Jimmy our friend from Perth who had once visited us on La Vagabonde before, was nice enough to lend us his beast of a car for a few weeks. So we took off on a little road trip up the West Australian coastline to show you guys where I am from!
We drove 820km north from Perth to reach Shark Bay, stopping at Dongara, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Billabong, Denham, Monkey Mia and we went for a 4WD up the western coast of shark bay which is the most western point of Australia and has some gorgeous little beaches off the track.
It was coming on summer, so the nights were still cold and the mornings super fresh, but when mid-day hit it was a good 30-35 degrees. Unfortunately the temperature of the ocean was not quite warm enough to frolic in their all day. In fact, it was absolutely freezing and neither of us could stay in for longer than half an hour without our wetsuits, proper free diving and spearfishing gear we had left overseas on La Vagabonde. Using cheap and tacky gear we bought at the servo for $10 a set turned out to be a nightmare (as expected), leaky masks that fogged up after 2 minutes, and fins that were plastic and hurt a lot. But we ended up getting 2 fish for dinner, so I suppose it was still worth it… sorta!
We planned to make it a few more hundred k’s north of Shark Bay for the roady, but due to some car troubles we found ourselves stuck in a tiny little town at a pub, watching the AFL (Australian Football League) while the car was repaired. We ended up having a really good time there and made the most of the situation. When she was all fixed we headed back down south to Perth, stopping at some pretty cool little spots on the way home.
We hope you guys enjoyed seeing a little of Aus through our eyes. Stay tuned for Part 2!