Basing ourselves in Carnarvon for a couple nights we decided to explore north up the coast visiting Quobba Blowholes and Quobba Point before venturing further north along an outstanding coastal drive, albeit rough in places to Quobba Station and Red Cliffs. Although the famous blowholes were not “blowing” for us this turned out to be a stunning drive where you are never far from the ferocious roar of the Indian Ocean. We even had a few playful whales come out to say “hi” in the distance. It is certainly an area that should be on your must visit list when in this part of the country.
Leaving Carnarvon and with our time being limited due to having to be back in Perth in a few days for a car service and a booked trip to Rottnest Island we ventured south once again, however this time making our way inland and to a spot we had been told about by a family friend. Located about 130km north of Perth, New Norcia is touted as Australia’s only monastic town and if you have never been or even heard of the town then we can definitely recommend putting it on your itinerary, you won’t be disappointed. New Norcia was established in the 1840s, Benedictine Monks still inhabit the monastery today and are involved in the day to day running of the local farmland. To this day the monks produce products both for themselves as in days gone by and also have many products for purchase. Tours are conducted daily enabling visitors to see the lifetime works of these monks. With the weather gods not looking too kindly upon us for our evening we treated ourselves with a night at the New Norcia Hotel. This was a superb idea and we were able to fall asleep to that lovely sound of rain on the roof, sheer bliss.
Next morning it was a bit of a slow start with breakfast at the hotel before motoring back into Perth for a few nights. Time to get the hilux serviced (she had not missed a beat during our travels), catch up on the fun things including washing then jump on a boat to explore the locals top getaway spot, Rottnest Island. After a short ferry ride we don our helmets and take to pedal power to explore as cars are not allowed on the Island. Riding around we began to realise how long it had been since we rode pushbikes and how fit we currently were. Our calves were definitely feeling the terrain here especially after the climb up to the lighthouse for a guided tour. Apart from the stunning ocean vistas and views back to the city a highlight of Rottnest has to be the colony of Quokkas who are native to the island that they call home. These inquisitive creatures can be seen in abundance here.
After spending an entire day here it was all too soon time to catch the ferry back to the mainland and start our preparation for the long journey homeward bound. Jump onboard with us next time as we start this journey with lots more adventure yet to come including more inquisitive wildlife.