WINES, SURF, CAVES & FOREST
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Yallingup, Caves Road, Margaret River
WEATHER: Sunny and warm
Margaret River is such an iconic name and applies to a town as well as a region. Lush farmland, neat and nurtured vineyards, famous wineries and restaurants, galleries and internationally recognised surfing beaches attract a variety of local and overseas visitors. Impressive karri forests line the roads and limestone and granite headlands with crashing surf keep you enthralled; there are countless caves in the area that are a specialists destination in themselves. You could say that this is a diverse and tantalising holiday destination.
Our day was filled with visits to wineries, a chocolate and cheese factory and short stops at beaches and coastal attractions.
Gracetown, Cowaramup Bay was an interesting stop and we read about the recent cliff tragedy where 12 people died when a cliff crumbled, and where a swimmer had been taken by a shark!! Today there were not many in the water but we noticed some young guys lounging in their vans perhaps awaiting the right surfing conditions
The Margaret River mouth opens into a part of the ocean favoured by surfers and we were fascinated by the manoeuvres and bravery of them as the ocean seemed rough and dotted with a number of rips. Reminds us of Tim Winton's novel "Breath"
Prevally Beach Resort CP had been a planned overnight stop but on inspection we decided to drive to the town of Margaret River and locate a caravan park there. The information centre directed us to the Riverview CP.
Sadly the town, well the main street, was not particularly attractive or compelling late afternoon- just the usual shops and cafes, and most were closed, so we parked ourselves at the Riverview Caravan Park at $40 pn around 5pm and strolled along the river at the rear of the park and it was lovely. Some other travellers had got the camp kitchen BBQ going so it was an early dinner and relaxing with TV and books.
Unfortunately a small campervan next to us had 5 occupants who were noisy and reluctant to go to sleep and how they all fitted in we could not guess. We asked them to keep the noise down which they eventually did and we grabbed a few hours of solid sleep; luckily we have noisy neighbours only rarely and we are grateful for this. The night was very cool and blankets were needed.
Redgate Rd hits the coast again just out of Margaret River and we just loved checking out the surfers, their gear and vehicles; Redgate Beach is reached by a sandy track from the carpark and is just gorgeous; a perfect stop for breakfast the next morning.