Day 34


Margaret River



What We Did:

The vineyards of the Swan Valley was just a warm up for our journey south to Margaret River. On the way, we stopped off to see the Busselton Jetty, which stretches so long it needs a train to take you to the end (where you’ll find an underwater observatory
deck) and you can’t see the end! The sea was impossibly calm and beautifully clear.  After a wonderful lunch at Eagle Bay Brewery (where the kids had a field day in a large shaded sandpit filled with toys), we drove to the Injidup Natural Spa. Gali was passed out in the car, so we took Raquel to the sea rocks to see massive waves crash into them, filling up a pool where people were swimming. Once we got to Margaret River, the kids joined Dad at the Cultural Centre for a public presentation, and got to dance on stage for a bit.

What We Ate:

Breakfast: Smoked salmon bagel and a pineapple-coconut-avocado smoothie!
Lunch: Toasted focaccia beer bread, marinated eggplant, cashew and sun-dried tomato and cashew pesto, spicy Korean chicken wings, cajun prawn cakes, halloumi and roast zucchini pizza. And of course the kids ordered fish and chips.
Dinner: Steamed broccolini, beef croquettes and pasta

Where We Ate:

Breakfast: Get Ya Fix – One part bike shop, one part repair shop, and one part cafe.
Lunch: Eagle Bay Brewery
Dinner: The River Hotel

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Where We Slept:

Beth and Rick greeted us at their lovely Bridgewater B&B, and we immediately felt right at home. Surrounded by trees, fruit trees and vines and surrounded by vineyards, it’s ta quiet spot when you can chill out on the veranda, in the garden gazebo, by the large pond or on the draped couch, reading old National Geographic magazines. Close to town by surrounded by wineries and countryside, it’s a wonderful escape.

We Learned:

Charger gnomes hide adaptors in the middle of the night. Craft breweries have become a big thing in Margaret River, at the expense of the wineries. Margaret River only produces 3% of Australia’s total wine output, but 25% of its premium wines, and 20% of the country’s export value. This is due to the climate, soil, and being surrounded by ocean on three sides. Karri trees, which are only found in southwestern Australia, make the best tree tunnels. Margaret River has some of the world’s best surfing.

Reflection of the Day

The Best Part:

Watching the waves crash at the Injidup Natural Spa, and playing on stage at the Margaret River Community Centre before Dad’s talk.

The Worst Part:

When the wind blew sand in Raquel’s eye, and she continued to walk down a track to the natural spa and walked straight into a rock, scraping her knee.

We'll Always Remember

  • Name: Lily
  • Favourite Place: Smiths Beach, WA
  • I Love Travel Because: I love doing what locals do
  • My Advice for Kids: What happens when you’re a kid doesn’t really matter when you’re an adult
  • Name: Margarita
  • Favourite Place: Eagle Bay Beach
  • I Love Travel Because: I love getting to know a new place through its people
  • My Advice for Kids: Remember you’re awesome, always
  • Name: Jessica
  • Favourite Place: Margaret River
  • I Love Travel Because: of food and wine
  • My Advice for Kids: Enjoy it

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  A Note from Mom and Dad

When arriving in new places, assess the room and look for hazards to put away. Toddlers will find a way to hurt themselves, or break things. Especially when they arrive and are overexcited. Gali still managed to walk into a glass table, and got over it pretty fast. It’s considerably cooler here in Margaret River than it was in Shark Bay, so it’s back to the pyjama onesies for Gali.

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