Sometime it happens. You just plan to stay in a place for a short time, but then you end up staying more than what you would have expected. After my road trip from Darwin to Perth, I had to complete my farm works in order to extend my visa for a second year, so I decided to stop in Perth just for a couple of nights and then I moved south, toward Margaret River. My plan was to spend here just two weeks, I only needed 13 days of farm works, but here I am after two months, still in this astonishing place, ready to spend my Christmas holidays with my lovely, brand new Family.
Margs is a famous travel destination in Australia, thanks to a lush landscape that finds a perfect balance with the blue and turquoise water of its shores, and it’s located only 300km south of Perth. That is not all though. Margaret River attracts a lot of surfers from all around the world due to the numerous point-break along the coast between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. Moreover, the fresh spring-water of this region is perfect for the production of high-quality wine, requested and sold worldwide.
I arrived in Margaret River in early November and I immediately started working in a vineyard: the job has been tough sometimes, but it broadened my knowledge about wine production, and actually the fresh climate made the job easier compared to the banana industry I experienced in Far North Queensland. I spent the first two nights in a share house and then I moved into the place where I still live, a YHA Backpacker Hostel. Since the beginning I felt something special in this hostel, different from anyone I had stayed before; morning hugs, smiles, jokes and games with my new friends helped me feel as if a belong to a new family, with great positive vibes. Most of the people here are working in the vineyards like me, so we have the same habits: waking up very early in the morning, coming back in the afternoon and just enjoying the evening all together.
The city is quite small, less than 5000 people live here, but that plays a key role in making this place really cool and chill. There are several towns in the region that deserve a visit, and the trip to get here is the first thing a visitor enjoys, thanks to the roads that connect them, winding throughout the pastel coloured, smooth countryside. There is only one tavern in town, but that satisfies our big family’s need of a venue each and every night out.
In order to make unforgettable memories of this joyful period of my life, I decided to treat myself with a unique Christmas gift, a very small and handy camera I have been dreaming about for a long time, the Sony RX 100 III. I disabled every sound that the camera could make, starting a new way of taking pictures that I like to call “sneaky photography”. It works great, especially during rowdy nights.
I don’t know what the future reserves for me, even less about where and when I will eventually move on, but I am sure I will always remember with a big smile on my face this special time of my life, here, in the Southern Paradise.
Photo by: Enrico Fabi