Our own California pizza homemade in Western Australia

Our own California pizza homemade in Western Australia

Delicious homemade pizza in Western Australia

Our house sit in Western Australia was in “the bush”, what Americans call “the country.” It was 25 minutes to Mt. Barker where there is a grocery store and an hour to Albany which has some decent restaurants.

We had been jonesin’ for some pizza and the frozen stuff really does taste like cardboard. Fortunately, the homeowners in Kendenup, WA, had an old bread machine and pizza dough is dead simple. Just add some flour, yeast, water, olive oil, salt and a bit of sugar into the machine and voila, a pizza crust.

 
 
Petroglyph at Altavista, Nayarit, Mexico

The one item we were able to find in the grocery stores is good tomato sauce. Add some veggies and thinly sliced pepperoni and, as you can see, our first attempt came out quite delicious. So good in fact, we made it a weekly treat.

Friendly Kangaroo in Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Australia

Friendly Kangaroo in Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Australia

Adult Kangaroo at Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary

Although kangaroos in the wild can be dangerous, once they become used to people, they are quite friendly and approachable. This one at the Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Australia enjoyed being stroked and was quite affectionate.

Read about our adventures with kangaroos

We had an amazing time feeding the joeys at the Kangaroo sanctuary. See all our photos and read about our adventures.

 
 
Baby Kangaroo in Crib

Baby Kangaroo in Crib

Baby Kangaroo in Crib, Uralla Wildlife Santuary

The Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Australia rescues injured and abandoned kangaroos as well as other native Australian animals, including Emus, Rabbits and even wild dogs.

Staffed by volunteers, the sanctuary depends on donations and grants. The baby roos, like this one, are bottle fed by hand many times each day until they are old enough to forage on their own. Grown kangaroos are released into the wild when they are ready.

 
 

Read about our adventures with kangaroos

We had an amazing time feeding the joeys at the Kangaroo sanctuary. See all our photos and read about our adventures.

Grandma Tingle Tree in Ancient Australian Forest

Grandma Tingle Tree in Ancient Australian Forest

Grandma Tingle Tree

The burls and gnarled bark of this distinctive red tingle tree give it an almost human character – a female, grandmotherly character. It’s almost as if she is watching over the forest, observing all those who enter it.

Growing in the Valley of the Giants in Western Australia, this matriarch of the forest measures almost 40 feet in circumference and is estimated to be over 400 years old.

 
 
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Denmark, Western Australia

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Denmark, Western Australia

Treetop walk at the Valley of the Giants, Denmark, WA

Just outside of Denmark in Western Australia is the Valley of the Giants, where ancient tingle trees grow, some older than 400 years.

The tree top walk is a 600 meter walk that at the top is 40 meters off the ground providing an amazing view of the kari tree canopy, full of birds and small animals. It is a long way down to the forest floor.

 
 
Walking high above the tingle tree forest
The tingle tree forest at Valley of the Giants
Looking down on the forest from the Tree Top Walk
Walking among the red tingle trees
High above the trees at Valley of the Giants
Among the trees in the Valley of the Giants
Huge tingle trees in the Valley of the Giants
40 meters up in the tingle tree forest

Walking among the treetops in the Valley of the Giants was an experience we will both never forget! Enjoying the beauty of this ancient forest from such a high vantage point was a unique adventure. 

We had so many unique adventures during our six months in Australia. You can browse them all at Joyfuljourneying/Australia-travel.

Ever had the chance to walk in the treetops? We’d love to hear of your experience. Please comment in the section below.

Cute Australian Creature Crossing Signs

Cute Australian Creature Crossing Signs

Australian Animal Crossing Signs

Australia is of course well known for it’s variety of unusual animals. Since it is a very sparsely populated continent, these animals roam wild in the bush. Which means that they can wander onto the highway and have an unexpected meeting with a fast moving vehicle.

The highway department provides these helpful signs, I suppose, so that you know what it was that you crushed as you cruised along at 110 kilometers/hour (the usual limit on country roads). It is not uncommon to see one of these poor creatures in it’s final repose along the side of the road. Identifying just what animal it was, is another story.

 
 

Of course colliding with any of the larger Australian fauna can also be quite dangerous to the car and driver, so caution is advisable.

Giant Termite Mounds of Western Australia

Giant Termite Mounds of Western Australia

Australian termite mounds

We found termite mounds such as these all over Western Australia. They are seen in fields, in parks, and in the bush. There are a few in the orchard where we are housesitting in Australia.

Termites usually live underground, but if the nest grows too large, they start building above ground. We usually didn’t see many termites on the outside of the mound.

 
 

Some of the termite mounds that we found encompassed a tree, presumably so that the termites can chew away without leaving home.

Rogers Is My Favorite Australian Beer…So Far

Rogers Is My Favorite Australian Beer…So Far

Little Creatures Restaurant, Fremantle, Australia

When we were sightseeing in Fremantle, Western Australia, a friend suggested that we might like to watch the sunset over the ocean from the upper floor of a brewery restaurant called Little Creatures. The view was indeed breathtaking and we had wonderful appetizers there, a friendly waiter, and  enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Little Creatures Rogers Beer

I choose a pint of an amber beer that they brewed on the premises and discovered that it was perfectly balanced, flavorful and had a crisp finish. It is called Rogers and Laurie (who isn’t a beer fancier) also found it delicious. We later purchased a six-pack at a liquor store and liked it a lot in the bottle too.

 
 

I can’t remember ever liking a beer of that style any better. Good on ya, Little Creatures brewers!

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