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September 2020

Perup Natures Guesthouse

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After leaving Borden travelling along the Northern side of the Stirling ranges we came across a few more free range emus, at least these ones ran in front of us but away into the bush unlike others we have seen that run at you. The views as we travelled through the Stirling Ranges was spectacular.

On our way home from Borden we caught up with the Busselton Naturalist group for a 2 night stay at the Perup Natures Guesthouse.
The majority of the group stayed in onsite accommodation, we on the other hand stayed on our mobile accommodation. We mingled with the group during the day. The first night, Friday we went on a spotlighting walk & managed to see Kangaroos, Brushtail Possums, one with a baby on its back, a Woylie & the Tawny Frogmoth. Whilst sitting in our caravan enjoying a cuppa a couple of Tammar Wallabies.

Saturday took us on a morning walk through the Native Reserve, unfortunately it rained & our walk was cut a little shorter.

In the afternoon we all went for a short drive to the Tone River Bridge Rest Area which is also a free camping spot. We found some amazing orchids.
Saturday we had a communal shared nibbles, dinner & a happy hour that went for a few hours. Needless to say wine, port & whiskey were shared also.

Sunday, we all headed home. Ian & I drove through Donnybrook & stopped for a late morning tea at the Donnybrook Transit Park. We drove home through the Tuart Drive in the Tuart Forrest, such a relaxing comfortable drive.
We are now home safe & sound from another feel good relaxing holiday & hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend.

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Borden overnighter (Free camping)

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A quick morning tea stop in Ravensthorpe. The other intrepid couple Margôt & Andrew caught up & said a final good bye as they headed North. We took the opportunity to take a couple of photos of the Seat Art Project.
Our overnight stop tonight is Borden. This is a one shop town although it also has a Tavern which is our dinner destination. The friendly general store Lady directed us towards an area near the sports oval where there had been some sightings of Wildflowers & Orchids. Borden is never mentioned as a place to view Wild Flowers but boy did we see some flowers. If you like flowers put it on your list of places to visit.

Was thinking of picking up some fuel, but Pump said no...and they're very safety conscious in Borden.
Borden street Artwork

The primary school had this lovely Lady.

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Hopetoun here we come. We drove past the famous Lilly, Dutch windmill, near Borden.
Morning tea stop at Jerramungup saw Ian finding a new friend.

We see more rolling fields of green wheat & vibrant yellow canola. They do fill my heart with joy.

We passed the Ravensthorpe silos.

We visited Yummy Licious, Candy Shack the tallest freestanding Lollipop in the world.

We found a shop called Crazy Grannies. A fabulous shop where three crazy friends who all happened to be granny's got together & opened this gorgeous little shop. Well worth a stop. If you love patchwork quilts you will find this shop irresistible. https://ourgems.com.au/attraction/1954
Ravensthorpe is an old country town, but we didn't believe that the old thunder boxes (outdoor loos) were still being emptied. Although we did find this double thunder box. Just reminded us of emptying the caravan cassette.

The amazingly creative Farm Gate Art Trail, Art.

The Ravensthorpe Wild Flower Show had almost 700 species on display and was spectacular with a $5 entry fee.

Also on display were rocks from the area which included Tourmaline & Mica of which we have recently been viewing & collecting from the Pilbara. There are gold & lithium mines in the area.

Wednesday and it was Danish, what Danish? There it was, sitting in the display cabinet taunting us. Is that lonely Danish available?, Ian asked the local bakery shop assistant. Ian had been sent into town on a mission with Andrew to get morning tea, for Deborah specifically a Danish. The response from the bakery assistant to Ian's question was that the lone Danish was unavailable. So he bought a citrus tart which went down a treat with Deborah & Ian had a strawberry custard tart.

The four intrepid travellers headed out with the picnic basket & flask. A nice drive through the Fitzgerald River National Park, in particular Hamersley Inlet, for lunch. Ian met another new friend, Margòt named Russel.

On our way back we stopped to look for Wildflowers & Whales. The Whales were shy but the Wildflowers were happy to see us.

By chance Andrew mentioned that there was a 48 hr rest area for self contained vehicles in Hopetoun, which is located along the Esplanade. There is a box for travellers to add receipts of purchases in town during your stay. It could be nice for a summer stopover as it's right next to the beach & a very short walk into town.

Rather than cook we decided to walk to the pub tonight which is at the caravan park for the final meal together on this trip. It's been fun.

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Hopetoun - Stage 3 Porongorups

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Three nights stay.

The planned departure from the farm was delayed slightly after Farmer Andrew went out on his tractor to feed his cows some hay. He noticed a calf hoof exiting a cow. We took the Polaris out on a recognoita Farmer Andrew, Farmer Margòt & Deborah to find the cow & see it was okay as it was calving. About an hour & a half later, no sign of the cow, it seems she had found a hidden birthing area on the 100 acre farm.


After a quick stop at the Mt Barker Bakery we arrived at the Porongurups Tourist Park. Needless to say we made a fire on our first night.IMG_20200912_173843419.jpg

We took a walk to the local shop & tearooms & came back with firewood from along the road side for another fire.
We took a drive for lunch at the scenic Ironwood Winery. The views were spectacular from our socially distanced lunch spot. The blue wrens & the red firetail finches. As we looked along the fence line we saw a huge bunny on steroids hopping along.

Next stop another winery for a tasting & a cuppa. Zarephath Winery. The Monks established the winery & brand until the new owners took over 14 years ago. We enjoyed their wines and even bought some Pinot Noir which was comparable to the Devil's Corner Resolution we once tasted in Tasmania. Normally a wine we don't appreciate.

On our last full day the three intrepid adventures set off to climb the 600 metre high Castle Rock. The ultimate destination was the Granite Skywalk. To get there. it was a steep 2.2km uphill trek. Just in over an hour after leaving the carpark we reached the lower viewing platform. Wow the views were spectacular. See Farmer Andrew who was the first to walk the Granite Skywalk.
Andrew ready to jump with his backpack parachute on. IMG_20200913_103535181_HDR.jpg

To reach the Skywalk was a scramble up & over huge granite rocks, with steel handles bolted into them. See Ian's shoe in the bottom of the first photo.
Again some spectacular views. Farmer Andrew was the first to make it up the 6 metre steel ladder up to the Skywalk. Deborah was convinced she had come so far she needed to pluck up the courage & climb the ladder to view the amazing scenery. You can see here, the fear on her face as she prepared to fight the fear + just do it.
Deborah was so afraid she didn't even take the camera, sorry folks can't share the highest sorted with you this time. I challenge you to take the walk yourself if your up to it.

Here Deborah is at the top of the ladder on the Granite Skywalk. It was a great achievement & feeling. This photo was courteously of Farmer Andrew & his iPhone.

The walk back down was the same track, but took almost as long. All up, about a 3 hour jaunt.

We took an afternoon scenic drive finishing with a wine tasting at Dukes Winery underneath the rainbow. We enjoyed the taste & all managed to purchase some fine quality wines.

Tomorrow we are off to the next destination for 3 nights.

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Hopetoun - Stage 2 Denmark

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We left Pemberton in convoy. Morning tea was had at the Shannon National Park. Lunch at Walpole. The major change we found at Walpole was the availability of 4 bays for stopover of 24 hours for self contained vehicles.

Parked up at the farm in Denmark for a couple of nights on Andrew & Margot's Farm.

We saw a few large Karri trees in Pemberton but there are quite a few at the farm. So beautiful to look at, smooth to touch. Deborah and Andrew decided to climb a tree. This one was easy to climb as it had recently fallen over. On its way down it took out a power line on the farm, which also supplied several of the neighbouring properties. It's similar to many others on the property, which are still standing.
It gave us a chance to have a look around Denmark. We enjoyed lunch at The Boston Brewery, it had good sized meals & a relaxed atmosphere & it just happened to have a large fire.

A visit to the Swiss Annies Denmark chocolate lounge. What a beautiful location & the gardens were beautiful & full of vibrant flowers.

The farm & views & our rainbow after a showery day with parts of fine weather in between.

Hitting the road tomorrow to our next destination.

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Hopetoun here we come - Stage 1 Pemberton

Why not try Hopetoun in spring? Well we had been dared to go by Andrew and Margot, so we thought why not. We'd tried the weather further north recently and it had been relatively fine and warmish, not cold.
We had a nice pleasant drive through some Karri tree country before arriving at Pemberton which was our first 2 nights meet up with Andrew and Margot.

Pemberton, a place we had driven through numerous times but never actually stayed there. We booked the caravan park for 2 nights, and definitely had the Pemberton Tramway on our 'to do' list.
Parked up in the caravan park, which was a little squishy due to heavy rains the week before.

We even had a few locals welcome us to the park.

A quick look around town saw us finding some local wildlife.

And a new addition to the social drinking scene...

Pemberton does have a local swimming pool, much like Manjimup does, a natural water catchment along the river. Deborah contemplating a swim but decided it might be too cool at the moment.

The Pemberton Tramway was a highlight, and took us over several bridges towards the Cascades, before returning us to the station.
The station had a few interesting relics.

The trip, scenery and Cascades were great.

We even got to stop the traffic a couple of times....

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