Rippin' it up again - Margaret River
Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
152Trip End Dec 05, 2011
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Much like watching the Tennis at Wimbledon, this fired us all up so after another great Aussie second breakfast at the local surf cafe we headed into the water. Admittedly we were on one of the small breaks around the corner and I did have a fully qualified instructor for the boys but the waves were still pretty big, with 6 foot faces on them.
The boys were hugely keen despite the roaring ocean and the instructor rarely left them alone, riding on the back of the board most of the wave in then letting the boys alone for the last 20 or so metres into shore. But the waves were breaking on the beach with real power, knocking the boys and anyone else around in a big way, but they loved it.
After an hour or so I was happy they were in good hands and even took a board out myself to join them and catch a wave or two, even managing to surf in on the same wave as Zach a couple of times which was pretty cool.
Taking advantage, as it were, of the inclement weather we headed to one of the cave systems in the region, of which there are many. After the usual grumble at the ridiculous price of everything touristy in Australia we headed down 300 steps and into a wonderful set of limestone caves complete with a well laid out board walk over the under ground lake and past amazing stalagmites, stalagtites and the only visible suspended flow rock in the world.
One of the last things we did while down in the Margaret River region was to go to the Shearing Shed an experience which aside from the rather good 1 hour kid friendly discourse on sheep shearing, dog handling and feeding lambs, (which I dodged) I would heartily recommend any one down this way to avoid! No snacks, no drinks, rubbish shop housed in a shed selling stuff I would never buy and a couple of smelly old sheep to stare at while we waited for the boys.
We did finish on a high though with a great BBQ on the verandah overlooking the river at dusk, we even saw a possum hoovering up the scraps that Benji had thrown around the place!