We flew back to Western Australia for our last week in Australia. We had a long weekend (Friday-Sunday) to explore other areas of Western Australia before Christian needed to get back to work in Perth. We received the recommendation to visit Margaret River, a wine region south of Perth. We made a leisurely drive down the coast, stopping in towns along the way.
When we finally arrived in Margaret River, we quickly visited two wineries that were recommended before they closed for the evening.
I was impressed with the gardens of the Voyager Estate. Unfortunately, we didn’t find the wine as impressive, although that is just our personal taste.
We definitely enjoyed Leeuwin Estate and bought three bottles there to bring back to Germany. We also had an excellent dinner there the following night.
The following day, we drove along one of the coastal roads that had more wineries. Stopping in at only a couple.
We visited the Ellensbrook Homestead. This home was built by Alfred Bussell and named after his wife, Ellen. It was built in the 1850’s. From the house, there is a short walking trail to Meekadarbee Falls.
We explored Canal Rocks near the town of Yallingup. A fascinating rock formation extending from Smith Beach, creating a canal. When we first walked out to the rocks, it started to rain, so we went back to the car. It stopped raining after a few minutes and then we were able to explore the rocks again! That was how the weather was that weekend. Short rain showers and then the sun. You pretty much needed to wear your rain jacket everywhere, as you never knew when it was going to start raining.
Another stop was Cape Naturaliste. From September to December, this is where you can see the whales making their annual migration.
Margaret River’s coast is a renowned surfing location. It wasn’t warm enough to swim, but we did enjoy watching the surfers in the water.
It was a quick and busy weekend exploring the area. It is definitely a recommended stop if you are in Western Australia!