We started out in South Australia, celebrating the beginning of the new year in Kangaroo Island before heading to the Barossa Valley where we sweated through a heat wave. Onwards to the Eyre Peninsula where we had a wonderful time along the coast visiting Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay and Streaky Bay before heading across the Nullarbor towards Western Australia. Hitting extreme temperatures as we arrived in Norseman and Kalgoorlie we made it down to Esperance just in time for Australia Day before spending a week at Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park.
We left Esperance following the coast staying at Fitzgerald River NP for a few days before heading to Albany where we visited the ANZAC museum and did a cruise on the river. Denmark was our next stop where we explored both the natural forests and amazing food produce of the region. Our final week was spent in Margaret River where there was a surprising amount of things to do. As well as the famous wineries were amazing beaches, lighthouses and limestone caves.
We made it to Perth and Fremantle fitting in a visit to Rottnest Island. As we were ready to leave a storm was forecast so we made a short detour inland before heading up the coast to see the Pinnacles. Geraldton’s memorial to HMAS Sydney II impressed us before we travelled internationally to Hutt River Province. Our last few days of the month were spent in Kalbarri exploring both the amazing cliffs inland and the spectacular coastline.
We spent a good part of April around Shark Bay. At first staying at Hamelin Station we visited Steep Point – the western most point on mainland Australia. Shell Beach and the ancient stromatolites. Then our friend Katy came to visit over ester and we visited Monkey Mia, swam with and sailed with dolphins as well as having a few nights out. We kept heading north and visited Coral Bay where we snorkled over coral right off the beach. Unfortunately we caught the tail end of a storm so cut our time in Exmouth short and headed inland to Tom Price and the breathtaking Karijini National Park.