SOMETHING AWESOME TO DO IN THE SOUTH WEST THIS EASTER! TAKING ON THE BLACKWOOD RIVER.
If you dig camping, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, wake boarding, dough-nutting, any water sports and beautiful Aussie land on a river that takes you to where the Southern Ocean has just meet the Indian Ocean, then you need to check out the Blackwood River, South West Australia.
The river begins at the junction of Arthur River and Balgarup River near Quelarup and travels in a south westerly direction through the town of Bridgetown, then through Nannup until it discharges into the Southern Ocean at Hardy Inlet near the town of Augusta.
I went there for the first time last Saturday with my mate Pete who owns a nifty little boat and my darling cousin Jodi. We drove from Busselton to a secluded campsite diverse in forest landscape on the east side of the Alexandra Bridge, 26 km north-east of Augusta .
It was a perfect sunny day and we launched the boat in from the campsites natural boat ramp and off we went. The river is banked by luscious Aussie vegetation, mixed forrest, agriculture and loads of birdlife. It has two river banks set up for picnics and launching your wake boarders from with plenty of space to let loose on your boat.
And that we did! Full pelt ahead passing Pelicans on floating platoons, house boats, knee scurfers, canoeists, dare devil 360 degree dough-nutting, nautical neighbours, wood ducks, big birds I can’t remember the name of and sandy cays.
We screamed into Hardy Inlet, tied up and went to the Augusta Hotel for a lovely feed. The stunning view over looks the river meeting the Southern Ocean who has just meet the Indian Ocean and we proceed to munch on a beef and reef, the new name for a surf n turf, most commonly known as a steak with prawns. This meal was delightfully delicious and even more so by the view and the natural vibe of the all crossing waterworks energy not to mention the perfect winds for kite surfers.
I was also lucky enough to try grass carting by some of the local kids who had made a limousine type cardboard cart, creatively decorated with drawn on lights and doors. And off they usher me down a steep grassy knoll with a parade of joyful yelps. I rocked this sport! Then it was time to quickly depart to my waiting boat crew and get back to the point of entrance before dark.
Alexander Bridge campsite is set beside the Blackwood River and is very popular with campers all year-round. Look for the sign off the Brockman Hwy, 10 km east of Karridale.
This weekend being the long Easter weekend is the perfect time to dust off ya outdoor gear, spruce up your boat with all the fruit (all the best attachments in Aussie slang) and get active. I wish you all a happy boinging bunny Easter feaster weekender.
Taking on the Blackwood River I give 4 out 5. SWT (South West Travels) TTX (TanTastic Times)