29-30 March – Margaret River

We headed off early as often we do when we wake up in WA time. Luckily as we arrived in Pemberton at 8am the supermarket was just opening as we needed to stock up and with the usual ‘everything closed’ Good Friday tomorrow we wanted to be stocked up. Great that they stocked lots of local produce – avocados. smoked duck breast, locally made sausages etc. Unfortunately the local marron and trout supplier didn’t open until 11am and it was too long to wait around. Similarly, the tramway that runs here was hours away from opening and it would have been a nice trip through the forests.

As we drove along towards Margaret River, we stopped at more roadside stalls – oranges, pears, apples and olives. Once we’d got a few bottles of some local chardonnay produced in Nannup we had pretty much covered all the major food groups! We checked out the beach at Prevelly Beach and then headed towards town.

Prevelley Beach at the mouth of Margaret River

Margaret River – at 3pm on the Thursday of the Easter long-weekend –¬† was bedlam – not sure who or what bedlam is or was (we’ll have to ask Michael Keating who may have invented the phrase) – but this place was chaos. We navigated our way out and set the GPS on a course for the nearest state forest. Surprisingly, it wasn’t far out of Margaret River that we found Blackwood State Forest and chose an overgrown sandy track to poke down looking for a camp. An unused side track had a great opening with no big trees overhead and we had an open, clear flat site in amongst some beautiful peaceful bush with lots of birds. Happy.

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