Today I’m very happy to feature an interview with the Swiss Nomads.
Reni and Marcel know a thing or two about travelling, they’ve been doing it since 2007 when they decided to sell everything to travel the world. First they backpacked through Southeast Asia, then spent a year working in the Maldives as diving instructors. This was followed by a long journey through Australia and New Zealand where they found their favourite way of travelling; on wheels. They love road trips and bush camping.
They fell in love with Australia and came back in 2013 for a year after a 8-month road trip around Australia in 2009. Here they share their travel experience in West Australia.
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What was your favourite travel experience in WA?
WA has so many great places, it’s hard to decide on one. We loved Fremantle. The city of Fremantle is a place in Australia where we could imagine to live. The atmosphere, the great and cosy cafes, the lifestyle, the Sunday free music sessions at the arts centre, the market, the beautiful beaches, how can someone not love Freo. Our favorite national park in WA was the Karijini NP. The colours, the gorges and great walks. Especially the spider walk was a thing we’ll always remember.
And the weirdest?
Well, yes. We can think of a weird experience. When we’ve been camping on the coast of the Dampier Peninsula bushfires turned the whole area into a unreal world. The smoke filled the air and the sky changed colours. It was a dramatic atmosphere and quite scary because we did not know how close the fires were. The sky looked unreal. The colours were gone and it almost felt like the world changed from colours to black and white.
What’s the most annoying thing about WA?
The wind along the coast was sometimes quite annoying. We had a cheap version of a awning to get some shade on super sunny hot days. The wind made life quite difficult. And eating salad outside with strong wind is quite difficult too. But besides this we have WA in best memory.
And the best?
The freedom when driving off the beaten track in WA. The distances in WA are huge but that’s also part of the adventure and the amazing thing about Australia. Wide open spaces, long empty roads and unbeatable sunsets.
What are the essential items you need to pack for a trip in WA?
Plenty of water and food for BBQ’s, sturdy shoes to explore the amazing national parks (e.g. Kalbarri, Karijini, Mount Augustus or all the great gorges along the Gibb River Road) and a hat as sun protection.
If you could be tele-transported back to one place in WA where would it be?
Right now… to the James Price Point on the Dampier Peninsula. It was the best camp spot we had right on top of the cliff. We had a fantastic view over the ocean and we spotted so many whales passing by. It was great for doing walks along the shore and we met amazing people when walking along the coast, the crystal clear water was so beautiful and it was soooo relaxing.
Have you got any funny travel stories about WA?
Well, yes. When we camped at the De Grey River Marcel was so amazed by the beauty of the area that he desperately wanted to do a dive and started to improvise;-)
If you could meet one famous Australian who would it be?
Reni: That would be Hugh Jackman. He’s a fantastic actor and a down to earth person.
Marcel: I would love to meet Angus Young from AC/DC. I used to play guitar in a band and we played AC/DC songs.
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Travel Blog: www.swissnomads.com