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There’s a new luxury sleeping option in Dunsborough. The Aqua Resort has
opened on Geographe Bay between Dunsborough and Busselton. It’s on
more than three hectares of landscaped grounds, and has 34 single-storey
villas amid mature peppermint trees, and seven two-storey beachfront
villas. A pool, tennis court, gym, spa and steam room complete the scene.
Meanwhile long-term favourite Cape Lodge continues to garner
accolades from the world press. Conde Naste Traveler listed it as one of the
world’s best 100 hotels – and top 10 restaurants – in 2010.
The Sunday Times UK Gold List put it among the Top 20 Vineyard
Hotels in the world. The restaurant now has monthly cooking classes
where gourmet-focused travellers can retreat and eat in style under the
stewardship of chef Tony Howell. And there’s more; a new spa treatment
area is scheduled to open in March.
At Amberley Estate in Yallingup there are new owners and a new
name – Aravina Estate. A new cafe and playground are part of the recent
renovation, which has also seen the restaurant ceiling raised. An art
gallery now graces the cellar door.
RESORTS AND WINERIES
Willespie | Kids inside corner,
toys and blackboard
Wise | Crayons, pencils, lawns
Woody Nook | Playground,
lawn, pond area
Xanadu | Playground,
The Cape to Cape Track walk has
a new twist. It’s the Cape to Cave
trail, a newly packaged six-hour
guided walk covering 19km of
coastal track. The walk takes in
Sugarloaf Rock, limestone cliffs
and lots of flowers and wildlife.
It also includes a tour of the Cape
Naturaliste lighthouse and a semi-
guided tour of Ngilgi cave. The walk
departs from the lighthouse, where
you can buy tickets and book an
optional picnic hamper.
The most northern end of the
Cape to Cape is now accessible to
everyone – including people in
wheelchairs – thanks to the Access
for More trail, which is under
construction. When it’s complete
there will be 3.5km of boardwalks
and bitumised walk trails. Access is
at the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse
or Sugarloaf Road.
There are several reference books
detailing walks in the area. In
Yallingup, try these short walks:
The Wardanup Trail. 5km, 2
hours. Start at the Rabbits car
park (just past the entrance to the
National Park off Dawson drive,
Yallingup) and follow the track
along the coast before turning
inland and up hill. Turn south at the
top and continue on to the lookout
from which Canal Rocks can be
seen. The trail comes out a the Ngilgi
Caves car park, or a few minutes
later at the Cave House hotel.
The Torpedo Trail. 2km, 1 hour.
Follow the coast from Slippery
Rocks car park near the bridge as
you approach Yallingup Beach.
At Torpedo Rocks the track turns
towards the village, emerging near
the Caves Park Store.
Bay Villiage Rocks
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