We left Perth and headed north to a small country town called Dandaragan. They had a lovely transit park in town which we set up at. After a good few weeks of the city life and hustle and bustle, we were craving some down time to catch up a load of jobs. Mainly some routine repairs and servicing to the navara and we also needed to do some serious catch ups with our blogs and video editing.
We spent a good couple of days camped up here on Dandaragan and loved it. There was a large grassy oval, playground, tennis courts, basketball hoops, toilets & showers, 240v powered sites and fresh water. All rested, recharged and on top of things we piled in the car and headed out to Lancelin for a day trip.
Straight into Lancelin and off to the popular sand dunes we went. We packed our skim board and some candle wax🕯, so off in search for a steep dune to give it a crack. Unfortunately our wooden skim board was no good. We still had fun running up and down the dunes though. We drove around them for a bit, quite impressive with how much of an area they cover. Then driving around the town for a look, before heading up to Wedge Island.
Wedge island was cool, a nice drive out to see the quirky shack settlement. We drove onto the beach and instantly saw 2 dolphins chasing fish in the shallows. They were having a ball! Although the beach was covered in seaweed, like most of the beaches around here, it still looked nice.
Happy with our outing we headed back to Dandaragan to relax. Amz decided to pop her head into the info centre and had a good chat with the lovely ladies in there. They told us about all the surrounding things we could see around the area. There was one place that caught our attention purely out of curiosity - New Norcia.
The following day, we drove through Moora and down to New Norcia. We had learnt it was the only Monastic town in Australia. We’re not religious by any means, but we were curious and decided to do a town tour and learn about the history of this community of monks. The town tour was $15pp and our guide was great and informative. Seeing the structures and architecture here was the main highlight, you rarely see some of this stuff in Australia.
After our tour we were hungry and stopped into the roadhouse to grab some snacks. Surprisingly good food and the lovey lady at the roadhouse gave us some fresh bread for free, as it was the end of the day - winning!
Next stop Jurien Bay!