10 week stay in Margaret River region

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Margaret River lodge, september 2007

SEPTEMBER 16TH TO NOVEMBER 24TH

We had organised a job with a labour contracting company through GOWORKABOUT. They organised visas etc for Australia.

We began the job one week after arriving in the area. We were spending most of the time doing vine maintenance work (making the vines space for growing and eventual picking, sounds boring? It was!)

The good thing about the job is that we were outside in the frest air for 8 hours a day, although many days were so rainy and cold that we were made to go home.

One day in November on the way to work, I hit a kangaroo at 80kmph! The kangaroo wasn't quite dead so a trucker stopped and killed it. The damage to the car was quite bad! You'll see in one of the photos below......

Margaret River is a small town of about 5000 people in the extreme South West of Western Australia, about 6 hours south of Perth.

Margaret River main street Sept 07

It has a climate very similar to the UK (slightly warmer) and the climate proves perfect for vines.

The town is set in green fields and pretty vineyards and is about 10 kms from some of the best surf breaks in the country. There were miles of unspoilt beaches (all unpatrolled).

The area also has many caves of which some you are given a torch and helmet and are invited to explore them yourselves.

In the town itself there were 3 main drinking houses. The Settlers Tavern and the Corner Bar is where most of the action took place on Friday and Thursday nights respectively. But be warned that in this area of Australia, the bars close at midnight and stop serving at around 11:30 to 11:40 pm.

The South West Region is also famous for its massive Karri forests which are home to the second highest tree type in the world.

A river in the forest, near Margaret River.
About 5 hours East of Margaret River there is an amazing tree top walk, 40 metres in the tree tops.

We visited Cape Leeuwin, the most South Westerly Point of Australia. Here seperates the Indian Ocean from the Southern Ocean (part of the Pacific I think).

A large town called Busselton is worth a visit. It is about 1 hour north of Margaret River and has a nice beach, and the worlds longest wooden jetty of which i forget the length but it is around 2 miles long.

For British travellers this is the best area to visit. It isn't too hot (usually) and there is loads of greenery and things to do!

We were sad but excited to leave Margaret River as we headed across Australia to Melbourne in our cheap Mitsubishi Magna 1988 registration car.

Surf near MR

We stayed in Margaret River YHA which is run by a cool local called Jules. We spent 5 weeks there spending 126 dollars a week (£50) for an 8 bed dorm.

For the final 5 weeks we stayed at Big Valley campsite for $50 a week (£20). The facilities were basic and we needed a tent. But there was a big camp fire and fully fitted kitchen and a free pool table, and lots of fun people! It was necessary to move to Big Valley because we found ourselves spending too much in the area!

Definately go to Margaret River! It's my favourite place in Australia (so far). The locals are friendly and easy to talk to. There are lots of travellers here mainly from Japan, Germany, Great Britain and Australia, but there are many from many other countries. They are all working for 3 labour contracting companies in the town.

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Margaret River main street Sept 07
Margaret River main street Sept 07
A river in the forest, near Margar…
A river in the forest, near Marga…
Surf near MR
Surf near MR
Me at the long Busselton Jetty, Bu…
Me at the long Busselton Jetty, B…
A large tree!
A large tree!
One of the vine yards we worked.
One of the vine yards we worked.
Sunset at cape leuwin.
Sunset at cape leuwin.
Cows on road near walpole.
Cows on road near walpole.
One of many dirt roads.
One of many dirt roads.
Damage from the kangaroo crash.
Damage from the kangaroo crash.
Margaret River
photo by: Adrian_Liston