Australia’s SouthWest - the meeting point of two oceans

Have you ever wondered how it felt to travel back in time?

To answer this question, your journey starts on a train from Perth to Bunbury which moves really, really slowly through remains of houses burnt down by bushfires and cattle grazing the grass dried by the strong sun and completely undisturbed by the passage of the iron monster.

  

The distance between the two cities is only 150 km but it takes 2 hours and a half to reach your destination! You have enough time to relax completely, and even to fall asleep judging from the distant snoring of your fellow travellers that you can hear at the end of the ride.

  

Bunbury may be a small town compared to international standards but for Australian ones, it is a city and even more - it is the gateway to the Australian South West.

  

All along your journey to the most southwesterly point of Oz, you will be daydreaming in a parallel universe where time had frozen a long time ago! It feels like you had inadvertently jumped into your favourite colourful painting and have remained locked into this different reality since then...

  

To be honest, you would want to stay there forever!

The South West of Australia is a world of wilderness, unspoken beauty, grandiose natural wonders, warm bright colours, lots of sunshine and sometimes the feeling of being the only person left on Earth!

  

You will definitely fall in love at first sight with this world full of surprises and amazing experiences...

  

The sea and its beautiful colours changing with the light of the sun and reaching their apotheosis at sunset...

  

The endless, most of the time almost desert, white sand beaches...

  

You can watch a stunning sunset almost every single day while practising your yoga, having some beer with fish and chips or just relaxing on the soft sand in the company of the seagulls.

  

The gentle and cradling noise of the waves which often turns up to thundering as they reach amazing heights to the surfers’ utmost delight...

  

The white foamy water surging through the ancient basalt rock formations as the waves of the Indian Ocean splash against them on Back Beach in Bunbury…Another unique characteristic of this area is the “back wash” that occurs when the swell breaks on the basalt and creates a reverse wave - these waves allow surfers to surf out to sea instead of back to shore and, if they are lucky, they can catch another wave on the way back! It is awesome!

  

The lighthouses in Bunbury and at Cape Naturaliste perched on their high cliffs and sending their romantic dreamy verses to ships and travellers...

  

Endemic animals in the Bunbury Wildlife Park or in an enchanted forest hidden in the middle of the city…

  

Say hi to a curious emu and learn a little bit more about this second-largest bird by height after the ostrich...

Baby emus are incubated by their father for around 60 days while the mother abandons the father throughout incubation! Then the father raises the baby emus for up to 18 months!

  

Pat and receive a declaration of love from kangaroos and their close cousins, the wallabies…

    

Get introduced to a sleepy possum…

Chat with a cockatoo and some parrots...

  

Admire the grace of whole families of black swans - the emblem of Western Australia - popping up by pure magic at the end of a walk through a magical forest where trees interlace lovingly their branches…

  

A forest that you discovered just a few minutes earlier after having purposelessly dragged your feet around the city for an hour...

  

Stop at one of the vineyards in the famous Margaret River region and try the delicious wine and food…

  

The bright red Shiraz is light and so exquisite…

The biggest hamburger in the world or a healthy beetroot salad...

  

Whatever your choice is, you will always enjoy a delicious lunch with some amazing wine and olive oil, the view of the vineyards and plenty of warm sunny cuddles…

The magic world of the caves…One of them was discovered by a lady who got lost and whose horse suddenly stopped and refused to move forward any further...She later discovered that the horse saved her life because what was lying ahead was a vertiginous abyss covered by luxurious vegetation and hiding the cave at its bottom...

  

Some of the caves have subterranean lakes in which you can see the reflections of the impressive stalactites and stalactones…

  

A drive through a forest of giant graceful karri trees between Margaret River and Augusta...This is one of the tallest species in the world, reaching heights of ninety metres!

The capital of the scarecrows!

  

If you have ever wondered where all the scarecrows from your childhood had gone, the answer is - the town of Balingup!

    

The bright colours of the scarecrows and the autumn leaves are a real carnival for your eyes suddenly filled with childish bewilderment!

  

Your journey will end up at the point where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean - Cape Leeuwin!

  

It feels like you are at the end of the world, in the whirlwind of the elements, in no man’s land…The nearest settlement, Augusta, has a population of around 1,000…There is an indescribable majesty and wilderness in the place!

  

The tall white Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, built in the late 19th century, still stands stoically at the very end of the Cape on a narrow peninsula jutting out between the two oceans, lonely and spectacular!

  

There is some sadness in the air - the Cape coastline is so treacherous that it is the final resting place for 23 ships (fortunately, all but one were wrecked before the lighthouse was built).

  

After this stunning view, it is time to go back to Perth and to reality, driving through small wild west towns (with tiny local cafés offering amazing food) and lots of roses and beautiful tropical flowers!

 

Your journey in the serenity, nonchalance, lightness, colours and brightness of the South West has come to an end but there is so much more to discover in Western Australia!

  

See you for another trip this time to the north of Perth for an encounter with dolphins, giant sand dunes and stones from another planet!

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