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Road Trip - Part 2, Western Australia to South Australia

Driving more than 4000 km from Perth to Adelaide, sleeping on top our car!

If you haven’t already read about our cool setup with car and rooftop tents started, and our first days on our road trip from Perth to Adelaide, you want to click here and catch up… I promise you, it’s worth the click.

Tasting Bonanza

Now, our next destination after Busselton, was a place we had high expectations for. For people like us, who thoroughly enjoys good food, good wine, good coffee and chocolate, local produce, preferably organic and in beautiful surroundings, we were expecting a lot from Margaret River south of Perth. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

Making it there just before everything closed, we decided to take it easy at the campground and play some boardgames available at the campsite. Next morning, we are ready to taste it all. Unfortunately, all the vineyards we are closed due to Australia Day weekend, but we went for a great coffee and chocolate tasting experience, tried lots of different local olive oils, marmalades, ciders, honeys, you name it even hand lotions and essential oils (which I'm a huge fan of). We also saw the beautiful little all blue birds, the fairy-wrens, while eating delicious cakes at the Berry Farm in Rosa Glen. All in all, anything there that was open and offering/selling tastings we did it – and liked it… a lot.

Stingray encounters

With full and happy bellies, we drove on to another highlight on our trip at Hamelin Bay. Wild stingrays swimming in on shallow waters by the beach looking for food, as the

fishermen used to throw out their fish scrubs after rinsing fish from the old and now non-existing jetty.

We hadn’t been at the beach for long before spotting the first stingrays. Standing completely still in the water, as we had learned we were supposed to, and also a little bit out of fright, we watched them come closer and closer until they brushed their fins up our legs. Standing still and just looking at them, we were (supposedly) safe, but they are wild stingrays with long venomous spines down their tail to defend themselves from shark attacks and other predators. This was quite the experience. Philip even got to feed them when some fishermen came by with their fish scrubs. After good instructions and learning about the stingrays from the local and experienced fishermen, Philip got to hand feed a huge stingray that was hungry and didn't care whether it was being hand fed or not. He was one proud and happy boy for the rest of the day. After a couple of hours of having seen and been touched by both small and big stingrays, we went for a picnic up in the sand dunes overlooking the waters, and as the cherry on top, we spotted a big shark only a hundred meters off the shore lurking around for... well, probably a stingray dinner.

The next day, we took off for Walpole, after another visit to the beach with the stingrays, as we had spent the night on a campsite 100 meters up from the beach. A local informed us, that we were not to miss the WOW Wilderness Eco-cruise in Walpole, so off we went. On our way there, we passed by the Karridale Maze, where we ended up spending most of the

afternoon chasing each other around the fun maze, which we had all to ourselves most of the time. Arriving in Walpole, we just made it in time to book us in on the WOW tour starting the next morning, before the local Tourist Information closed for the day.

Tour by a Living Encyclopedia

It was just as fun, interesting and enlightening as we had been promised. Never before have we met a person with such knowledge about everything from wildlife, nature, world history, mythology, geology, philosophy, much more and equally important, the ability to tell a good story. It was three intense hours on the boat and hiking through wilderness out to the beach while we were being told the most dramatic and incredible stories, tying everything we saw together with all our different nationalities and hometowns of the 20 people on the tour. I don’t think we have ever learned so much in just three hours, as we did with this guy! It was incredible and you simply have to go on the tour to understand it completely, but what a character and incredible living encyclopedia.

Visiting Denmark… as in the town of Denmark – not the country