Thoughts on Location No 69
Busselton, South West, Western Australia
I guess we were tired, or perhaps a little slack, but when we arrived in Busselton, we honestly couldn’t have been bothered moving on to somewhere else and therefore we stayed put, simply relaxing by the shores of Geographe Bay for nine lazy days.
Truth be known, the first cricket test between Australia and the West Indies started and, as television reception can be a (very) precious commodity, it wasn’t a difficult decision to stay where we were and enjoy watching the game. The fact that it ended 2½ days into five days of scheduled play was disappointing, but Australia won in spectacular fashion and that made it all worthwhile.
Beyond the cricket though, our days may have been lazy, but they were also filled with lazy sightseeing and a few other lazy activities. (See my previous post – Busselton Jetty.)
Busselton is only a short 20 minute drive from Yellingup and most days Dean drove down there to catch a wave. I spent most days taking a bike ride along the foreshore and loved the sections that past by (and under) the peppermint trees and marvelled at the Moreton Bay Fig trees on the Busselton foreshore. They made me feel so home sick for Brisbane and Moreton Bay after which the Ficus macrophylla gets its common name.
The foreshore has a shared pathway that stretches for miles in either direction. Not that I could ride all the way to Dunsborough, or for that matter much further than the Busselton Jetty.
We stood on the beach in the middle of the night and watched a little of the Geminid meteor shower. I saw at least five, but Dean was (somehow) always looking in the wrong direction and he missed out.
We took a drive up to Bunbury where we had planned to spend a few days but, after having a look around, we were glad we quashed that idea and remained where we were in Busselton.
I discovered that the little bird that’s been singing us to sleep each night was a Willy Wagtail. Thanx to Trevor at Trevor’s Birding, I now know the Willy Wagtail’s nocturnal song is used to maintain its territory and is more commonly heard during moonlit nights and especially during their breeding season (August to February). Many were also singing throughout the day.
The Willy Wagtail gets its name from its unusual and constant sideways wagging of its tail, and is the largest, most wide-spread, and most well-known, of the Australian fantails. They were so hard to photograph as they quickly darted about catching insects and wagging their tails.
We planned to stay two nights at the Amblin Holiday Park and loved it so much we stayed much longer than originally planned. The park is full of peppermint trees that provide lots of shade keeping everything cool, though this wasn’t really necessary as the temperature was still mild and most nights (and mornings) we donned our jumpers. It seems silly I know, it is summer after all, but I’m not complaining about sleeping under a blanket at night and drinking in the warmth of the sun in the middle of the day.
This park has everything – direct access to the shores of Geographe Bay, a heated indoor pool, and a lovely playground area for children to enjoy. The amenities were immaculate – always a big bonus – and everything is cared for and well maintained.
This was a great spot to base ourselves for nine days with everything else in the region only a short drive away. It was also the perfect location to simply sit and do nothing.