Arriving “home” in Western Australia

After a great week spent in the Adelaide Hills, with good friends, beautiful scenery, and more animal encounters than we ever imagined, we hopped on an airplane and headed to the great open spaces of Western Australia.

After flying across the Yorke and Eyre peninsulars of South Australia, we crossed the body of water called the Bight, and entered land again, east of Perth.

Addie, Frankie and Will were blessed to be able to see Lake Hillier.

Lake Hillier is a bubble-gum pink-coloured lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago off the coast of Esperance.

It’s believed to be pink due to the color created by algae in the salt crusts. I hope we can see it close up on our travels, and we didn’t get a photo so I’ll post some info on it below. Frankie had studied it in class.

Hillier Lake

We had a couple hours layover at Perth.

Perth Airport flies 70 planes a week in and out of the mining areas for the mining companies that are in the Outback. At the height of the mining boom it was around 150 a week. We saw many of the miners waiting to fly out, very visible in their high-vis vests!

The flight to Geraldton was straight north along the coast, and It was truly a beautiful, lonely coastline. We were all very excited to see our new town. We arrived just before sunset at the little airport.

I have to say, domestic flights here kind of put our airlines in America a little to shame. Even on that 40 minute flight, Qantas provided free beverages of any choice, and a good snack/light meal, and it’s been the same on all domestic flights! Service has been excellent the whole way and the prices very reasonable.

Those poor hostesses on the Geraldton flight barely had time to get up and down the aisle before we landed again.

We were met by two ladies from the hospital where Scott will be working, who kindly ran us by the grocery store before taking us to the house.

The house is very nice. Even better, it takes 2 minutes and 46 seconds to walk to the beach from the front door. 

   
  It’s hard to get the kids off the beach, of course.

   

  

 

And the big kid likes it too…

  

The sunsets here are spectacular. The sky is amber and gold for 45 minutes after the sun goes down. We have grilled out most nights, the daytime temps are high 60’s/low 70’s.

And it’s winter 🙂

   

  
We are still settling in, and Scott will start work soon. We will post more pictures when we get out and explore.

 

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