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Day 179-188 Kalbarri to Drummond Cove to Perth

We've nearly finished this leg of the trip!

Mum and Dad had booked a caravan park for Easter a little while back (campsites that allow pets were hard to find at Easter) so they came and picked me up from the kennels and we headed south to Drummond Cove.

Mum and Dad said the Murchison Caravan Park at Kalbarri was really good. It was right in the town and the campsites were very big and quite a lot of the sites had trees so you felt like you weren't too close to the next site. Some of the sites faced the beach and quite a lot of the sites had picnic tables. They gave it 4 paws out of 5 paws.

I enjoyed my stay at Arthur Road Kennels. There was space for me to run around and I did get to go for a walk every day. But at the end of the day I did miss Dad (yes I meant to leave out Mum's name) so I was happy to leave.

We were originally going to stay at Drummond Cove for 5 days but Mum and Dad got a house-sitting job in Perth so we ended up staying for 2 days instead. In those 2 days we were pretty lazy and didn't really do much. We went to the beach a couple of times which was about a 15 minute walk from the campsite and of course we watched the sunset because that's what humans seem to love doing!

campsite at Drummond Cove

campsite at Drummond Cove

sunset at Drummond Cove

sunset at Drummond Cove

We had to be at the house sitting job by 2pm on Saturday and as it was a 5 hour trip back to Perth we headed off early. After a couple of hours we stopped for a pee and a play at Badgingarra. Dad filled up with petrol and because we had left so early Mum was ready for her second breakfast so Dad bought them some toasted sandwiches and coffee which Dad said was a total rip off because the coffees were $4.50 each and they were out of a machine. He is catching Mum's complaining disease.

We arrived at the house sit to be greeted by another dog. Her name is Molly and she is a Lagotto. Mum keeps cuddling Molly and saying 'You don't look real, you're so cute, you're a little soft toy'. Obviously Molly is now her favourite but I don't care because Dad has ALWAYS been my favourite.

Do I have to play with her?

Do I have to play with her?

Please tell the soft toy to give me my rope back

Please tell the soft toy to give me my rope back

So Mum and Dad are not sure what they are up to next. Dad has applied for a few jobs and has registered with some agencies but it is taking longer than expected to find a job. One agency person told him that WA stands for Wait Awhile. Dad couldn't agree more.

So I'll have to wait for the oldies to decide what to do before I can finish this part of the blog! They are useless.

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Day 176-178 Jurien Bay to Kalbarri

With a stop to a dog kennel on the way

sunny 30 °C

Jurien Bay was a great little coastal town and the Jurien Bay Tourist Park was very good. Our site had plenty of shade and a small picnic table. We were right near the beach so I got to go on walks with Mum every day. I'm giving it 3 1/2 paws out of 5 paws.

Well I might as well rename this blog 'One dog's journey around Australian dog kennels'. Yet again I was separated from my parents. The campsite at Kalbarri took dogs but there weren't any doggy daycare places near Kalbarri so I ended up staying at Arthur Road Kennels in Walkaway. (near Geraldton). Mum and Dad dropped me off and away they went up to Kalbarri for three days. And boy did they take advantage of not having me around.

One morning they went canoeing (Kalbarri Boat Hire & Canoe Safaris) down the Murchison River. The person running the tour told them that to canoe well you had to have good communication skills with your partner and work as a team. Mum wondered whether she should change partners.

Communication is the key!

Communication is the key!

They also spent an afternoon at Kalbarri National Park and managed to do a bit of walking. (although from the photos I've seen they seem to do more posing than walking) The oldies said the scenery was beautiful.

Nature's Window

Nature's Window


Posing instead of walking along the gorge trail

Posing instead of walking along the gorge trail


Dad loves to take photos of himself

Dad loves to take photos of himself

They did manage to do some more walking (and posing) around the coastal cliffs. They did the Mushroom Rock Walk Trail and saw some fantastic views at Pot Alley (could be called Pot Belly for some people) and Red Bluff.

Surely it's not that cold!

Surely it's not that cold!

The great thing about being by the coast is that you get to see lots of sunsets. After seeing one sunset they started driving back to the campsite when they saw the full moon rising. Of course they stopped and posed for photos with the moon.

Dad looking a bit beefy. Must be all that posing.

Dad looking a bit beefy. Must be all that posing.

To finish off their trip in Kalbarri the oldies decided to do a 2 hour quad bike tour along Wagoe Beach (Wagoe Beach Quad Bike Tours). Mum was too scared to drive one herself so poor Dad had to have her as a passenger. Dad drove up and down dunes (he got to 70kph!) and along the beach where they saw huge waves crashing into the reefs. They would have loved to pose for photos but unfortunately they forgot their camera in the car. Idiots!

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Day 173-175 Gingin to Jurien Bay

The miracle of the fish

sunny 29 °C

I loved our caravan park at Gingin because there was an area where I could run around in off the lead! I just had to be careful not to run after the sheep which was fine because I preferred rolling around in the cow poo anyway. We loved our silent neighbours and the site. The owners of the caravan park were very friendly and the showers, according to the oldies, were fine. I'm giving it 3 1/2 paws out of 5 paws.

Mum and Dad were going to stop at Cervantes to see the Pinnacles but the only place they could find to leave me was a free kennel which was basically a cage. Mum and Dad got out of the car to look at the kennel and Dad thought it would be okay for a few hours (shame on him) but Mum said to Dad 'How would you like to be locked up in a little cage for a few hours?' Well he said he didn't want to be locked up in the cage and Mum didn't want me locked in the cage (but maybe she thought she could leave me and Dad in the cage?) so we jumped back into the car and continued up to Jurien Bay.

The road to Jurien Bay

The road to Jurien Bay

Jurien Bay was a beautiful little town and the caravan park was right near the beach which we went to every day. It was great going to the beach because I played ball all day and did a bit of swimming and Mum read her book and Dad got to fish. (and me and Mum got to laugh at him) Dad was told there was lots of fish to be caught and even he laughed and said that he probably won't be catching anything. But some miracles do occur and he ended up catching 3 fish!

Maybe two rods will help me, thought Dad

Maybe two rods will help me, thought Dad


It did!

It did!

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Day 170 - 172 Swan Valley to Gingin

A little bit of peace and quiet

sunny 25 °C

The Swan Valley Tourist and Caravan Park was the most expensive campsite we stayed at ($40 per night) and the sites were not very good for camper trailers as most of the site was made up of concrete. The whole caravan park was rundown and not worth the money. There was no where for me to run around and it was very noisy. I’m giving it 2 paws out of 5 paws.

We decided to spend a few days at a Willowbrook Farm caravan park near Gingin and then do a couple of day trips. We were looking forward to some peace and even though our neighbours were really close to us, they were very quiet.

They weren't very talkative

They weren't very talkative

Mum has become lazy and hasn’t bothered driving in ages so poor Dad just has to do EVERYTHING!. So he drove us to New Norcia which is Australia’s only monastic town. It was a very unusual place and you would expect it to be quiet because it’s full of monks (well there’s only 8 left) but it's right near a main road with too many trucks passing by.

You may actually be wondering why I know so much about New Norcia, It’s because I went on a walking tour with Mum and Dad. The tour guide said that I could walk around with everyone and then when we went inside the buildings I could be tied up. I was happy to hear about the history of the place. (I’m probably a lot more intelligent than most people on the tour). We walked around for 2 hours and the guide was very informative and the place was beautiful. All the buildings were huge. We didn’t get to meet any monks because they were too busy praying (they pray 6 times a day - a bit excessive if you ask me)

The Abbey Church

The Abbey Church

We had lunch at the hotel and I was allowed to sit with the oldies outside on the deck. The lunch was good and Dad had the monk’s abbey ale and he said it was really nice.

New Norcia Hotel

New Norcia Hotel

We also spent a nice day in Guilderton. We walked around a little and then spent the rest of the day at the beach. It wasn’t exactly a leash free area but there was no one on the beach so I got to run around. While Mum read her book because that’s what she likes to do at the beach, me and Dad just did father and son stuff.

Father and son chat

Father and son chat

Father and son nap

Father and son nap

Later in the evening Mum and Dad enjoyed some drinks and nibbles with other people from the campsite. They left me alone in the tent (with the silent neighbours) for over an hour. BORING!

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Day 167-169 Fremantle to Swan Valley

We need peace and quiet!

sunny 33 °C

I couldn’t wait to get back to my own bed and my old routine so I was quite happy when Mum and Dad came and picked me up from Green Acres and of course I was so happy to see Dad again. Mum said the trailer was much cleaner the week I wasn’t around because my hair wasn’t all over the place. She won’t be getting a ‘Best Mum’ award anytime soon.

We're so happy to be together again!

We're so happy to be together again!

According to Mum and Dad the Fremantle caravan park was excellent. The site was good. The showers were the best they’ve ever had and the staff were really friendly. There were quite a few bad reviews about the caravan park but the oldies thought it was great. So for them they want to give it 4 paws out of 5 paws.

As Mum and Dad had to pick me up so early they didn’t have breakfast or even a coffee (and Mum is always so much fun if she hasn’t eaten) so when we arrived at Swan Valley we went into Guildford and had breakfast at the Guildford Milk Bar. It was a very friendly cafe and Mum and Dad said the coffee and breakfast was good.

The brochures of Swan Valley don’t tell you how noisy the place is (yes I sometimes read the brochures although they are pretty boring because they hardly ever have anything about what dogs can do. They always have things like ‘Family Fun’ or ‘What to do with kids?’ and I think, 'Well aren’t I family too?' but obviously I'm not according to the brochure writing people. Anyway, it's noisy because of all the planes. Swan Valley is right next to the airport and there are a lot of planes flying. And the campsite we stayed at was on the main road and right behind a 24 hour petrol station. Traffic all day and night.

Dad was excited because he got to play some golf. It was pretty expensive - $90 with a cart. Dad said it was fantastic and he played well and nearly got a hole in one! There were no witnesses though so me and Mum think he is lying.

The Vines Golf Course

The Vines Golf Course


Nearly a hole in one? What a joke!

Nearly a hole in one? What a joke!

Of course golf day usually means laundry day and Mum managed to do 2 loads of laundry, washed, dried and even put away in 2 hours! It was a really hot day. So hot that I had to have a swim in the river. It was nice and refreshing.

Me swimming in the river

Me swimming in the river

There was also a dog exercise area at Whiteman Park but when we went there on Monday it was closed because the fences were being fixed. Of course it was open on the weekend but Mum and Dad were too busy drinking to worry about me needing exercise although in reality they need more exercise than me.

In the few days we were here Mum and Dad did get to a few wineries and one brewery:

Edgecombe Brothers $5 tastings
They left me outside tied to the towbar in the shade
Bought: sparkling, semillon and muscat

Feral Brewery
I got to sit outside with the oldies and got a lot of attention from everyone
6 beers for $16 and yummy chips $10

Perfectly named brewery for the oldies

Perfectly named brewery for the oldies

Jane Brook
I was left outside under a tree
Bought: chardonnay 2012

Laughin’ Barrel
Mum and Dad could do their tasting outside and I got to sit with them
$6 white wine tasting 3 whites with ciabatta bread, oil and dukkah
$8 red wine, 1 rose, 2 red with olives, cheese, crackers
Bought: chenin blanc

Laughin' Barrel winery

Laughin' Barrel winery

Windy Creek Estate
They left me outside tied to the towbar in the shade
Very cheap wine, 14 tastings.
Bought: chenin blanc, shiraz, chardonnay, rose

Lancaster wine
The wine tasting was outside and I was tied up near the oldies (it's so much fun to watch your parents do wine tasting)
Bought: rose and chenin blanc and Busselton cheese

Mum and Dad's other indulgences included eating ice-cream at the Margaret River Chocolate Company (they didn't go to the one in Margaret River even though they were there for 2 weeks), having a coffee (best coffee ever according to Mum!) at Yahava Koffeeworks (another Margaret River company) and eating burgers at Alfred's Kitchen. (best burgers ever!)

Alfred's Kitchen

Alfred's Kitchen

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