In part one of my jam-packed long weekend in Western Australia, I hung out in Perth and Fremantle. Next on the agenda was to head down south to check out the stunning Margaret River, an easy three-hour drive from the city.
Long stretches along the highway displayed the eerie result of WA’s recent fires, with thick black tree stumps contrasted by the pops of bright green colour of the fresh sprouts bursting through the charred remains.
We arrived at lunch time for an overnight stay at Margaret River Resort. The hotel is just a few minutes from the main street and has spacious rooms and bathrooms with big spa baths, even though the overall decor of the place is a tad outdated.
Vegan Perth has an excellent list of vegan wineries and this was a big help for us in mapping out the places we wanted to visit. A lot of wines are made using milk, egg whites and even dried fish (stating this is required by law in Australia and New Zealand) so I was pleasantly surprised to find that so many Margaret River wineries make vegan wines.
We were lucky that the wineries we chose were all in the same vicinity so we squeezed in four winery visits into our afternoon which was far more than anticipated. We visited Juniper Estate, Vasse Felix, Cullen Wines (this was my favourite winery. They have a lovely vegetable garden outside and the restaurant has a vegan lunch option so that’s on the list for next time) and Woodlands.
Vasse Felix was the only non-vegan winery we stopped at but it’s certainly worth visiting as the grounds and view from the restaurant are quite spectacular.
For dinner we hit the main street and ended up at El Rio for an unexpectedly good Mexican feast with cocktails, tequila shots and a bottle of Spanish red wine. The charred corn with queso fresco, paprika, chipotle mayo and lime was insanely tasty. The veg nachos and fat churros were pretty darn good, too.
The next morning we were up early to check out the epic views at Surfers Point, a 10 minute drive from town. I could have stayed there for hours, watching the big waves roll in and the brave surfers paddle out over the rocks to join the other boarders at the break.
After a simple breakfast overlooking the beach, we got started on our journey back to the city, which was thwarted by slow public holiday traffic of those heading back for work and school the following day.
Although it was a busy few days, I feel like I only had a small taste of what WA has to offer. I’m keen to get back there soon and explore more of this beautiful part of Australia.
Have you been to Western Australia? What are your favourite places to visit?
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