- Dunsborough -
When deciding on what part of my world I wanted to showcase first, I almost immediately decided to show you my favourite part of Western Australia. Welcome to the South West of Australia. Mind you, this is just a quick glimpse into some of my favourite places down there and it barely scratches the surface, but I hope its enough to give you the bug to want to explore more. And don’t worry, this is only part one!
Let me start with Dunsborough, Western Australia
It takes approximately 3 hours from Perth to get to the centre of Dunsborough (depends whether you follow the speed limit or not though, let’s be honest). Dunsborough is a town that is apart of Geographe Bay, which is known for it’s incredible waters. Though it is a small town it boasts some of the yummiest foods and friendliest people. I have been coming down to this town every year for the past 15 years with my family, it’s like a home away from home for me. The changes over the years have progressed quite rapidly, but one thing that remains true to itself is the vibrancy of local business.
Wild & Woods Cafe – This local café definitely caters for every body, and for breakfast and lunch. They have gluten free, vegan, dairy free options and also foods for your typical meat eating, gluten, dairy loving person. Not only do they do that, they also have a whole selection of products and produce available for sale in the store, items that will make your mouth water.
The Cure – Opened in November 2014, The Cure is my number one go to coffee shop in Dunsborough. With four different options of beans to choose from, single origin of the day, decaf, bold blend and house blend, and three sizes of coffees, this place will not disappoint. And then just to make things even better, they have a drive through, so if you’re in a rush to go swimming or to a winery, this is the place for you. And their baked goods are pretty delish too.
Clancey’s Fish Pub – There are three Clancey’s in WA, and each of them have a totally different vibe. Something I love about this one is the grounds that it is on. If you go for a wander through some of the most beautiful trees and bushes, you’ll find yourself in your own little wonderland. Definitely worth waiting for your food for. Not only that, their food is all local produce, which is vibrant and rich.
Eagle Bay Brewery – If you have been here you know why we put it in our list. First of all, the view on a clear sunny day takes your breath away, with the field laid in front of you and glimpses of the ocean in the background. Then you order a beer tasting plate and you realise how good they are at what they do. Their food is not shabby either, with local meats, cheeses and a chef that knows what he is doing. And as you are dining outside just to your left is a massive veggie patch that you can walk through and admire all their hard work.
Meelup Beach – Located just near Eagle Bay Brewery, this is the beach you come to spend the day. Bring your food to BBQ, your shoes to hike, and your snorkel to explore. The contrast of the incredibly white sand and the clearest of blue waters will sure help you want to stay.
Merchant & Maker – Opened in 2015, this corner store will sure excite all you creatives and of course you foodies. I let out a little squeal as I walked in the first time. Having a whole section dedicated to your favourite groceries, preserves, icecream and anything else you love to consume, and the other half dedicated to local makers and creators. With everything from handcreams, to print journals, tools, balms, bottles and everything else that gives you heart eyes. I am pretty sure I could have left with most of the store in my car back up to Perth.
“The Holy Mile” – Driving along Caves Road, between Busselton and Dunsborough, you will come across a stretch of road known to locals as the Holy Mile. These are all camp and caravan sites, perfect for the budget friendly traveller. Most of the sites have units or on site caravans, as well as tent and caravan sites fully equipped with power and water. Being that they are directly across from one of the most gorgeous beaches, it definitely does not feel like you are roughing it in any way.
AirBNB - I wanted to highlight AirBNB accommodations as there are so many gorgeous local homes that are up for rent in Dunsborough. It would definitely feel like a home away from home when you stay at one and then you can choose the style of accommodation that you would prefer.
One of the most amazing parts about Dunsborough is it's location. Being right along the coastline has its many benefits. But not only that, it is located only minutes away from some of the best wine, beer, cheese, chocolate and farms your eyes could lay hold of and your taste buds could enjoy. Keep your eyes peeled for another post on Yallingup and surrounds. Hope this gave you a glimpse into one of my favourite places in the world.
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