richoztrek: Richos trek oz 2013 travel blog

Some of the play equipment at Apple Funpark

Will shoots out the bottom of this slide

Apple trees around Donnybrook

The jetty stretches into the distance

Will and Alice wishing they were taking the train rather than walking...

Pip reaches the end

Our spot at Big Valley Campsite

Our view out towards the sheep paddocks


(Ben)

After a beautifully restful night beside the falls, we back-tracked a little to get to Donnybrook and, more specifically, Apple Funpark (Donnybrook is in the heart of apple-growing country). Think your local council or maccas playground on serious steroids. They publicise it as the biggest free entry fun park in Australia (how do you check such things?!) and it's certainly popular.

We thought it was fairly busy when we arrived, managing to find a shady seat under a tree in a corner. But while we were there, it really picked up! There were at least four big birthday parties going on, and heaps of other people there. Our kids all confirmed it was a pretty awesome park - even the water bubbler providing cold water at a decent pressure!

Our morning in Donnybrook complete, we made for the coast again at Busselton, the location of another big claim. This one is for the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. It was a beautifully warm and sunny day today, and so walking the 1.8 km out to the end and back in the cool breeze was most enjoyable.

By the time we got away again it was after four o'clock and we still had an hour or so to drive to the place we'd booked just past the town of Margaret River. It's all such attractive country around here, and driving into the Big Valley Campsite, a working sheep farm with lush green paddocks dotted with sheep, was no different.

Before we'd even finished checking in, Alice had made friends with another girl (she's doing that quite regularly now!) whose family turns out to also be from Brisbane and travelling the country. Being school holidays, there are quite a lot of families here, and the kids had a great time this evening, tearing around playing as well as roasting marshmallows at the campfire.

Heaps to see and do around this Margaret River region over the next couple of days...



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