Di and Pete's 2014 Oz Adventure travel blog

Fancy fence at Nannup

Big Valley Camp - our view

Big Valley Camp - baby goat wanting a ride

Big Valley Camp - meeting up with Megan and Jamie

Margaret River - Di & Jay on bush walk

Margaret River bush track - Jay finds a new pad

Margaret River - Pete taking Stitch for a paddle

Pete, Megan and Jamie at Chocolate Factory

Pete and Jay overlooking a beach

Di at windy Prevelly Beach

Christmas Day in the van

Christmas Day in the van

Jay cooking lobster for Christmas lunch

Christmas lunch accompanying food

Enjoying Christmas lunch in the van

Jay and Di's road trip - beaches and forest

Jay and Di's road trip - Jewel Caves

Jay and Di's road trip - Jewel Caves (cont)

Jay and Di's road trip - Jewel Caves (cont)

Leeuwin Winery visit

Leeuwin Winery

Leeuwin Winery - grape press

Leeuwin Winery

Voyager Winery - huge Australian flag

Voyager Winery

Voyager Winery - relaxing after sampling wine

Voyager Winery has beautiful gardens

Cowaramup - one of the amazing cows

Cowaramup - Di and some cows

New Years Eve - Pete and Pete

New Years Eve - Di and Pete

New Years Eve - Di dancing the night away

22 December 14 to 2 January 2015

After leaving Shannon National Park we had to decide which route to take as there were a few ways into Margaret River, we wanted the easiest and shortest. Lucky for us a road had just been bitumened between Nannup and Margaret River making for an easy drive except for one point when we came to a fork in the road with both signs posted for our destination. We had stopped and were trying to work out which road to take when a local stopped and helped us out, after that it was smooth sailing.

We stopped at Nannup for a break and found it to be a lovely village with a cafe which had a lovely garden out back and delicious coffee, it was a gem. We went through several forests and there were small pine trees growing practically on the road so we stopped and Pete got us the best little Christmas tree.

When we reached our camp ground at Margaret River we were pleasantly surprised. Big Valley Camp Ground was lovely and green with undulating hills, shady trees and sheep, goats and chooks. The spot we ended up in was great with a view over the valley and lots of shade in case the weather got hot, we thought it was one of the best spots in the camp ground.

My son 'Jay' who lives in Margaret River came out to visit us and had dinner with us on our first night which was really good. Our friends from Barn Hill Station Megan and Jamie plus their dogs arrived a couple of days later to spend Christmas and New Year at Big Valley Camp Ground so it was good catching up with them again after running into em in Fremantle some weeks ago, what a small world it is.

I decorated the chrissy tree and caravan and we had Christmas Day at our camp. Jay cooked lobster for us which was delicious along with our prawns etc, (it's a hard life out on the road). In the evening we joined fellow campers for Christmas night. The Camp Ground owners provided cooked lamb from three of their flock and we all brought along accompanying food to share. It was a great meal and night. Jay ended up staying the night and slept in his swag.

Jay took me out for a day and showed me some of the sights, we headed down the coast stopping at some beaches and coastal spots. We drove through some heavily timbered areas on out way to Augusta which were spectacular. We went on a tour through Jewel Caves which was so amazing. I had a great day out with my son.

Pete and I did a lot of touristy things whilst in Margaret River, Jay, Megan and Jamie often joined us which made our outings that much better. Our visits included the Chocolate Factory, lots of wineries, a brewery, deer meat place, Prevelly and Gracetown beaches, walked along the river track plus much more.

We visited a village called Cowaramup which has lots of cows (not real cows) all around the village, it was very fascinating.

The camp ground was booked out and when we got offered the opportunity to stay four extra days we jumped at it, that way we would be there for New Years Eve celebrations. It was fancy dress (seventies theme) so we dressed up to be part of it. There was music playing and we were on the dance floor most of the night. Megan and Jamie won a prize for best dancing couple and they deserved it, Peter and I deserved a prize for staying on the dance floor until the music stopped. My knees were a bit sore the next day but it was worth it. It was the best New Years Eve for a long time.

We ended up staying eleven days in Margaret River and really enjoyed it, Jay came out to say goodbye the day we were leaving which was lovely. We said our farewells and off we went towards Wave Rock.

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