This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.


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2004 Travels May 11

TUESDAY 11 MAY    THOMAS RIVER TO ESPERANCE   135kms

We decided not to prolong the inevitable, watching the stored power decline and feeling sad at Thomas River, but to pack up and go back to Esperance straight away.

The day had dawned cloudy again, and the forecast rain was falling.

The time here had been wonderful. The diversity of the southern WA vegetation had been so evident, and enjoyable. Hopefully, we will return, one day.

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Cape Arid

On the way back, at Condingup, John bought $15 worth of diesel – just to be on the safe side! At $1.08cpl. We refuelled fully at Esperance – $1.04cpl.

Went back into the Seafront Caravan Park, at $19.80 a night, after discount.

Phoned L to send on any mail, Express.


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2004 Travels April 26

MONDAY 26 APRIL     ESPERANCE

Today was a public holiday.

We went driving, firstly around the 38km long Tourist Loop. This followed the coast west from the town, then looped back around past the Pink Lake, to town. This had got to be one of the best coasts in Australia. It was so beautiful. The road wound about, and each rise crested gave an outlook over the sea and islands, and occasional beaches.

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There were also occasional glimpses of the wind farms.

The day was a bit grey and slightly chilly, so we were not tempted to stop and walk on any of the beaches.

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We saw the Pink Lake – faintly pink, due to its salt-tolerant algae. Apparently, it could be really quite vividly pink, but not so at the moment.

We drove back through town and out the other side, around to the Bandy Creek boat harbour – an anchorage place for fishing boats and smaller craft, away from the seriously large shipping frequenting the main harbour.

From there, followed a track that took us on to the point beyond, and Wylie Bay. There is so much beautiful coastal scenery around Esperance that, after a while, one starts to become a little immune to it!

Today was an enjoyable sight seeing day.

At night, there were more of the ongoing phone call and text messages with daughter, concerning her situation and plans. They just perpetuated my unhappiness with it all.