Day 15 - Margaret River

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hard to get going today cold night and cold this morning, heading South to Augusta today we can leave a bit later so Miss Claire can have a sleep in…ahhh teenagers! While we're sitting outside the van our neighbour parks her car just at the front of our van she leaves it running while she pops inside her van, it was Bill that notices her car start to roll away it was heading towards a couple of tents, he leaps into action jumping into the driver’s seat to save the day!

Drama over we head off to Cape Leeuwin (dutch word for Lion) it’s just South of Augusta and where the Southern & the Indian Oceans meet we spend some time walking around the grounds even spying some dolphins swimming just offshore, we then take the tour up the lighthouse and climb our way to the top together with 9 other victims…I mean visitors….what an incredible view today was considered a no wind day only about 12 knots at the top of the lighthouse it was blowing a gale thank goodness it’s not a windy day! The point where the two oceans meet is quite clear and a sight to see. After leaving the lighthouse we stop to see the Waterwheel-the original source of pumping water from a natural spring to the lighthouse keepers’ residences.

Heading back into Augusta we stock up at the IGA quick lunch at the bakery and head off to the caves along the coast, we’ve been told Jewel Cave is the best one to see so we book on the 3:30 tour which takes about an hour. Liam starts off really nervous, when we were in Coober Pedy he had a panic attack when we got to the entrance of a cave so we didn’t go, this time he is more confident but as we start the descent down into the cave the nerves set in. There are heaps of kids on the tour which helps him. It is an incredible cave absolutely huge, the guide shows us the original entry point directly above us. It is a hole created by a tree that had pushed its root system through the ground to the cave & when the tree has died and fallen, the ground erodes to create a hole, several animal skeletons were found down in the cave indicating they had fallen through & starved to death being unable to climb out. The cave is about 30 metres from the roof to the ground with another 13 metres of rock above us we spiral further & further down several flights of stairs single file and witness many calcite formations, simply breathtaking!

Off again we stop next at Hamelin Bay beautiful white sand & clear blue ocean even though it’s not hot it’s too tempting for the kids so they spend some time racing the waves crash to shore other than the waves. We could have been sitting on Whitehaven beach part of the Whitsundays it was so peaceful. When we leave we get stuck behind a truck carrying big open crates of fish we are unable to pass but thankful he turns off at a side road not too far along the road, we turn off several km’s down the road heading towards Margaret River and just as we get ready to turn onto the Main Hwy the "fish truck" drives past!! Really we’re stuck behind it again; obviously the Portal from Wave Rock is back!

We spent half an hour or so walking around Margaret River when we get back not many shops open so Bill is happy as the credit card got a rest!!

Back to the van and batten down the hatches cold wind has blown in lmost too cold to sit outside, couple of Moscato’s and feeling much warmer….

Mackay Moscato moment   
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