The Margaret River region is more than wineries. There are plenty of non-winery things to do.
A couple of things we got up to on our recent stay included
A massage at Empire Day Spa
Empire is set in the middle of the bush. As you approach the spa all you can hear are the horses in the surrounding paddocks and the birds in the trees. Empire have an extensive spa menu. I opted for the full body massage and a petite facial, while hubby stuck to the full body massage. 90mins later we walked out all zen like.
If you love your scones, jam and cream (and lets face it, who doesn’t) – this is a must visit! They do serve a full lunch menu, but I can never fit in lunch and scones, so the scones always win. You can also purchase their produce on site. I’d recommend the raspberry jam – Yum!
A trip down south is not complete for me unless I visit this olive oil shop. They have a large variety of oils, mustards, olives, dukkah and dips all available for tasting.
If you’re stopping for a bite to eat then I would recommend trying the Chocabella, their signature dessert – it’s a fruit oil infused mousse.
Everyone always visits The Margaret River Chocolate Factory, but if you want an alternative check out Temper Temper. They’re located just outside of the Margaret River town (heading towards Augusta) and stock a variety chocolate made from cocoa beans from around the world. You can taste over 10 different varieties and there are plenty more to buy. They even have a vegemite chocolate, which is surprisingly tasty.
SUP boarding in Geographe Bay
Lucky for us our accommodation at The Aqua Resort is beach front. The bay is well protected from the elements and it was ideal for paddle boarding and taking a stroll. Two mornings we were out there were also dolphins making their way through the bay.
Walk the Busselton Jetty
In all the years I have been heading down south, I have never walked the jetty. So, one morning hubby suggested we finally tick it off my list. The jetty is over 1.8km long and is the longest piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. If walking is not your thing, you can also take the little train up and down the jetty. There is also an underwater observatory at the end you can visit.
What are your favourite places to visit and things to do while down south?