Monthly Archives: September 2013

Bunbury

25/9 – 29/9/2013

We tried to find the free-way to take us through Perth but ended up stumbling along heading towards the outer suburbs. Fortunately half of Perth was out of town urging the Dockers on in Melbourne so the traffic was fairly Light. We made it, more by accident, onto the right roads but sadly I saw nothing of the city at all – Shane was quite delighted about that.
Bunbury seems to be a very busy place with plenty of traffic to navigate through – which is a bit of a surprise. It seems to have a lot to offer the traveller and we end up being in the right place at the right time to join a ‘walk and taste’ tour run by volunteers at the Information Centre. We happily learn some interesting facts about Bunbury, the historical buildings and our first tasting is sausages at Rusticana.

Rusticana - sausages, cheeses, spices - a cooks delight

Rusticana – sausages, cheeses, spices – a cooks delight

They use their own beef, their neighbours lamb and have a shop with everything a food lover would ever want. Later we do go back and get some peeper beef sausages which Shane enjoys for breakfast. Off to The Creamery for a lesson on the difference between Gelato, Sorbets and ice cream – all in the fat! We did enjoy a lovely coffee in here and they have very interesting movie posters.

I have to mention Rose Hotel as it was my maiden name and it is a grand old building still in use today. The Bunbury Tower, commonly known as the ‘milk cartoon’ by locals, is a landmark built by a subsidiary of the Bond Corporation and was designed to look like the front of a ship.

All of the area we are walking in used to be railway yards so it is very impressive to see what they have achieved and to have 4 silos turned into holiday apartments is just  one innovative ideas that changed the landscape.

Beers at Mash, I tried a Snakebite and it was delicious, and then off to Taffy’s.

Peanut Brittle - Taffys

Peanut Brittle – Taffys

This is a real treat as the owner is very passionate about his taffy, chocolates and brittle – so he should be as everything we tried is wonderfully, indulgently delightful. The whole walk was very, very good and I would recommend this to anyone at any town to join in on one if you can.

We enjoy some other walks and particularly the Tuart walk which is a type of tree that was almost logged out of existence – it was a most excellent, oily wood used for buildings, cart wheels and butchers blocks.
Visiting Bunbury has been a treat in many ways and we are particularly impressed with the walkways, tidiness and the variety of shops in the Main Street – not your general run of the mill. We have stayed at the Glade Caravan Park, free Internet and very helpful people so happy to recommend it as well.

Cervantes

21/9 – 24/9/2013

With names like Thirsty Point and Hangover Bay, Cervantes should be a fun place to stay – little did we know it would nearly blow us away, literally. On the day we arrived it was sunshine and puffy little white clouds but at about midnight gale force winds hit and our caravan was buffeted and shook around all night. We also had a nice tree branch over our caravan we kept hoping that it would stay attached to the tree and not end up in bed with us! It was followed by a miserable day of rain and more threats of bad weather heading our way that night. Thank goodness the wind shifted to NW and we were more protected but with winds in Perth expected to reach 100 – 150ks we are still worried – after all we are only 200km from Perth.
We have to time our outings in between showers of rain, severe wind and sunshine. Perfect time to check out some wild flowers so off to Lesueur National Park – unfortunately that is down a dirt road which was a bit of a challenge. For any wild flower lovers out there this is the place and so many varieties. We walked and got wet, then walked and got dry but so glad we went.
Then it’s off to the Pinnacles. Again it’s a matter of timing and dodging dodgy weather and we end up getting very lucky – a little windy but no rain. The Pinnacles are made up of limestone and look like pillars standing like sentinels guarding the sand dunes along the coast – some over 2 metres tall and others just showing the tip. It seems that it is a bit of a mystery just how they were formed but apparently it all happened underground and one day the fragile vegetation disappeared leaving the area open to erosion. Rain, wind and other elements took away the sand from around the harder limestone formations leaving the pillars to rise out of the ground. It is well worth walking around and we decided to hoof the 4ks around the park. It is a very unique, eerie, unusual and strange landscape – another fascinating pocket of our great country.