Up on the hill we could appreciate the waves and the rugged coastline.
Well, it’s the end of our journery through Margaret River and south west WA. Next time we’ll be visiting somewhere a little closer to home.
The seas once again looked treacherous that morning.
We didn’t realise how treacherous until that evening when we heard that a surfer had been taken by a white shark less than a kilometre from where we were standing that very morning! The water was very murky after a couple of days of rain, and the shark probably mistook the surfer for a seal or dolphin.
Bunker Bay is on the northern shore of the Margaret River region. This side of the ‘paddock’ seemed more popular and developed than the Margaret River township – I suspect this was because many folks from Perth have their beach houses in the area.
Bunker Bay though is still in the national park. Development might have be limited, but boy was it popular. Cars were parked cheek to jowl at the cafe nearby even though it was before 11am. We were looking for the beach however, and the one we found was blessingly quiet.
Like much of the south west coastline, it was a limestone shore. You can again see the caves being exposed to the air by constant erosion.
Prevelly is a well-known town because of its beaches and its surf. The big Margaret River surfing competition, the one known for its consistent 3 metre waves, is held close by, although not on this quiet stretch of beach.
From the spick and span facilities, we knew that this must be a popular place in summer.
We’re heading back to the sea, via Margaret River itself. Here, it winds through coastal tea tree scrub and sand dunes towards the Indian Ocean.
This photo was taken almost 5 months ago. Unfortunately I doubt that this scene would look the same today – the Margaret River bushfires of 2 months ago swept through this area.
A few more peas, this time from the Margaret River region. The south west land division do share a lot of species, but it’s interesting how much diversity there still is.
These purple peas look like the same species as those in the Southern Forests.
But these orange peas are slightly different to those found 150km away.