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Roadtrip Australia: Van-Tastic Western Australia - PATRICK & ALEX

BOSHACK OUTBACK, VALLEY OF THE GIANTS & MARGARET RIVER

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 5 June 2010 | Views [1349]

So where to begin…

We left Exmouth a couple weeks ago and hit the road for a quick stopover in a town called Geraldton (we originally hadn’t planned to stop there) but we were asked to do a TV interview for a segment on the evening news with a local station. So after talking briefly about our travels for the camera we left for a town called Bolgart, way out in the middle of farm land. So we had a little bit of trouble finding the place…well a lot of trouble. We passed by the side road we were supposed to turn onto because we thought it was after the town so we ended up driving an hour too far down the road. We eventually found where we were supposed to go and drove in but by that time we realized we were virtually out of gas so we decided to call Boshack and let them know we’d be there the next day instead.

So we arrived the next day bright eyed and bushy tailed and were greeted by Chrissy of Boshack Outback. She took us for a walk around for about an hour or so and, most importantly, we got to play a didgeridoo!  Ok, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I thought I’d get some kind of sound out of it! Well I did, but it didn’t sound very good one.  After that we got the chance to throw a boomerang, which wasn’t too difficult (and yes it did come back and we all had to duck out of the way!)  We stayed that night and hung out with some friends of Chrissy and Derek (owners of Boshack Outback) and the next morning we hit the road for the long trip from Bolgart all the way down to the south coast and Albany. The next day we did the Valley of the Giants tree top walk in Walpole. It’s a forest with enormous trees (most are several hundred years old) and a catwalk that goes from tree to tree, around 40 meters off the ground!  The walkway would sway with us walking on it (it’s designed to move in the wind).

Thankfully from now on all our drives are fairly short and we just had a short 2 hour drive up to Margaret River. A picturesque little town with a laid back atmosphere, Margaret River has an abundance of unique little shops, cafes, restaurants and surf shops. After a good night’s rest in the van, we drove down to Mammoth Cave, a huge underground cave that has a boardwalk and lookout points to explore along the way. From there we hit Lake Cave which has an underground lake. It was eerily peaceful down there, quiet and cool, but calming at the same time.

From Margaret River we drove up to a town called Bunbury where we were supposed to do the Dolphin Eco Cruise, but unfortunately it wasn’t running that day because they didn’t have the minimum number of passengers to go out (it is low season in southern WA right now). So we jumped in the van and headed up to Fremantle, just outside of Perth. Last night we went out for a few beers at a local gem called Little Creatures, a brewery and pub that serves some tasty beer! Tomorrow we go skydiving with Skydive Express here in Freo. I have to admit I am pretty pumped for that!

Check back soon!

Tags: adventure, backpacking, fremantle, margaret river, nature, oz, travel, trips, van-tastic adventures, western australia

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