Leaving Esperance this morning I was looking forward to my usual mid-morning coffee so stopped after a couple of hours at the Munglinup Roadhouse.
I was originally going to head for Denmark, but after talking with the two lovely ladies serving coffees, they gave the seaside village of Hopetoun such a good rap that I had a change of heart and headed for the coast and the Fitzgerald River National Park.
Now what, I wondered, would entice someone to live in a seaside village on the coast.
Peace and quiet, according to David, ex Perth-ite and owner for the past 12 years, of the 18 acre caravan and camping park where I stayed.
Formerly a mining town rich in gold, nickel and lithium, after the mining closure in 2009 things have slowed down considerably, with many job losses. However, it is hoped that recent upgrades to the beautiful Fitzgerald River National Park and the surrounding roads, which were recently devastated by flood waters up to 2 metres in parts, will attract more tourists.
After booking into my cabin at Hopetoun Caravan Park which is right by the beach (a bit of a walk through some bushes), I went for a walk into the town and spoke to the helpful lady at the information centre who advised me not to miss the Fitzgerald River National Park. So I did some shopping at the local IGA supermarket and set off in Bluebird for the drive.
The scenery is truly spectacular and I stopped at many places to take photos.
Drove to Hammersley Inlet. The area was subject to recent flooding and one of the roads had been completely washed away and a new road built. Beautiful white sand and clear water surrounded hills covered in deep green vegetation, a lot of it Eucalypts.
Next stop – Albany