LOVE TO WANDER
We visited a grand total of 24 National Parks on this tour and covered 7340 kilometres. The fuel cost for the trip came in at $822 AUD - about £450.
There is just so much to love about Western Australia:
Also - you really can’t help but love a country where everyone’s favourite TV programme seems to be Escape to the Country.
The questions I asked myself at the beginning of the trip have largely all been answered now:
Tips for Future Travellers:
Hindsight is always a wonderful thing and if you are reading this in advance of your trip to WA, then let me give you the benefit. We spent 32 days in WA. There was so much to see and do that I would have allowed an extra five days, if possible, with an extra night in each of Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Albany, Coral Bay and Monkey Mia and would have given Mandurah a miss. To save time, you could fly back from Exmouth to Perth and visit everywhere on the trip North, but this would incur additional charges with a one way drop off and may limit your luggage allowance too and the road trips did definitely add something to the overall experience I felt - it is part of what this huge country is all about.
Sundays are quiet days in WA - like the UK 50 years ago. It can be hard to find many places open for dinner and shops/tours often close up too - particularly later in the season towards the Summer.
It is definitely an early to bed, early to rise culture . Most restaurants close at 8 - 8.30 and breakfast starts as early as 6 in many places.
If wildflowers are your main interest, you need to come between mid August and the end of September to see the best show, but it may well be busier then and not as warm. If you want up to date information on where to see wildflowers in Western Australia, checkout:
You may want to consider having a GPS navigation device and satellite phone as reception is poor in many places and you can’t rely on a mobile ‘hone for either navigation or an emergency contact device.
What will I Miss?
Seeing something new every day - this was a really great trip for that.
Tim Tams - especially the mint ones.
Most of all though, I will miss the gorgeous light which gives everything such an intensity here. You can really live life in colour in Australia.
Verdict on Flight Centre/Round the World Experts
The arrangements all went to plan and cost no more than they would if we had booked directly, so my verdict on the Flight Centre is that it made great sense to use them. I did have to do my own research to find out which excursions to do though and to construct the itinerary - but that’s all part of the fun for me. I have booked our next trip through them too now. Thanks to Ant Convey for his help in customising the trip for us.
Souvenir I am glad I bought:
My emu sunglasses case - so cool and so useful. Unfortunately, I just couldn't fit in the cuddly koala.
Great trips are all about good team work and I am very fortunate in my travel partner. He spotted things I would have missed, sorted out the worn out tyres (Hertz did us no favours at all there) and drove us safely through all those kilometres.
We had such a great time, we are definitely going to come back to Australia, but next time, we are going up onto the far North West and down through the forbidding red centre There is altogether quite another adventure to experience up there - a journey beyond for sure. So it’s Goodbye and See ya Later!
Stay tuned for the next trip - Costa Rica - February 2020 …