Bunker Bay –  a weekend away.

Bunker Bay – a weekend away.

On a coastline renowned for the spectacular and the stunning, for it’s wild clifftops and long stretches of accessible beaches, Bunker Bay is arguably one of the most stunning sections of white, pristine beach that you could hope to find anywhere along the more than 20,000 km of the Western Australian coastline. I’ve walked the Cape to Cape track and spent countless holidays in this south western corner of Australia but Bunker Bay is my favourite spot to go for a relaxing few days. No hiking, no trawling round wineries and no visits to the gourmet delights of this section of the state. Okay, so maybe a winery for lunch on the way home, but my time at Bunker Bay is spent solely in relaxation. I just spent a long weekend there with a friend for her birthday so I thought I’d share with you what’s so amazing about this place. We stayed at the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort and really, if you want to feel special, this is the place to be. Relax That’s what you’re here for, to leave the work week behind, ditch your electronic devices and social media updates and relax the way you know is best for you. Fitness If you’re staying here at the resort there’s often complimentary yoga on weekend mornings and there’s nowhere more beautiful to practice yoga than looking out over the ocean. If you’re new to yoga or not that confident (as I am) it doesn’t matter, this is for all levels and it’s a really great start to the day. Check with reception for availability in the classes....
Avon Walk Trail, York

Avon Walk Trail, York

Just a short post for you today, about a short walk. My current house sitting gig has taken me to a beautiful spot on the outskirts of York in Western Australia. For those who aren’t from around here and not familiar with the area, York is an inland town in the Wheatbelt in Western Australia about 90 minutes from Perth with some beautifully restored heritage buildings. It’s such a quiet and peaceful area, particularly where I’m staying, and has some wonderful walks to soak up the countryside calm and leave behind all the city stress. I’ve been coming to York for a few years now to visit a good friend and every time I’ve driven through the town I’ve seen the sign to the Avon walk trail, and every time I’ve said to myself ‘I really need to go do that walk.’ Needless to say, I never have. Until last week, when I finally headed down to the Avon river, found the trail (which is extremely easy to find, literally 2 minutes from the main street) and spent a wonderful hour walking along the riverbank. From Avon Terrace just take one of the side roads down to the river, there’s a lovely picnic area with a children’s playground and you’re allowed to park your caravan or campervan overnight if you want to spend some time here. To the left of the grassed area you’ll find the suspension bridge – worthy of a walk across in itself – if you don’t mind a little bit of swaying you’ll get a wonderful view of the river from the middle of the...
Decisions, changes and travel.

Decisions, changes and travel.

The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that I’ve been a little bit absent lately, from here on the blog and from my Facebook pages – both personal and business. Or maybe you haven’t even noticed I’ve been gone. I hope that’s not the case, I hope you’ve missed me To explain. I had ‘stuff’ to attend to. I’d come up against a bit of a wall, it was blocking my way and preventing me moving on with life, I needed to get around it, or over it, or through it. I needed to break it down, brick by brick if necessary. It was time to make some life decisions and implement them, and I needed the space and time to do this. Those decisions weren’t easy, there was some serious soul searching going on, some big questions asked and answered with an honesty that we generally struggle to produce in our lives and ultimately a complete change of lifestyle and direction was called for. The good news – that wall has gone, I did break it down and I am back on track – a totally different track and heading into a totally new and exciting future. Some details, in case you’re interested: –       I sold the home that I’ve lived in for the last 12 years. –       I sold or gave away many of the unnecessary ‘things’ I’d accumulated over this time. –       I put my good bits and pieces – some furniture, photo albums and things that I didn’t want to part with into storage. –       I packed a suitcase of clothes, a plastic tub...
Three Capes Track, Tasmania

Three Capes Track, Tasmania

I must admit to being a bit slack lately with updating this blog – and for that my apologies to you all, my bad. But I do have something to update you with now, a few weeks ago, along with Kim who did the last Everest trek with me, I took on the Three Capes Track in Tasmania. What a wonderful hike, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh, and another apology … for the length of this post, I think I got carried away, but there’s so much more I could have written. I might have to do another post soon on the actual practicalities of the hike. *************************************************************** The Three Capes Track walk starts, strangely enough, with a boat ride. Day 1 – Port Arthur to Surveyors The starting point for the walk is the Port Arthur settlement, where we met the other hikers who would be keeping us company in the evenings when we all met up at the end of each day. Although up to 48 people can set off each day it’s an independent walk – you go at your own pace but meet up at huts that have been purpose built for each of the three overnight stops. The boat trip around Port Arthur takes just over an hour and our guide Ben was an absolute fount of knowledge, pointing out Sea Eagles and their nests and explaining all about the formation of the dolomite cliffs and the caves beneath them. And then it was time to get serious! Although I’ve done a few serious treks in the last few years I’ve only ever had to carry a day pack, this...
The Cape to Cape Track

The Cape to Cape Track

The Cape to Cape track is one of Western Australia’s most stunning walks and before I go any further I’ll apologise now for my overuse of adjectives in this post. I recently spent six days walking this track with two friends and was astounded by the stunning coast, its diverse and constantly changing ocean views, its incredible array of wildflowers and its perpetually changing terrain. This part of the Western Australian coast is unique and the only way to see it at its best is to walk it. On the Cape to Cape track you’ll cover areas only accessible by foot. Surfers find ways in to some spots on 4WD tracks but the majority of the coastline is inaccessible to vehicles of any kind. This walk takes you from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin and normally takes around six to seven days to complete. We did the walk in reverse, we walked for three days from Cape Leeuwin, had a days rest and then completed another three days to Cape Naturaliste. It was September and it was spectacular, the weather was perfect, the colours unimaginable and the peace and tranquility a welcome change from our busy lives. There are campsites along the way if you want to camp but we had the luxury of being picked up at the end of each days walk. One of our group lives in Busselton and her husband was our willing chauffeur. For those who want to camp out there are campsites positioned along the track. Some are commercial campsites but there are also isolated sites where you can pitch your tent in...
My new daypack – The Osprey Sirrus 24.

My new daypack – The Osprey Sirrus 24.

I’ve had my hiking pack for over three years now and it’s certainly been places. That pack and I have been to Everest Base Camp twice and it’s had lots of ‘stuff’ stuffed into it. It’s been drenched in the Himalayan monsoon, it’s been covered in snow and it’s been carried, dropped, pushed and just about kicked, all over the mountains. Not to mention being used as a pillow when I had to sleep in the hotel car park after the major earthquake in April this year. But there comes a time when a pack has to make way for a newer version – and that’s what’s just happened to my trusty red pack. It’s done a brilliant job and it will certainly see a lot more service in the future, but for my current purposes it’s a bit too big. I’m training for the Cape to Cape walk in the south west of Western Australia next month and am doing some day walks on the Bibbulmun Track in preparation, so I needed a pack that would suit the purpose. I needed a smaller pack but one that still had the required number of pockets and the features that are necessary when out hiking. I did my research, listened to other hikers, figured out the features from my bigger pack that I still wanted on a smaller one and came to my conclusion. My choice was the Osprey Sirrus 24, a 24 litre daypack designed specifically for women that comes in different back lengths. I’m somewhat vertically challenged so I needed the extra small/small length and it fits me beautifully with...
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