2012 - Backpacking to Perth day 6

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

Day 06 Wed. (12.09.2012) Dunsborough is about 100km to Molloy Caravan Park passing by Cowaramup, Margaret River, Witchcliffe, Karridale and Kudardup

At 8.15am after breakfast, we drove out to town to return the house key and continued our 20km journey to our 1st stop at Injidup Beach, Cape Clairault Rd. at 8.50am. We drove another 11km to our 2nd stop at Laurance Wines, 3518 Caves Road at 9.20am. We drove another 15km to our 3rd stop at Willyabrup Dreaming Pottery, Willyabrup Road at 9.50am.

We drove another 17km to our 4th stop at Cowaramup at 10.22am and had lunch at Cowaramup Bakery. We drove another 18km to our 5th stop at Voyager Estate Cellar Sales, 1 Stevens Road at 12.05pm. We drove another 3km to our 6th stop at Leeuwin Estate, Leeuwin Estate Winery Stevens Road at 1pm.

From Leeuvin we drove 44km down south to Molloy Caravan Park at about 2pm passing through Witchcliffe, Karridale and turn off at Kudardup into Fisher Rd towards Molloy Island. We took a rest and drove 14km to Augusta to buy grocery at Augusta IGA and have a look at the Hardy Inlet with a riverfront view. All in all we have been driving a total of 140km for the day.

We had a very fantastic dinner of burnt BBQ beef burger, chicken and sausages - and of course with plenty of beer and wine to wash away the carbon.

Molloy Caravan Park situated about 15kms north-east of Augusta and within the Margaret River Wine Region, Molloy Caravan Park can offer you a relaxed holiday that includes boating, water skiing, canoeing and fishing. A tranquil bush land setting on the banks of the Blackwood River with excellent modern facilities.

Augusta is a small town near Cape Leeuwin at the southern extremity of the Margaret River region. It is close to some good beaches and can also be used as a base for exploring the Margaret River wine region. There’s a Jewel cave 8km north of the town and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse where the Southern and Indian Oceans splash into each other.

Sleeping: Molloy Caravan Park - each cabin is $70.00 per night for 2pax and each extra person is $10.00. Temperature: Cloudy 18°C/11°C


our 1st stop at Injidup Beach, Cape Clairault Rd. at 8.50am

a great scenic drive down there and there is a lovely large sand dune which we saw

clear blue water, with rocks to climb on the northern end and a large dune to slide down at the southern (Cape Clairault) end

rocks to climb on the northern end


a beautiful scenic spot


its happiness standing up here with the cool breeze blowing

a stunning beach to look at and walk along, would not recommend for swimming with young children



our 2nd stop at Laurance Wines, 3518 Caves Road at 9.20am




In 2001, the Laurance family purchased 40 hectares of prime horticultural land, this property consisted of 21 Hectares of vines planted in 1996, three white and three red varieties. Dianne Laurance later acquired the adjoining 60 hectares to fulfill the dream.

Laurance Cellar, with its rustic charm and European sophistication, offers visitors a tasting with a difference in magnificent surroundings.

The building has been constructed of prefabricated concrete and its unique finish gives the perception of age. Iron-bark timbers sourced from the old Wooloomooloo Wharf in Sydney feature throughout the building.



the Rose Garden




Willyabrup Dreaming is a small but beautiful gallery full of unusual and original designs. All the work is made on the premises by artist/potter Bill Meiklejohn. Bill instills his love of the ocean into many of his spectacular fish & shell designs.

for 17 years artist/potter Bill Meiklejohn has worked here making a variety of conventional pottery
























ladies under the lemon tree












the Black Boy in the bush
4th stop at Cowaramup at 10.22am. Cowaramup is a quaint little town retaining much of the character of its group settlement farming heritage, but being reinvented as the home of a wide range of unique local produces products. Having been founded on dairy cows, Cowaramup is still often referred to as Cow Town by the locals.








We enjoyed a delightfully lunch at Cowaramup Bakery.


"this is Moon's Haven", said Kee Moon

Candy Cow supplies a vast array of delectable confectionery that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Products include fudges, nougats & honey crunch, among other scrumptious sweeties.


our 5th stop at Voyager Estate Cellar Sales, 1 Stevens Road at 12.05pm
















The grand entrance to Voyager Estate features an enormous Australian flag that welcomes visitors as we drove through the gates. Voyager Estate founder Michael Wright was a proud Australian who followed international traditions of flying the country’s flag.



the grounds feature stunning gardens and lawns

These gardens are the perfect setting for showcasing plants such as Agapanthus Blue, Yellow Day Lilies, Ponytail Palm and Dwarf Date Palm.



The estate is 150 years of farming underpin my family's dedication to Voyager Estate.

A typical Cape Dutch manor house is surrounded by a series of outbuildings and is arranged to leave a space in the middle known as the werf. Historically, the walled gardens of Cape Dutch farm buildings were once used for penning livestock and for added security for the immediate surrounds of the farmhouse. In later years, these walls became the home to elegant gardens. 



our 6th stop at Leeuwin Estate, Leeuwin Estate Winery Stevens Road at 1pm

Each year Leeuwin stages a series of spectacular alfresco concerts in the picturesque grounds of the Estate as part of the Winery's ongoing association and sponsorship of the Arts. Described as the most extraordinary concerts ever held in Australia, the annual Leeuwin Concert Series now enjoys a 27-year history and features an eclectic mix of the world's finest musicians and entertainers from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to Ray Charles, Tom Jones and Sting.


Leeuwin Estate releases its wines under four labels, the Art Series, Prelude Vineyards and Siblings. Whilst the wines in each portfolio follow different lives, they all share a place amongst the great wines of Australia, receiving much international acclaim and attention.


we saw this in the garden


beautiful flowers in the garden


From Leeuvin we drove 44km down south to Molloy Caravan Park at about 2pm passing through Witchcliffe, Karridale and turn off at Kudardup into Fisher Rd towards Molloy Island.


a tranquil bushland setting on the banks of the Blackwood River with excellent modern facilities


Each cabin has two sets of bunk beds and a double bed. Linen is not provided but can be hired upon request at a charge of $5.00 per person. The Cabins have a self-contained kitchenette with crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, a fridge and either a microwave or a stove and oven (Cabins 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 and 17), they do not have a shower or toilet.




Pacific black duck family

Pacific black duck family


this Australian Ringneck (TwentyEight) is a parrot native to Australia is plentiful here




the ladies enjoyed feeding the birds





We took a rest and drove 14km to Augusta to buy grocery at Augusta IGA and have a look at the Hardy Inlet with a riverfront view.


fishing on the banks of the beautiful Blackwood River


this is a King George Whiting fish


Uncle Rudy and Kee Moon kick start the bon fire for BBQ


We had a very fantastic dinner of burnt BBQ beef burger, chicken and sausages - and of course with plenty of beer and wine to wash away the carbon.


after dinner we gather around the fire for warmth and chitchat

reflecting our experiences on the adventure from cape to cape of the Margaret river region so far

an unexpected visitor called on us for apple which we gave...
























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