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One of Lonely Planets top 10 regions 2010. November 23, 2009

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The lush south-west of Western Australia offers variety in spades. Well-heeled Perth weekenders make the three-hour trek from the big city to the gourmet paradise of Margaret River; families of adrenalin-fuelled kids hit the Busselton beaches; recent city escapees live side-by-side with long-established farmers and long-haired hippies who’ve been hanging out here since the 70s. While word is out about the south-west, distance still dissuades many Aussie eastcoasters – take the opportunity to make it here before they do!

Life-changing experience
Waking and walking at sunrise on the Bibbulmun Track, with birdsong and a backdrop of crashing surf. Take weeks to walk its 963km length, or a couple of hours to stroll a section.

I havent ventured over to the West coast of Australia yet, but I will definitely be heading there this summer. I’m off to dig out my board shorts and rash vest right now!

 

Ever thought you were lost? November 21, 2009

Filed under: Australia — backpackerbird @ 11:01 am
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Have you ever got lost? Panic struck? anxious? Imagine how Eric Steward 81 felt when he was visiting friends in Sydney, Australia.

An 81-year-old Australian man became lost on an early morning drive to the shops and ended up almost 600km (370 miles) away from his starting point.

Eric Steward told police he failed to stop because he “liked to drive”.

Visiting friends in Yass, a country town south of Sydney in New South Wales state, Mr Steward left to buy a newspaper on Monday morning.

More than eight hours later, after taking a wrong turn on the highway, he asked Victoria state police for help.

“I just went out on the road to have a drive, a nice peaceful quiet drive.

“I didn’t know where I was going but I knew it was somewhere, and with a bit of luck I would eventually find my wife again,” he said.

A good driver

Australians think nothing of getting into a car to drive to a local shop to get a newspaper or milk. But most manage to get back home within minutes.

With Mr Steward, it took almost nine hours.

So next time you’re lost. ask fo help before you get too lost, or check your trusty guide book!

Source BBC