Perth to Pemberton – via Margaret River

Before moving on to Margaret River – our next destination – we enjoy an extended stay in Perth. We do big-city things; renew prescriptions, I get a haircut and new lenses for my glasses, pick up mail, buy new shoes.

We revisit Fremantle to see the Shipwrecks Museum.

Below is the surviving timbers from the Batavia, shipwrecked in 1629 off the coast of Western Australia. This is only a small portion of the original hull.

In the background is a stone portico that was carried as ballast and meant for the walls of the Dutch city Batavia (now Jakarta) in present-day Indonesia.

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Photo courtesy of the WA Maritime Museum

If you like shipwrecks – and who doesn’t? – you can spend hours here.

We eventually set off for Margaret River. In case you don’t know, MR is a well-known wine-producing area.

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Let the tastings begin

We visit, hmmm, let’s see, Robert Oatley, Credaro, Pierro, Vasse Felix, Cape Mentelle, Leeuwin Estate, and Voyager Estate.

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A glass of wine, a few scallops – and thou

There are over 200 wineries in the region.

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Barbarian at the gates

Vasse Felix is the oldest estate in Margaret River.

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Vines at Vasse Felix
As usual in wine regions, there is lots of good food, beautiful gardens, and impressive architecture. Voyager Estate bears a startling resemblance to a South African Cape Dutch winery, of which we have seen many.
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Under the wisteria

Another winery has an interesting chandelier made from wine glasses.

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Let’s raise a glass

Back in our caravan park, there are many ringneck parrots strutting around .

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There’s something uplifting and heartwarming about seeing parrots everywhere. It’s like being in a sort of primeval Eden. This effect is helped by the lush bottle-brush trees surrounding our campsite.

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Bottle-brush trees. I think.

We drive south into forests of enormous karri trees and arrive in Pemberton.

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Keep Calm and Karri On

We pass a bucolic scene of sheep feeding placidly among some olive trees.

Sheep May Safely Graze

Sight or Insight of the Day – Margaret River

One of the wineries has a cool fountain with lifelike statues of cockatoos.

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Cockatoo Hunter

It is actually a memorial to Steve Irwin. He was killed by the same kind of creature that stung Maria in Flores.