With it's beaches and coastline, Perth is absolutely beautiful, and I've definitely been enjoying my time there - yet Margaret River was also breathtaking, in a very different way. In addition to the area's more rugged coastline, secluded surf spots, and gorgeous vineyard views, the region also boasts the Boranup Karri Forest, part of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.
Karri trees are incredible - and really, really tall...these (somewhat blurry iPhone) photos don't come close to doing them justice. It had been raining on and off throughout the day when we visited, and was just starting to mist again as we hopped out of our two-car caravan to wander in the woods. We were the only visitors in sight, and the dampness of the forest, the smell of the trees and the dirt, the bird calls that were NOTHING like those in the States, and the view up to the tops of the trees - it was all just very, very cool.
We stayed until it was dark, and enjoyed the quiet of the forest until the rain (and our hunger) eventually drove us back towards the cars. While I loved every minute of the Margaret River roadtrip adventure, I have to say the karri tree forest was one of my favorite spots.