I was given the opportunity to take a 4 day long weekend for Australia Day (January 26th for those not from Australia).  We headed down the south coast of WA, to Busselton to go camping and fishing.  We took some great photos of our trip.  It takes around 2 ½ to make the journey, and is well worth it!  I love the Australian coast, the outback, the rainforests, the eucalypt and banksia woodlands (everything about our extreme land really)!  The trip was a bit of a double-edged sword; cementing the fact that all I want to do now is to retire and spend the rest of my life travelling with my husband, running his fledgling fishing business (sustainable of course), and going off and doing aid projects and volunteer work whenever I want to.  I am torn really….. Still in my mid-40s, with 3 adult children (well our 17 year old is almost fully self-reliant) still all at home; with a mortgage and at least 20 to 30 years of a career in science still on the horizon….. (What to do)?  Nevertheless, I have a great family, a good job and an amazing God leading the way.

We caught some Blue Manna Crabs (Portunus pelagicus) for one of our meals, and another camper (all of whom were incredibly friendly) shared a Tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix) fish from his catch with us.  Every single person who went fishing, fished for food and only took what they needed and bigger than the minimum size limits (this, and the fact that everyone kept each other in line impressed me).   We met people from all over the place in this one little camping ground.  A young couple with a toddler from Holland, travelling around Australia in a camping van, a German couple, some Japanese and Swiss folks (all travelling Australia in cars, vans and caravans).  We also met some great folks from Perth, taking the Australia Day long weekend off to enjoy the south west like us.

The 145-year-old Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, measuring 1841 metres (almost 2kms); it is one of Australia’s most unique eco-tourism sites.  We have taken some good photos of the jetty, it is an amazing walk; and for those who can’t take the walk down to the end and back, a little shuttle train is available for a fun ride (we walked it several times over the weekend, a mean feat in heat ranging from 37⁰C to 40⁰C).  Anyway, enjoy the photos, we enjoyed the time away!  Back to the hustle and bustle of real life tomorrow!

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