16/8/2014-17/08/2014 Girl’s Weekend Away
Having met and made great friends with Wendy, Pam and Lizzie at Kalbarri, I was keen to see more of them and Linda was keen to have a weekend away (and build and cook on a fire!). So after much difficulty organizing a weekend that we could all fit into our busy schedules – we were off – or so we thought. Wendy had to pull out first, with a nasty cold that had to be cured before her soon to be trip to South America. Then Lizzie dropped out – her dog ate the chocolate she had packed ready for the weekend away and had to be taken to the vet. That left three of us.
Rather depleted we set off, not forgetting to buy firewood on the way for “the fire”. Dwellingup is a lovely spot, perfect for canoeing, cycling and walking. Quiet little camping spots are scattered around at various locations. The charming country town of Dwellingup is located an hour and a half’s drive south of Perth in Western Australia. Set among pristine jarrah forest and water catchment areas.
In no time at all we had set up our spot at Charlies Flat, van to sleep Linda and I, camper trailer for Pam plus dog. BUT is that smoke blowing over from the left?
You can see that we made ourselves at home very quickly and Linda is attempting a fire.
Smile is gone, wood must be damp!
There we go, she knew she could do it. Look at the picture of sheer delight.
So feet up and relax, that’s what it is all about. And a nice cup of tea.
Dwellingup is one of the five townsites that the Bibbulmun Track (Western Australia’s world class, 1,000 kilometre walk trail) passes through. The Munda Biddi mountain bike trail which begins in Mundaring and finishes in Albany currently goes through Dwellingup as it meanders on its way to Collie. The trail passes through some very beautiful countryside and is becoming a highly regarded and popular trail for mountain biking enthusiasts. European settlement of the Dwellingup area commenced in the late 1800s when timber cutters moved into the area and began harvesting the abundant jarrah, marri and blackbutt trees in the area.
Canoeing is also a popular pastime along the Murray River, WA.
A peaceful, quiet, idyllic place.
View during Island Pond walk.
Also seen on Island Pond walk. A very, very muddy echidna.
A blue wren seen at our campsite – yes, I know it is not the best photo, but it was a very quick bird!
Looking up the road from our campsite. Yes we will be back here, looks like a great place to cycle.
Pam and Remy waiting for the packed up trailer and van to pick her up and take her home.
We had a great weekend, spoiled only by the non appearance of certain people – you know who you are. Our little group of “strong, independent women who we like and want to see more of” seems to be growing rapidly and there are a few new faces we hope to include next time.