We drove to the Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants. full of amazing huge Tingle trees. The treetop walk itself wasn't as high or as long as the Otway Fly one we did near Lorne (although still pretty spectaular) ....
...but the Ancient Empire walk down the bottom amongst all the trees was pretty awe-inspiring. I think you actually get a better perspective of their size from down on the ground.
We did the Scotsdale Drive loop following this, a drive encompassing a toffee place, meadery (honey wine) plus a few other wineries. We were very sad to miss the cheese place though, which had closed by the time we made it there!
The next day we woke up early to do some fishing. We drove to Lights Beach but the weather was a bit choppy and the water was quite weedy. We tried Ocean Beach but it didn't look too promising either.
We stayed at the same rest area that night - a great spot to stay considering it was Easter time and there was not one single spare bed in town!
We then drove a big loop and stopped to walk up Mount Frankland where we got a good view of the area (albeit very smokey due to the backburning that was happening).
Fleur (looking a little better for wear than myself!)
Us with Baz
Well, not surprisingly we weren't feeling the best the next day and drove off to the local jetty where we passed out on the grass for many hours. We had some fish and chips for dinner (go the greasy food!) and then drove to a rest stop in Shannon where we stopped for the night.
View from Top of Gloucester Tree (you can just make out me sitting down the bottom!)
The pegs you climb up:
We then took the Karri Explorer track and stopped at a micro-brewery where we sampled the beer. We called past the Tangle-toe cidery and tried some cider. From here we toured around the Karri forests and out to the Pemberton Wine Centre.
Finally we stopped at the Donnelly River Winery where we bought a case of pretty tasty Pinot Noir for only $49. We then drove to our rest stop where we had our first camp fire - Yay!
We bought a cave pass from the info centre to see three of the caves in the Margaret River area. The first one was Jewel Cave which was about 80 metres deep and very impressive.
Inside the cave:
There were some incredible formations - stalagmites/tites and shawls.
..and we saw some stingrays come right into shore to get the fish guts / heads the fisherman were throwing back (yummy!)
We then drove up Cave Road and stopped at Conto's Campground South-West of Margaret River. A lovely secluded camp spot and another camp fire!
The water is receding and may be gone in as little as 4 years so we were lucky to see it before that happens!
We drove out to Prevally Park Beach which is a famous surf break in Margaret River, where we watched some surfers for a while.
We headed to the town of Margaret river where we walked around town a bit and went to the supermarket. The town itself wasn't anything too special we felt.
- Margaret River Nuts and Cereals where we bought some nice muesli
- MR Choc Co - nice shop but fairly expensive and not a lot to sample
- MR Providore - lots of relishes, jams, olives etc to try but all fairly expensive
- Cheese Factorys - we went to two of these and filled up on lots of yummy cheeses
- Olio Bello - olive oils - the Parmesan infused was pretty awesome
- Nottinghill Estate Winery - beautiful setting and lovely, friendly man
- Bootleg Brewery - hung out for a while in the beautiful sunshine and listened to a band
- Duckstein Brewery - just had a quick look at the very nice grounds but didn't stay for a drink as seemed a little pretentious
We then called past Yalingup Beach where there were a lot of surfers, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse (didn't stop at this one either!) and Brusseltown where we went for a walk along the jetty:
So after a busy day we slept very well!
We awoke to a pretty impressive sunrise through the trees:
...and stopped at the Donneybrook Oval to watch some local footy and eat our yummy salad with primo olive oil and muscatel cheese!
We drove to Collie where we stopped at the Visitor Centre and then drove to Stockton Lake Camping Area - an old open cut mine which is now a lake used for waterskiing. We had dinner, lit a fire and watched a great sunset:
The next morning we went into town and I made an appointment for a well-needed haircut - Yay! We drove out to Wellington National Park and saw the dam:
We drove around the park and stopped at honeymoon pool for a swim. It was pretty freezing but was very enjoyable swimming in fresh river water for a change!
We drove out to Lane Poole Conservtion Park and stopped at Island Pool for a swim. We checked out some of the great campsites around the Park and drove out to a spot on the river where we tried our hand at some fishing using spinners. Unfortunately we caught nothing but had some fun trying.
We had a second swim and I couldn't get over how warm it was at the end of April - swimming and fishing in only my togs - not like it is in Wellington!
The highlight being the "King Jarrah" which was way bigger than those around it.
AND we went to the Sydney Swans Vs Fremantle Dockers game at the Subiaco Oval and watched Sydney get smashed... I quite liked Fremantle and the sea of purple everywhere.