30.08.2018 – Mercure Sanctuary Golf Resort Bunbury, Western Australia

We stayed at the Mercure Sanctuary Golf Resort for a few nights whilst in Bunbury. New owners have taken over since our last visit and are making improvements to what we thought was already pretty good. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and how could we not! Mike enjoyed a social game of golf with his brother Paul and our son David on a magnificent course. Our comfortable and well-appointed room overlooked the 18th hole and we admired the views over a couple of drinks as we relaxed on the patio outside.

The restaurant provided a varied menu and we had difficulty choosing as there were many items we would have liked to order. One afternoon four of us shared a cheeseboard, again relaxing outside in the patio area of the restaurant and watched golfers practice and venture out onto the course. All through our weekend the staff at The Sanctuary were pleasant and looked after us with nothing being too much trouble to make sure we enjoyed our stay.

Will we go back and stay again? ABSOLUTELY! The Sanctuary by name and nature.

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Have a look at all that the Mercure Sanctuary Golf Resort has to offer:  https://www.sanctuaryresort.com.au/

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**Postscript: The views expressed on this web site are based on our own experience and we do not solicit nor receive, discounts or benefits from businesses we write about.

29.08.2018 – Laurie’s 90th Birthday – Bunbury, Western Australia

Our reason for flying back to WA was to be in Bunbury for Mike’s father’s 90th birthday on 29 August 2018.  A big milestone for Laurie considering he has survived some major surgery in 2014 and additional complications. So today marked the start of celebrations that would continue up to and over the coming weekend.

Weather conditions in Bunbury were a bit on the wild side.  Down at the Back Beach, the water was thick with seaweed, darkening the normally clear water. Ships lined up on the horizon waiting their turn to come into the port.  The remnants of the old Salt Baths built in the 1930’s were exposed following the sand being washed away.

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Great views seen from the Marlston Hill Lookout over the harbour and City of Bunbury.

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26.08.2018 – Kings Park Botanic Gardens, Perth, Western Australia

We have arrived too late in the day to explore much of Kings Park, but still the views are amazing and we did manage to see some wildflowers before the sun set.  Stay tuned – we are going back soon.

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26.08.2018 – The State War Memorial, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia

Number One place for tourists visiting Perth City is Kings Park – a magnificent park, memorial and botanic garden situated on Mt Eliza overlooking the City of Perth and Swan River with an area of just over 400.hectares making it one of the largest City parks in the world.

The tall trees lining the avenues within the park are memorials to the fallen in two World Wars and other engagements. IMG_0532 (R).jpg

The State War Memorial overlooks Perth and the Swan River. The 18.metre granite obelisk honours all Western Australians who gave their lives in the service of their country. On the inside walls of the area below the obelisk lists names of those lost. Here is also the Court of Contemplation, Flame of Remembrance and Pool of Reflection. IMG_4689 (R)


26.08.2018 – Lo Quay River Café, Wilson, WA

A favourite haunt of ours – Lo Quay River Café has never disappointed us with their good service and food. Situated in a great location, not far from our home and with indoor/outdoor options, overlooking the river and within parkland areas, it also has a large children’s playground on one side. We met friends for breakfast and as usual, enjoyed our meal. Near the entrance to the playground and café, a book exchange point – a great idea that we have seen a number of times ‘on the road’.

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**Postscript: The views expressed on this web site are based on our own experience and we do not solicit nor receive, discounts or benefits from businesses we write about.

Your Home on the Road

In our many years of travelling and Mike working in the RV industry, we have come across RV owners who are unhappy with their vehicles and accessories because of unrealistic expectations.

We have heard complaining about china plates breaking when taken in their home on wheels, off-road, four wheel driving.

Many comments come from travellers who have just purchased a vehicle, or who haven’t done much travelling. Therefore, to those thinking of starting an adventure on the road…

It all sounds so obvious, but sometimes it’s easy to forget simple things in our enthusiasm to get away on the road. Your home is on wheels. It is not built like your home on land. It will travel over bumpy roads and through wide-ranging climates. Items in cupboards will move. Unless packed properly, breakables will break, items will fall out of overhead cupboards. The fridge isn’t like the fridge at home. Etc., etc., etc.

We ourselves have learnt a lot by experience. Going over some bumps in the road can bring down anything hanging up in our wardrobe to result in a tangled mess of coat hangers and clothes on the floor – especially if like us, you have used cool drink can openers to hang three or four wire coat hangers in a line from the rail!

We have had the overhead cupboards empty their contents over our heads. And we continue, despite all our past travelling, to learn more.  More recently, about towing our Suzuki on a caddy behind the motorhome. We phoned “an expert” to come and view our set-up and sell us the correct strapping for around the Suzuki’s wheels on the caddy. Much to our dismay, when we first set off, the straps fell away and the Suzuki nearly came off the caddy. Back to the drawing board. (Our thanks to the service people of Sydney RV Group for assisting us in the second attempt which was successful.)

It cannot be overstated – how important it is to assess the capabilities of your RV, contents and accessories so that travel is less problematic, and everything used to maximum advantage.

The fridge seems to be the most common issue: It’s temperature capabilities in all weather conditions and which power source to use. There are many different model fridges on the market, so do your research and do not just listen to what the people on the site next to you say – they are not always right.

We discovered that the reverse cycle air-conditioner in our motor home doesn’t operate as a heater (on power) if the temperature is below about 7.degrees. Lee is still not used to the fact that she has a heater in the motor home that won’t operate because it is too cold!

12.08.2018 – Let’s Step it Out!

It may have been mentioned before in these blog posts, but in case you missed it – there are a lot of different elevations in Sydney and today, apart from the numerous sloped pathways, we have negotiated lots and lots of stairs and steps.  Here’s a very small example of the challenges of today when we walked 17.5.kms! We’ve climbed a lot more ….

12.08.2018 – Time to go Home

It is now late afternoon and on our way back towards the train station in Sydney from Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, several flights of stairs and we are in the gardens near the Art Gallery of NSW one of our favourite places, but too late to visit today.  Across the road, ‘Speakers Corner’ and two still on their soapboxes spouting forth with some hecklers.  It was surprising how quickly the evening set in as we walked out of the Domain and through Hyde Park to the train station. It’s been a long day and by the time we reached our motorhome in Penrith, had walked 17.5.kms!!!

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12.08.2018 – Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, NSW

Our excursion was nearly at an end as we made our way back towards Sydney City to catch a train back to Penrith.

The Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, constructed 1910-1913 with a length of 410m and width of 64m was extended by about 30m in 1916 and is apparently the longest timbered-piled wharf in the world.  Used for approx 70.years for the exporting of wool, it was a staging point for troops leaving for war and receiving point of new migrants to Australia.  Along the length, it had two sheds between which was a covered roadway.  These structures are used now as a hotel, restaurants and apartments, but retained is much of the original workings and structure.  A big tick for preserving history.

To the west of the wharf, Sydney Botanical Gardens and the City; to the east, Garden Island Naval Base;  and south, an icon of Sydney:  “Harry’s Cafe on Wheels” – serving pie and peas since 1945.

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12.08.2018 – Kings Cross, NSW

Kings Cross is well-known for its history of nightlife, crime, shady characters, sex, drugs and bohemian lifestyle. And what does a red-blooded male come to the Cross to enjoy?

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The Cross is very different today from our first visit in the mid 1970’s but easily recognisable is the El.Alamein Fountain at the edge of Fitzroy Gardens. Created by Robert Woodward and opened in 1961, it is a memorial to the Australian Imperial Forces and commemorates the Battle of El.Alamein, Egypt in WWII.

It was market day within Fitzroy Gardens when we visited and what is now common around Sydney, the ugly ‘Bin Chickens’ (Australian White Ibis) were fossicking. Up high in one of the palm trees were two chicks squabbling and squawking for food.

Further down Macleay Street, the iconic “Yellow House”, a terrace house built in 1897.  An art gallery in the 1950’s, in the early 1970’s it became part of a collaborative artist’s movement where artists such as Brett Whiteley collaborated and displayed their works.  It now houses a 100% vegetarian restaurant. Look carefully at the balcony railings.

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