This Friday I’m hosting a dream picture of the Eagle Bay beach in Western Australia taken by Johanna Castro from The ZigaZag Mag Blog.
A gypsy heart and a geologist husband brought Johanna South West Australia from South Africa.
Exploring and writing about Western Australia became a passion and led to her writing freelance travel for The West Australian Newspaper and Fodor’s Travel Guide.
During the course of her world travels she’s written for around 40 publications and lived in 11 different countries including Nepal, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Gambia, Taiwan, and England.
She’s written and published a children’s novel in support of an orphanage in Manila, is working on a travel memoir, and blogs regularly about lifestyle on her other blog called Lifestyle Fifty.
Photo Story: Eagle Bay Beach & 30th Anniversary
Dave and I met in a downtown hotel near the Chao Praya River in Bangkok. I think although I’m not sure anymore, that it was called The Swan Hotel.
Anyway, it wasn’t swanky. I was wearing my favourite, battered pink dungarees, Dave tall with twinkling blue eyes had on a tatty pair of blue corduroy trousers tied up around his middle with a piece of string as the belt.
I vividly remember when I looked at him from across the bar, on that first night at the start of a Trailfinders ‘Bangkok to Bali’ tour we both happened to have booked on, and something in the universe jolted.
That was it, I knew I’d met the man who I would one day marry. 30 years later and thanks to the alignment of the universe that day in Bangkok we are still together.
Living now in beautiful South West Australia, my geologist husband and I have lived in 11 different countries, often in very remote places.
A caravan in the highlands of Lesotho was pretty memorable when the river came down in flood. But it seems we like remote and have sought out places off the beaten track all our married lives.
When we came to Australia nearly 10 years ago, Dave pointed to the map and said, ‘There! Look at all the green (national parks) and all that ancient geology. That’s where we’ll go!”
So here we are, in Australia’s remotest State, the size of India with a population unlike India’s – only around 2.5 million. We have long straight roads, lots of kangaroos, forests, vineyards and beaches.
Did I mention the beaches? They are gorgeous. And we were lucky to spend our 30th anniversary, our Pearl anniversary, by the beach, in a much more swanky hotel than The Swan in Bangkok.
This one was called Pullman Bunker Bay Resort and it’s situated off a glorious beach called Bunker Bay which is close to Eagle Bay beach where this photo is taken.
The beach in the photograph is one of several gorgeous small bays that comprise Eagle Bay which is located at the start of Meelup Regional Park, on the east coast of the Naturaliste peninsula.
Eagle Bay beach itself is a long expense of white sand interspersed with the occasional natural rock groyne and as you wind along Eagle Bay Road in summer, the colour of the sea has to be seen to be believed.
You can pull off the road at gorgeous little bays like this one, strip off, slap on some sun cream and have a dip – probably without another soul in sight.
Did I find any washed up pearls at this beach on our 30th Wedding Anniversary – after all the most revered and highly prized pearl in the world, is The Australian South Sea Pearl.
No. But I didn’t mind! My real ‘pearl’ has been with me for 30 years and counting. He’s a keeper :)
Eagle Bay is in the Meelup Regional Park which spans the east coast of the Naturaliste peninsula. Eagle Bay beach is a long expense of white sand interspersed with the odd natural rock groyne.
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