2012 - Backpacking to Perth day 5

Backpacking to Perth
Cape to Cape of Margaret River Valley
07 Sept to 18 Sept 2012

Day 05 Tue. (11.09.2012) Driving 120km around Dunsborough

After 7am breakfast, we walked to the beach front along the cycle trek towards Blackhurst Park to view the Dunn Bay which is part of the scenic Geographe bay.

At 9.30 am we drove 15km west to view the scenic Canal Rocks. This beautiful granite outcrop is part of the rugged Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park known for its excellent fishing and scenic bushwalking. A series of rocks protrude into the ocean creating a natural canal hollowed out by the force of the sea. For the best and safest view, there’s a bridge built across the smallest canal. Canal Rocks is about a three hour drive south of Perth.

From Canal Rocks we drove 13km south to visit the Duckstein Brewery at Saracen Estates for wine tasting and we had some beer and cakes there. Along the way we visited the John Streater Furniture Gallery.


From Duckstein Brewery we drove a further 30km to Margaret River Town for lunch and then walked to an information centre to inquire about the caves in Margaret River region.


From Margaret River Town, we proceed 10km to the Margaret River Mouth passing by Prevelly Park.


From the river mouth it was 52km return journey back to our Pelican Cottage in Dunsborough and stopping by at the Gabriel chocolate factory.


For another good dinner Dave did the Bangers and mash also known as sausages and mash, a traditional English dish made of mashed potatoes and sausages.

Sleeping: "Pelican Cottage" Lecaille Court, Dunsborough - a night for 8pax @ A$161

Temperature: Cloudy 20°C/12°C


the sea weeds that were washed ashore

walking along the cycle trek towards Blackhurst Park to view the Dunn Bay



the holiday homes along the trek




hmm! what are they looking?

one for the album - visitors from Sitiawan, Malaysia

the wild flowers on the sandy beach


At 9.30 am we drove 15km west to view the scenic Canal Rocks. This beautiful granite outcrop is part of the rugged Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park known for its excellent fishing and scenic bushwalking. A series of rocks protrude into the ocean creating a natural canal hollowed out by the force of the sea. For the best and safest view, there’s a bridge built across the smallest canal. Canal Rocks is about a three hour drive south of Perth.


a bridge built across the smallest canal






(L-R) Dave, Catherine, Pauline, Betty, Uncle Rudy Allan, Kee Moon





Dave, Pauline, Betty, Catherine and Ching

I am standing on the highest point of the rock

we were not allowed to take photos inside


From Canal Rocks we drove 13km south to visit the Duckstein Brewery at Saracen Estates for wine tasting and we had some beer and cakes there. Duckstein Brewery Swan Valley, Perth


its 100% Chardonnay grapes

a sea of beautiful flowers in the garden

Life size Saracen Warrior guarding the entrance to the Cellar Door

the barrels wall

the main entrance to premises


the cosy fireplace

The Duckstein Brewery at Saracen Estates is a popular venue that exhibits some of the finest architecture, art work and landscaping in South West region. It also provides a family-friendly atmosphere with a large playground and lawn area for the children. Its is also an event venue like weddings and family functions.

Kee Moon and Betty warming up
Dave and I at the restaurant floor fire place

Uncle Rudy and I truly enjoyed the taste of the different beers brewed here

Duckstein Brewery produces premium beer from the finest ingredients

From Duckstein Brewery we drove a further 30km to Margaret River Town for lunch and then walked to an information centre to inquire about the caves in Margaret River region.


walking around Margaret River Town

Margaret River is renowned for its natural beauty, delicious wines and gourmet food! The area has now evolved into the ultimate getaway for food, wine and nature lovers.

at the Margaret River information centre




at the Margaret River information centre

this is the Margaret River

we are driving along the Margaret River towards the river mouth

From Margaret River Town, we proceed 10km to the Margaret River Mouth passing by Prevelly Park.



Uncle Rudy at the River Mouth car park

the Margaret River mouth

trek along the Margaret River mouth






they import the actual cocoa beans (rather than chocolate) to make all their lovely treats

For another good dinner Dave did the Bangers and mash also known as sausages and mash, a traditional English dish made of mashed potatoes and sausages.


Bangers and mash





cheers to Uncle Rudy and Aunty Pauline

























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