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Trip Report Australia Vacation Sept 2014: Focus on WA

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Finally getting around to writing up a trip report on our recent vacation in Australia! As in past years, the vacation was a combination of visiting family and friends in familiar places as well as a separate excursion to a new part of the continent. This time we focused on Western Australia, more specifically the extreme southwest of the state, the bit lying more or less west of the line between Albany and Perth. On seeking advice from people on this board, we quickly realized that with only 11 days in WA, itineraries encompassing places further afield (Esperance or Ningaloo Reef for example) would be too rushed. WA is a BIG state - as it is we covered an area somewhere around the size of Pennsylvania!

I arrived in Sydney on 1 Sept, flying from the US east coast. I spent the next three days on business, traveling to Bowral on the Southern Highlands, then Canberra attending conferences. The weather was quite nice, though it was pretty chilly in the mornings, close to freezing in Canberra. Having lived in Canberra in the 80's I was expecting to remember my way around. Not true!

My wife and I then flew to Perth on Virgin Australia on 7 Sept. There we met up with our Connecticut friends "Laurenzo" and "B-A" who had arrived in Perth from CT the day before. There we shared a suite at the Adina Apartments opposite the convention center - very nice as well as being within easy walking distance to the city center. After a stroll around town, we enjoyed dinner at the Adelphi Grill close to the Adina.

Coming up: Day trip to Freemantle and our drive south to Margaret River.

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