Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park

Day 10 – Wednesday 19/04
Esperance / Cape Le Grand National Park


We left Raventhorpe and took 2.5 hours drive in to Esperance. Drove around The Great Ocean Drive, a scenic drive that follows the local coastline and then loops back into town. Highlights along the way include the Rotary Lookout, Twilight Beach, Observatory Point, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake (no picture of the pink lake… I was really looking forward to seing it but it wasn’t really pink when we got there, probably due to the weather being cloudy)

We decided to see if we could get a camping spot at Cape Le Grand National Park, even though we had read that camping spots get snapped up pretty quickly at both Lucky Bay and Cape Le Grande Campsites, we thought because its passed Easter maybe it wouldn’t be too bad. Arriving at 4pm we paid the $12 entry fee for the park and set off to find the camp site, it was easy enough to find just following the signs. We drove past the turn off for Lucky Bay as we had read Cape Le Grand was better. We couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces when we arrived, the views really are breathtaking especially with these little guys hanging around for the whole night.

A nice ranger, who later told us that every few months another ranger covers the position, met us at the entrance to the camp site. We paid $10 each for the night and was shown to a little alcove where we could park. We set up the tent, made a cup of tea on the stove and walked over to the beach where we saw there was a lookout point over the beach so we climbed it and were not disappointed by the sunset views.


Day 11 – Thursday 20/04
Cape Le Grand National Park

We left Cape Le Grand Beach campsite and went along to Lucky Bay, as I mentioned before we didn’t stay there because we read that the campsite wasn’t as good… it has a much bigger campsite and looked really busy, but that beach, wow, squeaky white sand that rivals Whitehaven for sure and turquoise blue water. A bit cold for a dip in April but it would be amazing in the summer.

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We saw straight away that folk were piling in either because it was a nice day or its nearly the weekend, some may have just been day trippers but there where way more cars driving around at 10am than 4pm the day before.

Also, thought I’d add… Frenchman Peak – one of the big mountains in the national park,  looks like the Grinches mountain in Whoville, right?!?

When we left Cape Le Grand we drove back to Esperance to stock up on food and water at IGA and left for the Nullabor at 12:30pm. We stopped at around 4:30pm and stayed at a road stop called “10 Mile Rock” (no rocks, but plenty of trees) just after Norseman at the beginning of Eyre Highway that had a drop toilet and a shit load of mosquitoes who liked me a lot…. 

*sad face*

Perth to Albany

And we are off!! I haven’t decided how I’m going to document my Highway1 Loop of Australia trip yet… I thought maybe at first I would do daily, or maybe town by town, but its now Day 10 and I have yet to post anything. So I thought a short spurt of daily activities would be fine…

Day 1 – Monday 11/04
Perth to Bunbury

We waved goodbye to Perth and headed South. Arrived in Bunbury and parked at Koombana bay. When we arrived, I found out I had won a competition for a free trip for myself and Rhys to go to Rottnest. So made the decision to stay in Bunbury until we could go on the trip. Saw passing dolphins whilst walking along the beach near dolphin discovery centre. Spent the night at a road rest stop in Bunbury.



Day 2 – Tuesday 12/04
Bunbury back to Perth..

Spent the day back at Koombana bay swimming and snorkelling. Drove back to Perth @ night and stayed at a friends as we were up early the next morning. 


Day 3 – Wednesday 11/04
Rottnest Island

So… I won a competition to take over Rottnest Express’ Instagram for the day all I had to do was document throughout day by taking pictures and posting them on their Instagram also a quick live video on their Facebook, easy peasy! Leaving at 7:15am from Fremantle B shed, the boat trip over was fine, I had heard that it can be pretty choppy. We were given bikes and snorkle gear when we got off the boat and got our tickets for a snorkel tour at 1:30pm. It was pretty chilly and cloudy when we arrived but by lunchtime the skies were blue and cloudless. Woohoo! Had the best time snorkelling and cycling around (sore bum in the morning) and taking selfies with the hungry but friendly quokkas.

Had $5 dominos and slept Roadside stop outside Bunbury as we didn’t want to drive any further we were shattered and slept like logs.


Day 4 – Thursday 12/04
Busselton 

Back to the trip!!! Drove to Busselton and walked along the Jetty (longest jetty in the southern hemisphere) saw loads of dolphins. Drove to Cowarump near Margaret River. Watched 2 episodes of American Crime Story then drove back to Busselton and stayed at a free campsite in the forest called the Pine Plantation because we shat it in a parking layby spot on the side of the road incase we got a fine, realised in the morning we would have been fine.

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Day 5 – Friday 13/04
Busselton/ Margaret River

Showered in Busselton at the beach showers. Drove to Margaret River, Rhys had booked us into Glenbrooke campsite a little farm that used there land as a campsite, was a nice place that has hot showers, a camp kitchen, horses, a donkey named harry and kangaroos in the padocks. We put the tent up for the first time. Had a walk through the centre was super busy because of the easter weekend.


Day 6 – Saturday 15/04
Margaret River

Spent the whole day in Margaret River, went to the farmers market, the chocolate factory and over indulged in the free (white yum) choco buttons and went to cheeky monkeys for a drink.


Day 7 – Sunday 16/04
Augusta

Left Margaret River, stopped off at Augusta, drove to lighthouse and water well and it started raining. Boo!! Grabbed a coffee back in Augusta. Drove through the national park on the way to Albany which was really pretty. Drove through Pemberton got a wee. Lol. So many hilly roads. Driving through you don’t get a signal or radio signal so take cds or prepare a playlist like we didn’t LOL. Road reminds me very much of Scotland, it’s April and everything is so green. Walpool, Tingly trees, drove through Denmark, stopping before Albany cooked noodles and watched American Crime Story before bed.


Day 8 – Monday 17/04
Albany

Raining!! Went to McDonalds for Wifi, pancakes and a coffee. Did washing @ a Laundromat. Lunch at Emu Beach consisted of some strange crab that was still in its shell, burger that I couldn’t finish. Went back to rest stop outside Augusta and watched Goodfellas.

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Day 9 – Tuesday 18/04
Albany

Raining again!! Dropped car off at 7:30 to get two new front tyres. Went to Dome and had a vegie breakfast and a coffee. Picked up car and went to Middleton Beach for a free hot shower. Went to library to get wifi and watched episode of Broadchurch. Left Augusta at around 2pm after stocking up on discounted easter eggs at Woolworths mmmmmm. Stayed in Raventhorpe 24hr rest stop overnight.