Well, today is three months to the day since we left Brisbane and we pulled into Perth this afternoon. We actually drove through the city and on to Fremantle since that's where we've booked ourselves into a caravan park for a week.
After a few days of cloud and wind and rain, today was a beautiful day - sunny, cloudless and cool: a perfect spring day. We made the most of it with a few stops along the way from Cervantes. First was a ten minute stop at a roadside lookout, with views across the scrub, wildflowers and dunes to the ocean. Late in the morning we headed just off the highway into Yanchep National Park and spent a couple of hours enjoying the place. Interestingly, before becoming a national park it had been set up as a health and leisure retreat, evidently by someone missing 'home'. So the buildings are Tudor style; the lake is called Loch McNess; and the lawns are beautifully manicured as they probably were then.
We enjoyed lunch down by the lake with various ducks for company, then wandered through the wildflower and koala enclosure, and finished up by choosing a couple of treats from the cafe called Chocolate Drops.
Before reaching Perth we had to make another detour off the highway into Quinns Rocks, a place we'd noticed on the map weeks ago and knew we had to get some photographic evidence of for cousin Quinn. I think he'd be pretty impressed with the place too - it appears that some of the well-heeled Perth-ites invest in beachside living there.