With the completion of our first leg of this trip which was heading north to Exmouth, we returned to Perth, stopping at different places than the trip up. It was time to rejuvenate the inner explorer batteries as we needed to have time to stand still and relax. Which we did. It only took a few days to rest, and we were then itching to explore down the South West coast.
The Highlights of the second leg
In no particular order and to be honest, all the places we stopped to explore were highlights. This leg of our trip it was difficult to choose between them. We were seriously impressed with the Southern area of Western Australia.
This doesn’t have all our stops, I wasn’t able to include them all.
It wasn’t just the extraordinary that captured our imaginations like Lake Ballard and Esperance, it was how the ordinary things like how adaptive plants, animals and the people who call these remote areas of Australia their home.
Margaret River is not only about wine, olives and world-class food, all of which we tried and devoured. We were spoilt for choice when it came to walking off all that lovely grub.
“Enough photographs for one day”, mutters the Squire. Just one more, I reply! This gem was captured at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. For a person who does not “do” heights, and, literally avoids them, this high walkway was surprisingly enjoyable.
Our walk took us gently upwards amidst the tingle foliage providing expansive views over the wilderness with sightings of birds and flowers that most people never see while walking along the undergrowth. Well worth the effort to remove me from my comfort zone.
It was all about the coast on this leg of our road trip. Spectacular.
Heading down to Esperance and the beginning of more remote beaches that left us speechless.
The whitest beach in Australia?
That award goes to Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park on Western Australia’s south coast. What an incredible sight, we could have stayed here and not moved at all.
Inland we head towards Kalgoorlie and the magnificent Lake Ballard.
Lake Ballard is what you would class as a surreal landscape where the metal statuettes of 51 residents of an outback town inhabit ten square kilometres of a shimmering salt lake, enticing both the eye and the feet. Some who have been classed it as a spiritual experience. Not sure we had that enlightenment though it was out on it’s own and we were impressed not only with Lake Ballard for all of this region is impressive for those that are not easy impressionable.
In a week or so we will be hopping over that ditch once more to begin our third road trip, this time in Tropical Northern Queensland.