Because all accommodations were full at Busselton due to the Queen's birthday, we ended up spending 2 nights in Bunbury. It was a good thing Ken drove us there as the 50km route is not very pleasant to cycle. Just another highway. Amazing how well looked after we are by our Heavenly Father!
We checked into the Dolphin YHA and it proved to be the best hostel among the 3 we experienced. Free coffee and tea, free bikes (not that we needed them), free BBQ and the list goes on.
Very friendly staff and folks. I was also impressed with the cleanliness and organisation. Great location, a mere 5 mins walk to the sandy beaches and we enjoyed our swims there very much. Interestingly, they gave each of us our own set of plates, cup and cutlery. Our room had a queen bed and a double decker and was spotless. Dinner was at a lovely Chinese restaurant and it was nice to eat rice again.
While the boys went for a Sunday morning swim, I cycled to church and it was a most enjoyable 5km ride through the quiet city. At Bunbury Baptist, they were very kind and allowed me to park my folded Tikit inside where it was safe inside God's house.
I was so pleasantly surprised to meet my good friend Annelise at the service. Talk about a small world!
We spend the afternoon touring Bunbury and its surroundings - enjoyed priceless views from the lookout, cycled to the train/bus station some 5km away just to check it out, rode around Big Swarm Parkland and just cruised up the coast. An enticing cafe called Hungry Hole beckon us to enter and it looked like a perfect place for a nice cold beer and hot chips. We enjoyed our drinks with the sea in front of us.
Our do-it-yourself dinner was fresh Sirlion steak, English pork sausages with Italian bread and salad, courtesy of Coles Supermart, washed down with more beer and wine. It smelled so good that the those around us were all begging us for a taste! Pat really is a BBQ master as he grilled our steaks to perfection.
We had had to go for a last walk along the beach after dinner and enjoyed some great conversations. It was certainly a very lazy day but it was an ideal way to end our Augusta to Bunbury adventure.
Note: We caught the TransWA bus back to Perth the next morning and this is certainly the best way to travel interstate. Supremely comfortable, punctual and professional.