Bunbury – Busselton (Western Australia)

17/11/16  Bunbury was our next destination. The looping drive that took us east from Perth to Darkan, Bridgetown and now Bunbury had brought us back to the coast only 170kms south of Perth, which was fine as we’d seen lots of very interesting and pretty countryside in the meantime. We travel to see things, not to cover distances.

As we drove around Bunbury’s points of interest, the Landy felt a little strange and wobbly, like a tyre had developed a high spot or something. So, back at the caravan park, it went up on the jack and each wheel in turn came off to be checked out. When the rear offside tyre came off – “Bloody hell!” – it was badly split and separating around the inner bead. While the outer sidewall looked fine, the inner was diabolical and ready to let go of the rim at any moment. Weirdly, it was still holding air pressure and looked quite normal on the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. It was so lucky that I’d checked it, otherwise the tyre would definitely have blown very soon somewhere down the road, probably with the van attached. The tyre budget takes another hit. “Where’s that ring, Di?”

While in Bunbury, we met up with Murray and Jannine, who had just purchased a Kimberley Kruiser from Dean and Ros, the couple we’d met while in Perth. When we mentioned in passing to Murray and Jannine that we would be heading south from Bunbury, they very kindly offered us the use of their Busselton beach house to park the van. And we gratefully accepted.

Busselton is only 52kms to the south. The van was reversed onto the front yard of the beach house and plugged in to power. All the comforts of home. This was our camp for the next three days and a good base from which to see the South West Corner, the sticky-out bit at the bottom of WA.

We did day trips to Dunsborough, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Yallingup, and particularly liked the million-dollars-for-a-look-in community of Eagle Bay. The beaches in the Corner were very scenic with magnificent shades of blue water. We covered much of the area down to Augusta and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the most south-westerly point on the Australian continent and the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. As chance would have it, we also called in to a few wineries and galleries in the Margaret River area. I must say that the reds, while not as big and bold as those from the East, are still very lovely, the scones at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse are the biggest and best in the world, and the Charcuterie Board at Voyager Estate Winery, in company with a tasting of their reds, is worthy of note.

“Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free.” – Leonard Cohen (RIP)

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