Have you really been to Australia if you didn’t take a picture of a kangaroo?
Well I guess I’ve been and here’s the proof 😉
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Driving through Boranup forest which is the furthest west where karri, the third tallest tree in the world, grows.
The Karri Tree (Eucalyptus Diversicolor) is a native tree unique to the southwest region of Western Australia and belongs to the family Myrtaceae. The name ‘karri’ is the Aboriginal word for the Eucalyptus Diversicolor. Karri is WA’s tallest tree and one of the tallest hardwood trees in the world. The tree reaches its peak height within a hundred years. The tree can grow up to 80m, has smooth pink to silvery-grey bark and a straight trunk with heartwood of reddish brown. […]. Karri trees, like jarrah trees, begin their old growth phase at the ages of 100-150 years and survive to on average of 300 years old. The majority of old growth karri trees found in Western Australia are less than 200 years old.
The best known of the three is the ‘Gloucester Tree’, near Pemberton. But the tallest is Warren National Park’s ‘Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree’, with a viewing platform above 60m – about the same height as the top of the Sydney Opera House and the world’s highest tree lookout. It offers public access to a dizzying perspective from one of the planet’s biggest life forms, providing spectacular views across WA’s southern forests.
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A drive on the south west coast is not at all what I had expected. I was thinking Pacific Highway 101 in California or driving on the coast of the French Riviera, it turns out it more in land driving through forest and the Leeuwin Naturaliste Park when you are the Margaret River region.
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For somebody who doesn’t really drink i managed to do tasting in a couple of places. One at one of the largest winery, Leeuwin Estate and another at the small Arlewood Estate.
I know how can I have been an expat wife for 20 years and not really drink!!! Plus I’m French doesn’t wine run through my veins 😉
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Winery operations range from the smallest crushing 3.5 tonne per year to the largest around 7000 tonne.
The climate is more strongly maritime-influenced than any other major Australian region, and most marked Mediterranean climate. Overall the climate is similar to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage.
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While staying in Margaret River regions one needs to do wine tasting>
There are actually more than 200 vineyards in the region
From the first commercial vineyard planting on Margaret River in 1967, a relatively small producer of Austranaliam wine the region produces a massive 20% of Australia’s premium wine. The Perrine environment and the many micro climate ensure that evey wine is special but not one is the same.
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