Wine, wine, wine and wine

We treat ourselves to a week in the Margaret River. This is one for the grown-ups really. Sorry kids! Lamb feeding and free-range guinea pigs at the camp site slightly make up for it.


If you are not Australian, and don't know about Margaret River wines, then you really should. It's all class, no swill. Our highlight is a day's minibus tour, with a really knowledgeable guide, interesting group, and some new wine styles we have never tried before.

The international surf competition is on while we are there, but we don't seem able to get to see any of it, due to weather and scheduling conflicts.

We hire bikes, and hit the trail from Cowaramup to Margaret River. This is 25km return on forest trails, so both girls are super tired by the end of the day. They did it though!


Wine fans will know that terroir is critical, and that limestone is good. That means there will be caves below. We visit two, both amazing.

At the bottom left of Australia, the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse stands at the boundary of the Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean. Another wild location. The lighthouse itself is under repair, but the old keeper's cottages have informative historical displays. From the farthest south-west, we are now travelling north, for quite a while.