Southern Coastline Day 166 - Rockingham to Esperance

Tuesday, Jan 05, 1999 at 01:00

ExplorOz - David & Michelle

We said goodbye to our friends Ninka and Fife and took 3 hours to pack up this morning - our longest on record so far! I think it’s the first time we've had so much out of the trailer and so much new stuff that had to fit back in!

We then had a leisurely drive to Mandurah where we looked at the inlet and the incredible amount of posh new houses built on a new deep water frontage estate. We didn't stop and continued through to Bunbury and finally stopped in Busselton for lunch. We wanted to dive at sites in both Busselton and Dunsborough, another town 20 minutes further on, but decided to find a camp in Dunsborough because it is located on Cape Naturaliste.

Finding a camp ground was the hardest part of the day - there are still too many Xmas Holidayers about and the camp grounds in this area have elevated their prices according to demand! A regular camp site costs $14 for power and one place tried to charge us $26 per night until I complained and beat him down to $21 and then we told him we wouldn't be staying! We would normally choose the best camp ground in town with views and good facilities but this time we agreed to opt for the cheapest option since this stop was primarily for diving and we'd only be needing 3 nights. We ended up at a brand new camp ground that didn't have any trees or protection from the 30 knot winds that were still blowing, but at least it was only $16 with power.
David (DM) & Michelle (MM)
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Always working not enough travelling!
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