MMmm... nice stuff, Dinsdale. Do you do "beach stuff" on the coast, or mostly it`s just your destination, then you hit the road some more?
Sometimes I do, but as I "mature" I find the need for higher temps if I'm going to swim. Also, along the south coast the ocean temps aren't as warm as one might wish for. I do a little fishing, but would usually take the car for fishing trips.
However, you can ride along these beaches to you heart's content. Do donuts - anything! There are endless miles of beautiful sand, mostly quite hard enough to drive/ride on - and you're allowed to! Due to lack of population and distance from population centres you can nearly always
have a beach like those I've shown all to yourself (or maybe share it with 1 other person/group). Have a look at another pic (below) of Cheyne yesterday. I did ride along most of it. There were 3 fishermen spaced along there, each of whom were quite happy to have a little chat and brag about what they'd caught.
This what I shared with those 3 blokes. There's about another mile to the right in this pic before reaching the western headland of the bay.
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Generally though, when I decide to just go for a ride that's what I do. I choose pleasant, nearby destinations as a rule because I usually only have a couple of hours to play. There'd be 20 or more beaches like this within an hour of my home. Interspersed between the lovely beaches are some outstandingly beautiful granite headlands - some very rugged. I'll make a point of going to one/some of them next time, just for a little contrast. Coastal destinations are always my choice. Much of our hinterland is (in my opinion) plain bleedin' boring! There are 2 tiny little sets of mounds we call mountains (The Porongorups and the Stirlings) within that 1 hour radius, but they really don't interest me.
West Oz is a full 1/3 of Oz - 1,000,000 sq miles, (that's a full 1/3 of your contiguous 48) but we only have about 2,300,000 people total and something approaching 2,000,000 of those live in greater Perth - the capital city. Hence, getting out on your own, away from constraints is not difficult. We haven't had white settlements here for 200 years yet. My town, Albany, was the 1st European settlement in WA - 25th December, 1826. Albany is on the shores of a stunning natural harbour (Princess Royal Harbour) and is the southern-most town in WA. It's the 4th largest metropolis outside the the capital, with a population of about 33,000, though I'd guess that only about 20 to 25,000 of them live withing the town limits.
I do love where I live, though most West Ozzies don't like the area because they reckon it's too cold and it rains too much. We make a point of not letting them in on the secret. Perhaps I will take a fork off this thread and begin a "Travelogue of the Great Southern region of WA" thread. Fellow DRRiders member, "sevens" might add some too, as he lives only about 100Km west of me (still within that 1hr radius), in a beautiful forested area of WA.
Any'ow, I gotta go now, alas in the car as the sky is looking a little ominous.