Wine by the Glass; Sculpture by the Sea

With one day of our wine tour behind us and two more ahead, we began our second day in Margaret River at Canal Rocks. The granite coastline of this most Western edge of Yallingup has been carved into a small channel by the waves of the Indian Ocean making for yet another incredible natural structure in Australia.

There were some manmade wooden bridges and walkways, but most people were climbing around freely, either looking for the best photo angel or the best location to dive into the water without break their necks. Just one of an innumerable amount of times I thought to myself that this isn’t something you’d see in the litigious atmosphere of the States. But, lawsuits be damned and we joined the other sightseers to snap some great photos.

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As the sun rose higher in the sky and temperatures were becoming intense, we decided it was time for more vineyard hopping. In the hopes of seeing some wildlife up close, we stopped at one of the many small ugg boot (not to be confused with UGG, the brand) sheering sheds along the way.

The sheep looked hotter than we did in the 100+ degree weather and were hopefully due for a shave soon, but they seemed happy enough to see us as we fed them some pellets that other visitors had left behind. Then it was off to the nearest wineries to continue our tour and try some more samples before ending the day at Black Brewing Co, an excellent brewery in the area. A++ would reccomend.

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As usual, the sunset was breathtaking, but not to be outdone the sunrise also delivered just before our morning swim in the ocean. For our final day in the region we headed just a bit north where the waves are a little larger and more conducive to surfing. It was a calm-ish day, though, and mostly we just spent the morning admiring the natural beauty of the area one last time before heading back to Perth.

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Somehow the majority of my trip was already behind me and we only had a couple more days to spend together. Emile and I headed into Perth City one more time to do some more exploring and souvenir shopping before visiting Penelope’s parents for Sunday Night Dinner; an event I’ve heard a lot about and was honored to be a part of!

While I was there, dinner happened to coincide with an annual art exhibit in the area known as Sculpture by the Sea. Artists from around the world install their surreal pieces up and down the beach which are often incorporated into the natural landscape creating an almost dreamlike sight. We happened upon the exhibit and sunset and it was a perfect way to spend my final weekend in Australia.

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With only one full day left, we loaded up our backpacks that evening so we could get an early start to Rottnest Island in the morning…

 


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