Rippin' it up again - Margaret River

Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
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Trip End Dec 05, 2011


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Sunday, April 24, 2011

We just missed the pro surfing tour which was in town the week before we arrived and it seems the ocean provided some decent surf for it. However, the best was saved our our time in Margaret River. Some mornings the waves were up to 20 feet high so we headed out to watch from surfer's point and saw some of the local hero's ripping it up and a group of guys using jet skis to "tow in" to the biggest of the waves which I had never seen before.

Much like watching the Tennis at Wimbledon, this fired us all up so after another great Aussie second breakfast at the local surf cafe we headed into the water. Admittedly we were on one of the small breaks around the corner and I did have a fully qualified instructor for the boys but the waves were still pretty big, with 6 foot faces on them.

The boys were hugely keen despite the roaring ocean and the instructor rarely left them alone, riding on the back of the board most of the wave in then letting the boys alone for the last 20 or so metres into shore. But the waves were breaking on the beach with real power, knocking the boys and anyone else around in a big way, but they loved it.

After an hour or so I was happy they were in good hands and even took a board out myself to join them and catch a wave or two, even managing to surf in on the same wave as Zach a couple of times which was pretty cool.

Taking advantage, as it were, of the inclement weather we headed to one of the cave systems in the region, of which there are many. After the usual grumble at the ridiculous price of everything touristy in Australia we headed down 300 steps and into a wonderful set of limestone caves complete with a well laid out board walk over the under ground lake and past amazing stalagmites, stalagtites and the only visible suspended flow rock in the world. We were part of a large group being escorted through the caves and when we were at the extremity of the system the lights are all turned off to show you how dark it really is. That did not go down too well with a 6 year old, a 1 year old and 5 year old who is very vocally afraid of the dark! The kids however loved the whole experience learnt loads and asked lots of questions.

One of the last things we did while down in the Margaret River region was to go to the Shearing Shed an experience which aside from the rather good 1 hour kid friendly discourse on sheep shearing, dog handling and feeding lambs, (which I dodged) I would heartily recommend any one down this way to avoid! No snacks, no drinks, rubbish shop housed in a shed selling stuff I would never buy and a couple of smelly old sheep to stare at while we waited for the boys.

We did finish on a high though with a great BBQ on the verandah overlooking the river at dusk, we even saw a possum hoovering up the scraps that Benji had thrown around the place! 
 
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Rod Tomkins on

Brad, I have been reading and enjoying your blogs along the way. My daughter and family are here with us now, and will not be back in Perth until 5/15. It seems you will be through Perth by then, so its looking like a miss. Let me know if this is not going to be the case. Hello to the boys and safe journeys to all of you. Rod

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