So, 7am its out and on the road for a quick drive to Denmark and Greens Pool, to be honest this spot is amazing (last year I made it for sunset which is a must!) and somewhere it would be easy to spend the day, as long as you have insect repellent!! Sand flies are a nightmare here, I forgot that. Anyway, I have the whole day so a few hours on the beach and swimming here won’t go a miss as I didn’t get that chance last time. Its nice and relaxing, the water is a tad chilly being so early but once your in and moving it soon feels great.
This place really is one of my favourite’s in the area, and obviously someone else’s as they are having a wedding there which is all set-up on the beach next to the main pool area. Sadly its quickly time to leave and move on to another stop on the way to Margaret River.
So, the valley of the giants, tree top walk. It’s pretty nice there, having done this last year when it was very very windy, its nice to have a calm day and be able to actually take in the walk without fear of being blown off the platforms. Much less stress this time. Its ok, worth a look and a nice way to break up the journey, but to be honest there are plenty of things to do between Albany and the Margaret River region so this is something I probably wouldn’t do again.
Its then off to Augusta to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, now it is really worth timing this so you can do the guided tour up the lighthouse away from any other tourists as its really interesting to find out the history. A fair few steps as well to stretch those legs. Also, the cafe there is really fab, run by a gay couple he shows his veggie frittata home made today off with pride!! And well it is delicious and I am starving so happy to get stuck in.
Time quickly slips by on the journey, and so its a quick Cave stop at Lake Cave. The guide wasn’t too great, which made it all a little disappointing. I would say that the other caves could probably be better, although its interesting to see the underground Lake and reflections of all cave formations (I have been here before again, and remember it was better last time but again I think that was the great guide we had then!). So with the cave as the last stop its off to the Airbnb.
I am about 5 minutes drive outside Margaret River, staying on a farm with a little cottage which is really quaint and lovely. I quickly settle in and then after showering off the day head into town to check out the local eateries. Unlike other places so far there is a reasonable choice in Margaret River, very multi cultural as this is a tourist hot spot. But the night is settled on Katch-Up a great seafood restaurant, where I tuck into some local scallops and crispy skinned barramundi – yummy!!! plus topped off with a couple of glasses of Ashbrook Chardonnay which is lush, I am a happy camper for food and drink for sure. Don’t want too much as its an early start with some bush based mountain biking…. omg, why am I doing that instead of the sip and cycle wine tour I did last year!! oh well ….