A Total TaiTai Tale

Tale of a Total TaiTai who was in Beijing & Beyond and is now in Singapore & Surroundings!

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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.

Beautiful nonetheless

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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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One last stop on our way back to Margaret River was at Injidup Beach in Yallingup and the Injidup Natural Spa which is a large natural rock pool.

We were there at rising tide so the waves were really impressive on the beach and also rolling into the natural pool which made the water in the natural rock formation not as translucent as it would be in calmer time. Beautiful nonetheless and quite impressive.

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Another stop was made at the Canal Rocks

First picture is a panorama while standing on one side of the formation, the second picture is from the road a little bit further south.

The rock formation takes its name from the narrow channel between the rocks that has formed from the coastal waters eroding the granite-gneiss away over time.

Pounding waves off the Indian Ocean have sculptured a network of canals into this headland, forming a patchwork of rocky islands. The unusual pattern of coastal erosion is controlled by an intersecting system of joints, fractures and fault within the gneiss. It allows the water to deeply penetrate the rocks eroding it to form linear-shaped canals

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Another quick stop by the beach to briefly dip our toes in the ocean.

The tshirt said Brigands des Mers in French (Brigands of the seas) which I thought was funny and I had to take a picture 😉

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After a drive to the south, we drove to the north of Margaret River.

Cape Naturaliste lighthouse is not as impressive in size as Leeuwin Lighthouse but was the last on mainland Australia to be home to lighthouse keepers who lived and worked here until 1996.

It was build in 1903 and stands on a 100 metre bluff overlooking the Geographe Bay. The light’s white beam is visible for 25 nautical miles (46km) and identifies itself to mariners by flashing twice every 10 seconds with 2.5 and 7.5 second interval.

The original Fresnel lens is still in place and is now driven by an electric motor but originally the clockwork mechanism rotated the lens which, including the turntable, weights about 12.5 tons. The turntable is hollow and contains 156.5 kg (or 12 litres) of mercury on which the lens float.

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