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long growing season and vineyard-
perfect soils conspire to make some
powerful wines with a strong sense
of place. They include benchmark
chardonnay, aromatic semillon
sauvignon blanc blends and ultra
premium cabernet sauvignon –
sometimes paired with merlot.
Shiraz and chenin blanc are other
traditional varieties being made.
A few wineries riding high on
glory: Xanadu won a 2010 Gold
Plate award for its restaurant, and
Hayshed Hill received a coveted 5
Red Star listing in James Halliday’s
most recent wine guide. Clairault
Estate was awarded the Most
Outstanding Vineyard gong at
the 2010 Western Australian Wine
At the Margaret River Wine
Industry Association awards there
was evidence of some subversion
of the cabernet-is-king school
of thought. Happs Winery’s 2009
Three Hills shiraz won gold – as
it’s done for every vintage it has
released. The Three Hills malbec
also won gold. But they’re not
available for drinking yet – it
will be another 12 months before
they hit the market.
There’s new dazzle at Jewel Cave.
After several months of closure
for an eco-spruce up, it’s due
to welcome visitors again this
summer. What’s changed? There’s
a new tunnel entrance and walk
way, a specky new interpretive
centre and eco-friendly
interpretive lighting inside the
cave. The 50-year old infrastructure
above the cave has been removed
to allow natural filtration of water.
Threatened ecological communities
living within the fragile cave
are now better protected, and
visitors are better-sated too:
there’s a new cafe on site,
overlooking the karri forest.
The jewel-like stalactites and
straws haven’t been touched;
they’re still the big attraction,
draped around the cave like
pretty spiders’ webs.
Elsewhere in the extensive
coastal cave system, guided tours
and timber walkways make for
easy cave access at Lake and
More adventurous souls can
explore on their own at Giants
Cave, one of the largest on the
Leeuwin Naturaliste ridge. At Ngilgi
Cave near Yallingup, you can take a
tour that brings you to your knees.
If you want more than just a walk
through, take a crawling tour
or an Ultimate Ngilgi Adventure
Tour – it lasts four hours and gets
into all the nooks.
It’s not all about chocolate and
ice-cream when there are kids
in tow, especially not if you’re
sleeping on a farm. There’s built
in glee on a farm stay, where
collecting eggs, feeding livestock
and waking up to the sound of
mooing are among the possibilities.
Consider it a wholesome change.
Here are a few ideas for other
Descend into a cave for a few hours
Lose each other momentarily at
one of two mazes.
Escape the heat or unseasonal
weather in a museum – Busselton
and Augusta have good ones.
Let loose at the award-winning
Yoganup playground in Busselton
Look for dolphins along the
Wonnerup Scenic Drive.
Climb a lighthouse on your
cape of choice.
Wine tasting need not be off
the agenda for parents. A bunch
of cellar doors have sensibly
allowed for children by providing
colouring pencils, playgrounds,
toys or vast grounds on which
to roam. Here is a list:
Amberley | Gardens and Lawn
Bootleg Brewery | Lawn, swings
Bush Shack Brewery | Toys,
Cape Grace | Toys, birds and
bush setting inside
Capel Vale | Lawns
Clairault | Crayons and paper,
Cullen | Large paddock,
Driftwood | Playground and
ancient ruins to play around
Happs | Tables with toys inside,
small play area
Knee Deep | Tables with toys inside,
small play area
Lamont’s | Lawn, pencils and paper
Leeuwin | Packs with pencils, lawn
Occy’s Brewery | Playground,
picnic rugs and toys galore
Palandri | Playstations, toys, grass
area with games.
Rivendell | Gardens, lawns
Duckstein Brewery | Playground,
Vasse Felix | Coloured pencils
Voyager | Gardens, books, pencils
We r e | Large lawn, games, toys etc
Will’s Domain | playground
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