At Solmates, we love nothing better than exploring new places and revisiting old ones we love. So we thought we would take the time to share some of our favourites with you. And to kick it off is a place near and dear to our hearts - the Margaret River region in south west WA. (Caroline: I spent all my childhood summers in Margaret River and my in-laws still live there!)
Swim: Gnarabup Beach
In a slightly sheltered cove, the waves here tend to be much smaller than other beaches in the area making it calm and pleasant. A lookout at the top of the cliff on the southern end provides spectacular views of the coast line.
Have a coffee at the White Elephant Cafe right on the beach and walk along the walking trail along the dunes.
Eat: Fishbone Wines
Japanese fusion fun in a beautiful setting with friendly staff. Enjoy the Fishbone Wines while you eat excellent sushi and other Japanese–Korean inspired dishes.
Taste: LS Merchants
Choosing a winery in south west WA is like trying to pick between your 200 vineyard children but we were blown away by the new world vineyard that is LS Merchants. They are challenging the traditionalists in the very best way.
Do: (part of) The Cape to Cape Walk Track
The Cape to Cape Walk Track runs for 123 km along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the far south west of WA.
The whole walk is a real challenge and usually takes 5-7 days. However, depending on how much time (and energy!) you have, you can start along the Track at one of the multiple access points available. You will be rewarded with glorious scenery and ocean glory.
+ kids: Beerfarm
The Beerfarm has something for everyone. While the adults can enjoy the great beer and food, the kids can play in the playground, say hi to the llamas and enjoy some slip N slide action on the extra long water slide.
Margaret River is on Wadandi and Pibelmen Boodja, whose ancestors and their descendants are the traditional owners of that country.