03.05.2013 - 26.05.2013 25 °C
FARMLYFE! That's the theme for the next three months, so expect some hashtag (#farmlyfe) overuse. We're starting our farm work to qualify for the 2nd Work'n'Holiday Visa so we can spend another year in this gorgeous country. We're WWOOF'ing (google it) on this gorgeous farm in Muchea, Western Australia which is 55 km north of Perth. Also, there should be some interesting blogs coming up with our escapades on the farm that may or may not include some heavy 90's music (Ja Rule say what), a little (okay a lot) of country music, beer, animals, vegetables, and ramping (hopefully, a lot of that too).
So you're probably wondering (or not) how we got from Wellington, South Australia to Muchea. We're kind of wondering that ourselves, it was kind of a blur. We saw so much and did so many amazing things so we'll just fill you all on on the highlights.
After Wellington, we went into Adelaide for a couple hours and just walked around a bit. It was just to say we were there really, we didn't really have big plans for Adelaide or anything. South Australia is known as the festival state and you can see Adelaide is a main centre for it from the Festival Place Centre that was near the river. Of course Adelaide seemed rather small and quiet compared to what we were used to in Melbourne. However, the market in Adelaide did not disappoint!
So over the next couple days we made our way to Flinders Ranges National Park, which is in the outback of South Australia. It was our first glimpse of the outback and really nice to see after driving through the wine and farm regions of Victoria and South Australia for days. It was also about ten degrees warmer on average which made camping there much more enjoyable! We spent two days in the Flinders Ranges, and did quite the mountainous hike up to Mount Ohlssen Bagge (923m high). We did a lot of rock scrambling, and at some points it was straight up! It was hard but so worth the view out over the breathtaking Wilpena Pound. Wilpena Pound looks like a giant stadium that was literally 'pounded' into the earth and is called I'kara, meaning meeting place, for the aboriginals of the Flinders Ranges.
After the outback experience, we spent four days on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The first night we discovered this random, beach side campsite and it was absolutely gorgeous! We hiked across the sand dunes and unexpectantly encountered some wild seals. The next couple nights we spent in Port Lincoln at the Lincoln National Park. These were a couple of the most memorable days of the roadtrip! We fished off the rocks, swam in waters (shark infested at that) that looked like the Caribbean but felt like the Arctic, hiked the park, saw mindblowing sunsets and just drank and ate a ton! We could have spent a week there but we had to get moving. LeeAnn and Magnus enjoyed some world famous Coffin Bay oysters (on the house) in the little seaside town that looked like St. Andrews, NB. We then spent our last night at a place called Farm Beach. As expected, there were a lot of tractors around and we got talking to the locals there so that was hilarious.
We crossed the Nullabor Plain from South Australia to Western Australia in two days, it was pretty boring but we're really glad we did it. It is definitely one of Australia's great road journeys and Nullarbor means 'no trees' (lived up to the name). There were a lot of sweet roadsigns to take pictures with and we were driving pretty close along the South Australian Bight which from June - October you can view Southern Right Whales. We stayed at campsites at roadhouses which was kind of eerie because they are on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.
Our last great roadtrip adventure was our two days in Cape Le Grande National Park, just outside of Esperance, WA. We camped at Lucky Bay, the most beautiful beach we've seen in Australia. It was stunning, like something you would see on postcards, and the water temperature was bareable as well. Over our two days at Cape Le Grande, we hiked 31 km through pretty intense terrain. If we weren't climbing over slippery rocks on the coast, we were hiking through the bush where snakes definitely lived. We did the coastal hike where we saw some pretty amazing beaches and views. We think we even saw a whale off in the distance!
Leaving there, we made our way to Perth! We arrived in Perth on LeeAnn's 30th birthday so naturally we went hard. To mark the end of the most epic roadtrip ever, the boxed wine was brought out in fine fashion. All in all, it was an incredible three weeks on the road but we welcomed the non-tent accomodation, and hot showers! ALSO, waiting for us in Perth was Chris! We haven't seen him since he left Melbourne so it was so awesome to hang out with him for a couple days, we didn't realize how much we missed him!
One of our main goals in coming to Western Australia was to find farm work so that brings us to right now. We emailed a couple places that take WWOOF'ers and we ended up here in Muchea. We're working on an organic farm that produces organic veggies and animal products. It's quite the learning experience and it feels really rewarding to being this kind of work. We're working with four others right now, Daisy and Michael, a lovely English couple; Alan, our little Italian 'turkey' Stallion; and Elodie, an awesome girl from France. It's quite the diverse group, but we have done nothing but laugh and have a good time since we've got here. Hopefully, the next three months are as enjoyable as this past week has been!
So stay tuned for some ramping vids, I'm sure they'll be sweet! Until next time, keep 'er outta the cabbage!
Gissy and LeeLee