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Burns Beach

A bit of information

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Since we are staying here longer than planned it seems worth jotting down a few notes about the area. Burns Beach is 34km north of the Perth CBD and is now part of the developed area of the coast.

In 1908 50 local residents successfully lobbied for the creation of a 49 acre reserve for camping and a health resort. The few locals who lived in the area in the early 20th century called the area Burns Beach after a farmer who ran sheep in the area.

For many years, a caravan park and a small cafe were about the only signs of development in the area and from our old house in Kallaroo (about half way between Perth and Burns Beach) we visited for the bush and hardly used coastal area. Most of the Perth area is (or was) sand dunes, so the low limestone cliffs of Burns Beach were a refreshing change and gave us a chance to take some different coastal photographs. From about the mid-1990s, housing finally sprawled into the area. It was developed quite thoughtfully with lovely parks dotted through the area - much needed as most houses cover most of the block on which they are built, leaving little room for gardens. That said, we wouldn't mind some of the houses which have indoor heated pools (usually solar-powered) and plenty of room to swing a cat. By English standards, these houses are very good value at around $800K.

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The caravan park expanded over the years with the addition of cabins such as the one in which we are staying and the little cafe has become a very popular restaurant serving some very tasty food.

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I have mentioned the coastal path before and this starts 710m north of the restaurant and then extends 17km all the way down to Trigg, mainly hugging the coast but occasionally curving inland briefly before rejoining the coast. So far we have managed to walk as far as Iluka, the next suburb south of here and have plans for getting further before we leave.

As regards our trip, this hinged on my meeting with the consultant on 24 September and he gave me the all clear. While waiting for that decision, we started equipping the Landcruiser ready for whatever travels we manage to achieve. Len helped Judith fit an awning on the side of the vehicle so that we can brew up or rest in shade when we get to hotter areas. I helped a bit but there was only so much I could do, still hopping around on my crutch at the time!

We caught up with Judith's cousin Judy and her husband, Bill, sometime this week when they were visiting the 'big smoke' from their home in Bridgetown and we have been invited to stay with them when we start our travels.

Next week I am seeing the physio again (for the last time?) and also catching up with Keith & Kathy and Peter Yong, so our extended stay here has been enjoyable on the social side. By now we would have been in the Kimberley so would have missed quite a few of our meetings with friends.

Posted by SteveJD 21:18 Archived in Australia

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