14.06.2016 - 01.07.2016
We initially planned on spending a week here but enjoyed it so much we spent close to three. We stayed at a working farm camp spot called Big Valley. It is a gorgeous friendly campground, complete with chucks roaming, working dogs to fuss, a baby pig to cuddle and new born lambs to bottle feed, as well as guinea pigs, rabbits and sheep. We explored the entire South West coast from here as it is in the middle.
The area is absolutely stunning, the coast is rugged, the forests look enchanted and the produce, wine, beer and more are everywhere. There are hundreds of places to visit so spending so long here was easy. In winter it is very cold but we had lovely evenings meeting people around a warm camp fire. We even managed to do a couple of days work on a neighbouring farm to get some spending money for our time in Fremantle.
It was packed full of fun and new things. We spent time on a wine tour, visiting several wineries, learning about good wine, cheese, chocolate and nougat producers as well as liquor and beer and came home stuffed and giddy. We rented mountain bikes and rode a mountain bike trail through the muddy forests next to the river and had a picnic. We visited both stunning capes, lighthouses, walked on the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, awed at beach views and explored caves, watched the surfers, tried to track down stingrays at Hamelin bay and walked along cliffs, staring out to the ferocious winter ocean. We drove on a four wheel drive track with friends, through the forests, through thick mud, sand, rocks and creeks. We visited countless breweries, having tasters and lunch with a good view. We made homemade pizzas, played beer pong, played a LOT of competitive Yahtzee with popcorn and sat around the camp fire.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and met such nice people to enjoy it with. Australia never stops amazing us, we love every minute.