We had just a couple of days to fill in Western Australia. Where to go ?
I chose Dunsborough.
I remember family holidays in Busselton as a child. Busselton was pretty cool, but I can remember Dunsborough as a magical place. I would have only been 10 or 11, but those memories inspired me to return and I’m glad we did.
We drove the long way to the coast from York for old times sake. Came down the ‘highway’ through Beverley, Brookton and Narrogin before heading west to Williams and Collie and then down to Bunbury.
We got to Busselton just after lunch and had fish and chips by the iconic Busselton jetty. I remember walking the jetty before Cyclone Alby in the late 1970’s and it’s good to see it back in original condition.
We cruised on down to Dunsborough after that.
Luisa booked us into a gorgeous little B & B not from the main beach. Lanterns Retreat (formerly Newberry Manor) is a lovely spacious house which has been transformed into a wonderfully relaxed B & B. It’s run by Serge, a crazy Frenchman and his wife Sally. They are perfect hosts. You’d stay at this place if it were 50kms inland from Eucla, but the fact that it happens to be located in one the best places in the country is a bonus.
Within an hour of arriving we were in the water at Dunsborough beach.
We did New Years Eve dinner at Swings Taphouse and Kitchen in Margaret River. My how Margaret River has changed in the last 35 years. We had enormous plans of seeing in the New Year with champagne back in Dunsborough but the travelling and the day to the better of us and we were sound asleep by 10.30.
Someone once told me that Cape Naturaliste is the only place in the Western Australia where you can see the run rise and set on the water. Not sure if it’s the only place, we certainly did see the sun rise on the water on January 1. It was bloody cold in the wind. We headed back to Lanterns for a snooze and decadent breakfast.
And we caught a most glorious sunset from Yallingup that night.
There’s so much more we could have done in the South West, but it was very very cool to have a two day moment in time in Dunsborough.
We’ll be back