Saturday, February 25, 2012

Yallingup and Fremantle

On our Monday in Western Australia, we spent the day at Yallingup Beach. There were several surfers, and we rented surfboards, but we weren't good enough to hang with the pros who were surfing on the huge waves over the reef. So we swapped in our surfboards for boogie boards, but the waves that weren't over the reef were crashing right on the beach, which left us basically no room to ride. So we used the boards as beach beds instead. Oh well! Here you can see Zack relaxing on his board trying not to get too much sun.

We did enjoy the snorkeling on the reef at this beach. While nothing will ever compare to the Great Barrier Reef, we were able to see some pretty awesome fish and even some decent coral. Keep in mind that this is shark country. On nearby beaches, four men have been killed in shark attacks in recent months, including one American expat! Yikes-we did get a little scared when we were snorkeling out in the deeper water.

That night, we drove to Fremantle to stay the night at a neat hotel attached to an Irish pub called Rosie O'Grady's. Fremantle is a cute little town right on the ocean and about thirty minutes away from Perth. It had several blocks of fun little shops and restaurants. We ate at a Mexican place, and it was actually pretty good (which is rare for Australian Mexican food). Check back tomorrow for a blog post about our last day in WA!

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