Australia '10 Series: Walpole.

Mum and Dad thought it would be a wonderful idea for both them, Em and I, to spend 4 days down in the south-west of Western Australia at Walpole. Walpole is a place I’ve been to a few times before, be it with family or friends, and somewhere I really enjoy relaxing and appreciating rural Australia. It would obviously be an amazing place for Em to experience, seeing as she’s never really gone outside of the Perth metropolitan area before. It would be interesting to see what her reactions would be to the area.

While some people may shudder at the prospect of spending 4 days with their parents, I have to admit that I, and Em, were both looking forward to spending some quality time together with them seeing as we don’t get much chance of doing so during the rest of the year. I should also be noted that Mum and Dad were more than likely happy to spend that time with us, too. I’m sure we’re not the easiest company all the time.

We left early on Friday morning, my Dad driving us down there. It was more or less a direct drive on the more western route, rather than inland (through Williams, etc). Within about 4 or 5 hours, we’re at our chalets in Walpole.

I took a handful of photos, so please take the time to look through them if you’re interested.

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We stopped in Dwellingup for a coffee and piece of grub. I beaut of an old town which has the real feel of community which seems so vacant from everyday Perth life.

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Beef pie and sandwich. A good Aussie lunch to get us through to Walpole.

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Our chalet in Walpole.

We stayed at Riverside Retreats and we very pleased by both how isolated and scenic they were. I can highly recommend anyone who wants to stay there. The chalets are fairly new and very clean.

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Failing to look like a country boy.

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Em taking some photos of her favourite animals, Kangaroos. It was nice to have them roaming free around the chalets.

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The view was simply stunning where we were.

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We also visited the Valley of the Giants and the famous Tree Top Walk. This was probably my fourth or fifth trip there, but it’s always stunning. For Em, it was her first trip and she clearly looked impressed with both the constructions of the bridges and the magnificent display.

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It never fails to impress.

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The beauty about the South West is that there are always places to visit along the way to anywhere you plan on going. We found this beauty at a local fudge factory near Waplole.

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Em (Ms. Gucci) looking as pretty as the scenery around her a local cheese factory.

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The assortment of cheese we had were incredible and so very delicious.

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Em enjoying the company of some very sleepy Koalas.

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Em loved the baby kangaroos (joeys) so much that I think she wore a few of them out.

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Guinea Pigs!

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An emu.

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The views are simply stunning at some of the wineries.

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The bay in Walpole looked terribly inviting, but alas we didn’t venture in.

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Em inside a huge tree.

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And the sunsets (above) were absolutely breathtaking.

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We took an eco-cruise around Walpole.

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Our tour guide was very informative regarding the problems of dieback around the area. Die back is a terrible fungi that is killing huge areas of natural vegetation in the south-west.

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The old city hall in Albany.

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Suffice to say the trip down south with Em and my folks was hugely relaxing. We consumed a lot of good wine and beer, sampled some marvelous cheeses, and viewed some magical places.

*This post has been pre-written a couple of weeks ago. I’m currently in the process of relocating to China and starting my new job so my ‘air time’ is rather limited these days. Not to mention Flickr doesn’t work over here in China. have to find a solution to that!

** As a side note, please remember that flickr, google, and facebook cannot be easily accessed here in Beijing. Please email (dehere(at)iinet.net.au), or leave a comment, to contact me.

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