We arrived in Margaret river and found a great bush camp, Point Road Camp. Just half an hour from Margaret River township, about 10 minutes from the beach and in lush forest, this place was great. What was not great is that night Matthew came down with whatever bug the rest of us had back in Perth.
So the next day was spent resting at camp, although Andrew and Izzy did head into town in the afternoon to finally book a place for Christmas. We had always had visions of having a lovely camp roast near Christmas in a remote bush setting but the fire bans in WA and South Australia had thrown our plans in disarray. So after much debate we have booked a hut in the Flinders Ranges. It is a hut we have seen before when visiting this stunning part of Australia and said it would be great to stay in, so now we can find out.
By the following day Matthew was feeling better so we headed to Mammoth Cave. It is a self guided cave with an audio tour. It had some amazing formations and large caverns to enjoy. They have found many fossils in this cave over the years and this was a great outing for us as we eased ourselves back post illness mode.
At Mammoth Cave we learned about Giant cave, a cave run by the National Park that is unlit and that you explore at your own pace with torches and helmets they provide. It is great to have caves like this run by parks. It did not have as many stunning formations but had some large caverns, one being called the ballroom, as well as some tighter sections to crawl through. The kids really enjoyed this cave as it was loads of fun using the torches to explore.
From here we headed to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for a look around. The tour and access to the grounds was not cheap but the kids liked heading up the lighthouse with our super cheery guide and it was a lovely day to appreciate this stunning coastline where the Indian and Southern oceans meet.
The coastline and trees of the area really are stunning and it was a great place to relax and slow down a little.