Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Travel around Western Australia

Today's WWBC blog prompt asks about the last place I travelled to and why. But I don't want to talk about that today. The last place I travelled to was a pre-lockdown destination (outside of Australia), and while WA's borders are still closed indefinitely, I feel a lot better thinking about places within my state. Places I could realistically consider visiting again in the near future.

So here are three local places that I've travelled to in my time. Some recently, some not-so-recently, for anyone who'd like to learn a little more about Australia's west side.


Rottnest

I was thirteen when I first visited Rottnest Island, just a mile offshore from Perth's port city of Fremantle. Travelling with my entire year group from school, I swam, walked around the beaches, took photos of the native quokka, and lounged around like most young day-trippers did under the WA summer sun.

As an adult, I've come to learn that "Rotto", along with many other places of note around the country, hides a very disturbing history (the contents of that link are not for the faint of heart) not unlike the stories you may have already heard about the injustices committed during European colonisation.

The island served as a quarantine station for cruise ship passengers throughout WA's lockdown period, and now with low case numbers and transmission rates in our state, it's now open once again to tourists, visitors and overnight guests.


Dunsborough

Of all the holiday destinations in my home state, Dunsborough is easily my favourite. It's a peaceful coastal town a couple hours' drive from the city, great for a beachy weekender in summer, with lovely rainy moods in winter.

According to Wiki, the entire region surrounding this town is recognised as "being one of the oldest continually occupied human habitats anywhere on Earth, with archaeology dating back approximately 40,000 years." The Dunsborough area is traditional Wardandi Noongar country.

I'm very much looking forward to visiting this place again, maybe after the wet season, and go on a Cape Cultural Tour.


Albany

As much as I like Albany, I'm not the biggest fan of going there. The drive down and back can be an odyssey depending on weather and traffic conditions. Though, it's beautiful, five hours is a long time to be sitting in a moving vehicle. Still, I'm thankful for there being such a peaceful town that's, realistically, pretty darn accessible for weekenders like myself.

The town itself is situated between the Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar regions of WA. Just an hour or so northeast is the start of the Bluff Knoll hiking trail that goes all the way up to the highest peak in the South West region. I must admit, I found it a psychologically rough hike at first, while you're surrounded by bushland. But once you clear the treetops, the view is stunning, even when the landscape is yellow and brown over summer.

Once I've gotten over the journey, I've always had a lovely time in Albany. It's a great destination for rural, outdoorsy and hiking types.

22 comments:

  1. Wow, you live near some beautiful places!

    My <a href="https://lydiaschoch.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-the-last-place-i-traveled-to-and-why/”>post</a>.

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    1. Thank you, Lydia! It really is lovely around here. Once in a while, we get hit by something particularly intense (hailstorm, heatwave, etc.), but it's quite pleasant for most of the year otherwise.

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  2. I've been dying to go see Australia (it's definitely on my bucket list), so thanks for the ideas (and the blog...following!). I'm here today: http://www.mariannearkins.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-the-last-place-i-traveled-to-and-why/

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    1. Thank you for the link, Marianne. I loved your photos of the lake. I hope you do get a chance to see Australia after the pandemic is over. WA in particular. It's beautiful here.

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  3. Like Marianne, Australia has long been on my places I would love to visit. Funny... I live about 45 miles from Albany (only this one is in Georgia in the US). Yours sounds better! My post is here if you want to stop by.

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Judy! I hope you get to travel soon, especially if you're coming down here :D

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  4. Those look like beautiful places. I want to visit them some day. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I understand what you mean about rather thinking about places which will be accessible sooner. The joy is you already live in such a beautiful country! Cathryn Hein in her blog was talking about Mount Gambier, now I have to add Rottnest and Dunsborough as places to visit when I finally get to go to Australia!

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    1. Oh, I saw! Mount Gambier sounded wonderful. I loved your photos of the estate, by the way. English heritage sites are all so fascinating! (I would have said "lovely", but I'm hesitant to paint the Tower of London with that brush.) Thank you for coming by, Melanie!

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  6. I've always wanted to go to Australia. Beautiful pictures!

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    1. Thank you, Sydney. These are all beautiful places :) I hope you do get to come to Australia one day.

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  7. Loved your pictures. I'd love to visit there, but not even in my wildest dreams. Enjoy what you have. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/06/wc-063020.html

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  8. I really want to visit Australia one day! Love the little critter in the first picture, too.

    My post

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Aymee! I hope you do get to visit. The little guy is called a quokka. They're native to the island and are super cute. If you're ever round this way, be sure to go check them out!

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  9. So beautiful and makes me want to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Mary! It really is lovely down here. I checked out your blog too and just adored those aquarium shots!

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  10. Oh, wow, it's beautiful. Visiting Australia is at the top of my bucket list. Maybe some day. Immensely enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/wednesdays-blog-challenge-last-place-i-traveled-to-why/

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  11. Thanks, Tena, I hope you do get to come down this way!

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  12. Quokkas!!!!!
    I was meant to be heading to Fremantle for the Romance Writers of Australia conference this August but sadly that won't be happening, which means I've yet again missed out on a trip to Rottnest to get all warm and fuzzy with the quokkas. So sad. Oh well, next trip.
    Thanks for sharing the great place tips and pics.

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    1. Oh, Cathryn, I know, what a shame! I was looking forward to heading to that conference too. Hopefully the situation comes good around the country soon and you'll get that quokka vacay!

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