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Wondering about that moaning
sound? It’s probably the first frog of
autumn (the aptly named moaning
frog) making itself heard around
rivers and healthy dams in April.
While your ears are open, listen
out for the high-pitched squeak
of wrens, or the racket of red and
white tailed cockatoos (and if a
marri nut lands on your head in the
forest, there’s your suspect).
Jane Scott, author of Walking
Around in Circles, suggests
retreating to the forest if you’re
into birds, and to sandy tracks
and cliff tops for lizard life. She
says Augusta’s Cosy Corner is a
good spot to see wader birds, and
Boranup Forest is home to three
kinds of robin.
Five ways to get wild
1 The four-kilometre Quenda Trail
in Yallingup (off Smiths Beach
Road) is named after the southern
brown bandicoots that live there.
2 The Cape to Cape yields sightings
of stumpy tail lizards, big southern
heath monitors and the occasional
3 Augusta inlet is freely visited by
stingrays and dolphins – you can
see them from the shore.
4 Wonnerup Scenic Drive near
Busselton has a high ratio of
dolphin sightings. Walk trails on
the route amble through 500-year-
old tuart trees – the oldest natural
stands in the world.
5 See ducks, frogs, birds, flowers
and crustaceans on a town walk
along the Margaret River.
Fashionistas and trinket-tragics
know that the city isn’t the only
place to shop. There’s a certain
X-factor to shopping down south,
and each centre has a slightly
different flavour. Dunsborough
attracts sophisticates from far
and wide for its great boutiques,
swimwear, shoes and homewares
stores wooing label-savvy
shoppers. In Busselton, Fig Tree
Lane is a catch-all for specialty
shops (given extra sensory appeal
by the busy bakery).
On Margaret River’s eclectic
main street you can pick up
anything from surf gear to make-
up to gifts. Head to Fearn Avenue
for stores with less traffic. Even
tiny hamlets like Cowaramup
and Witchcliffe can turn up great
shopping finds. Fossick away.
Margaret River has craft markets
in the Town Square twice a month
on a Sunday, and there’s bric-a -
brac aplenty for bargain hunters
at the region’s two Lions garage
sales. In Margaret River it’s twice
a month on Saturdays until the
end of April, at the Lions shed in
the industrial area’s Burton Road.
In Augusta it’s on Monday and
Thursday mornings and the first
Saturday of each month at the
Lions shed in Hillview Road.
If not for the upward trend in
outdoor cinema, movie-going
Boranup karri forest
Prince Street, Busselton
Fig Tree Lane
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