Saturday, 25 February 2012

South west Australia road trip

1st to 8th February 2012

Brian let me borrow his car so I went on a road trip south of Perth for a week. I did over 2000km and went to;

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  • Dunsborough
  • Margaret river
  • Walpole
  • Denmark
  • Albany
  • Esperance
  • Kalgoorlie
  • And many little ghost towns in between the above
PhotobucketIts like going back in time in some of the places I went through. There's hardly anyone there and everything seems really old. Many of the fuel stations are private little ones where a guy fills up for you. I was in Denmark on Saturday afternoon in the town centre and almost everything was closed and there was nobody around, at all!

I spent a couple of nights sleeping on the back seat of the car and the other nights I stayed in the YHA hostels.

The first night (in Dunsborough) I spent on the back seat of the car because the hostel there was fully booked and the motels are really expensive. I parked the car near the beach on the street in a free parking space and crashed out. I woke up in the middle of the night and wondered why the inside of the car was flashing.. I looked up over the back seat of the car and saw a police car about 200 metres away and I thought I could expect a knock on the window at any moment since its slightly illegal to 'camp' like that - plus I actually didn't bring my driving licence (clever me) with me so I was extra paranoid about that. Anyway, I fell asleep again waiting for the knock on the window or the police car to drive off and just woke up at 8am with an aching neck.

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PhotobucketAll the places I visited were really nice but the best place I visited has to be Esperance. Its a nice town with some excellent beaches and just 45km down the road you have cape le grande where I saw the best beaches Ive ever been to and there's hardly anyone there (at this time of year at least). I stayed in a Esperance for 2 nights and could quite happily have stayed much longer. The YHA there is right at the waterfront, it great. I met some crazy guys there who were cycling from Perth to Sydney! Rrrrespec'

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PhotobucketThe last stop was Kalgoorlie which is a massive gold mining town. I saw the biggest mining site they have there, the superpit - which is just the most insane hole in the ground Ive ever seen, the huge vehicles at the bottom were like ants.

PhotobucketKalgoorlie is also famous for having a red light zone with brothels all along Hay street for the miners, which happens to be where my hostel was! Brian told me you can do a tour of the Langtrees brothel, but unfortunately the place was closing down and being converted into a boutique hotel so I didn't get a chance to do the tour. There were only two brothels left and as I walked by to take a picture I caught a glimpse of one of the 'girls' and it wasn't pretty so if that's anything to go by then its no wonder all the brothels have closed down. :P

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