We left the rest stop relatively early and headed straight for Yanchep National Park, which was just down the road, and it was lovely to arrive before the crowds did as it’s relatively close to Perth and quite accessible for tourists and locals alike. They’ve got a lovely board walked koala sanctuary at the park and we finally saw our first koalas for the whole trip. Only took us about 100 days but we saw them. There was about 5 of them in a few different trees curled up snoozing, with a few signs of movement here and there. They were lovely though!
And there was a beautiful family of red kangaroos pottering around on the forest floor. After we’d animal watched our hearts out it was off to the historic inn for a coffee overlooking the lake – a great spot. We poked our heads in to the visitor centre and shop before deciding that we were keen to tackle the road out to Kalgoorlie, down south to Esperance and come back up to Perth in time for the lads to arrive next week. So on the road we went! Via Joondalup in the northern outskirts of Perth to find batteries for Smash’s polaroid and a better map for Trundle to peruse. And then hitting the white stripes on the Great Eastern Highway out towards Kalgoorlie following the Golden Pipeline heritage trail. The landscape was mining and wheat – interesting, but fairly predictable, so we cruised along for as far as we could manage and stopped at a rest stop just outside of Merredin for the night.
Both of us were definitely hungry at this point so we cooked up our Geraldton fish and some sweet potato chips – amazing. It was also really nice to not have the coastal winds blustering around us, but the downside of that was the crazy amount of flies and mozzies that had appeared in the afternoon. Intense. So after dinner we both retreated in to the tent and fell asleep to the soothing sound of road trains and actual trains busily going to and from central WA and the ports along the coastline full of grain and gold, or both!