This week we’ve been in the bottom left hand corner of Australia – the most south westerly part of the mainland before turning the corner and heading north up the west coast. The Cape to Cape Walking Trail runs for 123 kilometres between the lighthouses at Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste. We visited both lighthouses but did the journey by car, stopping for several days in Margaret River and Gracetown en route.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is the tallest mainland lighthouse in Australia. It was certainly worth the effort of climbing the 176 steps to the top as the views out over the ocean were fantastic. This is where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet and we couldn’t have chosen a better day to see the impact.
Augusta, the town closest to Cape Leeuwin has an amazing new harbour. I suppose if you spend $36.4 million you should expect to see a marked difference between the old and the new!
Margaret River came highly recommended by friends as being really pretty. It was a place that grew on us as we got away from the touristy town centre and explored some of the gorgeous river trails, nearby beaches and fabulous wineries. Our Caravan Park was right by the river and this cheeky chappie kept Mike company whilst he was outside barbequing dinner! The Park Run followed the river but it got quite hilly in places so no PBs. Thankfully this week’s Park Run at Busselton promises to be a flat course.
We rocked up to the Christmas Carol event in the local park at Margaret River. Little did we know that everyone else came loaded down with chairs, rugs, food hampers and bottles of wine!!! We found a patch of grass and stayed for about an hour listening to Hark the Herald Angels Sing and that other well known Christmas Carol, Jingle Bells!
The Margaret River region could do with taking a leaf out of South Australia’s book when it comes to bike trails, but we did not let this deter us when it came to checking out their wineries. We only visited four wineries and one distillery (not all in the same day!) and would have to acknowledge they grow some mighty fine grapes down here. Mike was particularly chuffed that he got to Xanadu but there was no duet with Olivia Newton-John (some of you will be too young to remember, but in 1980 she performed the song Xanadu. She’s perhaps better known for her duet in Grease with John Travolta)! McHenry Hohnen winery was all organic so we bought wine and free range sausages, Bethany’s was all French so we bought wine and nougat and at Madfish the only fish we could see were swimming in a pond outside so stuck with the wine.
We’ve visited some more lovely beaches this week. The most ‘crowded’ have been those that attract the surfer dudes and boy did we see some fabulous surfing going on. Son-in-law Ben is going to love it when he gets here in a fortnight!
Two signs you’re not likely to see back home caught our attention. Only four salmon!
This week has also been special because I got to celebrate my birthday as a summer baby. The day started with an amazing natural spa at Yallingup. This place used to be a well kept secret but there were a few other people there besides us. I was the only one brave enough to go right in – and it was simply amazing. After this I went off for a relaxing Swedish massage where Tara worked her magic on my knots. Dinner could only ever be seafood washed down with a very delicious white wine.
Biggest surprise on my birthday was receiving a bouquet of flowers. My daughter had found out from Mike where we were staying and arranged a delivery of my favourite, yellow roses – or lemon sorbet yellow roses! Who needs a vase when you’ve got a perfectly respectable loo brush holder!