Metricap, Margaret River, andBusselton and

Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
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Trip End Sep 01, 2007


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Thursday, July 19, 2007

SHeila picked me up at the bus depot in Busselton and we went to Sheila and Vincent's beautiful farm - looks like a scene from England with rolling hills, very green due to the rainy weather right now, cattle dotting the landscape, wonderful garden with lemon, apple and mandarin orange trees, herbs like bay leaf, oregano, garlic.  Spent the night with them and then on Tuesday Sheila took me to Margaret River to check out the hostel YHA there as thought I would wander around this very famous wine growing region developed over the last 40 years and now has about 140 wineries!  Like the Okanogan without the mountains. and lakes.  THe hostel was full of students and young people working for the summer as pruners for wineries, or cleaners etc for the many hotels around.  I  spent two nights there in a full dorm with 8 beds.  The Hostel was 1.5 km away from downtown so was a nice walk and certainly in beautiful surroundings.  Yesterday, Sheila came into town in the afternoon and she took me on a drive on the Cave Road to Augusta, about 40km away which is the point where the Indian and South Oceans meet and there is a sign saying last chance for a hamburger before the South Pole!  It is about 4000 km away I believe.   
TOday I went on a day long tour offered by www.milesaway.com.au
called the "Margaret River Wine Region Scenic Tour" only on Thursdays.  What value, for only $45 including morning tea and lunch, a full day tour of
- Margaret River Cheese Co - taste cheese and yogurt
Cape Lavender - morning tea, wine tasting, gift shop
- Candy Cow - fudge, nougat, oney crunch
- Moon Haven - soaps, lotions, oils
- TOur a Winery
- Australian Fauna
- Lunch (Sausage sizzle, salads, tea/coffee
-Coastline Scenery
- Bush Shack Brewery - specializing in novely ales such as lavender beer
- Famous Simmo's Ice Cream
 Unfortunately, the older lady, Pat,  driving our van developed a severe nose bleed that would not stop, but the good news was of the two other couples (I made the 5th and last guest), who didn't know each other before, both men were licensed bus drivers!!!!!!!! so one of them, JJ who drives a bus for disabled persons, drove the bus to the restaurant for lunch and another driver came to relieve Pat and took us the rest of the way for the afternoon. A bizarre situation and we felt so bad for Pat who was such a refined lady, it seemed strange to see her even drive the bus to begin with!
ANyway I am back in Busselton for the night at a very scuzzy hostel so I am taking myself to a movie as it has been raining all day - I tr ied to go for a walk on the famous Busselton Jetty but got as far as the interpretative centre but it was closed, and admired the raging surf as it has been windy and rainy today (it was 23 above yesterday!). Tomorrow Vincent and Sheila are picking me up as they have to go to Perth to bring their grandson back, as it is School break right now so I am fortunate to get a ride with them as I have to get there as well. I fly back to Sydney Sat. night and will spend a couple of days there before I go to Auckland, NZ.  Am at the Library in Busselton on the free computers and cannot load any pics up from the farm or the tour today unfortunately.
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