Thursday, January 31, 2013

Arriving in Australia

My Australian trip began at 4 am when I arrived in Perth last Thursday and was greeted by my friend Jim. Fortunately, Jim had a few days off from work and knowing that I needed to head down to Margaret River area for work, he said there was a little swell in the water and offered to drive me down the following day. We awoke before 3 am to begin heading south; the drive was beautiful but uneventful (actually, I did get to see my first kangaroo as it tried to run across the highway). We made it to Dunsborough in just a few hours and decided to check the surf around Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. This spot looked fun (pictured below) but a bit crowded so we continued south through Yalingup and Gracetown.

We arrived in Prevelly in time to watch a nice set roll through Surfer's Point. Also referred to as Main Break, Surfer's Point (pictured below) is one of the premier surf breaks in Western Australia and the main venue for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. Unfortunately, it was Australia Day weekend and the region was crowded; Margaret River is one of the premier holiday locations in the country, largely due to its close proximity to Perth. After a fun surf, we checked into our campsite.
I was lucky to have Jim to tour me around and help me get set up down here. I quickly found a cheap used car for sale and have continued to enjoy camping out while touring around this past week. With work beginning on Monday, I'm excited to get back in the winery for another vintage!

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