I drove down Frenchmans Bay Road to go to ‘The Gap’ as I had heard wonderful things about the lookout point. However, due to safety concerns ‘The Gap’ was closed down recently. Slightly disappointed, I continued driving up the road to continue on the scenic drive. Along the road there are a number of lookouts to drive down and take photos at. I stopped at the ‘Jimmy Newells lookout’.
Near the end of the scenic route was a turn off for Goodes Beach. The beach is secluded, dog friendly and has white sand and a beautiful view. For seashell collectors, there aren’t as many shells scattered along the shore.
I drove back through the main part of town to Middleton Beach to collect a few more seashells and breath in the ocean air. Next on the agenda was a visit to a property owned by the Nation Trust. The property was called ‘The Old Farm- Strawberry Hill’. Entry is by gold coin donation with tea and coffee provided in the building located in the garden. The cottage is one of the oldest buildings in the settlement and is filled with history, artifacts and signs to provide context on the history of families who lived in those walls. The garden was beautiful and there was a deck which would be wonderful to sit in during spring and summer.
On Albany Highway, there is a buy and sell store called the ‘Drive In Mart’. The store is filled with antiques, collectables, knick knacks, books, records, homewares and so much more. If you’ve got time to spare and are prepared to go treasure hunting, you won’t be disappointed!
I dined at Dylans On The Terrace for lunch- the café had a retro feel, it was like a country version of Fast Eddy’s but with wholesome food. Their coffees are incredible and their food is just as good.
I drove up York Street and took a turn down Dylan Street to the ‘Patrick Taylor Cottage’. The cottage has a small garden and entry is $5 per adult. The volunteer was extremely friendly and gave me context on who lived in the cottage, the current state and that many of the items scattered around the rooms had been donated by families around the area.
I attempted to find one of the National Parks to explore but Google Maps directed me into an estate so I drove back to my accommodation instead.
Wednesday morning came and it was time to check out and make the drive back to Perth. On the drive home, I stopped in at Koronup Visitor Centre. There is a café attached to the centre which provides the driver with a free coffee. The Visitor Centre has an expansive gift shop which is filled with books, handmade jams, chutneys, dukkah, nut mixes and chocolate as well as soaps and other handmade goods- all for reasonable prices.
I took a break from my singing and driving to stop in at the Williams’ Wool Shed. The complex was recommended to me by a volunteer tour guide at the National Anzac Centre. I must admit, it is a great place to get food, shop for gifts, lollies or homewares. There’s an Op Shop in the Church next to the Wool Shed with a small range of clothes, knick knacks, shoes and books too.
And then I was home.