Date: 11/30/19 4:23 pm From: <rwlawson...> Subject: [Tweeters] FYI: Accommodations for birders in Southwest Australia
After my Rockjumper tour of eastern Australia and Tasmania, Joseph met me in Melbourne and we spent another month birding and exploring. We have a cousin in Perth, and we were interested in seeing some of Australia's famously big trees, so we headed down to southwestern Australia. We liked it there so much that we ended up staying longer than we expected.
One thing that we learned is that caravan parks in Australia have cabins, as well as spaces for camping and recreational vehicles. The cabins are basic but comfortable, and include well-equipped kitchenettes. The caravan parks are located on the edges or outside of the towns, in natural surroundings, and are much nicer and birdier that the usual motels in town. We do particularly want to recommend two places we stayed that may be of interest to you traveling birders. They are a bit off the usual track, and I would love to have them get more birders to visit.
Wrenwood Chalets, near Augusta and beautiful Leewuin Naturaliste National Park, was close to the stunning seacoast, but set into lovely karri-jarrah forest. Our chalet was much more nicely furnished and decorated than at the average caravan park. The owners, David and Anita, are very friendly and knowledgeable about the birds and natural history of the area. We enjoyed watching birds come to drink and bathe, and were happy to learn that there is a resident flock of the elusive Baudin's Black-Cockatoo on the property. We saw Square-tailed Kites nearby.
Loose Goose Chalets outside of Nannup also was situated in beautiful mature forest. Our chalet was more basic and did not have effective air conditioning, but was comfortable. We watched ten species of birds come to drink and bathe right outside our door, and both Baudin's and Red-tailed Black Cockatoos are found around the place. Larraine, the owner, also is friendly and knowledgeable. She will show you her aviaries, full of exotics and rescued native birds and mammals for later release, and she will introduce you to her tame Emus. Sadly, Larraine said she may have to sell the property, so it might not exist in its present state for much longer.