In my 20s my ignorance lead me to believe that Australia, more so WA, was boring. All I wanted to ever do was jump on a plane and explore other countries and other cultures. It’s not that I’d even seen much of Australia, I was too stubborn to even consider it.
In 2010 we took a trip to Exmouth, some 1250km north of Perth. As soon as we touched down on the red dirt I was mesmerised. The north west of WA is just sensational, and previously I really had no idea. Our second trip to Exmouth was done by car, and it was the best trip I have taken to date. It overtook any international trips I made in my 20s (purely for the scenery), including two to the US and countless trips through SE Asia. Western Australia has, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And I am a born beach bum so I am a tough critic. Although the drive up the NW coast is miles and miles and miles of nothingness, it’s strangely peaceful.
When we were so very graciously offered a Ford Territory to drive around by Ford as part of Voices of 2013, first thing we thought was roooadtriiiiip! So last weekend we packed up the back of the car with the bare essentials and fishing gear, and we hit the road. We wanted to go somewhere close and accessible but out of town, and north. (South is a tad cold this time of year for us summer loving folk).
Cervantes is about a three hour drive from Perth along the coast. When we first hit this sleepy town I was excited about what adventures lay ahead. Beach visits and checking out local sights were a must, as was hunting down some good roadtrip food. Within an afternoon we’d pretty much sussed out the entire town, which in reality takes up two to three streets. It’s a cozy little quiet spot, just what we were after.
My boys and I are very laid back, not much is done in a hurry. This trait makes for a good quality, relaxing break. Breakfast wasn’t done early and we didn’t plan ahead. Up, out and see where the Territory takes us was the order of our day.
Over four days we visited the Pinnacles, Lake Thetis, Hanson Bay Lookout, Thirsty Point, two jetties, a look out point at sunset, a street we labeled ‘down town’ (a stretch of five shops) and all the beaches we could access. We played at both local playgrounds, had a really good coffee and homemade sausage roll at the best (and only) beachside café in town, ate fresh seafood, pizza and a bluddy good hamburger at the local fish and chips shop, and took in lots of reading and relaxing. This was our kind of roadtrip.
One afternoon we had lunch in the back of the Territory outside the local service station (#vanlife) and saw a tractor casually towing a boat down the street. As you do. If you don’t stop and just take in the sights you miss these kinds of quirky things. We saw local wildlife (dolphins, stingrays, kangaroos, osprey, a sea lion and a blue tongue lizard), we chatted to other tourists, we slept in, we watched movies and we even had a dip in the seriously chilly swimming pool (my son thought I was nuts when I went in a second time as I yelled out “LET’S DO THIS” through clenched teeth and a little bit of crazy). We couldn’t have wished for a more beautifully relaxing trip.
This is the last of my Ford Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge posts as part of Kidspot’s Voices of 2013. The time spent with this car has been amazing. We are enjoying the last few weeks getting in as much mileage in with the sexy beast before we have to very reluctantly hand it back. So once again, thank you Ford.