July 12, 2020

Syd’s Escape Diary 08.01.2009

Syd explored Northcliffe in the morning – a town settled in 1924 by UK ex-servicemen promised a new life in paradise after the First World War.

The reality was somewhat different as they had to clear forest to make space for the dairy farms that would provide them with a living.

The town has only a couple of shops – 1 sold everything from milk to CDs, motor spares to magazines while the other opened for 1 morning and 2 afternoons a week.

We then drove a couple of hours North, again barely seeing another car and arrived at Sun, Sand & Fun in Bussleton where we met up with several of the Alverton Explorers plus 3 UK service leaders.

The site was great and right next to the beach and clear blue Indian Ocean – the only downside the huge amount of flies around the site.

As it was the last night for all expeditions before returning to Fairbridge tomorrow we were treated to a barbecue by the beach and Beach Bums Ball.

Syd’s Escape Diary 07.01.2009

Syd spent the morning in Margaret River buying a few bits for the contingent HQ back at Fairbridge – including some British sweets (or lollies as they call them here) Black Jacks and Fruit Salads ready for Sunday’s visitors day.

We then drove 2 hours through forests, seeing no more than 20 cars in the 2 hours it took to arrive at Northcliffe.

We met up with Jess and the Bikers expedition shortly after arriving and they had just completed a 40km ride.

The campsite was on the edge of town and semi wild kangaroos and alpacas roam the site.

A little later Alex and Martin arrived with their 4 x 4 groups – as with all of the others Syd has seen all 3 said they were really enjoying camp.

In the evening a couple of the UK service leaders arrived with the South West Tour expedition for an overnight stay, bringing news of seeing rain in Albany the previous day.