Margaret River or vines, olive oil, chocolate, cheese, lamb,surf and other wonderful things
Here we are at Margaret River staying at Taunton Farm near Cowaramup about 1o minutes from the Margaret River township. It’s a great little camp ground overlooking farm grounds. The animals are fed each day at 5 pm and attract all the kids to feed the sheep, goat, big cow, little cows and two rather large pigs, one named George.
Our time here has been too short! 4 days really does not allow you too get around the region, so it’s a case of see what you can see and leave the rest to next time! We have traversed the length of the coast from Cape Leeuwin in the southwest (at Augusta) to Cape Naturaliste in the north (near Dunsborough). Both places are sign posted by lighthouses built around 1900. The one at Cape Leeuwin at 40 m is the third tallest in Australia and makes a great mark on the coastline.
We have also had some attraction to the vineyards, visiting 2 or 3 to taste their wares. Vineyards are at every turn, many with accompanying eateries. It’s big business, the eateries seeming to be sometimes more important than the wine business. The region also has its little add ons. Plenty of dairy cattle to fuel the Margaret River Cheese Company….camemberts, bries, cheddars, yogurts etc.
And the Chocolate Factory with a vast array of chocolates. Not to mention the Berry Farm where we had a great meat pie and salad one day. Could not resist some of their berry produce either, including a plum port to wash down the MR brie.
Also managed to fit a trip or two out to the beaches. Particularly, Prevelly Beach and where the Margaret River enters the sea. The surf was quite wild but did not deter a number of board riders testing skills off the Margaret River estuary.
The region is also blessed with a number of caves up and down the coast. We descended into Lake Cave, down about 60 metres and then about 80 metres into the Cave. It was quite spectacular down there, 330 steps down and steep in places. Allthego had negotiated the tour at senior rates. Prior to going down the guide questioned whether we could/should do it, go and have a look from the viewing platform and see if you still want to go she said. We did this. It only made Allthego more determined to do it, so we did it. Bit tiring on the way back up, but we made it. The ‘table’ suspended a foot or so over the lake by two stalagmites was quite a stunning sight.
So we have come to the end of our time here at Margaret River and now head down to Albany. After a bit over 2 months we have turned the ‘final corner’ and are now on the way back to Brisbane.