I forgot about this blog draft about Christmas 2012 spent in WA. A few days in Perth / Freo then I headed three hours north to a ranch between Green Head & Eneabba. Didn’t die from an attack by any native species so that was a good result.
This protected area is well known for hundreds of plant species, some of which are unique to only this park. So get around it, botany nerds.
I’ve been in the outback – tick.
I could also mention within an hour of getting on the property I was shown a settled Golden Orb spider and someone soon after killed what was likely a venomous dugite snake making its way towards the chicken coop. After discarding the body, the next day it was discovered a fox or other animal had ripped it open to expose snake eggs inside it.
Canada, maybe you should stay up north and indoors.
Then there’s the constant anxiety of being visited by a friendly Indian Ocean shark with your eyes looking solely at the ocean floor. Supposedly they only frequent water over two metres deep. Put a bit of faith in it.
Guess I should mention my first day “goggles malfunction” – friends kept wondering why I stopped to snort water so much. “Do you have the goggles over your nose?” “Have what over my nose?” I’m an idiot.
My limbs will stay intact. To the beach? To the beach.
Luckily this affording me the luxury of checking out The Pinnacles just south of Cervantes, WA. Stopped in on my 3+ hour drive back south but wish I had spent a bit longer and checked out the interpretive centre (as I was in a rush to return my rental to West Perth by 5PM – was late anyway!)
The area is a few kilometres square of limestone formations raising out of the sand. It was 41°C out and I was wearing Chuck Taylors. And yes, the formations are rock penises.
They’re native only to Rottnest Island that I ferried over to and spent a day on. Signs clearly state “don’t feed the fauna” but some jackhole tourist gave this one an apple. Do you see apple trees on this island, ya dickhead?
I ended up biking 38km in total around the island and me arse is still sore.