Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Cape Naturaliste Road wends its way along the peninsula from the small township of Dunsborough out to the lighthouse at the end of the headland. We have always loved this pretty area in the South West Cape Region of WA. It has a more tranquil beauty than the equally beautiful wild and rugged coastline round the tip of the Cape. This stretch of coastline is part of the Meelup Regional Park, which extends 11.5 kms along the coast from Dunsborough to Bunker Bay. Facing north east has meant the beaches and small coves are protected from the onslaught of the south westerlies pounding in from the Indian Ocean.  As a result many trees and plants, which would not survive the strong westerly winds on the other side of the Cape, are able to thrive, giving the area its distinctive appearance. Tall trees and dense vegetation stretch down towards the gently lapping waters of Geographe Bay.

 

Calm blue waters at Meelup Beach South West WA

Calm blue waters at Meelup Beach South West WA

 

We stopped off for a brief stroll along Meelup Beach on our recent trip down south in early September. We literally had the place to ourselves! A weekday out of season and there wasn’t a soul around apart from ourselves and a few seagulls enjoying the late afternoon sun. Meelup means “place of the moon rising” and was named by the local Wardandi people, the Aboriginal custodians of the area, as the full moon appears to rise out of the sea on a few days of the year. It must be a hauntingly beautiful site to witness the moon rising in such a peaceful and tranquil place!

 

 

It is the sort of place where you feel a million miles away from the cares of the world, which is why we love it so much. We have been coming down here for years with our 2 girls and will enjoy taking our 2 granddaughters here in the years to come!

 

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26 thoughts on “Meelup: Place Of The Moon Rising

  1. Australia certainly has the best beaches…(Suzanne)

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    1. We’re certainly very lucky here Suzanne – they are unspoilt and sometimes you can have the place to yourselves! 🙂

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  2. The beach is beautiful !

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    1. It’s always been one of my favourite places Gin – it’s so peaceful and calm there 🙂

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    1. I thought a moment of tranquility in the build up to Christmas was in order Lisa! It’s such a beautiful spot – if you ever get the chance you should go there! 🙂

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  3. fifi + hop says:

    Just beautiful! And to have the whole place to yourselves – sounds incredibly peaceful. So nice you’ll be able to bring your grandkids there and keep it going through the generations..

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    1. It was amazing that there wasn’t another soul (besides seagulls!) in sight. Obviously in the summer months and at weekends there would be a few other people there. It was incredibly peaceful – you really feel refreshed after visiting somewhere like that. Yes it’s lovely we can take our grandkids there – seems like only yesterday we were taking our own kids!!

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  4. Anabel Marsh says:

    Gorgeous and peaceful! All the best for Christmas and the New Year.

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    1. Thanks Anabel 🙂 I was sorting through photos of our trip down south this week and came across these – it had a very calming effect on me just to look at them at this busy time of the year so I thought I’d include them on the blog. Meelup is such a lovely and peaceful place. Very best wishes to you as well for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 🙂

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  5. What a beautiful place Rosemary, to have it all to yourself is incredible as well. Looks like the perfect spot to keep visiting with your little granddaughters.

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    1. Thanks Joy – it is a lovely spot and to turn up when there was no one else in sight made it extra special. It was a lovely walk along the beach 🙂 It does seem like only yesterday we were visiting it with our own girls – we used to love going there when they were small! I thought a nice “calming” beach scene was a good idea this week – everything seems to get rather frenetic at this time of year! Have been out in Fremantle most of the day with the family (our younger daughter arrived from London a couple of days ago) so am just catching up on the blog now. Hope you have a lovely weekend and very best wishes for a very happy Christmas! 🙂

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      1. It looks like the perfect beach to return again and again Rosemary for sure, I totally agree, the perfect antidote to all this Christmas madness. Loving those blue skies too….. Best wishes to you as well for Christmas, glad your daughter had a safe journey!!

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        1. Thanks Joy – it’s great to see her again! It’s really pleasant here at present not too hot – by Perth standards it’s quite cool for the time of year!

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  6. KerryCan says:

    It really is simply lovely! It makes me think of some of the beaches on the west side of Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico.

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    1. Thanks Kerry that’s really interesting to know – I shall have to read up about the Florida beaches! They sound very beautiful too 🙂

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  7. Just gorgeous – I think I would come to Meeluo all the time too. I love the idea of feeling like you’re a million miles from anywhere especially when you have a a stunning stretch like that. Hope you and your family have a wonderful xmas! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Ting – it’s such a tranquil place 🙂 Would be lovely to be there now escaping from the Christmas rush! Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas too and very best wishes for 2016! We have our daughter from London with us, which is lovely – once she has left in January I’ll get back into the blogging world more! 🙂

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  8. kayrpea61 says:

    Sure is a beautiful part of the planet, Rosemary

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    1. It’s a lovely unspoilt part of the world Ken – beaches, wineries, superb food the South West region has it all! Wishing you a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year! 🙂

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      1. kayrpea61 says:

        We were last there in 2002, Rosemary. Must be time we headed back across the continent 😉
        Merci. Joyeux Noël à vous, Monsieur. et Mlle aussi

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        1. Merci beaucoup Ken and Joyeux Noel! 🙂

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  9. restlessjo says:

    It looks pure bliss and as far from my Christmas Eve as it’s possible to be! Very best wishes for 2016, Rosemay, and thanks for being you 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Jo! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and very best wishes for the rest of the festive season and 2016! 🙂

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