If you ever find yourself in Western Australia and Perth is your entrance point then you seriously need to consider road tripping the South Western Coast-hugged by the Indian Ocean this small corner of Australia is a world away from the busy, metropolitan Eastern Coast of Australia that is the normal starting point for most travellers. Jump outside the box and revel in the natural wonders of the wildlife, breath taking scenery and make this your next pit stop on your travel itinerary.
Our first break in the journey south of Perth was at Busselton Jetty, a 1.8km long heritage listed jetty that stretches out into the ocean capped off with a spectacular under water observatory. The longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and if you only stop here for a cup of tea or a stroll along the walkway it will be worth it. The perfect interval on your road trip and a beautiful place to top it off.
Tip: If you a short on time or are not wanting to walk the 3.6km long return trip down the jetty then hop on the jetty train and relax as you ride along over the stunning Geographe Bay. The perfect alternative when travelling with children.
After you have marvelled in the delights that Busselton has to offer, set off down the road to your next amazing destination…..Margaret River!
Margaret River is known for its wonderful wine region and absolutely stunning coastline! You will want and need to stop here for at least a couple of days. This place is incredible and was THE highlight of my Western Australian adventure. Old or young there is something for everyone here whether it’s surfing, visiting wineries, breweries, caves or whale watching.
On our drive down to our hotel in Margaret River we stopped at Bootleg Brewery, a supplier of hand crafted beer made on site. The lush setting of this brewery is a welcome sight after driving down the coast and you MUST embark on a tasting platter. Just make sure you have your designated driver or even better join a tour and have the driving taken care of.
After a lunch spent tasting hand crafted beers on the deck and playing giant jenga on the large garden, drive on to your next must see- Sandalford Vineyard.
Any trip to Margaret River would not be complete until you have done a wine tasting. Celebrated world wide as one of the best wine producing areas, especially for Chardonnay you will pleasure your palette by experiencing what this region has to offer. I still have my bottle that I bought at Sandalford Vineyard chilling in the fridge, it made the enormous journey home and is awaiting a special occasion-why wait? It is just too good!
There are countless wineries in this area so you can really make a day of it-or two! You will also find chocolatiers, soap makers, crafts stores and an abundance of restaurants.
To end our day we checked in to our hotel, The Quality Inn Margaret River. A perfectly located, budget accommodation that is superbly operated by Justin who could not have been more welcoming, generous and fantastic at providing the most amazing cuisine. The food here is phenomenal! If you only stay here for the food you will go away one happy bunny.
An evening spent on a site visit to the Margarets Beach Resort-the alternative to staying in town-located at Gnarabup beach and privy to the most stunning sunsets. The restaurant, Gnarabar serves some of the best food I have ever tasted. We were treated to a gorgeous selection of delectable treats washed down with Margaret Rivers finest wines. If you are looking for a little luxury then this is the place for you.
To find out how else I spent my time in Margaret River and the South Western Coast of Australia watch out for the next instalment.