Bustling Busselton and where to go when you’re hungry.
On a summer’s day there are few places close to Bunbury that beat Busselton for a gorgeous day at the beach. I can remember the first time we set eyes on the place in 2009 and the turqoise water and white squeaky sand coupled with a balmy day in January, completely blew us away.
Since then we’ve visited many times, and always stop for lunch.
If you’re waterside two of the places to try are The Goose and Equinox Cafe.
The Goose is fine dining at its best and sits right on the beach front. Two steps off the deck and you’re on to soft white sand.
Equinox Cafe on the other hand is a little more casual and sits under the shade of the gorgeous Norfolk Bay pines, with glorious views of the jetty and sea.
There are some interesting eateries in Busselton itself but we haven’t explored many of those those yet, and when we visited Busso on a hot summer day in January we decided to head out of town for lunch, as we wanted to try Flametree Wines which was advertising gourmet platters. Now I’m all up for a gourmet platter on a Saturday afternoon, so I let my belt out one notch and in the spirit of true martyrdom after our 4km walk along Busselton Jetty, off we went for some fine wining and dining.
Here’s a list of 13 things to do in Busselton WA Australia, if like me, you need some exercise before you can indulge in lunch.
Flametree isn’t far from Busso. It’s situated on the corner of Caves Road and Chain Avenue on the way to Dunsborough, about 15 minutes drive from Busselton beachfront.
Flametree Wines has a spectacular entrance
You can’t miss the sign, which takes you down a private driveway (opposite a Garden nursery, just in case you need pots and things for your garden!), to a modern and very beautiful building.
The entrance and the architecture to this winery are magnificent and quite unexpected.
Nat greeted us at the cellar door and we tasted three wines; the Flametree NV Brut (Sparkling) which is a Chardonnay Pinot Noir and then the Flametree Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012, and the Flametree Pinot Noir Rose. We really enjoyed the sparkling wine and bought a bottle to have with our friends when they arrive from South East Asia next week.
I asked Nat a little about Flametree.
“Flametree’s been going for 4 years and Cliff Royle makes our wines – he was previously the head winemaker at Voyager Estate and won Winemaker of the Year in 2005. We have different wine labels; Flametree, Blossom and Embers, and the wine is made on the premises although we source grapes from vineyards as far south as the Frankland River.”
For lunch we ordered the set gourmet platter for two which was delightful and filling, with two large chunks of cheese, savoury biscuits, fresh bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a quince jelly and some fresh red grapes. The setting was perfect, a wooden deck in the shade overlooking the garden – a great spot for kids to run around (if you have them) and we really enjoyed the simplicity of good wine coupled with good cheese.
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Do you have a favourite place for lunch in WA? Or where would you go given half a chance?