Where to have lunch near Busselton
The appealing entrance to Flametree Winery near Busselton

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.

Things to do in Busselton
Equinox Cafe sits just behind the beach, under the Norfolk Pines on Busselton waterfront. The Goose is situated almost smack-right-on a gorgeous stretch of white sand near the jetty.

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.

Where to lunch near Busselton
Flametree Wines is a lovely spot for a bite to eat and a relaxing hour with a glass of bubbly. Nat, top left, gave us a lovely introduction to Flametree and their wines.

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?

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  1. Busso, huh? You’re obviously getting ready for Australia Day!!! These all look sensational – but my favourite WA lunch spot is still the Ivanhoe Cafe in Kununurra – mango smoothies to die for! BUT … maybe that’s because I haven’t yet been to Busso!!

  2. Yes, true blue, Red! And we are getting ready for Australia day! Didn’t get to the Ivanhoe Cafe despite my love of a Mango Smoothie, must do next trip. Thanks for popping by.

  3. I doubt that I would recognize much in the S.W. corner, as it is 35 years since we have been there, but I do remember how beautiful it was. I certainly remember the jetty at Busselton (we did not call it Busso, lol), and Dunsborough was just a tiny place to camp at. I also remember the caves, Margaret River, Denmark and the beautiful tall trees around Pemberton and Pemberton itself. The wineries were there but not as plentiful as they are today. I would love to be sitting on the verandah, sipping wine and enjoying the lovely cheeses at Flametree – that would be a memory to treasure – and I like the sound of relaxing under the pines at Equinox. Thanks for the tantalizing thought.

  4. Thanks for your lovely memories Jan, people keep on telling me how much quieter the area was in the past and how much it is growing. I wonder what you will make of it when you return one day?

  5. Yes, the Goose is also lovely, Tonya, and so close to the sea you can almost touch it.

  6. Reckon you would enjoy SWA if you enjoy a bit of wine tasting, Debbie!

  7. Reading food and wine posts when you’re hungry is never a good thing to do. The area looks like a little bit of heaven and the food sounds delicious.

  8. I’ve not made it to Austalia yet, but your pictures are definitely tempting. I particularly like The Goose. Always want to eat by the water when possible.

  9. I know Leigh, makes my tummy rumble too, and yes it’s a great part of the world.

  10. Belated Happy Australia Day! I haven’t been to this part of Australia but these look like wonderful places to stop by. Flametree Wines looks like my kind of place and your set of cheese platter looks delicious!

  11. I love a good lazy day lunch time platter, so I might need to put Flametree on my list next time we are down that way. Thanks Jo.

  12. Flame tree looks like a great place to go – will put it on my list.
    Samovar is also a very nice restaurant in Busso, although in the middle of town (Queen St) so no water views. Nice place to eat thogh.
    Also Pantry on Prince is a nice cafe in Prince St – they do great coffee.

  13. Thanks for the recommendations, Ingrid. Will definitely try both that you mention – so good to have ideas from someone who knows Busso well 🙂 Thank you x

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