I have walked the track around Cape Naturalist a few times and have always seen the dolphins. This day the surf was huge and clean and the salmon were also running. I could see a giant bait ball of salmon on the edge of the rocks so I decided to rock hop down and watch the huge waves and the fish among them.
I noticed the dolphins had pushed the salmon ball into a corner and they looked like they were almost playing with them. With the waves breaking I knew it was only going to be a matter of time before the dolphins put on a show. For the next three hours I set up on the rocks watching the waves explode below while the dolphins herded up the salmon. Then the dolphins began spreading apart and started to catch the waves leaping out the back before they crashed onto the beach. It was like watching a HD Nat Geo show live.
This picture captures a fond memory at Wellington National Park. What surprised me the most about this experience was that we were less than an hour from Bunbury and two and a half from Perth, yet we felt like we could have been miles away from anywhere.
I had heard about the stingrays at Hamelin Bay so we added Hamelin Bay as a place to camp. Every sunset we would walk down to the beach where 5 to 10 huge bull rays would basically beach themselves right at your feet.
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.
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.
Sarah Ellis has been visiting Ningaloo Reef and the Coral Coast for 15 years and moved there to live three years ago. Two years ago, Sarah and her partner started their own ecotourism business, taking people out to swim with whale sharks and other marine life on the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef. Get the local lowdown on their favourites.