So what is all about? Well... hopefully, by the time we are done, it will be a comprehensive journal about a family of 5 who have travelled around Australia to see the sights and also do some volunteer work around the country! In Mid 2010 we started thinking about what it would take to fulfil a life-long dream... We wanted to bundle up our 3 kids, pack-up the house, jump in the car and hit the road - probably for about 12 months. It sounds so simple ... At the start of January 2013, after almost 15 months on the road; we finally completed Our Big Aussie Road Trip. We hope that you enjoyed following our adventures, trials and tribulations as much as we enjoyed having them!

26 March, 2012

Margaret River

On Saturday the 25th February we pulled into Margaret River, the only sites we could get were ensuite sites which were a little bit more expensive, but nice for a change. After setting up we headed into town to have a look around.  On the way into town Nanna and Pa’s motor home got a flat tyre, there was a massive bolt stuck into the inside tyre at the back.  Since none of us knew how to change a tyre when there are two on each side and you have to get to the back one, we called roadside assistance and while Nanna and Pa waited we headed into town to have a look around.  We quickly found the fudge factory and sampled lots of nice fudge.

An unscheduled break while the Motorhome Tyre got changed
After picking up some cappuccino’s at Gloria Jeans for Nanna and Pa we headed back to wait with them.

The next morning we headed out fairly early, our first stop was “The Candy Cow” a lolly shop in Cowramup.  Next we headed to Bettenay’s Winery to sample some Nougat,  and then we headed up the road to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.  We sampled the chocolates and selected one or two bits to buy.  From here Nanna and Pa went onto the Winery Next door and we headed back to Margaret River to pick up our camera which we had left in the Caravan.  We then made our way out to Prevelly which is a beach side town and had a look at the mouth of the Margaret River (which is not open to the sea at the moment).  Here we met up with Nanna and Pa and had lunch by the water.
The River Mouth at Margaret River

'The Convoy' stopped at Margaret River

Lunch inside the Motorhome
From Prevelly we headed south through the Karri forest down to Cape Leeuwin.  This is where the Southern Ocean and Indian Oceans meet.  We treated ourselves to a tour of the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse which is the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia.  Our tour guide was very informative and had the kids interested the whole time (it did help that the only people on the tour was the 7 of us).  We climbed the 179 steps to the top and enjoyed the windy view.
An Amazing Karri Forest near Cape Leeuwin

Driving through the Karri Forest

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse 

Getting ready for our tour up the lighthouse

Climbing the stairwell inside the lighthouse

We reached the top!

Natalie at the top of Cape Leeuwin

Where the two oceans meet

Our second night at Margaret River the kids convinced us all that they needed another sleep over in the Motor home as it had been so much fun the first time.

Monday morning we packed up and headed to our next campsite, Chapman Pool, stopping in on the way to have a look at CaveWorks which is a Cave interpretive centre and it is also the entrance to the Lake Cave, which we had a look out to but didn’t go in.

Nanna and Pa outside the entrance to Lake Cave
Chapman Pool was a lovely campground, we set ourselves up and went exploring, we did a short bushwalk and found the river to have a swim in. After our night at Chapman Pool we said goodbye to Nanna and Pa as they headed off towards Albany and we headed back towards Bunbury.
The campsite at Chapman Pool

Bushwalking along the creek at Chapman Pool

Breakfast at the campsite

From Chapman pool we headed into Nannup and stopped at the park to have lunch and play.  After lunch we took the scooters to the Skate park and the kids had fun scooting around.  From here we headed on to find our next campsite.  We eventually found it (no thanks to Navman!!), but we decided that we really didn’t like it enough to stay the night,  so we continued on and ended up back in Bunbury at the same caravan park that we had met Nanna and Pa in a few days earlier.  Mike took the kids swimming and Liz headed to the shops to stock up on food.
The kids enjoying Nannup's Skate Park

The Jumping Pillow back in Bunbury

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