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Larks
03-06-2014, 08:00 AM
You must have heard of Margaret River for its wines by now, unless perhaps you're a tea totaler who's been living under a rock for the last 30 years.

What you may not know is that there is a heck of a lot more to this little corner of Paradise than you're likely to expect and with my wife visiting me for a week we took some time to travel the couple of hours down the road for a romantic long weekend and tour around for a few days.

I forgot my Nikon Camera but did have my GoPro Hero which has a still shot capability, albeit with a quite wide angle lens. I didn't get a whole lot, but here are the results to show you a taste of what the region has to offer:

From our accom' on the first night at the Karri Valley lodge, Pemberton, right on the lake and so peaceful. I couldn't get a shot of the trees at night but the view with them being lit by the glow of the resort was simply wonderful:

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0086_zps68e63417.jpg

Karri trees:

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0100_zps9b5734c2.jpg


I'd hate to see a fire come through here, but it really is some of the most glorious bushland


http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0091_zpsb4fbe980.jpg


On the road to Augusta, where the bush fires did make their mark quite recently:

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0121-Version2_zps44499dff.jpg


At Cape Lewellyn, the Light Between Oceans (on which the ML Stedman book is essentially based.....albeit with a rather significant geographical change, but a great book that I can highly recommend):

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0146_zps4e4eb806.jpg


http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0132_zpsa34d5c10.jpg

Larks
03-06-2014, 08:04 AM
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0133_zpsaba19c77.jpg


On the road again north of Augusta on the way to Margaret River itself:


http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0153_zps0e73852c.jpg


http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0157_zps4786e911.jpg

Larks
03-06-2014, 08:05 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nRPw91DdG1w

Larks
03-06-2014, 08:11 AM
Did I mention the beeches??


http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0184_zpsc3af376c.jpg


Of course we had to check out a few wineries. There are a heck of a lot and you'd need a few weeks to see them all, so we kinda narrowed the field to a couple of favourites:

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0160_zps0babfe08.jpg

Cape Naturaliste lighthouse (I'm kinda fond of lighthouses):

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0180_zps158524f3.jpg


http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0182_zps4250c966.jpg


http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0188_zps7cdaa0af.jpg


http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0195_zpsd463b1ea.jpg

The Bigfella
03-06-2014, 08:20 AM
Great shots, thanks Greg. I can't see the first few, but I think the problem is at this end.

I love that corner of the country.

It must be getting on for three years now since I have seen you two. It is a lot longer since I have seen that area though.

The Bigfella
03-06-2014, 08:23 AM
Ah, now I see them.

nedL
03-06-2014, 12:15 PM
Just beautiful!!

Garret
03-06-2014, 12:30 PM
Thank you! That is indeed beautiful country.

The Bigfella
03-06-2014, 07:37 PM
Hey Greg... have you had a chance to get out and grab some Marron?

I've got fond memories of hooning around in some of those forest, in an EH, if I'm not mistaken, chasing Marron

http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt164/ferret/Marron20in20trap.jpg

Larks
03-06-2014, 07:50 PM
I haven't Ian, and was somewhat disappointed that none of the restaurants that we ate at had it on the menu, considering that it is generally considered one of the areas many great draw cards.

The Bigfella
03-06-2014, 07:52 PM
A future weekend excursion then, eh?

Larks
03-06-2014, 09:10 PM
Yep, along with fly rod, great trout fishing down there as well (though it's a short season)

Phil Y
03-06-2014, 09:56 PM
Nice Pics of a nice place, thanks Greg

Robbie 2
03-06-2014, 11:10 PM
Beautiful......thanks.

WX
03-07-2014, 12:46 AM
Have you been down Ngilgi Cave at Yallingup yet? I made some of best discoveries in that cave.

Larks
03-07-2014, 01:08 AM
Have you been down Ngilgi Cave at Yallingup yet? I made some of best discoveries in that cave.

No Gary, we didn't really have time, but used the trip somewhat as a scoping trip for the next time Kate comes over ..............IF my contract gets extended.....

Otherwise we used it as our last chance to see the area before I finish up here in 3 weeks and return to the unemployment line...

But we did spend some time in one of the Yallingup art galleries and were blown away by the amazing standard and quantity of art and artists in the area.....three veeeeery tempting bits of art, but not really affordable at the moment with work so up in the air.

http://www.yallingupgalleries.com.au

BrianW
03-07-2014, 01:37 AM
Wow!

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii11/Larks_01/Larks_01049/GOPR0100_zps9b5734c2.jpg

Excellent pictures from the Hero.

Gorgeous place! So makes us want to visit down there.

Thanks for sharing. Nice hat. ;)

Larks
03-07-2014, 01:53 AM
It's quite an amazing little camera Brian. I have a Sony Action Cam as well and think they both are equally terrific for different reasons and capabilities.

PeterSibley
03-07-2014, 04:27 AM
Thanks Greg... one day, one day!

skuthorp
03-07-2014, 04:33 AM
Thanks Greg, haven't been to WA since the late 1960's, lived in Sth Perth and then Manjimup, and worked as a diver for the WA museum in Nullabor caves..

Chip-skiff
03-07-2014, 07:09 AM
The photos are grand— thanks for taking the time. Never been there (and likely never shall) but I do admire the wine. We've had some good bottles from Leeuwin Estates and Devil's Lair. In fact, I think my avatar was scanned from a label from a winery thereabouts (River Dog?)

Good fortune in your travels.

David G
03-09-2014, 01:57 AM
What lovely territory. I had no idea West Oz looked like that. I pictured wall-to-wall sand. One question, though. How much did you have to pay that beautiful young lady to pose in some of your fotos? <G>

Wooden Boat Fittings
03-09-2014, 04:49 AM
Thanks Greg, good pics. I nearly got there a year or so ago when I was over in the west on business, but there were fires there at the time so we kept away. Ah well... next time.

However, I often have Margaret River come to me, bottled. Nice wines.

Mike

Larks
03-09-2014, 06:02 AM
Nice ones Greg, they really capture the place. Do they still let you climb the big tree in Pemberton?

Hans

They do Hans and I had it high on my list of things to do, however the opportunity to catch up with my Best Man and his new partner for lunch at Pemberton while they were heading the other way took priority.



What lovely territory. I had no idea West Oz looked like that. I pictured wall-to-wall sand. One question, though. How much did you have to pay that beautiful young lady to pose in some of your fotos? <G>

About $2000.00 and 3kg (that I reckon I put on while she was here) David.........


......(airfare getting here then accom', wines, food, fuel etc;))



Thanks Greg, good pics. I nearly got there a year or so ago when I was over in the west on business, but there were fires there at the time so we kept away. Ah well... next time.

However, I often have Margaret River come to me, bottled. Nice wines.

Mike

If you get back here in the near future sing out Mike, it'd be great to catch up. My contract is due up in a few weeks but it's looking likely that it'll be extended for another 2 years (not that I want to be away from home that long...it's been too long already, but I've got a mortgage to pay....)

Phil Y
03-09-2014, 05:20 PM
Jeepers mate 2 years, that's a hell of a long slog.

Larks
03-09-2014, 07:00 PM
Jeepers mate 2 years, that's a hell of a long slog.

Far too long Phil, 'caught in the dilemma of having to work while it's available, having been through the ringer a few times when it hasn't been....and just hoping that circumstances change somehow.

PeterSibley
03-09-2014, 07:09 PM
Anything suitable OS Greg? The travel times would be similar .

Larks
03-09-2014, 07:41 PM
Anything suitable OS Greg? The travel times would be similar .

There have been a few on the radar Peter, but none worth leaving this one for...ie no better conditions and in most cases much harder to get home with connections to int'l airports etc.

Phil Y
03-10-2014, 05:50 AM
Jobs for Kate in WA? No doubt that's been canvassed.

Larks
03-10-2014, 06:56 AM
Jobs for Kate in WA? No doubt that's been canvassed.

It has Phil, but she's in a career position that's moving forward and at the moment it'd be foolish for her to leave that to come over here where I may only have a 1 or, at most, 2 year contract. For the moment we just have to make the most of things as best we can.