On March 12th, we departed
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
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.
Road Trip back to Perth from the forests included some wonderful coastal
towns with lots of colorful photo opportunities.