I never get bored of seeing people get excited at their first wild Kangaroo sighting in Australia. The Mak family from Hong Kong peaking with joy and Kangaroo jumps as they celebrate Chinese New Year in Margaret River 👍.
Early morning dog walks in Augusta. Not sure who gets more excited; the dog walkers or the dog? The dog walkers get to catch up with local mates and have a chat and the dog gets to swim with the dolphins and sniff a lot of other dog bums.
Not quite a Quokka selfie, but saying G'day to Hamelin Bay Stingrays definitely one of the nature based highlights of a visit to the Margaret River region. They've been visiting for decades. Happy recipients of left over fish guts from the fishermen cleaning their catch at the fish bench. Yep they are real Stingrays. Yep you gotta be careful and don't torment or stand on em. Yep it's an awesome experience 👍.
Sunday morning Gnarabup. Swim. Breaky Burger. Coffee. My definition of the perfect weekend morning.
In the last 15 years of living in Margaret River I don't think I have ever seen such a prolific flowering of the Marri trees. Carpets of blossom covering the entire region, all the way to Perth. As we’ve paddled up the river this past week we’ve heard the noise of the frenetic bees. And there’s a strong scent of sweet fresh honey. I was speaking with an old timer honey producer today and he reckons The hives are so bloody overflowing they are dripping honey. Never seen anything like it!
It occurs to me that I have a ridiculous number of creative friends. Some make wine and beer, some design trails, others write books, create websites, craft music. I’m in awe of all of them. This is Dani. She decided one day while drinking Gin, to make her own south west version. Using local botanicals and local knowledge. It probably seemed like a good idea half drunk at the time 🙄. A looooong year later after sourcing, labelling, learning, bottling, branding, battling bureaucracy and boofheads, she finally had her first batch of SouWester Gin. @souwesterspirits I'm here to tell you it's a cracker 👍.
Check the dinner menu. I wonder if he shared ?
I reckon the ultimate Valentines relationship test is canoeing together. If you can steer in a relatively wobbly line, bang into a few trees, work out power dynamics, effectively communicate, laugh, relax and enjoy the scenery then I reckon you are set for life 😍.
Some of the best days are when I get a bunch of mates doing the tour together. So many laughs, banter and friendly rivalry. This is Jenny, Ken, Jane, Peter, Libby and Michael from Victoria. They've just driven across the Nullarbor to be here! They'd been recommended by the Simon Ambrose who used to be be CEO of Margaret River Tourism Association and now works for National Trust Australia. Great to know he is still out there enthusiastically recommending Margaret River tourism experiences. Thanks mate 👍.
Very special morning out on the Margaret River today as the Black Cockatoos flocked around us. Ten minutes of just drifting down the river and watching the antics and their excitement about the possibility of rain.
Up where eagles soar with a birds eye view over Boranup Karri forest.
One of those little hidden gems of the Margaret River region that can only be fully appreciated from the vantage point of being on the water.