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Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

October 2016

From Margaret River mouth we proceeded to our hotel in Augusta intentionally taking the Caves Road to see the Karri trees along the Boranup forest. It’s a relaxing 20 minutes scenic drive south and you will find yourself winding through stunning tall trees on some stretches of the road. Karri trees can reach 60 metres in height and they cover the hilly slopes and valleys of the forest. Boranup Forest gives you a magnificent experience of a karri forest up-close. The forest of Boranup in comparison is small, 2 kilometres wide and 13 kilometres in length is isolated from the larger Karri forests a hundred kilometres to the east. It is worth while stopping to admire the trees and take a few photos.

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Route taken from Margaret River Mouth via Caves Road to the Boranup look-out point.

— The Karri trees of Boranup Forest —

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Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

The Boranup forest consists mainly of regrowth karri trees and is less than 120 years old. The whole forest was logged and milled during the 1880’s timber boom and the ancient forest was cleared. It is difficult to imagine all the trees we see today are regrowth after extensive logging. Karri trees are the third tallest tree species in the world. Considering the sheer size of these regrowth trees now, one can imagine the size of the giant karris back then.

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

If you are heading south along Caves Road to Augusta, you’ll pass several caves namely Calgardup Cave, Lake Cave & Giants Cave. 900m after the junction to Giants Cave, there is a small wooden lookout point to your left after a sharp bend. Parking area is just a few meters ahead. Why not stop, admire the tress, take a few photos and soak in the atmosphere. The air is clean and the smell of the vegetation is refreshing.

If you are more adventurous, you can do the Boranup Forest Drive which will take you into the forest away from the Caves Road. It has gravel road which can be driven with 2-wheel drive although not smooth. You’ll rejoin Caves Road after a 14km drive in the woods.

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

The lookout point is 900m after the junction to Giants Caves to your left heading south.

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

The wooden lookout point along Caves Road 900m after Giants Caves. That’s a sharp bend, beware of oncoming traffic.

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

From the lookout point overseeing wife waiting at the parking area.

Boranup Forest, Western Australia

Caves Road winding through the Boranup Forest.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia

October 2016

Margaret River’s coast is a location renowned worldwide for its surf breaks and of course surfing. Visiting this location, you’ll first reach Surfers Point on Prevelly beach and 650m ahead is the Margaret River Mouth. Surfers Point is about 4km off the junction of Cave Road which is a mere 5 minutes drive away.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Surfers Point Road leading to Prevelly beach (Surfers Point).

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

A female figure of a surfer welcoming you.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

View of Prevelly beach from the roadside.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

A 24 minutes drive from The Margaret River Chocolate Comapny to reach the Margaret River Mouth.

Surfers Point, on Prevelly beach is the number one surfing location in Margaret River to spot & watch surfers handle the Indian Ocean waves. It also has top-notch facilities for both surfers and spectators. Large car parks and tiered grassy areas make this a wonderful place to visit and view the waves and the surfers riding them.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Surfers Point, Prevelly beach.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Large car park.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Lookout point overseeing the Indian Ocean.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

View of the waves from the lookout point.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

As you walk from the car park to the loookout point.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

The beach and the wave at Prevelly beach.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Chart showing the breaks.

Margaret River flows gracefully through the hillside and out onto the beach, another popular surfing location just north of Surfers Point. Where the Indian Ocean and Margaret River meet, is the river mouth though nothing outstanding, the beach around the river mouth is spectacular. The natural beauty of the river mouth is great. There is a wonderful lookout area with wooden platforms for viewing the river mouth and surfers on the waves. The river mouth is complete with showers, toilets as well is changing facilities.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Margaret River flowing to the sea.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Meeting of Margaret river and the Indian Ocean. Not what one might think of a wide and deep river.

Stunning photos can be taken at both locations. Surfers and non-surfes alike will appreciate the natural estuary where the river meets the ocean. Great site to see the river meeting the ocean. Lookout provides great views up and down the coast.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Lookout point over seeing the confluence of Margaret rive and the Indian Ocean. Calm!

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

The waves on this side of Margaret river mouth.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Reminders to the surfers as well as visitors.

Margaret River Mouth, Western Australia.

Showers, toilets as well is changing facilities.            Credit:margaretriverwesternaustralia.com.au

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Confirmation of where we are.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia

October 2016

Margaret River Chocolate Company located at Harmans Mill Rd is a big chocolate shop with a cafe that overlooks a nice large lawn. Although they produce chocolates, what you’ll see through a small viewing window, is molten chocolate processed by machine and that’s about it. This is not one of those chocolate facility where you will be guided around. You would not be able to see any process of how a chocolate bar is being produced.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Frontage of Margaret River Chocolate Company.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Route from the previous attraction, Ngilgi Cave to Margaret River Chocolate Company.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

You walk across a lawn to get to the entrance of the shop.

Entering the shop, there are sampling bowls of chocolates for you to try in the form of ‘buttons’. Three types of chocolate samples are available namely white, milk & dark chocolate. You can sample them as much as you like and that’s about the only kind of sample around. Spillage of the buttons on the floor were lying around and being stepped on and the staff don’t seems to be concerned about it. The spillage was still on the floor when we left.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Sampling bowls of 3 varieties of chocolates.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

That’s about as big as a window you’ll get to see into the ‘production floor’.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

The ‘production’ area of Margaret River Chocolate Company as seen through the glass window.

The shop has easy access with parking bays. Wide range of products in various packaging are on sale. The huge shop floor is filled with display of all types of chocolate creations, even chocolate soap and cosmetics. The products are however priced on the high side. As foreigners, we tend to convert the price back into our local currency and their chocolates cost as much as a premium quality imported European chocolate back home. We didn’t buy any.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Wide varieties and form of chocolates on sale.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

The shop has a huge floor area. The cafe is at far end.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Chocolates bars neatly stacked.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Mixture of various forms of chocolates.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

Chocolates in gift packs.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

The cafe serves a varieties of ice-cream too.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, Western Australia.

In good weather, the cafe extends its space onto the verandah at the back facing this lawn.