Around Australia 4
For our final few days down the bottom end we have based ourselves in a little town called Nannup. It is central to several areas we want to see. On our first day we travelled to a town called "Busselton". It is in a tourist area down here, as is most of this area along with all the wineries close by. This town's big attraction is it's jetty that travels 1800 meters out into the ocean. It is the longest wooden plie jetty in the southern hemisphere.
It was established in 1851 so it has been around for a while. Built for shipping and served the area well. Has been partially destroyed by fire in 1999, and in 1978 badly damaged by a cyclone. With community spirit.it was decided to rebuild and in so doing gave birth to the Busselton Association.
In 2002 the construction of Under Water Observatory was built which goes down 13 meters to the sea floor with many viewing windows. This was most interesting listening to the guide and it's general history. Today every part has been well and truly completed and is a great attraction with trains rides out to the end which tale 20 minutes.
To day being a new day the we drove to "Margret River" which rests in the heart of the states largest premium wine producing region. This along with the stunning country side attracts a great tourism industry.
It is also very popular and known for it's surfing because of the huge surf that can be used through the warmer months. Apparently this stretch of coastline has played host to a number of international championships attracting top world surfers
This afternoon Brian my brother in law and I did a little fishing with very small results before taking our wives over the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. It is Australia's tallest mainland lighthouse at the most south westerly tip of Australia where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Cannot get photos today the weather has turned nasty
First thing in the morning we pull out and start our trip up the west coast.