A rude awakening at 2.30 am this morning

Yesterday we stayed overnight at Busselton Farm. Around this area there are farms and wineries that offer simple camping, without hookups. Some offer more than others in terms of facilities. We spent the afternoon parked up at a beach in Wonnerup just north of Busselton and didn’t want to have too far to drive. We were perfectly happy with our choice until 2.30 in the morning when we were woken up by a strange sound. After a little while we realised we were in range of a sprinkler which was washing along the side of the van. The owners knew we had parked there as one of them came to take our money after we parked up.

Another benefit of our dear little van is that we could easily move, and we did. We went into an adjoining space where there were other vans. It took a little while to get over it and go back to sleep.

Quite a nice spot at Busselton Farm. We had TV reception and watched the news and 7.30 report.

Today we got away late. Our host was unable to actually give us a definite departure time, but we left at about 11.00. No one came to ask why we had changed our position.

Our first stop was to visit Cowaramup.

We had planned to go to Margaret River for morning tea, but were seduced by the little street of cafes, shops and cows. Stephen visited the newsagent and the pharmacy. I went to the French bakery for rolls, etc. then we had coffee at a nice shop full of specialty teas and chocolate. We shared a cream cheese bagel and had our usual hot drinks. My coffee was the best I’ve had so far this trip, but we haven’t been on the road long.

In Margaret River we went to the dump point, a great highlight of our visit to the town where we met up with other RVers. Stephen tried phoning the Tourist Bureau, but couldn’t get through. We wanted to fill up with water. We gave up and went down to Prevelly Beach for lunch and a rest. Stephen finally reached the TB and found they had a fresh water tap we could use so we high tailed it back into town.

Stephen also rang up to book us into Olive Hill Farm for tonight. We arrived here at about 5.00 pm. There is a lovely walk down to the river and we didn’t have time to go all the way after arriving and setting up, but enjoyed walking through the beautiful trees. The sites here have good privacy, are hard stand gravel, and set amongst the olive trees. No hookups, but we can have access to drinking water, a dump point and a laundry service for a small fee each.

I washed our clothes in the kitchen sink. Nothing is dirty, just needs refreshing.

We travelled on our first gravel road for a couple of kilometres to get here. It was pretty bad in spots. Of course, our van is no stranger to gravel roads, just a first for us. We put out the awning for the first time, I had to watch the training video again to work out how, but we feel a sense of achievement.

Later we walked around the farm and eventually found the walk trail to the river. We didn’t go all the way and plan to do that in the morning.