So I found myself south of Western Australia for the wedding of two good friends Samantha Hands & Craig Patterson- what a gorgeous part of the world! On the itinerary were several towns including Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Cowaramup and a slew of wineries in the Margaret River region, Voyager Estate my favourite by a country mile with great wine and an exceptional restaurant. For good measure, I also got to Fremantle and then across to Rottnest Island in search of a quokka smaller than my backpack, so that I could bring it back to Queensland. Just kidding. They were so cute!
Perth felt the same as any other major Australian city, construction appearing to boom, lots of cars, people.. plenty going on everywhere you looked. It also felt a lot more spread out than Brisbane (if you don’t count the Gold or Sunshine Coasts), Melbourne or Adelaide. There’s a nice cafe on top of a cliff in Cottesloe (can’t remember the name- helpful, I know) and if you make it to Fremantle, don’t pass up the opportunity to pop into the Little Creatures brewery- great food and better beer!
Mandurah was a pleasant town, very laidback and easy-going, didn’t have a chance to do much in Busselton but the beach huts on the jetty in the fading light was a gorgeous sight to behold. Bunbury was also a treat! Though the Colorbond rooves hinted unnervingly of suburbia, it didn’t feel that way at all. If a town was a late morning sleep-in, Bunbury would be it. Had a chance to stop into Morris Lane Taffy’s- can I say kid in a candy store?? Yum! I think it could have been chilli and sugar roasted cashews I couldn’t get enough of.
Margaret River- would go back to holiday there again in a heartbeat! Highlights apart from the wedding, Olio Bello- beautiful olive oil and moreish dukkah, Margaret River Chocolate Factory- dark chocolate buttons to die for, not to mention wall to wall and all the space in between taken up by chocolate delectables of every imaginable variety.. Heaven!
Voyager Estate was also quite something. Took home a few bottles I liked and I had the Arkady lamb in the restaurant and it went down very easily.
Rottnest Island was hilarious- I was planning the most endeavoured adventure a la David Attenborough with the sole aim of photographing a quokka. Rented a bicycle and cycled round the island battling strong headwinds which depending on the pathway would occasionally be a tailwind that pushed you and your ride uphill- true story. Not a quokka was to be encountered. Until we got back to the hub of the island where quokkas were wandering around people’s feet, eating scraps of food thrown to them, being borderline pesky even. Much like ibis in Brisbane. From the expressions these little guys had, I knew they were mocking me about it too.
Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle- if I lived there, I would make it my local. It was just a really nice hang out.
All in all- Western Australia, highly recommended.
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