Sunday, November 8, 2009

Margaret River to Cape Leeuwin

Vasse Felix vineyard at Margaret River. Vasse Felix has always been one of my favourite of the more expensive wines. I finally made it here to see the vineyard for myself. It consists of beautifully laid out grounds with a sculpture garden and huge acres of vines. There is a restaurant that is only open for lunch but it offers a very reasonable two course for $45 and three course for $55 as well as a la carte. I had not realised Vassde Felix is owned by the Holmes a Court family.

I was not allowed lunch but we bought a dozen of the reds, so you win some and you lose some.

The karri forrest. It is very beautiful driving through it. Many streets in London were paved from karri and it was the basis of a large timber industry in the late 1880s. Not sure if karri is the same as the NZ kauri.

The view towards Cape Leeuwin. The lighthouse is at the far left corner. It was opened in 1896.

The first Dutch ship came to the southwest of Australia in March 1662 and rounded this cape. Cape Leeuwin was so named by Matthew Flinders in 1801 at the commencement of the circumnavigation of Terra Australis.

The cape where the Indian Ocean and the South Western Ocean meet.
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