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The Miraculous Escape - Part 8 - A Western Sojourn

The Miraculous Escape - Part 8 - A Western Sojourn

On the road again in our Gekko Campervan which is very comfortable and travels well. We parked in Denmark for brekky. Denmark is about 53 kms from Albany and 420 kms from Perth. It is one of Australia's spectacular recognised National Landscapes and it is a major wine producing area.

We drove through an avenue of giant trees a few kms out from this beautiful little town. It looked like the middle of an ancient Karri Forest. The scenery with its vast views of rugged mountain rangers, wild flowers and bird life was captivating.

On our way to Peaceful Bay we viewed Bow Bridge. Bow Bridge began as a timber milling and farming settlement on the banks of the pristine Bow River which flows into the Irwin Inlet. Peaceful Bay is a popular holiday destination. The calm sparkling waters of the Southern Ocean at Peaceful Bay make it a perfect place for swimming, fishing from the beach and for deep-sea fishing. Peaceful Bay has the world's only endemic stand of red flowering gum, known as Corymbia Ficifolia. It also has more than 40 species of native orchids. We recommend this Peaceful Bay, true to its name as an idyllic place to stay or visit.

Our next stop was The Valley Of The Giants Tree Top Walk which has majestic views. It is the home of the gigantic tingle trees. The suspension bridge soars 40 metres above the tingle foliage, and the view we got of the sunlight peeping through the trees was truly magnificent. Enjoyed our walk back from there to our Gekko Campervan where we made ourselves a cuppa.

The scenic drive to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse was fabulous. This lighthouse is situated at the south westerly tip of Australia, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. It is the tallest lighthouse on the Australian mainland. We viewed the Indian Ocean on one side of the lighthouse and the Southern Ocean on the other side. We couldn't help but notice that the Indian Ocean was a deep blue colour, almost purple. Luckily, the day was warm and only a light breeze was flickering through our hair.

We lunched in Augusta by the water next to the Dolphin Watch Ferry. Augusta is a picturesque town at the south western tip of Australia. It is situated on the banks of the beautiful Blackwood River and Hardy Inlet where it meets the Southern Ocean. Augusta is where the first European settlers arrived in 1830 landing in what is now known as the town of Augusta. This became the third European settlement in WA following King George Sound, Albany, and the Swan River Colony, Perth. Back then, these first settlers endured harsh conditions and suffered severe isolation that required great strength of character to overcome. Augusta is 43 kms south of the Margaret River.

After that we travelled from Augusta to Margaret River Tourist Park where we stayed the night. The Margaret River region is wonderfully suited to the production of premium wines, which we were fortunate enough to taste a drop or two at a winery there. Of course, we bought a few bottles!

The next day we visited the historical town of Cowaramup on The Bussell Highway. This is a delightful trendy town and people there were very friendly. It is in the heart of the Margaret River region. The scenery of the Margaret River region is spectacular with its many vineyards, unique little towns, etc. 

To be continued...

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