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West Coast Road Trip-Australia Part Two

On my most recent travels to Australia I visited the stunning South Western Coast. See previous posts for Perth in particular and the beginning of my South Western Tour.

Starting in Margaret River for this instalment we take a day trip down to Augusta. Easily accessible in a day this excursion is well worth the drive. Located 8km West of Augusta is Cape Leeuwin and its Lighthouse. Meeting point of the Indian and Southern Ocean. Situated on the most South Westerly tip of Australia this famous maritime landmark showcases some of the most breathtaking views.

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DSC_0019Another fantastic excursion from Margaret River is Mammoth Cave. This magical cave is a natural time capsule, home to ancient fossil remains of long-extinct giant animals known as Australian Megafauna. The site of one of Australia’s most important paleontological digs in the early 1900’s, the cave still contains the fossil jawbone of one of these giant marsupial species embedded within the limestone wall – 50,000 years after the animal roamed the forests above. Situated only 21km south of Margaret River and lies within Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park surrounded by Karri and Marri forest.

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What I came to notice about the West Coast is the peaceful tranquility. This side of the world is beautiful, undisturbed by modernity and extremely wild. When you travel to Australia and you want to experience these feelings then West is definitely best.

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West Coast Road Trip- Australia!

If you ever find yourself in Western Australia and Perth is your entrance point then you seriously need to consider road tripping the South Western Coast-hugged by the Indian Ocean this small corner of Australia is a world away from the busy, metropolitan Eastern Coast of Australia that is the normal starting point for most travellers. Jump outside the box and revel in the natural wonders of the wildlife, breath taking scenery and make this your next pit stop on your travel itinerary.DSC_0180

Our first break in the journey south of Perth was at Busselton Jetty, a 1.8km long heritage listed jetty that stretches out into the ocean capped off with a spectacular under water observatory.  The longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and if you only stop here for a cup of tea or a stroll along the walkway it will be worth it. The perfect interval on your road trip and a beautiful place to top it off.

Busselton JettyTip: If you a short on time or are not wanting to walk the 3.6km long return trip down the jetty then hop on the jetty train and relax as you ride along over the stunning Geographe Bay. The perfect alternative when travelling with children.

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After you have marvelled in the delights that Busselton has to offer, set off down the road to your next amazing destination…..Margaret River!

Margaret River is known for its wonderful wine region and absolutely stunning coastline! You will want and need to stop here for at least a couple of days. This place is incredible and was THE highlight of my Western Australian adventure. Old or young there is something for everyone here whether it’s surfing, visiting wineries, breweries, caves or whale watching.

On our drive down to our hotel in Margaret River we stopped at Bootleg Brewery, a supplier of hand crafted beer made on site. The lush setting of this brewery is a welcome sight after driving down the coast and you MUST embark on a tasting platter. Just make sure you have your designated driver or even better join a tour and have the driving taken care of.

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After a lunch spent tasting hand crafted beers on the deck and playing giant jenga on the large garden, drive on to your next must see- Sandalford Vineyard.

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Any trip to Margaret River would not be complete until you have done a wine tasting.  Celebrated world wide as one of the best wine producing areas, especially for Chardonnay you will pleasure your palette by experiencing what this region has to offer. I still have my  bottle that I bought at Sandalford Vineyard chilling in the fridge, it made the enormous journey home and is awaiting a special occasion-why wait? It is just too good!

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Sandalford Vineyard Grapes

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There are countless wineries in this area so you can really make a day of it-or two! You will also find chocolatiers, soap makers, crafts stores and an abundance of restaurants.

To end our day we checked in to our hotel, The Quality Inn Margaret River.  A perfectly located, budget accommodation that is superbly operated by Justin who could not have been more welcoming, generous and fantastic at providing the most amazing cuisine. The food here is phenomenal! If you only stay here for the food you will go away one happy bunny.Margaret River Beach Resort

An evening spent on a site visit to the Margarets Beach Resort-the alternative to staying in town-located at Gnarabup beach and privy to the most stunning sunsets. The restaurant, Gnarabar serves some of the best food I have ever tasted. We were treated to a gorgeous selection of delectable treats washed down with Margaret Rivers finest wines. If you are looking for a little luxury then this is the place  for you.

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To find out how else I spent my time in Margaret River and the South Western Coast of Australia watch out for the next instalment.

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We Love Perth! Part Two

Perth is an up and coming Capital City undergoing extensive renovation to keep up with increasing demands for resources.

Drawing in more and more Australians each year thanks to the oil business, it has resulted in injections of funds to the area creating a city with one hell of a promising future. Rising interest in Perth will ensure that this metropolis of old school architecture and new found money will continue to prosper.DSC_0125

During our first afternoon in Perth we were joined by Ryan, owner of Two Feet and a Heartbeat Guided Walking Tours. Specialising in small group guided walking tours of some of the most interesting vantages in Perth-a must do activity for those new to Perth and wanting to experience a locals point of view.

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Ryan met us outside of our hotel and led us on a fascinating tour of the city, strolling down back streets decorated in amazing street art from world renowned artists ensuring that even the darkest of places are lit up with beautiful colours. Perths’ cultural centres showcase the finest talents that Australia has to offer. Whilst we were visiting they were host to the Fringe World Festival, with a plethora of acts and activities this vibrant and funky city played host perfectly.

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From sweetly hidden garden bars to historical stories this tour was one of the best ways that I could have experienced Perth for the first time.

DSC_0136DSC_0139This fun, relaxed and informative tour gave us insights into Perth that you cannot get from a travel guide book. Some cities are harder to get to know and Perth is one of them. If you find yourself in Perth-this tour has to be top of your list-you will not regret it!

TIP: Travel to Perth if you are looking for a young, relaxed city offering the perfect port for the outstanding Western Australian coast.

STAY:

BUDGET/MIDRANGE  Pensione Hotel – breakfast at Miss Mauds buffet across the road

LUXURY Pan Pacific Hotel -eat in Montereys buffet restaurant!