In november 2017, we had an opportunity to visit a friend of ours who lives and works in Western Australia, to be more precise, in the region of Margaret River.
If you are a wine lover or a surfer, you probably heard of Margaret River in the past: the region is home to some of the Australia’s best known wineries, and south of Perth is packed with vineyards and wineries. At the same time, there is a surfing world tour competition in the region, and some of the really good surfing spots there for all wave conditions.
November, being the end of spring/beginning of summer in Australia was a perfect time to do some camping and exploration of the area.
Here are some activities and places we can recommend on the south of Western Australia:
Visit the Meelup Beach.
During the week, you may end up there with 2 or 3 other people in the whole beach, and it feels like paradise. It’s one of the best beaches we ever visited, when not crowded.
Catch the sunset
Catch the sunset from Prevelly surfing beach parking. It’s a great spot to watch sunsets.
There is plenty of surf spots on the whole coast. They are least crowded (both in terms of sharks and people :)) during the weekdays during the day. You may literally find yourself a great wave with 1 or 2 other people in the water. Some of the eaches are accessible only with 4WD, check our tips and tricks for camp travel to Western Australia.
Visit northern cape Naturaliste
There is a nice lighthouse, and soms very nice surf beaches on the west side, while on the east side you will find Meelup and other beaches.
Visit the southern cape
Visit the southern cape, eat in the picnic area of the town of Augusta, and swim or surf in the amazingly beautiful beaches of Leeuwin.
Visit the wineries
Taste a range of reds and whites produced in the region. The bottles are quite expensive, though, but tasting as such is free and while doing so, you will talk with the winery people and learn about how they approach winemaking.
Visit the caves
There are many natural underground caves in the region, open for a visit. Visits are not free, but offer a great experience of the places some of which were used by Aboriginal people for different activities in the past.
Go for a walk
There are many marked little tracks you can find by the beach, and a multi-day trek from cape to cape, which goes by the beach, through the forest, and visits many beautiful places. You may camp in the wilderness between the days. Be aware of the Australian wildlife, which includes venomous snakes and spiders, though.
Visit the dam
Visit the dam at Collie, and maybe even camp nearby. If you like dams and lakes, you will not be disappointed. Plenty of walks in the area.
Visit the Karri forest
Karri forest is a forrest of huge eucalyotus trees. It is magnificent and made us breathless.
Visit Hamelin Bay
There is a beautiful beach, stingrays, and a remainder of the old jetty which was used for export of Karri timber to Europe and Africa in the past. Expect many flies to annoy you, though. 🙂
It’s nice for swimming, nice for surfing, and always busy. They even have picnic area above the beach.
Hope this gives you some ideas; please, feel free to add more ideas in comments below.
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Matic is tech startup guy who loves to spend time outside. In his free time he is an true outdoor freak – he tends to surf, run and ride a mountain bike, and in the winter time just loves powder skiing and snowboarding. Matic also loves to travel, often has to because of work, and even more often because he wants to 🙂