TITLE: On My Own All By Myself.
IN SHORT: Off early to the hire car company to pick up a vehicle and find my way out of the city and onto the freeway. All in all it was quite straight-forward once I turned around and went the right way.
With a quick break on the outskirts of Bunbury it was on to Busselton to check out the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, 1.84 kilometres long! You do have to pay a small fee just to walk on it but there’s a good reason, after the jetty closed as a port in 1973 the government was no longer responsible for maintaining it. This, combined with the effects of a cyclone 5 years later saw the formation of a community organisation who together raised the necessary funds and later contributed 50% of the amount required to replace the structure, establish the train service and construct the underwater observatory. It’s a great little walk! Just make sure you don’t leave anything at the other end, you really only need to do the walk once.
I’d say it was about 40 minutes later as I was approaching the ‘Welcome to Margaret River’ sign, that it bucketed down! So there you have it, the end of 38 days of sun! Nevermind, next two hours were spent happily wandering the main street, meeting some locals and sorting myself out with some dinner.
TIP: In the Noongar language, ‘up’ means ‘place of.’ Meelup, Yallingup, Cowaramup, Injidup, Calgardup, Metricup, Kudardup, Boranup, Wilyabrup, Makeoneup; so, Bottomsup! No, on second thoughts that would mean ‘place of bottoms,’ I just wanted to say cheers.
TRACK: Every Day Should be a Holiday – The Dandy Warhols