum. A great camp spot in the bush where we had a camp fire to ward off the cool nights. Went on the Pemberton tram trip into the forest. Was very informative but we only travelled through regrowth forest. Was an enjoyable trip with lots of photos taken. On return we visited the local “pool” which is a freshwater creek turned into the local pool. A beautiful spot with the tall Karri growing on the hill behind our camp spot. Pemberton is an interesting place founded as a timber town. After a short stay at Pemberton we drove on to Walpole via Northcliffe with the intention of having morning tea at the bakery -the bakery is open 7 days a week but not when we were there obviously Sunday is not a high trade day for morning tea, never mind on to Walpole as the fishing calls.
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