Why I Adore Margaret River’s Enormously HuggableTrees
British TV presenter, nature lover and walking enthusiast Julia Bradbury finds some enormously huggable trees in Boranup Forest.
It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a tree hugger. I’m always in awe of these beautiful living organisms that help keep the planet alive, so naturally Boranup Forest was a highlight for me. Our guide Gene took us along the stunning Cape to Cape 100km long walking trail, this ambitious walk traverses coastal clifftops and heathlands, deserted beaches, peppermint tree woodlands and of course the majestic Boranup forest. The Boranup forest is about 40km into the walk and home to a stunning collection of enormous Karri trees which are among some of the tallest growing trees in the world. Gene is enthusiastic and passionate about the nature, wildlife and fauna of Western Australia, which is typical of all the guides and people we met on the trip. The scale and abundance of beautiful landscapes, natural landmarks and exciting wildlife are an outdoor-lover’s heaven. And yes, I did hug a huge Karri tree and I recommend it.
Walking the Cape to Cape walking track isn’t just an introduction to the Margaret River region, but an insight into what makes things tick down here in the southwest corner of Australia. Here local resident Max Brearley gives you his tips and tricks for taking on some or all of the track.
Virginia Willcock is the chief winemaker at Vasse Felix winery, where she turns beautiful Margaret River grapes into delectable wine. She lives in Margaret River town, walking distance from the main street and close to the river and bush.
The Margaret River region is just a three-hour drive south from Perth, and for anyone thinking about visiting the Margaret River region for five days (or more), Virginia shares her tips on some places you shouldn’t miss.
The big thing visitors don’t realise is that Margaret River offers much more than our world-class wine and food. The outdoor activities are now just as significant, not to mention the diverse arts and crafts scene. These are some of my favourite things to do that can be packed into a weekend escape to Margaret River from Perth.