Ok so another week has gone by and its been a pretty busy one. Continuing on from the last entry, we went out to a club called The Deen, most of the clubs out here dont have an entry fee but they scan your passport on entry and are really strict on drunk people, even if you seem the tiniest bit drunk you will get refused...harsh! While we were out I realised that people over here cant dance! I dont know wether it was the ozzies or just general backpackers but Chelsea Dagger came on and all people seemed to do was shuffle their feet!! whats all that about? Thats the type of song that allows for hands in the air like you just dont care! I wasnt impressed. Next time I will have to show them how its done.
Next, I bought a campervan, it didnt have any camping stuff with it so we had to kit it out ourselves. The van itsself is good but it was owned by 2 mechanics who u sed it to get to work, it was filthy!! GRIM is a good word to use. Thick black grease all over in every corner, the seats felt horrible and the seatbelts. But it had lots of room and the bed was already fitted in the back so we thought it was worth getting and cleaning ourselves.
Just before we set off I had to say goodbye to Helen and Steph who were heading to Cairns to do the east coast, i felt a bit sad because Helen was the 1st person i knew here in Oz but i know shes having a great time up there and cant wait to see them both at Christmas :-. I also had to say goodbye to a new friend, Laura. Having been at school together for 5 years but never really knwoing each other, we spent a few days in Perth together as well as going to Freemantle. It was a wierd feeling because although I had realisticly only just met her, I felt like I had known her all my life :-s I was sad that she was leaving but she was off the next part of her adventure going to Bali and heading to Asia befor returning to the UK.
We headed up north in the camper towards Kalbarri and stayed at a few different places along the way including, Karrinyup Waters Resort (Perth) which was really ngood for our first campsite. Very family orientated but had great facilities and laods of ducks & birds. We then went on to Lancelin, Cervantes and Jurien Bay. We stayed overnight in Jurien Bay is the worst campsite ever! It just seem deserted apart from a couple who obviously lived there permenantly and the owners 14 year old grandaughter who rode around on a tricycle. Not a good vibe from here an we both couldnt wait to leave. Most of the small town along the way were hilbilly towns, not much there and with very few people. But these toen definatly had the best beaches, white sand and blue seas.
We stopped to see the Pinnacles which were great. Thousands of weird rock formations in the middle of the dessert. We tried to walk around but the flies up north are really bad, so we drove around it instead. We headed to Geraldton which was a nice big/normal town and then on to Kalbarri. In total it took us about 6/7 hours to reach Kalbarri but it was woth it, it was such a nice supprise after all the other town on the way. This was a really nice tourist town with loads to do and lots of people. Again the camsites were aimed at families but we felt comfortable there so it didnt really matter. We then moved on to another campsite further out of the town called Big River Ranch which is a working Horse Ranch. It was so nice there, it felt like you had gone back in time with. We sat around out first campfire and there were less families there and more individual couples. So we got to meet a few more people. W e didnt meet as many people as we thought we would on the journey up north so it was a bit dissapointing. We also didnt find any free campsites which we thought there would be. We tried to go to Kalbarri National Park to do a gorge walk but the rosd there was only really passable by a 4WD. So we turned around and came back. We did our own walks though along the cliffs, Red Bluff, Mushropm Rock and Rainbow Jungle. They were really nice and we could see whales and dolphins from the top of Red Bluff Cliffs :-) We both really liked Kalbarri but we both seemed to have a doubt in out minds if campervanning was the right thing for us to be doing. We did some rough calculations ad it was going to cost us about $3800 each to reach sydney and it would probable work out cheaper to get there using organised trips and excursions. So i think we both knew what we were going to do when we got back to Perth.
On the drive back to Perth we stopped off at Joondalup and stayed at Burns Beach, It was late at night and the sun was just settinf over the ocean. Out site was directly opposite the sea so it was pretty good timing.
Now back in Perth I am staying at Bambu Backpackers which is great but im going to head back and stay at underground again from tomorrow. Bambu has a much more hippie feel to it which is good and the people are great but i prefer the safety of underground. The van is now for sale and hopfull we shuold actually make a profit!
Finally got to meet up with Steph yesterday which was so much fun. I got a bit emotional when i saw her, i think it was the sight of an actual friend from home which made me cry. We spent the day shopping, lunch and at the beach. It was so nice to see her and am hoping to see her again before i leave Perth. She seems really settle here now and has a proper ozzie accent!! It was really wierd to hear her speak like that.
Im starting to look at what im going to do with my time here and going to travel agents to get things booked. Ive got just less than 10 weeks till i need to be in Sydney and I want to use my time well so today is a da of planning!!
I know i need to put some photos up but im going to wait untill i have got quite a few and then do it all together.
Love Megan xxx