Friday 16 October 2015

Down on the west coast...


Earlier this week, Dave and I ventured over to the west coast, visiting Perth and the Margaret River.

Where to start...I was incredibly overwhelmed by the beauty of the beaches surrounding the Perth and Margaret River regions, not to mention the delicious meals consumed and the fantastic vineyards visited.

I was planning on writing a post combining the best beaches, wineries and food of the Margaret River (followed by a separate post on Perth), however I got halfway through drafting the post and realised that it would be incredibly long if I combined everything into one. So, I have decided to focus this post on the beaches that I visited in WA, which I believe everyone must see if ever heading to this region.

Don't worry - the food and wine posts will be coming shortly!

Busselton Jetty

On our drive from Perth to the Margaret River, we decided to stop at the small town of Busselton, where we checked out the beach and jetty (which, incidentally, stretches for 2km out to sea, making it the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere!).

Bunker Bay

After this, we drove to Bunker Bay, an absolutely stunning spot in the Cape Naturaliste area.  Now this is a big claim, as I have been to many a beach in my lifetime (including those in Kauai, Lord Howe Island and the Isle of Pines), but I think this might be the most beautiful beach I have ever visited. Unspoiled, uncrowded, fine white sand, crystal clear water...if only it had a few 2-3 foot waves to surf, it would have been absolute perfection.

Shelley Cove and Cape Naturaliste

Just around the corner from Bunker Bay lies the tip of Cape Naturaliste, where you can visit Shelley Cove and see an entirely different view of Bunker Bay. We also drove past the lighthouse, where we caught some breathtaking views, as you can see below.

Gnarabup Beach

On our third day in the Margaret River, we decided to grab some breakfast at the White Elephant Beach Cafe which overlooks Gnarabup Beach. It was definitely a more pleasant view than my usual weekday-coffee-view of a PC and folders.

Scarborough Beach

Once back in Perth, I figured I would spend one morning wisely and head to one of the city's popular beaches, Scarborough Beach, which was only about 15 minutes' drive out of the CBD. I was very envious of the swarm of surfers in the water, though it will just have to be an excuse to come back another time when I have a board (and a wetsuit).

Hopefully this has provided you with some inspiration to take that trip over to the other side of Australia and visit some of these incredibly picturesque spots at some stage in the future!

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