“I Went in for a Snorkel and Ended up Relaxing in theShallows”
I visited Rottnest Island with some friends on a Saturday. After a big morning riding around the island exploring we settled into our accommodation. Everyone was exhausted and decided to rest, but I chose to keep exploring.
Just outside our accommodation I found a place called Bathurst Point, which has one of the two lighthouses on Rottnest Island. I grabbed my underwater camera, went in for a snorkel and ended up relaxing in the shallows where I took this photo.
The clarity of the water was a pleasant surprise. I have done a lot of diving around Western Australia and Rottnest Island is definitely one of the best places for a clear snorkel. The other thing that surprised me was the amount of marine life so close to the shallows. It was a great experience, and I’m glad I kept exploring that afternoon.
Margaret River has cemented its reputation over the last 50 years as a wine region that is premium to the core; producing just 2% of Australia’s wine, but around 20% of its premium wine. But over the same period it's also established itself as one of the world's best and most spectacular surf destinations, and local Max Brearley meets the resident winemakers drawn by the lifestyle, the land and for many the ocean.
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.