There’s nothing we like better than to jump in the car at the weekend and follow our noses with little agenda to travel around the south west of Australia.
And I’ve been really lucky to be tasked with the job of writing a series of articles for Australia’s South West tourism about Bunbury and the Geographe Region.
The first article is all about a fabulous drive trail you could take to discover the Arts, Culture and History of the area – and the second is all about the gourmet food and wine you can find in the region.
The Geographe Region, for those of you new to these parts, surrounds Bunbury, and many people will miss great chunks of Wonderful because the trend is to whizz on through this area in a quest to get from Perth to the tourist spots further south.
Having lived in Bunbury for nearly 7 years we can vouch for the amazing things to do all within a stone’s throw of Bunbury’s CBD, and many experiences are achievable over a weekend (if that’s all you have available.)
I’ve written heaps about my old home town and you can find out more here:-
What to do in Bunbury
After discovering something about the arts, culture and history of Bunbury my tips would be to drive 15 minutes east to take in the rolling hills of the Ferguson Valley with it’s family run wine farms such as Angelicus (high on a hilltop), upcoming restaurants like Hackersley and quaint artist galleries such as Lyndendale. Taste some freshly produced cheese at Ferguson Falls and stay for lunch or take the kids to pet the animals at Ferguson Farmstay then perhaps overnight at the lovely Peppermint Lane Lodge
I’ve written more about the Ferguson Valley here …
Then it would be a short drive on to Collie to discover how and where coal was first discovered in the region, and to visit the interesting museum and brand spanking new art gallery.
I’d head to Donnybrook to discover the history behind its famous stone, taste some locally grown produce (think Pink Lady apples) and perhaps visit either Oakway Estate and Smallwater Estate for a wine tasting or slap-up weekend lunch.
You can read more about Donnybrook here : –
Refreshed and replete (but with a designated driver) I’d head on to the country town of Boyanup and check out the antique shops such as Rustic French and perhaps pop into The Old Bull and Bush Tavern for a coffee, snack or glass of beer.
You might like to read about the interesting history of Rustic French Living here: French Country Style at Rustic French Living in Boyanup
My last stop off before heading back to Bunbury would be at Dardanup where we’d walk the heritage trail and pop into the visitors centre housed in a delightfully curious little cottage surrounded by roses and gnomes.
Have you visited Bunbury or the Geographe Region? Is there anything here that might entice you to visit?