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Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Busselton Jetty, Western Australia

October 2016

Our road trip to attractions outside Perth begins with taking delivery of our rented car at our hotel right at 8.00 a.m. on the dot as arranged. I’ve opted for a smaller car, a Toyota Yaris as I’m accustomed to driving that size of car, instead of a Camry (although at the same rate ). Our road trip took 3 days that covers Augusta, Albany, Wave Rock in addition to a day trip from Perth to the Pinnacles.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

The Toyota Yaris we rented for a total of 7 days.

First attraction is Busselton Jetty about 223km south of Perth. The drive was smooth and we reached the jetty within 2½ hours. Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere stretching more than 1.8km over Geographe Bay. Due to shallow waters of the bay which restricted ship movement, the jetty was built so timber could be transported to the ships.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Busselton Jetty, clouds and blue sky.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Route map from Perth to Busselton Jetty.

Construction on the jetty commenced in 1853 and the first section was opened in 1865. It has been extended numerous times ultimately reaching a length of 1841 m. The last commercial vessel called at the jetty in 1971 and it was closed the following year. The jetty had survived cyclone, weathering, several fires to become one of the recognisable landmarks in Western Australia.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Solidly standing since 1853.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

The entire Busselton Jetty not fitting into a single frame. Any further, it’ll reach international waters.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

The Goose Bar + Kitchen fronting the jetty.

Today, the Jetty has an interpretive centre, a museum and a rail line along the length of the jetty for train ride. At the end of the jetty, there is an underwater observatory. Descending 8 metres beneath the surface, visitors can view corals and fish life through the viewing windows, at various levels within a 9.5 metre diameter observation chamber which can accommodate 40 visitors.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Entry fees prominently displayed.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Entry point, interpretive centre and museum. $3 entry if you just want to stroll on the jetty.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

The train that will take you to the end of the jetty to the underwater observatory.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

The train leaving the interpretive centre.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Wife taking a stroll along the jetty.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

View of the interpretive centre and museum from the jetty.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

This is the point at the jetty where you can take a cruise for whale watching. Different rate apply.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Sort of an artistic wind vane.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Waiting for a bite.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Measure your catch here.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

About ½ way distance, covered sitting bench for you to rest. Didn’t make it to the end of the jetty so, don’t know how the train  turned around.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Everything you need for your day out. Hats, sunscreen, goggles, snorkels, sunglasses at the Interpretive Centre.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

Souvenirs are also available at the Interpretive Centre.

Busselton Jetty Western Australia

More souvenirs.

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Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Ngilgi Cave, Western Australia

October 2016

Ngilgi Cave, previously known as Yallingup Cave, is located in the Geographe Bay just off Caves Road, in the southwest of Western Australia. It is an underground cave with a depth of 42m at the deepest and is reputedly 500,000 years old. Discovered in 1899, Ngilgi Cave is home to stunning stalactite, stalagmite and shawl formations.

Semi-guided tour of the cave is available which gives you basic knowledge and cave history from the guide before you start. Thereafter, you are at your own time to explore the cave. Chances of getting lost is slim to none if you follow the wooden boardwalk and railed passage which does a loop inside the cave.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Vegetation from the car park to the cave ticket office.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Route from Busselton Jetty to Ngilgi Cave.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Rules to observe.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

The ticket office.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Participants meeting point before taken by the cave guide to cave entrance.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Clearing to the cave entrance amidst trees and shrubs.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Guide taking participants down the stairs into the cave. T-shirt & track shoes will suffice.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Plaque in remembrance of Edward Dawson who discovered the cave.

Extensive boardwalk and a number of stairs lead you through the cave chambers. Along the passage, bench are available for you to rest if you require. The whole passage in the cave are dry and makes walking and climbing safe. It took us about an hour to see the two chambers in the cave. At some point of the passage, it does get narrow and at other point you do need to bend over to avoid the overhanging formation but we never felt claustrophobic. Initially we though the cave will be cold but as we went deeper, its gets warmer. Wearing T-shirt would suffice.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Down the stairs into the cave.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

The smaller chamber to the left of the entrance. A 10 minutes walk-around is all that is required here.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Stalactites of the smaller chamber.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Close-up of the stalactite.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Taking the passage to the right of the entrance will lead you to the main chamber.

When you go deeper into the main chamber, there’s a station where another guide (waiting all day) will show you different crystal formation and detailing it’s creation. They are passionate about the cave and their work and the knowledge they impart makes things interesting.

The lighting system in the cave are good. Throughout the cave, spotlight highlight the amazing formations. The lighting is bright enough for you to take great pictures without the need to use flash but you do need steady hands. Coloured lights at a couple of spots gives a magical atmosphere to your exploration. All pictures below are taken on auto setting with available lighting. No tripod or selfie stick allowed in the cave.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

More stalactite on the way to the main chamber.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Colorful lighting at a couple of spots.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

The passage getting deeper and more beautiful.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Starting to see stalagmite.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Another section of the main chamber.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Beautiful overhanging crystal formation.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Formation above the boardwalk.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Close-up of the crystal formation.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Boardwalk in the main chamber.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

Like a film set in Indiana Jones.

Ngilgi Cave Western Australia

One of those steep but manageable stairs in the main chamber.

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Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia

October 2016

Margaret River Chocolate Company located at Harmans Mill Rd is a big chocolate shop with a cafe that overlooks a nice large lawn. Although they produce chocolates, what you’ll see through a small viewing window, is molten chocolate processed by machine and that’s about it. This is not one of those chocolate facility where you will be guided around. You would not be able to see any process of how a chocolate bar is being produced.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Frontage of Margaret River Chocolate Company.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Route from the previous attraction, Ngilgi Cave to Margaret River Chocolate Company.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

You walk across a lawn to get to the entrance of the shop.

Entering the shop, there are sampling bowls of chocolates for you to try in the form of ‘buttons’. Three types of chocolate samples are available namely white, milk & dark chocolate. You can sample them as much as you like and that’s about the only kind of sample around. Spillage of the buttons on the floor were lying around and being stepped on and the staff don’t seems to be concerned about it. The spillage was still on the floor when we left.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Sampling bowls of 3 varieties of chocolates.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

That’s about as big as a window you’ll get to see into the ‘production floor’.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

The ‘production’ area of Margaret River Chocolate Company as seen through the glass window.

The shop has easy access with parking bays. Wide range of products in various packaging are on sale. The huge shop floor is filled with display of all types of chocolate creations, even chocolate soap and cosmetics. The products are however priced on the high side. As foreigners, we tend to convert the price back into our local currency and their chocolates cost as much as a premium quality imported European chocolate back home. We didn’t buy any.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Wide varieties and form of chocolates on sale.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

The shop has a huge floor area. The cafe is at far end.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Chocolates bars neatly stacked.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Mixture of various forms of chocolates.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Chocolates in gift packs.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

The cafe serves a varieties of ice-cream too.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

In good weather, the cafe extends its space onto the verandah at the back facing this lawn.

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