Day 7 – 10
Spend the next 4 nights in the food and wine centre of Western Australia; Margaret River.
Perth and it’s southern towns are the most remote cities on the planet. All the food is grown locally – flying it in is prohibitively expensive – therefore it has a rich and diverse wine and food culture. The wineries are beyond compare.
The restaurants are world class. Most of the chefs and sommeliers are locally trained. There are regular gourmet events in 5* hotels like The Basildene Manor.
There is much else to do: world class caves, kite surfing, and plenty of nautical pleasures.
2 nights The Noble Grape Inn & 1 night Basildene Manor
Day 11 – 12
Drive down the coast passing Cape Leewin.
This is where the warm Pacific Ocean meets the cooler Great Australian Bite. This can be a stormy wild place where many old ships came to grief on the rocks. There is now a lighthouse there. Definitely worth a detour for the dramatic coastline!
On then the Albany for our last 3 days.
This city is now known for it’s beauty and its preservation of its heritage.
In the early 20th century it was an important place for its supposed health giving air. If you were diagnosed with any chest problems then a dose of health giving properties was the order of the day.
Day 13 – 14
Surprisingly, for a time, it was the first port of call for ships transferring prisoners from England. So the Old Court House is a prominent tourist attraction. Although from my eyes it looks a pretty nice place for a penal colony!
Time now to wend our way back to Perth for our flight home, taking the Albany Highway inland.
Hotel Beach House Bayside