A Vivid-Warm Nostalgic Town Called York

Let me tell you something, I never intended to come to York that day.

I’ve always been like this; whenever I plan something, I only work on it for 40%-50% and the rest of it will be improvisation. Good thing I traveled alone again yesterday and I could drive anywhere I wanted. My original plan was trekking to Lesmurdie Falls National Park, visiting Mundaring Weir, Perth Hills, Perth Observatory, staying in Kalamunda overnight, and visited a few National Parks nearby. I even rented the car late but have checked almost half of the list already by 3PM. I thought where I should go next and somehow York appeared in my mind.

Accompanied by Spotify, I drove all the way to York which is located 86 kilometers away from Perth CBD. Some of my friends have visited York and actually I knew the vibe would be similar as Meekathara, Mt. Magnet, and a few more towns that my friends and I passed by when we were on road trip; I knew York would be that BEAUTIFUL. As I entered Shire of York, nature gave me my favourite scenery in Australia: vast hills and valleys. In a certain part of road, you will see trees lining up on your left and right side and I wondered what it would look like when Autumn comes…must be so pretty <3. I really like the Town Centre because it feels so nostalgic to me. The town is taken care beautifully: the architectures, the design of land use, environment, etc. In this millennial age, this town attracts people by standing tall with its own identity; it doesn’t care about modernization or stupid attractions.



I watched the sunset at Mt. Brown lookout. At first, I stopped at a small area which I thought it was the lookout but something made me so scared: a graveyard behind me. And I was alone LOL. Actually once I came to Australia, my parno thinking has reduced so much. There’s no way I would see Kuntilanak, Pocong, or I have to feel scared every malam jumat. But still, I’m not much different from my old self. Then I realized it wasn’t the right lookout spot from the map lol. I drove a bit further then and I found this:



I did nothing but enjoying everything (and being online on Instagram). Beautiful. Mother Earth is so beautiful :’( I could see people’s houses from above and the Town Hall looked so tiny. In the east, a vast land was visible and I contemplated that this country (as well as a continent) must have been fighting so hard to get water and to plant variation of crops. I grew up on the island with plenteous natural resources such as water and fertile soil, I feel so blessed. Many parts of Indonesia, even though they are not as developed as certain big cities in Indonesia, we can’t argue more, they are so blessed in this matter. But anyway, I won’t talk much about this now (I will do it in the next post).


Look at the color!


I really love this car. Rented this from Ace Car Rentals and so irit laaa.. I only spent $22 for driving 253km. It was about 1:15.


Back to York, I googled a caravan park and yep, this is the place I’m going to sleep at tonight, as I said to myself. Seriously, I never thought I would be brave to sleep alone at caravan park. Whenever I slept at caravan park, I was always with Cia and she would always accompany me to go to the toilet. And I’m so beser T^T but she always got up whenever I woke her up. This time I was alone and I had no other option but to face my fear.

Tony Smith was the one who welcomed me and concerned so much about me. He’s a charismatic ranger who has been doing this job for 20 years. He found out I traveled alone and I was only with my car. At first, he pointed me to park the car at unpowered site (I’m so used to it) and asked if I bring my blanket and kept saying: lock your car, open the windows a bit. I only had to pay $15 (y so cheap T^T). Later, he changed his mind. He wanted me to stay inside the unused caravan with electricity which was wayyy more proper for me to sleep and I didn’t have to pay extra. So blessed!

The caravan was so cozy tho. It has a queen-sized bed but too scared to sleep there. I chose a couch in a smaller room instead. The night was cold, I was too scared to turn off the lamp and this annoying bladder always made me go to the toilet. I couldn’t sleep and got migraine until around 10.30 pm the last time I was awake. Suddenly around 12 am, a loud noise was heard! It was windy that night and the branch above the caravan would always make noise but this one wasn’t because of the wind. I was pretty sure! I kept silent and started analyzing: the door. Not long after that a voice was heard, ”Are you alright in there?”. Yeaaa, I replied and he apologized and said stuff about the light. I only replied okay and thank you. Damn, I couldn’t sleep again xD.

I stood up and checked the door. The door has lock latch and I could tell the door was pulled from outside (thank you lock!). I guessed if he was Tony but why Tony had to open the door instead of knocking. Worst part: I HAD TO PEE! I’m sorry Tony or whoever else, I was so scared that I had to contain my urine and poured it in the sink (I washed everything with soap right away!). I went back to sleep like a baby surprisingly after that.

In the morning, I confirmed everything with Tony and he was shocked. He asked me about the impression about the voice; letting me judge from the accent. All I could tell was it was a voice of old white guy. He was kinda angry tho.  I’ll do my best to repeat his words.

“There’s no way I would open your door. You have my number and as long as you don’t call me, I knew everything was okay with you.”

“Thank you for telling this. Tonight I will hold a meeting with everyone who lives here. Whatever the reason was, it was not right to do that. They have nothing to do with you.”

“This really makes me angry.”

“Good thing that you had the door locked!”

Wah Tony, I really adore you as a ranger. Thank you so much for helping this random girl who traveled alone. And actually, I don’t think it was a bad person tho, he was asking if I was alright lol but yeah, knocking was more appropriate than trying to open the door. I still give 5 stars for this caravan park. Good service, clean toilet and shower area, good kitchen and laundry room too, and cheap T^T.



“Drive safe! Come here anytime you feel like want to get away from city life.” Nice advice! Thanks Tony.


Happy and refreshed!

Rottnest Island: Land of the cuties

It’s been a while since the last time I traveled solo and anw I owe you another two travel stories when I was still in Darwin which I did with friend(s). This time, life in Perth made us walk alone. We got different jobs and it’s so hard to match the time. On top of that, my heart was just broken that I wanted to have time for myself. Out of so many choices, I chose Rottnest Island, which I had been dying to go just to see this animal: QUOKKA!!


The best picture I can afford to let you know how cuteeeee it is! Happiest animal in the world they said!


They are everywhere just like stray cats in Indonesia, seriously! Quokka is the native animal of the island and mainly nocturnal but don’t worry, you can see lots of them even in day light. Quokkas are curious (they can fearlessly approach you), photogenic (they know if you want to take their pictures, they will go closer to your phone), Quokkas run so fast (I scared it once accidentally xD), and more importantly Quokkas always smile if you see it a bit from the bottom xD.


Managed to get a kiss from Quokka.


I admire Australian Government for protecting the nature by giving us top-down policy with an expensive fine. I am really obedient to (almost) every rule in Australia. Rottnest Island also has strict policy about its wildlife and the rules are written everywhere.



Quokkas are so loved and everyone wants to be near them!


But apparently Quokkas are not allowed to go shopping.


I also spotted this beautiful creature when I passed the neighborhood. Animals in Rottnest Island really live happily!


Another reason to love Rottnest Island is because it is so eco friendly. Sorry you lazy asses, you can’t rent a scooter, car or limousine or whatever to explore. The options you have is taking the bus for $20 or hire a bike for $30 a day, or if you are a cheapstake, you can explore on foot, up to you la. I chose to hire a bike just like most everyone did, I repeat again, like most everyone did: old people, kiddos, parents, lovers.


Although the island is hilly (like I even chose to walk when I was going uphill), parents still used this lil cart to carry their child. Salute to strong parents!


Pedal and Flipper shop.


It’s so nice to cycle around the island :'(. It was so quiet along the way, fresh air everywhere, you can stop anywhere you want, and to me, everywhere and every second were my ME TIME.


My bike ($45 for 2 days) with Wadjemup Lighthouse as background.


Rooms for rent on the right.


35% energy of the island comes from the wind.


Near my hostel.


Clear blue sky, mesmerizing waves, clean white sand…..you literally can find them in soooo many places in Rottnest Island <3.  My favorite was Parakeet Bay because it was sooo quiet (it’s not in this pic).


I spent two nights in Rottnest Island and paid for the accommodation for $108 at Kingstown Barracks. It’s so expensive for me and actually I wanted to go to the campsite and erect a tent there but I changed my mind.


Dunno if $54 per night is considered expensive or not for other people, I mean, we also have to help ourselves to make bed xD


And if you are a heavy eater, it’s better for you to buy groceries at General Store and cook at the hostel. I was so lazy, I brought 2 instant noodles for my dinners. And the campsite was kinda okay, not that deserted and scary — in fact, the site is surrounded by so many cabins and other rooms — but you can’t bring your own stove. I chose to go to hostel because I decided to bring my small backpack and the price is not that far from each other anyway.


I chose the most distant route on day 1. Good instinct because cycling too much hurt my butt. And, you have to wear helmet, it’s a compulsory!



My starting point was Kingstown Barracks and I cycled all the way to West End and went home passing Wadjemup Lighthouse. I stopped at every listed spots there xD. On day 2, I went to the north and dedicated my time to relax: swimming and reading. My favorite places are Little Salmon Bay, Mary Cove, Cape Vlamingh, Parakeet Bay. My favorite objects to shoot are Wadjemup Lighthouse and the windmill by the golf course.

Anyways, I was so brokenhearted but so happy to see couples everywhere that I couldn’t resist to use my phonecam.


Zoom in to see these cute couple.


Birdies in love


Youngsters in love


Old couple in love


Quokkas in love their bodies even look like heart shape


Let’s just say they’re in love as well ok?


Me? I’ll do my best to be happy la


Thank you Riri for helping me buying the ticket ferry so I got 15% discount :'( and I was so blessed to be helped and I wanted to help others even more. When I was cycling from the hostel to The Settlement (the center of business and where the main port was located), I passed 4 children climbed a tree. Worried but didn’t want to disturb their fun time, I only shouted “Take care okay???!” when I passed. They all replied, “Okaaayy.”

As I went further, I was worried: they climbed so high what if something goes wrong?, they have no adults to watch them that’s the biggest problem, I don’t want to regret anything if something goes wrong.

I went back and found only one boy was still up there.

“Hey, can you please come down?” I asked.

“Umm, but we have been careful.”

“I know, but your friends have climbed down anyway so would you please come down?”

Finally he said okay and climbed down successfully, “Good boi!!”

Dunno if I just prevented them to explore their world in their way (kids need to explore I know) but I chose to listen to my heart la! To be someone who is careful and take care of myself……until an officer shouted to me so loudly: “HELMET ON PLEASE!”