We have just wrapped up a most wonderful stay in Margaret River. The Hilltop Studio was a perfect retreat for our stay - beautiful, quiet and very peaceful. We spent two days exploring the region. Our days consisted of a winetasting, lunch, sightseeing and a bit of botanizing. I loved Cape Mentelle wines. They started Cloudy Bay in New Zealand which was one of the early Marborough Savignon Blanc specialists. We also loved the gardens at Voyager but it felt a little out of place for us since it was specifically styled in the Cape Dutch style of the wineries in around Cape Town.
We also went to Jewel Cavel. The whole Margaret River area is on limestone and there are several large caves to tour. The beaches are also well known for surfing and we spent time at several especially at sundown. I thought the facilities in the town were great. You can pick up some great fixings for picnics or to take back for dinner. We had a wonderful picnic lunch at the beach with takeaways from Wile Thyme. Jones Good Food also had lots of good options for prepared meals.
We even found several new orchids. Of course, we had to go searching through on little roads to find the areas listed in the book George bought on Orchids of Western Australia but we did luck out and find some nice spider orchids.
We finished our stay with lunch at Lamonts. It was overlooking a lake and had great food and wine. George got a chance to try marrons, fresh water crayfish/crawfish. I had a nice baked trout. With a cool glass of wine, heaven on a spring day.
But best of all was waking each morning to the sun gently coming in the window and watching for kangaroos while drinking our morning coffee. Heaven.