Western Australia is our 7th and final state/territory to visit here during our 1 year road trip around Aus. We recently took the 2100 kilometer journey from Adelaide to Esperance to begin exploring WA.
It was a few solid days of driving, but we eventually made it.
These grasshoppers, unfortunately, did not.
We finally started to get back to something resembling civilization, and then hit Esperance. We did some boring get this, get that restocking kind of errands and then set off towards Lucky Bay and Cape LeGrand. I had heard about Lucky Bay, the famous roos on the beach spot, but I was in for a treat. I wasn’t quite expecting this:
We had debated if the 45 km detour out to the national park was worth it, and the short answer is YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The next morning we woke up for sunrise and drove over to Lucky Bay (since dawn & dusk are prime wildlife feeding & viewing times. AND fewer people- super bonus!) Let’s just say, I was NOT disappointed.
After being pretty impressed with Lucky Bay, we moved along to another bay to check out what the other beaches had to offer. And, since Lucky Bay has the biggest name draw, it was starting to get more crowded with people (about 20 people- WAY too many). [side note- Australia’s lack of people is really spoiling me!!!]
My thought was, Lucky Bay was probably the hight light, but let’s continue on.
Then, this happened:
We parked, and walked around some rocks to see THIS!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Thistle Cove was striking, and to top it off, Andrew spotted this:
A pod of dolphins!!! We watched them swim from one end of the cove to the other and back again for about 30 minutes. Then we thought, ah, let’s get the paddleboard and go join them! So, we did.
It was exhilarating, scary, incredible, and jaw dropping to paddle board with this pod. Both Andrew and I were able to swim among the 30 dolphins complete with the babies. I don’t even know how to describe being the only ones in this incredible cove with a private beach and our own pod of dolphins. Magical is the closest word I can come up with.
After a few solid hours, the lack of shade suggested we move along to save ourselves some heat exhaustion and some serious sunburns, so we waved good bye and went back to camp. Just in time as well, as we were leaving the parking lot was filling up and a tour bus came along! Definitely didn’t want to share my secret spot with all of them! hehe!
The sun finished off our day with this stunning display of natural beauty. Might be my favorite day of our trip so far (but don’t quote me on this! I have lots of favorites) :O
The next morning, we visited a few more bays and decided to end our trip there with hiking Frenchman’s Peak. We almost opted not to and continue to Esperance to check out their amazing beaches, but we drove past and decided it looked too fun to climb so we turned around and went for it.
Another summit with my guy! Forever on our summits, seas, & stars quest!
The climb was on the rock itself, no trail or path. Although the weather wasn’t brilliant, we had a great time. It was pretty windy at the top, so we didn’t spend too much time up there- just long enough to enjoy the views and safely get back to Earth. 🙂
Then we went back to Esperance and did their 30 km beach tourist drive to explore some more world class beaches.
It wasn’t the best beach day, but the beaches were still worth a look no doubt!
We continued along the coast through Albany and Denmark.
Elephant Rocks in Denmark!
Hehe- doesn’t it look like a baby elephant having a wee swim?
Andrew soaking in the views.
After some breath taking beaches & coastline, we headed inward and soaked up the glory of some beautiful trees.
We headed for the Gloucester Tree and the Bicentennial Tree where they have inserted metal pegs to climb up. These trees were originally used for fire lookouts, but now are open to the public to climb- for free!! It was terrifying and got your adrenaline pumping!
After the amazing trees, we set off for the Margaret River region. We were promised good wine & great beaches. Yet again, we were not disappointed.
No problemo enjoying a brewery at the end of the wine tour!
Free chocolate tastings didn’t hurt either 😉
Didn’t stop the fun- ended the day just as we had enjoyed all day- wine, cheese, & chocolate. Beach body prep!
After thoroughly enjoying Margaret River & surrounds, it was time to visit Perth! I’m loving nature so much, that the thought of cities don’t excite me that much, but look at this:
As you can see, Western Australia has completely blown our minds, and we’ve only touched the south west of it!!!!!
We have been so spoiled by the beaches, the wine, and the people. We are so fortunate to get to explore this amazing coast, we can’t wait for the rest to come!
ps- we are SO spoiled that Andrew made THIS FACE at the beach and said “we don’t need to go to every beach just for the sake of it”
C’mon Andy- cheer up buttercup! Look at where you are!!! (to be fair, the wind was whipping sand into every crevice)
I at least enjoyed the view!
Hope you got a little spring/summertime inspo for your own adventures and if you get the chance- definitely add Western Australia to your short list!!!