Sometimes you get so caught up planning and having adventures all over the world, that you forget to how beautiful your own backyard can be. In this case the backyard I am referring to is 260+km away and is located in the South West of Western Australia.
I came down for the weekend to watch two of my friends commit their lives and their hearts to one another in the beauty that is a wedding day. Then I thought to myself why not enjoy the beauty that is locally known as “Down South”. So I stayed in Busselton, a small but growing hub of the south west. Busselton is a central location to access all the fantastic and interesting aspects the South West has to offer. There is never enough time to visit every winery or brewery within a 100km radius, however I certainly tried in the 3 days I have been down here.
The first stop of the weekend was Aravina Estate to celebrate the beautiful marriage of two of my friends with an exquisite vineyard backdrop and beautiful wine to match. This picture perfect winery is located in Yallingup and is around a 30 min drive from Busselton. I had the barramundi for dinner, which was beautiful in flavour and texture, this was after canapés and champagne on the deck overlooking the lake and vineyards. Next time I will be taking a picnic rug, buying some local cheeses and then some wine from the Aravina cellar and settling in for the afternoon amongst the vineyard and grassy fields awaiting the sunset.
What better way to cure a post wedding hangover than ciders in the sunshine with the newly weds. The setting at Sampson and Bowen took my breath away from the moment I descended the stairs from the carpark onto the beautiful decking with wall mounted water features into a relaxed but modern bar and dining area that spreads out onto a veranda and shady beer garden. With Asian fusion mixed with local products, the menu is phenomenal and they have a beverage list to match. This venue is a beautiful location to relax with friends, for a beautiful date overlooking the lake and scenic green backdrop or even a spectacular event. I think I have found one of my favourite things about heading down south. The only thing that completed this day was a swim in the ocean once I returned to my accommodation.
No trip down south can be completed with out a trip to the Dunsborough Bakery! A staple for those in Dunsborough or even just passing through you MUST try one of their award winning pies. They don’t just do pies, whilst their selection of pies is large, and they have the usual pastries and sweets they also do a pretty decent and cheap big breaky! Located in the Dunsborough Town Centre, you may have to wait a minute or two to get served as it is always buzzing with customers.
Simmos Ice-Creamery is another must do whether you have children or not, this delicious ice creamery has fun for all ages including 55+ flavours of ice creams and sorbets. After I finally decided on Jaffa and Caramel Malteaser as my flavours I headed out to the garden where you will find kids playing and laughing on the playground, and you may even see the resident ice cream eating emu. After I devoured this delicious ice cream I was off to play on their mini golf course. Again fun for all ages! If I wasn’t off to scout more breweries and wineries I would have purchased take home tubs, yes plural, of this memorable and delectable frozen delight.
As the roads between each destination wind and bend between the forests and the trees and you pass multiple wineries, breweries and local produce farms the beauty never ceases to amaze.
There is a lot of time for thinking as you drive around down south between venues, adventures and culinary delights. To think about the past, the present and the future. To think about nature and about time on the road. How beautiful my own backyard is, however all I dream is exploring the wider world and different countries and their cultures.
There were so many great local breweries in the South West, that I wanted to go to somewhere I hadn’t been before and so I went to Eagle Bay Brewery. A quaint little brewery set amongst nature with a beautiful casual dining set up. As I sipped away at my Eagle Bay Cider, enjoyed the sun I reminisced on an enjoyable and beautiful weekend away. So I sat there writing to you, thinking that home deserves further exploration! And so I plan just that, to explore my home country, the same country hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world move and travel to each year.
Until next time wanderers, keep exploring