Only in “Straya”

Australia is a pretty unique country. Sure, it shares a lot of similarities with European countries, in particular with England, which you’d kind of expect, but I still think there are some things you see in Australia that are part of every day life there that you just don’t see anywhere else.

When we went back to Australia recently, I was surprised at how quickly I’d forgotten some of these little things – basically I think I had forgotten what a beautiful, sometimes brutal but brilliant country it is!

So while we were travelling around Western Australia on our little road trip I thought I’d document a few of the sights I saw that I haven’t seen in many other parts of the world!

For a start, Australia can be pretty awesome to look at:

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Looking out over Bunker Bay, Western Australia

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Evening sky set on fire in Shoalwater, Western Australia

However, despite the beauty it can also be pretty brutal at times.

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Check Twitter to see if you’ll have a leg bitten off today!

Yet there are some just awesome little things that I absolutely love about Australia:

1.) Where else do you get your post delivered by a man dressed in fluro on a scooter?

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2.) Does any other country have Driver Revivers?! These are Coffee and Tea Caravans, run by local community groups, offering a rest spot and a free cup of tea or coffee, a biscuit or even just a chat to tired drivers! They do an amazing job. We stopped at the one below on Easter Sunday and they gave us Easter eggs! Check out their website here to see how good they are!

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And lastly, no-one does the Ute (with accompanying immense number plate) quite like Australia!

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Exploring (a tiny piece of) Western Australia 

Over the Easter holidays, or Spring Break, or whatever you call the last couple of weeks, we got out of Dubai, and headed back to Australia. However, instead of going “home” to Sydney, we flew in to Perth, to explore a little corner of Western Australia for the first time.

We’ve got quite a few friends who live in Perth now, so it was great to catch up with them, albeit too briefly as always. A special thanks to Rebecca and Thom for their amazing hospitality and putting up with us for part of our travels!

After a weekend in Perth, we hired our tiny yet trusty Toyota and hit the road, heading south. Check out the map in the link above, (courtesy of Travellers Point), to get an idea of the route we took through South West WA. The region is famous for great beaches, world class surfing, stunning scenery and also, the beautiful wineries (and wines) of the Margaret River.

The small coastal towns of the area really remind me of Southern California. The beach towns like Yallingup and Dunsborough in WA for me have the same sort of feel to them as places like Laguna Beach, just south of Los Angeles. Really small, relaxed, surfing communities!

Bunker Bay is just incredible, unspoiled natural beauty where you could sit on the beach for a few hours and watch the waves go by.

Sunset on Bunker Bay

Sunset on Bunker Bay

While we were in the town of Margaret River, we went on an awesome wine tour of the surrounding wineries. I’m not normally a fan of day tours, but the day out with Harvest Tours included calling on some smaller wineries, that only really sell through their cellar door, and who match their wines to locally made produce. Trying all the wine with various delicious meats, cheeses and chocolates makes the day much more interesting. And also, if you’re doing a wine tour, getting someone else to do the driving is a lot more fun!

Capel Vale Winery

Capel Vale Winery

If you want a really relaxing break, love beautiful coastlines and good food and wine, then a visit to the tiny corner Western Australia should definitely be on your bucket list. If you want to check out more of Western Australia (and there is a lot more considering the state makes up one third of Australia!)  – have a look here

And as for being back in Australia? My thoughts on that were summed up in the line of a song that came on the iPod while we were driving the gorgeous South Western Highway to Denmark – Nothing else compares……..