Leaving Kojonup we headed towards Boyup Brook (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyup_Brook,_Western_Australia) on our journey to Busselton.
We passed though the town after about an hour’s travel and quickly reached the larger centre of Bridgetown (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgetown,_Western_Australia) and found it to be quite a hilly settlement.
We drove through the main street turned south then west heading for Nannup (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nannup,_Western_Australia). We pulled off the road at Bridgetown with a view to having smoko but found the rest area quite muddy as a result of recent rain so we drove on.
The road between Bridgetown and Nannup traversed some fairly steep and high country and the going was slow as we travelled across the winding roads along the way. Most of the roads were speed restricted with many sections of double centre lines where following vehicles could not pass so on some occasions, as we were travelling quite slowly, we had a number of followers. Finally we found a gravel area (as it turned out – just before Nannup) and pulled off the road to have our morning tea.
As we drove on after morning tea we found ourselves in a steep descent with the town of Nannup only a few kilometres along; we drove through the town without stopping and headed for our final destination of Busselton driving along the Vasse Highway.
We reached Busselton around 12:45 and made our way to the Kookaburra Caravan Park (http://www.busselton.wa.gov.au/Community-Services/Facilities/Kookaburra-Caravan-Park) where we had decided to stay while in Busselton.
We set up on our chosen site then headed into town in search of lunch – fish and chips and very tasty too. After lunch we took a walk through the commercial area then along the foreshore in the vicinity of Busselton Jetty (http://www.busseltonjetty.com.au/).
Sleeping in on Sunday morning when we finally emerged from the covers and had breakfast we took a walk to a large local market run by the Rotary Club in Signal Park, just up the road from the caravan park. There were quite a few stalls, but, I suspect, fewer than would have been there in summer, with a large variety of goods for sale. We bought fruit – apples, persimmons and mandarins then went to a nearby coffee shop for good coffee and tasty apple slice for smoko.
Returning to the caravan park we took the opportunity to wash the caravan to get rid of eight weeks accumulated road grime and mud from construction sites along the way. The car is on the agenda to be washed before we leave Busselton.
Monday morning was a time for washing clothes, a spot of shopping and a visit to the physiotherapist. The Busselton Jetty extends for some 1.8 kilometres into Geographe Bay and is the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere; Monday afternoon we took a walk along the jetty from its beginning to its end and back again. At the start of the jetty there is an interpretative centre and gift shop and at the end of the jetty there is an underwater observatory. Fees apply for entry to the jetty and a day pass is required to even walk the structure; an entry fee also applies to access the underwater observatory. A train runs the length of the jetty and offers paying passengers a ride from one end to the other and return – a great way for the less mobile to experience the jetty.
The jetty is popular with tourists (like us), families and fisher folk; all along the jetty there are spots suitable for wetting a line and most of these were occupied by fishers with multiple rods and hand lines in the water. We didn’t see too many fish being caught but found a fellow who had caught his first octopus and another who had landed a couple of small squid. We found a couple of birds feuding over a very small fish that someone had landed and discarded and when one eventually flew off with the fish in beak it was pursued by its mates plus several seagulls and an albatross – not sure who finally ended up with the fish.
Tuesday dawned and a number of caravans departed the park to be replaced by others in due course. Washing the car was the order of the day and this was achieved before lunch. We filled the water tanks and topped up our spare Jerry cans in the back of the truck ready for free camping a bit further along the journey. Another physio appointment followed by a drive to Dunsborough and a brief visit to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse (http://www.geographebay.com/tours/cape-naturaliste-lighthouse). We really left it too late in the day for a Lighthouse tour so just took a walk from the cottages to the lighthouse and around the base.
Then back to Busselton (thirty kilometres away) by 5:00pm to make a phone call. Poor weather is forecast locally for the next couple of days so we also packed up the caravan awning and shades as a precaution.
Wednesday dawned to a slightly showery day with an approaching unseasonal low pressure system influencing the weather. A little more shopping was in order as was a visit to the barber while in town. Busselton is a larger centre with a substantial commercial area with plenty of choice for residents and visitors. While we haven’t done a lot of exploring we have noted there is a lot for the visitor to see and do with wineries and breweries, chocolate and cheese outlets and many other places to experience. The whole south western area of western Australia is a great place to visit and we explored the Margaret River area more thoroughly when we were here in 2010. Our visit this year has been more of a maintenance and resupply stop before we head to the northern parts of Western Australia.