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MUCH TO DO AT
Whitem an Park in the Swan Valley is a rec re ation
and conser vation reser ve and home to the
• Caversham Wildlife Park;
• Birds of Prey Flying Display;
• Motor Museum of WA;
• Tractor Museum of WA; and
• Revolutions Transport Heritage Centre .
The Park is set in 4,000 hectares of protected bushland
• 24km of cycle and walking paths;
• Cycle hire;
• BBQ facilities;
• Picnic shelters;
• Children’s playgrounds; and a
• Dog Exercise Park.
You can even catch a vintage bus, train or tram and
explore the Park.There’s also an interesting selection of
shops in the village , selling everything from jewellery to
jam, pottery to pamper packs and sweets to soap. Make
sure you add Whiteman Park to your itinerary and visit
for a few hours or the whole day!
For more information on this diverse tourist attraction
contact 08 9209 6000 or visit www.whitemanpark.com.au
Enjoy a weekend in Margaret River with Robert Mann, senior winemaker & estate director of Cape Mentelle.
NIGHT ONE Head to Wino’s – it has a great wine list and share-style menu – or Must Restaurant
(French bistro-style with sophisticated meals, a solid wine list and great cocktails). Settlers Tavern
across the road is where you will find locals enjoying pub food. If it’s music you are after, Settlers has
live music. There’s also Ze Arc restaurant – a local institution – and order the duck.
DAY TWO Eat the eggs Benedict at the Prevelly store, then head south down Caves Road: the Boranup
State Forest is full of caves and karri forest. Join a guided tour of Lakes (pictured) or Mammoth
cave. Eat lunch at Conto’s Beach, then head to Augusta. On the way, visit the Boranup Gallery for
local art and craft in local timber. The road south is beautiful through the forest so take your time.
DAY THREE Drive North along Caves Road through forest, paddocks and vineyards, and you will
reach the Wilyabrup region, with perhaps the highest density of wineries in the region. Stop here
for a taste – it’s polite to buy at least one bottle. Adventurous types can canoe on Margaret River, join a
bushtucker tour or learn Indigenous history. Also, don’t miss an evening at Surfer’s Point, Prevelly
arrive late afternoon, watch the surfers and enjoy a glass of wine on the grass above the cliffs.
ROBERT MANN | Weekend | Margaret River
HAMISH McLEAY | Dunsborough & Yallingup
Hamish came here in 1986 for a holiday for three months and loved it so much he stayed. He shares
with us his top tips for spending three days in this area, with some great walking and fishing ideas.
DAY ONE Walking up here this time of year is a great experience. Choose the Meelup to Bunkers Bay
walk. Drop off your car at Bunkers Bay, then have a driver take you back to Meelup to start your walk
north along the coast. There is a trail up along the top of the beach, with some sand walking and rocky
trail. Once you reach Bunkers Bay, stop for lunch, then keep heading north up to the lighthouse.
About 300 wild seals live along this stretch of coastline in colonies below.
DAY TWO Start from the lighthouse to walk the official start of the Cape to Cape Trail to Yallingup.
This is a great leg to do and you see lots of wildflowers. Here, the coast is rugged, with wild exposed
coastline, so don’t forget your camera. And you will have access to some isolated un-named beaches
they are not that big, but they have great little sheltered rocky bays with great fishing. Throw in a
line for mulloway or herring, Australian salmon or taylor. This walk is about 3.5 hours of a definite
track (though rocky in places), but it’s well managed and you might spot some surfers at The 3 Bears
(as well as other breaks along the coastline). Once you are in Yallingup, head to Caves House Hotel.
DAY THREE Go fishing. Great beach fishing is at Honey Combs, on Moses Rock Road, about 20min south
of Yallingup. If you have a skipper’s ticket, charter a small dingy and head out early in morning just
off Dunsborough: in a small-to-medium swell you may catch mullaway or, if you are lucky, a late-season
salmon; or put in your boat at the Old Dunsborough boat ramp, off Beach Road – you don’t have to go
far off the coast to get whiting, squid, herring and pink snapper. Remember to take out an esky, lots
of water and a warm jumper because the wind can pick up and get cold out there on the water.
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