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17 - 18 Mar Barossa Valley

Sue our host seems to like cooking, we have a large breakfast then set off to explore the area. It's a great drive with beautiful scenery, there's vineyards and cellar doors everywhere, we stop off at a few, enjoy a lovely lunch and buy a bottle or two.

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The Pindarie winery

We buy some local cheese, olives etc.. to go with our wine for dinner tonight

18 Mar

A relaxing day, we take a stroll around Tanunda and Anguston, admire the scenery then head back for afternoon tea at the retreat!

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Tanunda

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Anguston

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views from the retreat

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Sunset from the retreat

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19 Mar Barrosa/Adelaide

We've packed up early and set off for Adelaide, it's only an hour away, so we head for one of the nearby beaches before finding our hotel and dropping the car off. We stop at Glenelg a suburb of Adelaide, very smart marina and beachside, with a quaint old town

We drop in to the Town Hall where they have an exhibition, detailing the history of the town, how it was settled and the beach life over the years. Really interesting could spend all day in there, but we have to drop the car back, and it's a beautiful day.

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Melbourne to Adelaide 1746 Kms

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20 - 21 Mar Adelaide

sunny 31 °C

We're out and about in Adelaide, taking it in and getting familiar with it. It is busy but not in a touristy way, it seems older than Sydney and Melbourne and like it's been left slightly behind, more like a very large town than a city. We walk the shops and then head for the riverbank but there's lots of construction going on in that area - the Stones were meant to be playing and opening the new Oval Stadium on Saturday by the river

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So we then head off to the botanic gardens with a picnic and seek shade and refuge from the 34 degree heat.

Then back to our hotel and enjoy a few beers on the top floor roof garden as the sun goes down

21 Mar

We take a 20 min bus ride out to Henley, a small quiet town by the beach, have a look around then decide it's a bit too quiet and take another bus and go back to Glenelg, as it has a lot more going on there

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Henley

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Back in Glenelg

After spending the day by the beach we take the tram back in to the city, look in a few shops before getting back to our hotel

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22 Mar Adelaide-Perth

Flying to Perth

sunny 32 °C

We leave sunny Adelaide for Perth, and get the bus to the airport. Chris wrangles some free bubbly on the flight by letting it slip something about getting married, shame couldn't wrangle business class! Three and half hour flight and were in Perth, we pick up a nice car, they've upgraded us and head for our apartment right in the centre of the city. We arrive around 5.30 the apartment is on the 12th floor

view from the apartment balcony.

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After a freshen up we go for a walk around town for a bite and a drink or two

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23 Mar - Perth

sunny 35 °C

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Morning view from our balcony

A hot sunny day in Perth, the locals like the cooler autumn weather? It's 35degrees! Leaving the car parked we take the free CAT bus service to get around and see the city. It's not as bustling as the other cities we've visited in oz, definitely still growing with lots of construction going on. It has the usual shopping, restaurant and bar scene. We stop off at Kings Park, a beautiful, huge park atop Mt Eliza, seeing memorials, stunning views of the City and Swan River, manicured lawns and botanical garden.

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After a nice lunch we go back in to town taking the bus to Barrack Sq, there's a small jetty where you can take cruises out on the river. We have a very welcome drink before getting back to our apartment.

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A freshen up, a bite to eat then we take the car back up to Kings Park to see the City at night

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24 Mar Perth

sunny 35 °C

After a lie in we take a 20 min drive out to vibrant Freemantle. We Park up and walk along the harbour, past the many fish restaurants and caf├ęs and into town

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helping out the locals

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Chris has stopped using the sun block!

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Look in a few cool shops, and spend some time in the shipwreck museum, we could spend all day in these places, fascinating stuff

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After a spot of lunch on a small beach, we visit the World Heritage listed Freemantle Prison. A very interesting 1.30hr tour, made memorable by our guide, think Ricky Gervais doing Ronnie Barker in Porridge. Not sure if he was for real or he was acting, we daren't look at each over, worth the admission cost alone, but he was and the tour was very good

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We walk through the town where a few of the bars and restaurants are quite lively and back to the harbour. There's a great micro brewery "little creatures" on the harbour we visited earlier, we stop again and sample all the different beers they do, they all taste good but decide on a case of cider, more refreshing in this weather. You can walk around the brewery, the place is so busy it's all open with a big bar, restaurant and kitchen.

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During the day

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Evening

We then stop at one of the many restaurants on the harbour for fish and chips, then home

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25 Mar - Perth

We take a short drive north out of Perth along the coast and meet up with friends Louise & Julie from Essexland, we meet at Hillary's On The Beach and are treated to a nice lunch at the Dome, we have lots of laughs a great chat ,

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and after a good few hours later we say goodbye and head up the coast, stop and watch some kite boarders then stop off at Mullaloo Beach (Louise's Beach) stunning white sands, turquoise water, blue skies!

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We head back, as we're up early to leave for Margaret River tomorrow

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26 Mar - Perth to Margaret River

Left Perth this morning heading for Margaret River, it's an approx 3.5 hour drive, we stop for a break and bite to eat at Busselton a pretty beachside town, once again hardly anyone there and miles of white sand and turquoise sea (a vey calm Indian Ocean)

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Busselton

A pleasant 40 min drive further south through forest and vineyards, we find our accomodation in a very large, cool house set in peaceful, quiet (apart from the local bird life) forest. It's a 5 min drive into the town of Margaret River, or to the rugged Indian Ocean coastline, with vineyards everywhere and small towns to explore

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We stop at Prevelly Beach which is 5 mins away from where we're staying in Margaret River

We arrive late afternoon

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27 Mar Margaret River

sunny 36 °C

The house we're staying at, designed by Pamela the architect owner, it's very big

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Today we head up to Dunsborough at the top of this small headland, it's sheltered and protected and the sea is much calmer, we take a look around the hip and classy shops - and treat ourselves to a coffee and a pastie! We drive along the lovely deserted beachfront, lined with stunning grand design style houses.

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We spend the rest of the afternoon on nearby Meelup Beech

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No worrie's, beach rescue are here!

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Drive to Bunker Bay

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Bunker Bay

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Drive to Yallingup to watch the sun go down

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28 Mar MR-Augusta

Today we head south from MR to Augusta where the Indian & Southern Oceans meet.

We stop off at Conto's beach on the way, very beautiful natural coastline

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Conto's Point

The drive down to Augusta through forest's of Karri trees

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We continue and stop at Hamlin Bay, a lot of Rays are present here, although we didn't get to see any

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Hamlin Bay

We carry on to Augusta, a small town at the mouth of the Blackwood River on the South west tip of Western Australia

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South west tip of WA

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Augusta on the Blackwood River very peaceful

after refreshments we stay a while then head back up to Busselton and spend the afternoon on the beach

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