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Trip Start Apr 30, 2007
Trip End Nov 29, 2008

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Sunday, June 22, 2008

On Saturday 21st June, us three girlies hired a car and set out south of Perth to Margaret River.
We were up slightly later than previously planned and didn't end up picking the car up until nearly 10am.  But we quickly found the highway and set off South.
We stopped along the way at a service station so Carly could get her daily coffee and grabbed snacks for along the way and then got back on the road.
It took us a couple of hours to get to Margaret River and with a huge thanks to the dude driving the 'deranged' car, we didn't get busted by any speed camera's (not that I was speeding mum.. I learnt my lesson last time. I swear). 
After reading our bible; the Lonely Planet Guide, we decided to keep driving all the way down to Augusta in hope of catching sight of the whales migrating. 
We drove down a road called 'Caves Road' which had red dirt either side of the road and tree's for as far as your eyes can see.  It was really beautiful, not too dissimilar from The Great Ocean Road in Melbourne.  We also spotted a massive dead kangaroo as well along the way, just a subtle reminder that we are definitely in Australia still.
About half an hour outside Augusta we saw a sign to Calgardup Cave and decided we would go and check it out.  The cave was set up as a self guided tour and cost $12 per person, so we dumped our bags in the car and put on our red helmets and grabbed our torches.  Hannah clip-clopped her way through the cave in high heels.. as you do.  Carly and I were sensible and wore pumps. 
Anyway, we set off into the cave and headed down some very steep steps into the pitch black, leaving behind us all sign of life.  It was really eerie in the cave, cold and dark and all you can hear if the sound of water dripping. 
We wandered through to the end, ducking under the low ceilings and climbing up and down steep stairs until we got to the end which was called the look out.  We all switched off our torches and sat in silence for a second.. but literally only for a second as it was a bit freaky!!
We then headed back up to civilisation, jumped back in the car and headed further south to Augusta.
Unfortunately we didn't get to see any of the whales migrating, so we snapped up a few pictures and decided to head back to Margaret River, where we parked the car and wandered for a bit.  Margaret River is ram packed with Vineyards and Chocolate Factories but we kind of covered that kind of thing recently when we went to Swan Valley, so instead of spending time looking round those, we decided to head back north and stop off at the party town Mandurah for some dinner and a few drinks.
We pulled over in a small coastal town to watch the sun setting over the sea and snapped a few more pictures, then got back in the car and headed north.
We all took it in turns to drive and in the end banned Hannah from driving at all!!  Even with her contact lenses in she couldn't see much.  She kept imagining roundabouts.  Weirdo.  So we threw her in the backseat, put the Ipod on through the speakers and drove all the way home singing at the tops of our voices!!!  We then stopped at a drive through bottle shop to grab some drinks and headed home, where we pretty much fell asleep straight away.
It was a shame we missed seeing the whales migrating and a bit annoying that we didn't really put together a proper itinerary but we still managed to have a nice day and it was nice to be on the road again, I've really missed driving.  Although saying that, I don't miss the stress of the traffic.
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