Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Australia: Margaret River

Margaret River
Margaret River
It was a relief to be in Margaret River. I do love the place! It is a busy, yet relaxed, town with great pubs, fine eateries and an ideal base to explore some of the best wineries that Australia has to offer. Add to that, I now know there are some worthwhile short bushwalking options to get away from the crowds.

I've been here a few times, doing the obligatory wine and brewery tours, so it was a bonus to find another facet to the town when Andrew suggested we kill some time with a wander down to the river.

Rain Garden Walk
Rain Garden Walk
We started off in the Margaret River Rain Gardens. This area of wetland is designed to filter the towns storm water before it reaches the river. It also makes for a pleasant stroll amongst Karri, Marri, and other flora.

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Fallen tree
After the toils of the Cape to Cape, it was great to get back to enjoying a walk. This was a relaxed stroll through a calm environment, and I could definitely "feel the serenity".

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Back amongst the trees
We wandered, no set route, taking paths that seemed the more interesting. I found we were drawn to the wider avenues, as they lent themselves to the perception the trees that lined them had an air of grandeur.

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Avenues
Although our ears never got a break from the traffic along the Bussell Highway, our eyes could be fooled into thinking we were deep in the woods.

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Andrew dwarfed by the trees
I could not fail to draw comparisons to my journey back in the Australian Spring of 2013, and these few steps along these paths transported me back, rejuvenating my enthusiasm that had taken a hefty knock on those damned beaches between Cape Leeuwin and Hamelin Bay.

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Evoking memories of the Bibbulmun
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Weir
We eventually found ourselves following the river and, out of the Rain Garden, we crossed the road into Rotary Park. This is a tidy picnic area with more trails to explore. There is a recommended ten mile Brook Walk / Cycle Trail, but as much as I would have liked to have taken it, we were just killing an hour, so we didn't take that option. Despite that, Andrew still managed to whet my appetite for the area further, by taking a route along the river.

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Margaret River
We soon reached a weir where the river is wide, and a panorama can be had of dead karri trees rising from the water near the far bank. As welcome of the breeze today, that we were, it did spoil the reflection and the mirror image we had hoped to capture.

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Weir
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Karri
At this point, we made for home, returning to town along the other bank, where we quenched our thirsts with an iced coffee in one of the excellent cafes; how very civilised! As I said, I do love this town!

If you wish to know more about Margaret River, visit margaretriver.com