AMO'S on tour 3/11/11 Day 110

Monday, Nov 14, 2011 at 18:40


DAY 110 3/11/11 wed. We keep to the coast as we travel south sampling some of the famous WA beaches, Yanchep, cottisloe,Scarborough
Didn't see any sharks but kept a watchful eye after all the recent tragedies.
We had chosen the freemantle area for the obligitory car service so chose the Coogee cp. A cheaper alternative to the fancy one up the road. Altho there were many permanents ( Val presented us with hand made shell fridge magnet) we had an absolute beach frontage and our 2 night stay was pretty good.
DAY 111. 4/11 /11. thurs car service, caught the bus into freo unfortunately a bit rainy. Did the tourist route on the 1 hr tram tour past the gaol, the historic west side, port area, old residences, memorials etc all with a comic spin by the driver.
Went in The Little Creatures brewery which had a photographic exhibition of the Kimberleys. It brought back all the colour and magic of the place and we vowed to return there one day.
Had a magnificent lunch of chilli mussels at Joe's. Shared an entree size with bottle of wine and we had our fill. Unfortunately had ordered mains as well!
Kept running in to former celebrities- Jacko Jackson and Thommo, the fast bowler.
it was a forced stop at Freemantle but a good one.
DAY 112. Fri arrived cape naturaliste- Leeuwin NP to the Conto campground. On the way went to Bunbury, busselton and dunsborough.All great spots.
DAY 114 sat. Guy anxious to sample some wineries- Xanadu, Howards, Mad Fish. He was the 'skipper' so had to space them out.
Checked out Margaret River and some of the beaches well known as hot surfing spots. They were all pretty rough, the rocky headlands had anchor points for the rock fishermen to attach to. Very scenic area and as much is nat park, very undeveloped.Area is also famous for it's network of limestone caves. Took the 3 cave tour option.
First was the Lake Cave 300 steps down, full of stalagmites, stalagtites, shawl formations, flows, columns. The famous 'table' and a stream flowed thru out. The guide gave names to the formations a bit like seeing shapes in the clouds. We saw monsters, the Simpsons, a chicken, a dolphin etc.Next cave was the Mammoth Cave. Less steps 150, self guided with headset which worked well. Much the same tho.
DAY. 115 sun. More wineries- Vasse Felix and Junipers.
Wildflowers are beautiful on the roadsides and the wineries all make the most of the excellent growing conditions.
DAY. 116 mon raining and horrible today so instead of packing up in wet we did some more touring down south thru Atlanta and the iconic Cape Leeuwin lighthouse.
The Indian ocean meets the Southern ocean here at the most south-westerley point. It is blowing a gale, averages at 35 knots. Hard to walk a straight line and we haven't even been to a winery yet.Do the third cave, the Jewel. A very pretty cave, no water but is the last to be discovered, 1958 I think. You see the hole in ceiling were the cavers first crawled thru. A few tight spots for us to go thru as well.
And another 250 steps.
DAY 117 tues. Left this beautiful area, had been looking forward to it and it didn't disappoint.
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