Monday, April 21, 2008

On our way...Bunbury, Western Australia

Our adventure has well and truely begun - we left Invercargill airport on Saturday 19 April and had a long trip to Perth via Christchurch and Sydney. It was good to catch up with friends at Christchurch airport and fill in some time and then a very short turn around time in Sydney meant it was a rushed time with my sister (sorry Susan!)
We arrived in Perth at 8.30pm (WA time - minus 4hours from NZ). About 8.10pm as the pilot announced he was beginning the descent into Perth we suddenly felt very excited to be on our way and it was so good to see Richard, Suzen, Katie & James at the airport. It was then about 2 hours car trip down to Bunbury and so we were very tired but pleased to be here.
We spent Sunday relaxing and then Monday we have had a big walk round to the dolphin encounter beach (no dolphins today...) then after lunch Katie & Rebecca had to look in some shops before hitting the beach. They had a great time in the waves but I have to say it wasn't tropical!

Rebecca & Katie checking out the surf at Yallingup

Added some time later...
We had an awesome time with Richard, Suzen, Katie & James and enjoyed a couple of days camping at Yallingup, in the Margaret River area. The kids (& Richard) spent many hours in the surf and Rebecca is very much at home in this part of the world!
We went to some sand dunes at Moses Rock and had a great time using the body boards to surf down the dunes.

Sand dunes

For lunch one day we visited an olive oil place and we all enjoyed tasting the various oils and dippings, this ended up with many choruses of 'Olio Bello' as we continued our drive!
Lunch continued at a chocolate factory with a yummy chocolate fondue and this was followed by a visit to the Yahava Coffee factory...not a bad way to lunch!

Chocolate Factory

On our final day at Yallingup we drove down to Prevally Beach which had HUGE waves but the kids (& Richard) didn't mind getting out into the surf! Our drive back to Bunbury took us past a venison factory so, of course, we had to stop in there for a tasting...then it was home for a swim and fish & chips on the beach.

Taking a break at Prevally Beach

Another day we visited Busselton Jetty and we walked out to the end of the 2km jetty and then a fast walk back again as it started to rain - a great spot...pity about the weather.

Busselton Jetty - the girls refuse to have their photo taken!

We had a great time with the Arthur's and it has been great to renew the relationship between Katie & Rebecca, James & Josh and, of course the adults! It's amazing how much the kids have in common...water, lego, star wars
Wearing sumo suits in Bunbury