Ian & Claire's Adventure
We spent the whole day driving down to the South of WA and got to Yallingup pretty late on. We booked into what turned out to be a very expensive campsite with ''Ã©n suite''. We were about to get dinner when Ian saw a possum near the van. We then spent ages with our neighbours feeding the local possums, they were really friendly and there was one with a little baby, who was very cute. We drove down to Margaret River a nice little town right in the heart of the wine region (also called margaret river) We installed ourselves in a decent campsite after much deliberation (it had 20% off a wine tour) We then drove down the scenic coastal road (not much coastal scenery we were a way off it) to Augusta, it was a long drive but we wanetd to see where the Southern ocean and Indian oceans meet. As it happens it was beautiful, there was a lovely cliff edge, and the sea was so turqouise we had to go for a swim. We then headed back to the margaret rivermouth to watch the surfers do their thing (hang five or whatever) and then we headed up to a brewery to sample their beers. We git a tray of five beers, the last one was pretty diar but the rest were good. We then went and sat of the beach for a while. The next mormning a girl from the campsite came and informed us our wine tour was cancelled so we rushed into town and booked onto another one. We were on a bus full of brits (some ex-pats) We befriended a couple from Manchester Maxine and Mike who'd been living in Perth for 22yrs (you wouldnt know to meet or hear them talk). The tour was pretty good, we went to 5 boutique wineries. It wasnt a patch on the hunter valley tour. Andy the guide was jolly but didnt really enthuse us. The wine was good, we were dissapointed by the whites but there were some very good shiraz. We also went to an olive oil place, where we were shown how to taste olive oil, unfortunately the guy was miserable and severe and the oil tasted pretty fowl. We went to a lavendar winery, they add lavendar to everything, including wine (not my cuppa). We then went to a dairy company that did THE BEST apricot yoghurt/fromage frais so we bought 2 big tubs. And finally we went to the most overpriced chocolate factory but they had free mini buttons which we gorged on and a fantastic hot chocolate......recipe, add a large number of dark/white/milk chocolate buttons to a large glass and add hot frothy milk, stir, one for the cafe......