Thursday, 12 November 2009

Australian travelloque: Doing the South Western loop

A total of 1685 kilometres travelled in eight days.

You see, when my wife and I decided in July to go for a holiday in Australia, we thought it would be a mighty good idea to take a self-drive tour of Perth and the south-west. We didn't want to feel the constraints of joining a guided tour; we wanted to experience the freedom of choosing our own itinerary and visiting places at our own pace. So the 8D7N package suited us well. Moreover, we got a pretty good deal travelling on Malaysia Airlines as we had booked the flight tickets early.

We touched down at the Perth International Airport at about 4.50pm on 31 Oct, the flight having been delayed by about 20 minutes or so at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Anyway, it took us about an hour to clear Australian immigration and we were soon on our way to our hotel after collecting the car from the rental company. A very compact 1.8-litre beast, the Nissan Tiida, with a 1-CYM-559 registration plate. One of my friends would have liked this!

We set forth from Perth on Day Two and our itinerary took us in a south-eastern direction through Serpentine, Williams, Arthur River and Mt Barker before we arrived at Albany.

Day Three, we travelled westwards through Denmark to Walpole and on the fourth day, we pushed north-west to Pemberton but not before detouring to Northcliff and the Windy Harbour. The fifth day saw us drive further north-westerly through Nannup to Busselton which was our base for exploring Cowaramup, Margaret River and Augusta on the sixth day.

On the seventh day, we drove northwards back to Perth and passed by Bunbury, Australind, Rockingham and Fremantle. The map above is not totally accurate but it gives a pretty good idea of our little adventure through Western Australia's south-western region.

Next: Perth Pride Parade

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