Trip Start Oct 20, 2004
84Trip End May 02, 2005
Today we left to go on a 4 day trip of the South West coast starting off with a visit to a cheese factory and MadFish winery in the Margaret River area. Then we went to the Mammoth Cave. A huge underground limestone cave full of stalagmites and stalactites. After that we went horse riding! We went for an hour or so through the bush, past grey kangaroos and loads of parakeets and cockatoos. We walked most of the way, but did trot a few times. The horses were so used to it though we hardly needed to tell them to do anything. After that we headed off to a campsite for the night. Swags again!
The next morning was the best part of the trip - Surf Lessons! We spent about an hour on the waves of the Margaret River Beach point break
The next day we got up early to see a beautiful sunrise at the beach, then went to Madfish Bay and the 'Green Pools' for some snorkeling. The water was absolutely freezing but it was crystal clear and we saw loads of fish and even an octopus. We then went to stop off at a small town called Denmark where we went to a toffee shop for some free samples - yumm yumm. We then headed to the coast to see some huge rock formations - 'The Gap', a huge gorge reaching into the side of the cliffs and the 'Natural Bridge', where the rocks have eroded in such a way to form a gap underneath making it look like a huge bridge ( see photos)
On the morning of our last day we first went to visit some more strange shaped rocks, the first one called 'Hippo's Yawn', a huge overhanging rock which looked like a hippo opening its mouth. Our guide told us it used to be where Aboriginal women came to give birth. We then walked along 'Wave Rock', a massive rock which had been formed into the shape of a breaking wave. We then started heading back to Perth, stopping off briefly at an Aussie Rules pitch to try our hand at throwing a boomerang. We didn't do too bad, especially considering our guide didn't have a clue what he was doing. Our last stop of interest was few miles further down the road at a dog cemetery (the only one in Oz we think) where people bring their best friends from all over the country to their final resting place. We got back to Perth early evening and as it was Good Friday everything was closed but we did find a Dominos Pizza open for dinner.