As I could do wine tours from Dunsborough I saved myself some grief and decided to stay at the YHA for my three nights in the area. It’s a pretty good hostel, 2km out of town, but free bikes, snorkelling stuff, and boogie boards (not that there’s much surf until you go round the coast). It’s a neat beach here as well – no waves like others, and you’re pretty much on your own on the beach except the odd dog walker and fisherman.
It was another leisurely start today, not getting picked up until 11am by Bushtucker tours. It was a bunch of oldies on the bus, but I still got into the 5 sets of tastings over 5 wineries around Margaret River, most of which were small outlets with minimal if any export wines. There must have been 40+ wines to taste, with me buying a bottle of port at the first one (I never seem to resist port at these tastings, although this bottle was for a gift). The lunch was great with loads of breads and pestos, with some local delights such as kangaroo (quite nice).
I had pretty much sobered up with my twenty minute sleep on the bus home, however I had no excuses not to go and listen to some tunes on the beach before sunset, with another swim.
I’ve never got into this backpacker thing in Australia of carrying cooler bags of food around from place to place – largely helped by managing to crash with friends and go on tours, so I did the only decent thing a flashpacker could…..jumped on a bike into town, ordered a coconut soup takeaway and have a beer in the ‘trendy’ bar in town while I waited.
Tomorrow it’s the first 7am bus up to Mandurah to meet Pablo, ready for him to laugh his ass off at me trying to kitesurf for the first time.