Finally… a continuation of my Perth series!! I’ve only written one post, and it’s been close to a year since I’ve been there!!! Hahaha! What to do, I can’t procrastinate when it comes to procrastination 😉 I’ve had the most wonderful privilege of seeing 11 cities since, and hopefully I can document them all before I turn 50… 🙄 XD
Today’s visual diary takes us on a road trip to see… MORE NATURE. Western Australia is just so incredibly raw. That, and it really doesn’t take much to amaze a lowly city bumpkin like myself 😂 Pfft city dwellers amirite? Hehe. The aim was to get to Nambung National Park and view the amazing rock formations!! It’s a 3 hour drive up from Perth, and you get some pretty spectacular views of the sea from the Indian Ocean Drive!
Otherwise it’s just a really long, long, long road that appears to stretch into the eternal nothingness and I only had (melted) Tim Tams to keep me company cause everyone else was driving/sleeping. #suddenangst
Luckily we had many pitstops along the way, and each location boasted its own unique natural beauty 😍
Yanchep National Park
Oh look, what’s that?
It’s natural beauty casually strolling into the frame!
Yanchep was our first stop along the great drive up to Nambung. I was a little bored there because the lake was pretty much dried up from the hot summer sun, and there really wasn’t anything to do there. On hindsight though, it really is so very green and pretty 🙂
We wasted some time trying to take the perfect group shot there, but failed, and then quickly agreed that it wasn’t us, it was them (there was nothing to eat there… how could you not anticipate hungry road trippers, Yanchep??)
Thirsty Point, Cervantes
Ah if there ever was an award for the most picturesque place that day, it go to Thirsty Point… if the wind could stop HOWLING for just one second that is. It looks so lovely doesn’t it; giant wooden staircase, gentle sea breeze, the Indian Ocean’s blue hues sparkling in the background, the greens, the browns, the whites… BUT NO.
PICTURES LIE, PEOPLE.
I swear the wind was having the time of its life, smacking me in the face (AND EYES) with its sandy hands. Hell, the wind could’ve been screaming profanities right into my eardrums and there was absolutely nothing to be done to fend our poor, poor selves, except make a quick escape back into the car. We barely stepped out for 5 minutes before we dived back into the warm embrace of our trusty Toyota — the smile you see here is A LIE.
Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park
If only rocks gave out wifi…
Now we know where they go to shoot car commercials
In all honesty, the rock formations were just a teeny bit underwhelming. I guess the politically-correct way of saying it is, it’s amazing how there are so many unique rock formations over such a vast area that were carved out from nothing but the sheer force of the wind over millions of years!
…still doesn’t sound any good?
Ah well. I tried XD
It made for some pretty good photos though, and there was even a rock formation that looked like the iron throne from GoT! It’s not something I’d 100% recommend to everyone, but I suppose if you’re a geography nut this would be quite the stunner. I’d never seen a landscape as bizarre as this, and it was pretty fun to drive around the dirt roads, pretending we were shooting a car commercial 😎
Lancelin Sand Dunes
On the drive back down the Indian Ocean Drive, we made a short detour to see the sand dunes at Lancelin! It was… other-worldly, what with the MOUNTAINS of sand that stretched into the horizon. How did Australia manage to squeeze so many different landscapes into one tiny area??
Nature is infinitely wondrous…
We didn’t go sand boarding though, because it was getting late and… we had to crawl over some broken fencing to get to the dunes hahaha probably in the wrong area. I was half-afraid that we’d step on a landmine or something. Stupid Australian PSA commercial about staying in school…putting ideas into my head.
I have this magical ability to pack the wrong clothes for all my trips… Perth was no exception. The wind was intense.
And then we had some Chinese takeout for dinner 🙂
I don’t particularly like the Chinese food in Australia… but everything else they had was either too fried or too expensive so…. Chinese takeout it is 💁
Next stop: Caversham Wildlife Park and my personal favourite… Rottnest Island!! ❤ Quokkas, here we come.