The West Coast of Australia… Rumour has has it that those wise enough to break the norm and venture in the opposite direction of the well-trodden East Coast will fall in love and be greatly rewarded with a unforgettable natural beauty… Well, see below for the astounding proof!
‘Adventurous Kate’ has lived up to her name and devoured every breath-taking adventure, sight and experience Western Australia has had to offer; And believe us, the West Coast is like an all you can eat buffet of eye-candy! Here’s Kate’s story.
I arrived in Port Stephens for a Quad Bike & Sandboarding adventure. I typed in the address in the Sat Nav and it directed me to the middle of nowhere, where I was greeted by Tuc and Zac from Sand Dune Adventures who would be guiding our group. We got straight to it, helmets on and the safety talk began which basically boiled down to using your common sense and not being an idiot. Couldn’t agree more.
We started planning our Australian road-trip in the UK and took the time to choose our camper carefully, it was going to be our home for 2 months after all!
After much thought we opted for the Mighty Jackpot, which sleeps 3 (we need our space!) and has a sink, fridge and a gas cooker. We decided to be daring and chose not to add in Sat-Nav. Well it’s just one long road right? How hard can driving nearly 7000km up the coast of Oz be?
I’ve spent the last few days taking in Byron Bay enjoying the food, the atmosphere and generally chilling out (I know, it’s a hard life). However, one morning I made a last minute decision to climb Mt Warning at sunrise. The expedition started with a 2am wakeup call and an hour to drive to Wollumbin National Park
I reached the car park by about 3:30 am and packed up my gear, put some trainers on for the first time in what felt like months, and started the climb. I knew it was going to take me about 2 hours to reach the summit, which was exactly the time I had before sunrise, so I tried to walk a little faster. It was eerie, walking into the forest, but I was looking forward to the view.
9:30am Australia time: I touch down in Sydney busting with adrenalin, excited to get the #60dayadventure started!
On the first day I headed to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge for the Bridgeclimb. I had no idea what to expect apart from a lot for steps (obviously) but my friendly climbing guide walked me through exactly how it would go. We all got kitted out with radio headsets and harnesses, and suddenly the reality that we were about to scale this massive structure became very real!