Staying at Desert Gardens Hotel and this is the view that greeted me when I checked into my room. It’s been six years since I last visited but I’ve never forgotten how truly awesome and humbling this area is. So I’m really excited to be back. Tonight we’re off to see the art installation Field of Light by Bruce Munro which has been so successful that it has been extended by a year and is a key reason for my visit.
Now off for a pre Field of Light drink with Emma.
Uluru always impressive – this is an 3.30pm
Onward from central Margaret River, we made our way to the Pullman Hotel at Bunker Bay – a nice enough hotel but particularly blessed by its proximity – a short walk from room to sea – to Bunker Bay. I am now in a bit of a dilemma between beaches in WA v. beaches in Tassie. It is a tight contest. Australia does have a lot of damned impressive beaches – and to think in the UK where I come from we consider something a beach even if it has no sand and lots of sharp pebbles! I know better now.
Bunker Bay, WA
Next stop was the Cape Naturliste lighthouse which is on the tip of the North West corner of this area. It is only short in height (although we still look pretty small next to it) but up a steep hill so still had impressive views of the ocean in all directions – and I’ve never been inside a lighthouse before either – so that was a first. I then walked back to the hotel through the bush convinced that every stick was a black snake which there are warnings about everywhere – as in “if you see one, don’t go near it” – are they kidding or what?
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse with Trudy and Alan my traveling companions on this leg and the many colours of the ocean
And last stop was Busselton which happens to have the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere (or the world depending on which website you ask) – which is probably why they provide a train to get from one end to the other! You will of course be pleased to know that Trudy and I walked it right to the end and back – what heroes we are.
Next stop Vietnam.
Finished my stay in the Margaret River region – and went to visit Mammoth Cave and the stunning Lake Cave en route to Bunker Bay. I had always assumed that all caves were damp dark places filled with bats – based on those I have visited elsewhere but these are something else. When they said Lake Cave was the smallest I couldn’t believe how big it was nor how beautiful. When I visited Mammoth Cave I realized why it had its name. Yes it is the biggest but I’m not sure size matters – at least where caves are concerned?
Lake Cave, Margaret River
Fantastic couple of days in Margaret River which has meant me mainly eating and tasting as many wines as possible. Just know that I did my best on both fronts!
Stayed at cute little guest house – Margaret River Guest House – which was a very short walk to the main high street – nice feel to it and excellent breakfasts too.
Amongst many wineries visited we included Leeuwin, Vasse Felix, Watershed, Stella Bella and an excellent bio dynamic winery called McHenry Hohnen. Love the way Leeuwin mix wine and art – two of my favourite things. Also found a fun farmer’s market in Margaret River – they love their food almost as much as their wine. Another wonderful spot in Australia. More to come.