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I RECENTLY returned from a trip to Western Australia, where I test-drove the new Nissan X-trail 2014, taking the versatile vehicle across the rough terrains as well as the smooth highways.
Self-drive holidays are getting more popular nowadays, especially amongst tourists.
Our team of four which consisted of members from Boustead Sdn Bhd, a blogger and myself, visited the land Down Under to test-drive the new X-trail for one week, starting from Perth and back.
We first arrived at Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, early morning by flight and received the keys to the X-trail by noon.
We then embarked on a seven-hour journey with the help of a Garmin GPS to navigate us throughout our trip. We eventually arrived at our destination, Albany, at night where we stayed in a beautiful self-serviced chalet on top of a hill by the seaside.
Since it was too dark to conduct our activities at night time, we decided to start our adventure the next day instead.
As this was an impromptu trip, we did not settle our accommodations beforehand and instead spontaneously decided on our stay upon arriving at the destination.
With the help from people at the Havana Villa, we managed to explore around Albany the next day and enjoyed the beautiful sight of the outback whilst driving the X-trail around with the windows rolled down to enjoy the crispy, cool air.
During the drive, we stopped by The Gap and the Natural Bridge – both famous tourist attractions.
We took advantage of our time there to take photos and continued our adventure by walking up to a lighthouse to appreciate more of the beautiful scenery.
Initially, we wanted to spend the night in Augusta. However, it was another three-hour drive and a local friend did not recommend night-drive on the freeways because kangaroos would usually spring out of nowhere and cause accidents.
We ended up deciding to go to Pemberton, which is about half an hour’s drive away and stayed the night at Karri Forest Villa and had a barbecue at the villa’s hut outside the chalets.
Day three was started with a nice drive down to Augusta but we soon realised that our local friend’s advise was true as we witnessed a few dead kangaroos on the freeway, probably from accidents the night before.
On the freeway, we stopped for a detour to test out the car’s 4x4i capabilities on the gravel road.
For our next and final accommodation, we checked in at another beautiful place called the Wyndham Resort & Spa in Dunsborough.
The following morning, we went to check out Bunkers Bay Beach which is an exquisite site covered with soft white sand and vast blue sea, filled with visitors relaxing and enjoying the sunny weather.
Another memorable stop we made was at the Sugarloaf Rock- a large rocky, hilly area overlooking the sea- as well as the Busselton Jetty.
Finally, we drove all the way back to Perth and that marked the end of our one-week trip.
Before leaving for the airport and handing the car back over, we did a quick drive around the city, where we visited Kings Park and Harbour Town Shopping Centre.
Embarking on a self-drive holiday such as this one is something that people should experience at least once in their lives. All this was made even more enjoyable thanks to Boustead Sdn Bhd who gave me the opportunity to test-drive the new Nissan X-trail 2014.