A week in: Margaret River, Western Australia. The towns of Dunsborough through Yallingup, and Margaret River itself.
How to get there: Dunsborough is just under three hours drive from Perth airport. Hit the red dust and it’s a single highway straight to the coast.
Busselton Jetty, WA
Surfers Point, Prevelly, WA
Si Vintners Vineyard in Rosa Glen, WA
Boranup Forest in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, WA
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, WA
En route to Denmark, WA
Elephant Rocks, Denmark, WA
Lights Beach, Denmark, WA
Best moment of the trip: Trundling through Boranup’s Karri Forest to find a spot to settle for the sunset. We perched ourselves out on camping tables and chairs, settling in to read while the sun set on the alabaster cliff, our lone neighbours a group of rock fishermen. We drank cold (plastic) cups of natural wine procured from our day’s vineyard adventure, and nibbled on local cheese and honey while dolphins played in the distance. No crowds, no traffic, plenty of cheese.
Where to spend cocktail hour: Oceanside if you can. No matter where you are staying or with whom, hightail it out to Surfers Point in Prevelly (just be prepared to jostle with the surfers for a car park), where a regular crowd who gather to watch the sun go to sleep. There you can tuck into a chilled beer or glass of wine partnered with a picnic of your choosing, though cheese is obviously a non-negotiable for the lactose happy of us out there. If you are feeling peckish there’s also a rather popular fish and chip van that regularly takes up residence in the carpark to cater to the burgeoning population of people who drop down to the point purely for watching the sun dip into the sea.