The township of Margaret River is in the south west of Western Australia, about three hours south of Perth and 9kms from the coast line.
If you're familiar with the east coast of Australia then the township of Margaret River will remind you of Byron Bay, without the beach, or maybe Kangaroo Valley but a larger version or Bright in Victoria.
The coastline out from Margaret River is magnificent, with beautiful sleepy villages such as Grarabup and Gracetown.
Grarabup is a small township that overlooks the surf break Grunters.
Gracetown is a township that has had more than their fair share of tragedy, which began in 1996. On a wet afternoon two primary schools came together to compete for their annual surf challenge. Before the end of the finals a limestone overhang under which 11 people were sheltering gave way killing 9 people with 4 being students. In 2004 a surfer was attached and killed by a great white shark and again in 2010 a 31 year old was killed. It was very sobering to see the memorials for these people.
We also visited an organic boutique winery called Peace Tree as there's a Dee Why connection. We meet Jane Tucker who with her husband opened their cellar doors in 2002 and since then have won many awards. After purchasing some wine we headed up towards Yallingup and back to Perth.
|Prevelly near Grarabup|
|Mouth of the Margaret River|