Day 2 ~ Swan Valley / Cottesloe NYE

We were up early this morning to catch first light at the Pinnacles. The early morning/late afternoon light makes the pinnacles glow a beautiful golden colour, so it was the ideal time to go for photos (plus there’s a lot less tourists around at those hours). This time, we spotted an Emu with her two bubs walking around the park. It seems like there’s plenty of wildlife that frequent the area.

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Teone saying goodbye to The Pinnacles

After grabbing some nice photos, we raced back to Windbreak B&B for the incredible breakfast that we knew was waiting for us! Lynne had prepared delicious fruit salad with muesli and yoghurt, a boiled egg with freshly baked bread, homemade lemon butter, fresh coffee, ice cold juice and warm blueberry muffins – it was to die for! What a great way to start the day!

After saying our goodbyes, we hit the road, headed south for Perth. On the way back in to Perth, we detoured west via the Swan Valley. Our first taste of the WA vineyards were delicious! Cheese was expensive at the Cheese Barrel  – but it was so damn delicious! We bought a few wheels to snack on in the coming days!

The wines at Riverbank Estate tasted like dogs balls so we quickly moved on from there. Mandoon Estate was HUGE and very well set up for families to visit. It had a playground, restaurant, cellar door and a nice beer garden out the back. It was a busy place with much better tasting wine.

After we’d stuffed ourselves on food and drinks in Swan Valley, we drove into Perth city and checked in to Quest on James (now a Best Western), where we would stay for the next few nights. It was a good-sized room with a full kitchen and king bed, however parking was a serious issue. We were lucky to grab a park each time we needed to, but saw many people miss out and have to pay.

Once unpacked, we went for a short walk up the road to Coles to get some NYE supplies and then ventured to Cottesloe for sunset. We arrived mid-afternoon, so headed to the Ocean Beach Hotel for some drinks and snacks overlooking the water. As sunset drew near, we went and pulled up stumps in front of the beach with our towels, had a glass of champagne and then some ice cream while we watched the sun go down for the last time in 2016. There’s something magic about watching a West Australian sunset go down over the Indian Ocean – you really need to experience at some point in your life.

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New Year’s Eve at Cottesloe Beach – our first sunset over the Indian Ocean

Once the sun had set, we went back to the apartment, packed our gear for Rottnest Island (where we would be heading early tomorrow morning) and were in bed by 9:30pm – on New Years Eve! How times have changed.

DRIVING DETAILS:

  • Distance Travelled: 200km (Cervantes >> Perth)
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