Perth Journal – Part 2 (Margaret River)

It was a long drive up from Fremantle to Margaret River. Using a distance calculator, we figured out the distance would stretch up to 270 km. It was a blessing that I was travelling with my brother. We rotated as driver along the way. We kicked off by having breakfast at Hungry Jack’s. These pictures were taken by my brother (grateful to him).

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There was a Children’s Playground as well outside Hungry Jack’s.

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And off we go…

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We spotted a caravan at the petrol kiosk.

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There were mobile toilets along the way. We tried not to drink too much water as such toilets’ cleaniness was below our expectations.

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Along the way, we stopped at a Cheese shop.

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We finally arrived at Darby Park Serviced Residence, Margaret River.

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The apartment’s balcony was sealed with nets. Margaret River is situated near to the nature. I guessed it was to prevent wild animals from intruding into the apartment. We wouldn’t mind a Koala though. But definitely not reptiles, bees and monkeys.

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After checking in, we explored the surroundings.

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We chose this accommodation was because it was near to the Visitor Centre. To navigate around Margaret River, just approach the staff at the Centre for recommendations.

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The sun was setting before long. The journey took us about 4 hours. That wrapped up our first day at Margaret River. The next day, we woke up early and explore Amaze. This place was full of maze and greenery. If you like bird-sighting, this is the place to visit. You can find playgrounds and there is a café here as well. A great place to spend time with your family.

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Macy playing with Isaac.

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My Dad, Mom and me.

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Next we visited Mammoth Cave. There were a few caves in Margaret River. You do not need to visit every one of them unless you have the time. We decided on this one though. This magical cave is a natural time capsule and home to ancient fossil remains of extinct megafauna. See the fossils for yourself and listen to scientific accounts over an informative and ambient MP3 audio self-guided system – perfect for admiring nature’s fascinating underground beauty at your own pace.

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This is my brother and his family.

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The climb was very exhausting.

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It was winter season but we were perspiring after the long walk and climbing of stairs.

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The weather did not look good. We hopped onto the car and quickly drove to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is situated at the most south westerly tip of Australia, standing at the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet – 8 kilometres west of Augusta. In my view, you have never visited Margaret River unless you visited Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. You won’t regret the sight and the drive up the terrain. It was simply breath-taking!

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How can they not stop and take pictures?

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The following morning we visited Naturaliste Reptile Park. Naturaliste Reptile Park is an educational and interactive experience, where you can learn about WA’s venomous snakes, play with the pythons, gaze at the goannas, leap with the lizards and learn about them all.

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Our next destination was Busselton Jetty. Extending 1.8 kilometres across stunning Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest  timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. A must see for any visitor to the Margaret River Wine Region. Jump on board the famous Jetty Train to reach the spectacular Underwater Observatory. Descend 8 metres below the water’s surface to discover some of the 300 different marine species below the jetty. Take a dip, throw a line or visit the Interpretive Centre.

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This picture speaks more than a thousand words. I shall not disturb Macy.

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We managed to find time and visit an animal farm – Country Life Farm.

Bring the family to Country Life Farm and let the kids hand feed the friendly farm animals!  Rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, geese, ducks, donkeys, ponies, cows, llama and curious alpaca!

The host was very friendly. He shared with us how he started this farm and his passion for animals.

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A rare chance to get up close and personal with a wild Kangaroo. It looked tame.

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Let’s try a boat ride.

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We fully utilised every moment we had at Margaret River, exploring as many places as we can. The best part of our trip was visiting Margaret River. I had reservation initially when we planned the itinerary due to the long distance but it was worth every single bit. If you have great experiences to say about Margaret River, do share with our readers here!

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