Western Australia

                       

On March 12th, we departed Sydney via Qantas Airlines and headed across the Australian continent to Perth (about a 6 hour flight).  Upon arrival in Perth, we rented a car and drove north to a popular golf resort called Joondalup.  Joondalup is rated the #1 public access golf course in Australia and we decided we could not leave Australia without playing the course....twice!  We also made the trek to Joondalup because we heard that it was a great place to see Kangaroos and we were not disappointed.  After departing Joondalup, we headed back to Perth and the port city of Fremantle

We also made the decision to travel to Western Australia to see the Margaret River wine region and amazing southern forests.  Margaret River is an upcoming wine producing area and we visited highly rated wineries including Cullen and Moss Wood.  We also enjoyed some of the most magical sunsets of our trip in the Margaret River.

We spent most of our time driving in the southern part of the region in the Kauri, Tingle, Jarra and Gum tree forests including the famous Tree Top Walk.  The forests in Australia are few and far between and very unique compared to North American forests.   Although there was a great deal of extra driving effort involved in getting to the forests, they were magnificent and the drive was well worth our time.

Our Road Trip back to Perth from the forests included some wonderful coastal towns with lots of colorful photo opportunities.

Joondalup Resort
Fremantle
Perth
Margaret River
Tree Top Walk
Road Trip

                   



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