If there is one defining moment that summer has officially arrived in the region, it's when you see the Rotary pontoon filled to capacity with kids officially on school holidays 😎👍.
Five year old Ayden from Singapore doing a cracking job of documenting their first family visit to the Margaret River region. They were supposed to have visited Busselton Jetty on day one. But someone might have suggested they stop by the Bunbury Farmers market on the way down for a quick stop to check out the fresh local WA produce 👍. TWO HOURS later that finally emerged from Bunbury Farmers Market! ..... and missed the Jetty 🤣. I love the Farmers Market is now becoming an iconic must visit location when visiting the South West! #margaretriver #bunburyfarmersmarket
Ouch hot feet, hot feet, oooh hot tail, hot tail, ouch hot feet. The Sand Monitor lizards were moving fast on the Cape Track today. And it's getting hotter tomorrow 😱.
It's a hard life posing for selfies all day 😉. #rottnestisland
Following on from my Rottnest Island love fest from yesterday. A few more pics. I reckon if you only have a week in WA and want a true West Oz experience of relaxation, food/wine and stunning scenery, then arrive in Perth, spend a few days on Rotto and then head down south to Margaret River region. Yep it's a huuuuuuuuge state and there is so much more epicness to explore, but if you don't have the time to do it all, then just that snapshot will be a bloody good start to nailing what West Aussies love most about Western Australia 👍. For the record I was a guest of @rottnestexpress and @discoveryrottnestisland Pinkies Discovery Park for this trip. I made a joke several months ago about having 40,000 followers on social media and being a hopeless 'influencer'. Turns out the social media queen Tori Johnson from @journeybeyondgroup reckoned 40K was ok and she hooked me up for a weekend getaway to test my 'Influencer' training wheels. For the record Tori also manages the social accounts for The Ghan, The Indian Pacific, Horizontal Falls and a bunch of other iconic Australian experiences. I'd just like to let Tori know I am more than happy to take a camera along to any destination she needs more pictures of 😎. #hmmmmTheGhansoundsinteresting 🤣
To say Wadjemup/Rottnest Island is one of my favourite places on earth is an understatement. I bloody LOVE Rotto! 😍 One of the things I love the most is that Rotto never changes. Same old roads you stacked your bike on as a kid, same beach you pashed on, same jam donuts, same insanely beautiful landscapes. But the visitor experience just gets better and better. Better tours, better bikes, better signage, more dining options, better coffee and quality restaurants. And the new jewel in the crown is the Pinkies Beach Club @discoveryrottnestisland . Camping for slackers. Or anyone who just wants a bit of glam under canvas in the sand dunes👍. Yep you can do Rotto in a day🙄. But that’s for big bus tourists. If you really want to experience the island vibe you need a minimum of two nights and ideally a week. Catch the earliest @rottnestexpress ferry and leave on the last 😎. #rottnestisland #rottnestexpress #discoveryparksrottnest
Some of the lowest tides in the past 50 years this week, meant the Abalone divers got easy pickings. Clive and Harry topping out with the 20 abalone limit. And a big BBQ invite to mates to share in the bounty 👍 #margaretriver
Another Russell Coight moment this week🙄. Every year like clockwork, Kingsley the King Skink, comes to visit us at the Yalgardup rock pools in December. He's been doing it for at least the last 5 years. Quite remarkable really that he remembers us. But he does and out he pops to join us for local honey tasting. Every day he comes for about 4 weeks until I move positions as the water hole dries up. He's become a regular friend over the years. And he must truly wonder where we go for the other 48 weeks in the year ? 🧐. This week out he popped. Like clockwork. Over he wandered. And as I carefully prepared his honey tasting he just launched at my toe. Latched on and tore off a small chunk of gristley toe meat 🤮. I'm not sure who got the bigger shock. Me realising I had hard biting lizard attached to my foot in front of a group of rather shocked guests, or him realising no matter how hard he bit down the toe wasnt going with him 🤣.
Taken with the iPhone tonight! Well truth be told I mighta had a bit of help. The team from the new @themobileobservatory_au were at the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Christmas party tonight 👍. And they had the big telepsope in action. Turns out if have a steady hand you can score a pic with an iPhone through the eye piece. Could almost see Buzz’s boot prints 👣. Very cool 😎 #margaretriver
Colours of summer. Cape Mentelle headland. #margaretriver
Spent maybe 20 minutes sitting under a tree watching and waiting for this girl to fly. The downside was I got mauled by March flies. I counted 11 of them sucking blood from my legs at one stage. I couldn't whack em in case I took my hand off the shutter button and missed the shot. The longer I waited the more determined to get the shot. A few flies got so full of blood they flew off before the cockatoo 🤣. The upside was I waited so long the sun started to set and scored the fading light on her wings and tail 👍. Suck on that flies. #margaretriver #redtailblackcockatoo
Very cool little island has emerged in the Margaret RIver. The river is full to the brim as we head into summer. A great resource for all the birds and animals that live further up the river valley. There's a strong temptation at this time of year for the kids to dig through the rivernouth and release the water to create a short term wave that lasts an hour. If you see the kids having a crack, its worth letting them know the one hour thrill has a big negative impact on the surrounding environment for the next 4-5 months. Yeah kids need to be kids. I love to see them playing outdoors. But have the chat and let em know the short term thrill ain't worth the long term impact 👍. #margarrtriver