Margaret River

Trip Start Jun 10, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2006

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Sunday, August 6, 2006

The second weekend in Perth Tommy and I decided to rent a car and head down south to the wine region Margaret River. It was a 3-4 hours drive to the south of Perth and again a very nice weekend was ahead of us. Starting in the car and driving again on the left side of the road for the first time after New Zealand, plus getting used to the automatic transmission required a bit of a adoption time, but soon it worked out pretty good.
The area around Margaret River is famous for its wines and the beautiful coast. Since I'm not a big wine drinker, I wasn't too sure about the wineries, but was willing to give it a try since I already went down. Fortunately I discovered a couple of breweries on the map as well, so I wouldn't be lost completely.
Arriving in Margaret River on late Friday night, the accommodation I spied out in advance wasn't available any more, which would have been the YHA backpacker. I was quite keen to staying at a backpackers once again - also the first time after New Zealand - so we went and booked into the second backpacker of the small town of Margaret River. We had a couple of drinks at Margaret River Hotel - the only place that seemed to be frequented on a Friday night - and enjoyed the start of the tour. A life band was playing and it was quite a good atmosphere. After that we called it a day, and even though the backpacker was dodgy and people were quite loud, it felt great to be back to backpackers life! Felt like traveling back in time for 4 years!
The next day we took the car and traveled as far as we could around the coast line around Margaret River, every couple of kilometers hitting beautiful beaches and nice shores. There were a few bigger rocks reaching into the water at some places (e.g. the sugerloaf rocks), that were too tempting. I don't know if you were allowed to, but since no sings prohibited it, we had a little rock climbing tour to put us in awesome positions. I climbed the highest point of the rocks and enjoyed the stunning atmosphere. Below and around me the water crashed with noise into the rocks, spreeing up to my position, whirling the water around, while the wind tore at me and the sun shone on me at the same time. Beautiful sight of nature's forces!
We drove on visited a cute little lighthouse close to Donsborough, had a local brewed beer for lunch in one of the breweries and on the way back I finally also tried some of the wines. Still I'm not completely convinced about wines in general, but at least no one can say I haven't tried.
At night we checked into the YHA that we wanted to stay in the first place, and this seemed to be much better than the old place. We prepared canned pasta and enjoyed the buzz of traveler's around us. We met two travelers from Ireland that were on their Australia tour, joined by another girl from the Netherlands. That making a crew of 5 we hit the center of Margaret River at night again and had a great night out, enjoying ourselves a lot.
The next day we decided to drive to the south end of the region to Augusta, which was supposed to be a good spot to look out for whales and dolphins. Unfortunately we weren't lucky with our watch out, but still enjoyed the coastline before making our way back to Perth.
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