Perth to Cape Leeuwin via Dunsborough 1980

Perth to Cape Leeuwin Tour via Dunsborough 1980

Cape Leeuwin

Perth to Cape Leeuwin via Dunsborough, 6 day bicycle tour, 1980. This is the fourth of a series of retrospective bike stories, of rides taken before 1987. 1987 was the first ride to be fully documented in the current format, with distances, speeds, rest stops and so on, moreover written as soon after the event […]

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Perth to Dunsborough 1980


Perth to Dunsborough, day 1, Monday 1 December 1980. As in 1979, I decided to take the morning Australind train and start my ride from Bunbury. My plan required me to arrive in Bunbury at about 1pm, as the train did in those days, and try to reach Dunsborough before the day got too late. […]

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Dunsborough to Margaret River 1980

Meelup Beach

Dunsborough to Margaret River, day 2, Tuesday 2 December 1980. I enjoyed a nice breakfast and got going as early as I could. I planned to visit Meelup Beach first (couldn’t go to Dunsborough and not visit Meelup!), then get to Margaret River by going uphill to Yallingup, then turning south to find Carters Road, […]

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Margaret River to Augusta 1980


Margaret River to Augusta, day 3, Wednesday 3 December 1980. I had breakfast in the old dining room again. Then I got ready and set off, taking the same route as in 1979 to reach Caves Road. I set off down Wallcliffe Road, turned left into Station Street, rode past the old train station and […]

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Augusta to Cape Leeuwin and Margaret River 1980

Flinders Bay

Augusta to Cape Leeuwin and Margaret River, day 4, Thursday 4 December 1980. After coming all this way and not getting much time in daylight in the area the previous afternoon, I needed to visit Cape Leeuwin and have a swim at Flinders Bay, where two oceans meet. I had an early breakfast so that […]

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Margaret River to Busselton 1980

Busselton Foreshore Sunset

Margaret River to Busselton, day 5, Friday 5 December 1980. I had a good breakfast in the dining room and packed up and set off, straight up the Bussell Highway. The wind was from the south-east and I felt good and just kept going. I reached Busselton one hour and 55 minutes later, before noon. […]

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Busselton to Perth 1980

Australind train

Busselton to Perth, day 6, Saturday 6 December 1980. There is little left to tell. I had a leisurely breakfast in my room, then a morning swim, before packing up and taking the easy ride up to Bunbury, where I bought tickets for myself and the bike on the Australind train, then went up to […]

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