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June 2012

Day 46 - Wednesday 20 June 2012

Perth

As the weather in Perth is still showery and cool we decided to give public transport another test, and catch the bus into the City then catch the train to Fremantle. The bus trip was about 30 minutes and the train trip was also 30 minutes. The walk from the Bus Station to the Train Station was mainly under cover so we managed to stay dry. The Perth Railway Station is a bit like the rest of Perth - a bit of a shambles - roads, footpaths, and train lines are being dug up everywhere and rebuilt, no doubt to cope with the 15% increase in population in the West.

Once in Fremantle we made a beeline for Cicerellos for a leisurely seafood lunch - we both had Seafood Trays with a glass of white wine - Yummy! The seafood tray had a piece of fish, 2 prawns, 6 squid rings, a crab stick, a battered pineapple ring and more chips than we could eat. The battered pineapple ring must be a West Australian thing as we have not had it before, and we could do without. After lunch we headed for the shops to stay out of the rain - Di managed to find a pair of shoes that she really needed.

The return trip to the caravan park was via the train and the bus - the bus trip taking 45 minutes because of peak hour traffic and heavy rain. Luckily it had stopped raining when we got off the bus and we made it back to the van without getting wet.

No photos today.

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Day 45 - Tuesday 19 June 2012

Perth

Good news this morning - Prime Insurance Assessors rang at about 9:15 am to say that our quote had been approved and the repairers were able to start the job. David immediately took the Navara to Perth Autobody Repairs and was assured that as the parts were available locally we would have the vehicle back to us by Friday.

After cabbing back to the caravan park and having an early lunch we decided to try out Perth's public transport system. The nearest bus stop was on the highway about 200 metres from the caravan park, and the bus took us into the Esplanade Bus Station in the city - trip time about 30 minutes. First port of call was the Information Centre for a map of the city - then it was off to explore the shops. Perth was having a succession of heavy showers so the shopping Malls kept us out of the rain. David had a hair cut and Di checked out the clothes and shoe shops. After a few hours of wandering around the Perth shopping Malls, we decided that we are a bit over large cities.

Between showers we explored London Court, an English style shopping arcade built in 1937. For the history buffs the 60th anniversary of London Court's construction in 1997 coincided with the 600th anniversay of Dick Whittington's election as the Lord Mayor of London in 1397.

London Court from the Mall

London Court from the Mall

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Inside London Court

Inside London Court

After deciding that we were not up to walking back to the Bus Station we cabbed back to the Caravan Park.

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Day 44 - Monday 18 June 2012

Margaret River to Perth

While we had considered spending a little more time in the Margaret River area, we decided that we should return to Perth so that as soon as the Insurers have approved our repairs we could immediately take the Nissan in to be fixed. While we were packing up to leave we had several very heavy showers, so we ended up paddling around in large pools of water, while we tried to stay dry under the awning. After emptying the holding tanks we eventually got on the road at 10:30 am. As we headed north we gradually left the showers behind us and by the time we passed Bunbury we had a clear blue shy.

We arrived at the Central Caravan Park (a Top Tourist Park) in Ascot at about 2:00 pm and we were given a choice of a couple of sites that would suit our 5th wheeler. One site was next to the road, so we picked the more difficult site to back onto, but it was further from the road. As we will be here for a while till we get the Nissan fixed, we did the full set-up with the awning out with an end wall and all our mats down. While we are on a double concrete slab site the mats help keep the sand out of the van. By 5:00 pm we were sitting back enjoying a QLD in the sun - it got to 24 degrees in Perth today.

Perth Central Caravan Park

Perth Central Caravan Park

All set up in Perth

All set up in Perth

When we arrived we rang the Insurers for an update on our quote, but were told that they are still waiting for the Assessor to do a desk review of the quote before giving approval. We also rang the Perth Autobody Repairers to update them on progress, as they are able to fit us in quickly. The repairers told us that they often wait for a week or more to get quotes approved so so we are keeping our fingers crossed.

As the van was now dry David got up the ladder to look for a leak that had appeared in the back left hand cupboard above the washing machine. Di uses the cupboard as an overflow pantry and some tins were wet when she got them out. As it looked as though the rear support for the awning was moving slightly (perhaps the storm in Albany had caused the problem), David used a whole tube of Sikaflex 291 Marine Adhesive Sealant and filled all the gaps and coated the whole support area with the black goo - it sticks to everything. It appears to have worked as the cupboard is drying out.

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Day 43 - Sunday 17 June 2012

Margaret River

We awoke to an improvement in the weather with a bit of sun. After breakfast we packed up for a day touring the countryside. We started with a visit to Voyager Estate Winery just south of Margaret River. Voyager Estate was established in 1978 and has developed some well laid out gardens to complement the winery buildings. The Estate buildings are undergoing a refurbishment program and the tasting room and restaurant had been moved to a large marquee in the gardens. They had three whites and three reds for tasting and all were very good, if a little expensive - we purchased one bottle of each wine for a total cost of $200.00 for the 6 wines. After tasting the wines and making our purchases we had a wander around the gardens that would be outstanding in the spring - the estate employs 6 gardeners.

Voyager Estate

Voyager Estate

Di in the rose Arbour

Di in the rose Arbour

Voyager Estate temporary tasting rooms in a marquee

Voyager Estate temporary tasting rooms in a marquee

Di checking out the box hedges

Di checking out the box hedges

Voyager Estate buildings from the gardens

Voyager Estate buildings from the gardens

Voyager Estate rose garden

Voyager Estate rose garden

After leaving Voyager Estate we drove north along Caves Road to Dunsborough where we turned north west to Cape Naturaliste and its Lighthouse. On the way back to Dunsborough we called into Bunker Bay for a couple of photos, before stopping in Dunsborough for a late lunch.

Cape Naturaliste Lightkeepers house

Cape Naturaliste Lightkeepers house

Cape Naturalistse Lighthouse

Cape Naturalistse Lighthouse

Point Marchant near Cape Naturaliste

Point Marchant near Cape Naturaliste

Bunker Bay

Bunker Bay

After our lunch we moved on to Busselton to have a look at the jetty. The 145-year-old Busselton Jetty, measured at 1,841 metres, is the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. For those who are not up to the walk out and back there is a tourist "train". We had our daily exercise and walked out and back. The jetty is a very popular fishing spot, but we did not see too many keepers.

Busselton foreshore from the jetty

Busselton foreshore from the jetty

Nautical Lady Fun Park from the Busselton Jetty

Nautical Lady Fun Park from the Busselton Jetty

The Busselton Jetty Train

The Busselton Jetty Train

David at the end of Busselton Jetty

David at the end of Busselton Jetty

Busselton from the end of the jetty

Busselton from the end of the jetty

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Day 42 - Saturday 16 June 2012

Margaret River

We had a foggy start to the day but it cleared to a generally clear blue sky. While David drove into Margaret River for the weekend papers Di did a couple of loads of washing. After lunch we drove to Cape Leeuwin to have a look at the lighthouse. The lighthouse was completed in 1896 and until 1982 the lens was rotated by a clockwork mechanism, and the beacon was a pressure kerosine mantle type lamp. The lighthouse now has a 1,000 watt tungsten lamp flashing every 7.5 seconds that can be seen 47 kms away. The lighthouse was maintained by 3 lightkeepers who resided in the lightkeepers cottages until 1988, the last lightkeeper to live at Cape Leeuwin leaving in 1998.

Cape Leeuwin was named by Matthew Flinders in 1801, at the commencement of his circumnavigation of Terra Australis, taking the name from the adjoining area that had been named Leeuwin's Land by Dutch navigators when the the "Leeuwin' rounded the Cape in 1622. Cape Leeuwin is regarded by mariners as one of the most treacherous coastlines in the world and marks the point where the Southern Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. In 1945 10 RAN sailors were lost overboard in a storm from HMAS Nizam when it was 11 miles off Cape Leeuwin on a voyage from Port Phillip Bay to Fremantle - the 10 sailors were never found.

Di admiring the view at Cape Leeuwin

Di admiring the view at Cape Leeuwin

The Lightkeeper's Cottages

The Lightkeeper's Cottages

The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

The Southern Ocean

The Southern Ocean

The junction of the Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean

The junction of the Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean

After a coffee and a biscuit in the Lighthouse Tearooms, we moved on to have a look at Lake Cave. Lake Cave is one of more than 100 limestone caves located on the spine of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge that runs from Dunsborough in the north to Augusta in the south. The cave entrance is located in a large hole created about 700 years ago when the roof of the cave collapsed. Lake Cave is located more than 200 metres underground and is accessible by a long staircase - the bad news is that you have to climb back out again. There is a fresh water lake at the bottom of the cave that being slightly acidic has shaped some of the formations, including the Suspended Table that is now some 40 cms above the lake level.

Stairs down to the cave entrance

Stairs down to the cave entrance

Old Karri Trees

Old Karri Trees

The Cave Entrance

The Cave Entrance

The Suspended Table

The Suspended Table

A Column and a Pillar

A Column and a Pillar

The Sphinx

The Sphinx

Suspended Table reflected in the lake

Suspended Table reflected in the lake

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