Best of Augusta! #Seasidehomes #Augusta

WA boasts some pretty amazing places and the town of Augusta is sure to be one of them! You'll find Augusta where the Blackwood River emerges into Findlers Bay, close by to Cap Leeuwin. Augusta has some of the most pristine beaches in the world, perfect for surfing, swimming, fishing and diving!

One of the most popular attractions in Augusta is without a doubt Hamelin Bay. This stunning area involves a sweeping bay with small sheltered natural swimming pools, while being surrounded by limestone. In addition, Hamelin Bay is famous for the many shipwrecks in the area, back when the destination was a busy ship mooring station in the late 1980's, the north-western winds exposed 11 ships which now lay at the bottom of the ocean. To follow this trail you'll need a boat and diving qualifications!

But the next best thing of Augusta has to be the notorious Jewel Cave, which is also Western Australia's biggest show cave as it involves four massive chambers. You can get guided tours through the cave daily and is approx. 10 minutes drive from Karridale or Hamelin Bay.

If you're looking for a family stay in this beautiful town, then we suggest you take a look at our 'Sur La Mer' beach house. This stunning holiday home has huge gorgeous views overlloking Findlers Bay and sleeps up to 6 people, making it perfect for small-medium sized families or even 1-2 couples.

           

 

 


Top 5 Reasons to Visit Yallingup #Seasidehomes

Yallingup is a town in the South West region of Western Australia and here's our top 5 reaons why you should visit!

1. Beaches, Beaches, Beaches

You can't really go wrong with the beaches in WA but Yallingup really does has
some of the best. The crystal clear ocean and pristine white sand will make you
fall in love with the ocean all over again. Perfect for snorkelling and swimming,
you won't be able to resit a dip in. But not only are these beaches perfect for
relaxing, Yallingup is also home to some of WA's best surfing waves. If surfing
is on your agenda then definitely check out Yallingup Beach, Smiths Beach
and Injidup!

2. Wine Tasting

The Margaret River Region is famous for its wine tasting but Yallingup boasts some of the most premium wine in WA. There's a range of full day and half day wine tours, from farm-style to architeturally elborate, including cafes or world-class resturants to choose from. Perfect variety for those wine lovers!

3. Whale Watching

The 2017 Whale watching season has already started, but don't worry WA's
South West has Australia's longest whale-watching seasons. So you have plenty
of time to plan your next trip to observe humpbacks, southern right whales and
if you're lucky, some rare blue whales! An incredible experience that we can
personally vouch for!

4. Inspiring Landscape

Yallingup is set in the beautiful south west and is so stunning in scenic views, it's no wonder it's a family favourite holiday destination! Check out the spectacular seaside views over the boardwalk at Canal Rocks or keep an eye out for Australia's South West Wildlife. As a biodiversity hotspot, the area hosts some of the richest and most threatened plant and animal life on Earth. Really a unique area!

5. Galleries

Last but not least, Yallingup is actually home to more gallieres than
anywhere else in the Margaret River Region. The arts precinct, just off Caves Road
is sure to engage your passion for arts. And don't forget to check online for
any exhibitions on during your time in Yallingup!

 

Don't miss out and call us today to book your next stay in Yallingup. We have a range of beautiful, fully furnished properties in the area and we can guarentte you'll find something that suits your individual needs. We promise you will not be dissappointed!

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Mandoon Estate #Childfriendly

      

This little gem has everything you might want in a venue; a restaurant, a brewery, a beer garden, huge grassy area and playground for the kids, delicatessen, functions centre, arts centre and a cellar door for wine tasting. It manages to give off a casual yet sophisticated vibe like its competitors in the South West and there is more than enough to do here to fill a whole day or at least a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon.

This place was built to cater for families with wishing well/art sculpture and a kid’s menu at the deli with fun foods such as home-made sausage rolls, seasonal fruit tubs and mini Margherita pizzas. The playground is fully fenced and covered by shade sails so you can relax on nearby seating knowing your kids are contained and happy! Our kids were even given an activity pack after we ordered some food.

We have been invited to attend a wedding here in a few months and I can not wait to see how the set up works as a wedding venue. I imagine it will be beautiful and very functional! But for now I am adding this to the list of places to go back to this Summer!

Opening Hours: Please check their website as the hours vary between the cellar doors, restaurant and beer garden
Address: 10 Harris Rd, Caversham WA 6055
Website: 
mandoonestate.com.au

 

If you are coming from out of town stay in our Perth holiday home: At Home, Shenton Park


 

 

 

 

Cooking Passions in Perth

A few years ago I was really stuck for an idea for my little sister for a birthday gift. She is quite hard to buy for as she is not materialistic at all. So with little desire for that kind of thing I tend to resort to “experiences” when gift buying for her. I had never thought to buy a cooking class as a gift but a friend recommended checking out Nico Moretti. He runs a cooking class business from his home in Leederville.

I checked out their website and booked the Tapas Passion class for my sister and I and we were not disappointed as the food, location and skills of Nico are amazing! It is set in a very large and unique entertainer’s kitchen overlooking a beautiful verandah area and Bali inspired garden and pool.

Although not a chef, Nico grew up in London, Canada where his father, Vito Moretti, started the city’s first Italian restaurant in the 1950’s. With a degree in Chemical Engineering, Nico worked within the oil industry in Australia for 10 years, before leaving it all behind, to pursue his passion for food & entertaining by establishing his own cooking school – Cooking Passions – in 2002.

Cooking Passions now offers over 30 different cooking experiences, where participants come along and learn to prepare easy and impressive recipes to replicate at home. Classes are limited to 10-12 people to ensure that everyone can join in, ask questions, and most of all, enjoy all the dishes prepared in the session.

Once I had a taste of this experience I have longed to go back for more to check out all the different cooking themes. And they even escort travellers on exciting “Cuisine & Culture” tours around the world including delicious destinations such as Italy, Spain, France, Vietnam, Bali and Tasmania.

To check out their extensive list of classes available click the link but be quick only a handful of spaces are left in each class! http://urbanprovider.com.au/upcoming-classes/


 

 

 

 

Check out Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery

From the minute you walk onto the property of Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery you feel relaxed. It is such a beautiful location, full of space and very family friendly.

While in the South West we loved cruising the wineries doing taste tests but my hubby isn’t much of a wine lover. So the brewery with its seven varieties of beer and cider available was on his list of must do’s!

Open from 10am to 6pm with lunch served from 11.30am to 3.30pm and pizzas available til 5pm everyday there is so much on offer. We didn’t get the chance to try any of the delicious looking menu but the reviews of this place speak for itself. The menu includes a range a tapas, burgers and pizzas and a selection of more traditional main courses.

The venue boasts being family friendly and it sure lives up to its reputation. The kid’s playground is huge and fenced for safety and parents can grab a table close by to keep an eye out. They also offer a small kids menu, activity packs, baby change facilities and high chairs.

This property is located on the famous Caves Road and is just a stone’s throw away from the picturesque town of Gracetown.

Stay in one of our holiday homes:

  1. Tru Blu, Gracetown
  2. Juniper House, Gracetown
  3. The Breakaway Beach House, Gracetown
  4. Turtles Dreaming, Gracetown
  5. Col’s Place, Gracetown
  6. Chill @ Gracetown, Gracetown
  7. Ocean Outlook, Gracetown
  8. Salt Air, Gracetown
  9. Macca’s Shaque, Gracetown
  10. Shorelands, Gracetown
  11. Gracetown Beach House, Gracetown

 

 

 

 

 

Why YOU should spend Christmas in our South West!

I must have only been about 8 years old at the time but there is one Christmas memory in my childhood that stands out the most. My parents rented a tiny little house down on the beach in Dunsborough and we escaped the craziness of Perth for 2 weeks of heavenly bliss. We found ourselves a real Christmas tree which we had never had before and we spent many many hours playing at the beautiful beaches of Dunsborough. There was no need to spend hours on Christmas day driving to different relative’s houses, we had very simple decorations, and an even simpler Christmas Day menu.

Now that I am all grown up with a family of my own, I can see how appealing this option was to my parents. Luckily there are so many amazing things to do down south and many beautiful holiday homes to base yourself from.

 

Here are 10 ideas for family friendly places to visit:

  1. Lake Cave, Mammoth Cave or Jewel Cave
  2. Margaret River Chocolate Factory
  3. Wineries with playgrounds such as Aravina Estate, Cheeky Monkey Brewery, Swings & Roundabouts
  4. Diamond Tree Lookout and Gloucester Tree Lookout
  5. Bibbulman Track
  6. Food Tasting
  7. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  8. Horse Riding
  9. Yallingup Maze
  10. Margaret River Fudge Factory

 

Stay in one of our holiday homes - available during December (Christmas Day inclusive)

  1. Bay Beach House, Peppermint Grove Beach
  2. Beach Buoys House, Busselton – sleeps up to 17 people
  3. Beachfront Prevelly, Prevelly
  4. Club Bayview, Dunsborough
  5. Farraige Fhonne, Busselton
  6. Kanangra, Margaret River – sleeps up to 12 people
  7. Katies Place, Margaret River
  8. La Collina, Yallingup
  9. Le Reve 1, Margaret River
  10. Le Reve 3, Margaret River
  11. Ocean View, Prevelly
  12. Yallingup Retreat, Yallingup – small 2-person cottage on large acreage – ideal for couples

 


 

 

 

 

Adventure Awaits...

Need a little holiday inspiration? Did you know there are over 150 limestone caves that lay beneath the surface of Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge? A few of these natural caves have become tourist attractions whilst the rest of them remain closed to the public as the structures can be quite fragile and a little dangerous. It is so hard to choose which cave to visit, so we have put together a little information about the 3 most popular caves in our beautiful South West.

Photos courtesy of www.margaretriver.com

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Jewel Cave – this is the biggest cave in WA with 3 different chambers and is home to longest calcite straw stalactites in any tourist cave in the world. It is an awe inspiring 42 metres deep and often referred to as an “underground wonderland”. Just 37kms south of Margaret River!
 

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Mammoth Cave – this cave is easily accessible with entry via a wide boardwalk allowing for wheelchair access to the beautiful first chamber. The best bit about this cave is the self-guided audio tour allowing you to explore at leisure. Mammoth Cave is one of only a few that contains fossils. This cave is only 15 minutes south of Margaret river on Caves Road.
 

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Lake Cave – This cave is highly recommended for young children and those new to the experience of caves. It is the home of suspended table, a crystal decoration weighing tonnes. It is also the most actively dripping cave in the south west and the only one with a permanent lake. Only 20mins south of Margaret River along the beautiful Caves Road.

 

Single Cave Entry - Jewel, Lake or Mammoth Adult: $22.50 Child (4-16yrs): $12.00 Family (2 adults + 2 Children): $58.00 Additional Children: $6.00 Seniors: $20.00 

 

Stay in one of our holiday homes close to the caves:

  1. Kanangra, Margaret River
  2. Katie’s Place, Margaret River
  3. Kangaroo Retreat, Margaret River 
  4. La Reve 1, Margaret River
  5. La Reve 3, Margaret River
  6. Sur La Mer, Augusta
  7. Prevelly Surf Shack, Prevelly
  8. Beachfront Prevelly, Prevelly
  9. Ocean View, Prevelly

     

Our beautiful south west has so many spectacular beaches and is well known for long strips of white sand and clear water. Many are tranquil beaches with small waves, making them very family friendly especially for those with young kids. These are our 3 picks that are in close proximity to the holiday homes we have available in Eagle Bay, Yallingup and Dunsborough.

Photos courtesy of wildwesternaustralia.com

 

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Point Piquet – This is one of the lesser known and more peaceful spots. Bathers often catch sight of stingrays, dolphins and whales out on the ocean, and an array of smaller ocean life underneath the surface while snorkelling. Facilities include toilets and a playground making the area a fantastic choice for children and family picnics. It has been described as rocky with many little pockets of white sand.



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Meelup – Although one of the most popular beaches in the area, it is in our top 3 for a reason. This place has family friendly facilities like picnic benches, BBQs, toilets and even kayak hire. The actual beach is beautiful with bright white sand and calm, shallow, crystal clear waters. But beware of the potential for big crowds in summer months.

 

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Castle Bay aka Little Meelup Beach – Many people head left to Meelup Beach but if you take a right it takes you down to a very tranquil and unique beach. This beach is definitely not as crowded but it should be! With beautiful granite rocks, white sand and green vegetation growing right to the edge of the beach it showcases our amazing beach diversity. Castle Rock at the far end of the beach allows for picturesque photos to be captured from the viewing point.

 

Stay in one of our holiday homes close to these beaches:

  1. La Collina, Yallingup
  2. Yallingup Retreat, Yallingup  
  3. Club Bayview, Dunsborough
  4. Eagle Bay Cottage, Eagle Bay

 


 

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Top 6 picks for Gourmet Escape

Gourmet Escape has got to be one of my favourite culinary events and is held in one of the most beautiful parts of the world! The Margaret River wine region has so much to offer and during November (18-20) it plays host to this 3 day food and wine festival extravaganza with over 40 leading food and wine personalities from around the world including the awesome headliner, Nigella Lawson.

I have been following all the pop up events since it first showed up in my newsfeed and couldn’t believe my luck when my all-time favourite food personality Nigella was to be the headlining act. I bought my ticket on the spot! I can’t wait for all of the best food and wine to be on show in one place!

While we wait for this epic weekend to roll around I thought I would highlight some of my top picks for the 2016 Gourmet Escape!


1. Sundown Soiree $150

Now this one is my personal favourite especially if you missed out on the “Audience with Nigella Lawson” event which sold out very quickly. However, you are in luck as tickets are still available for this event and are a very affordable $150

“The perennially popular Fraser Gallop Sundown Soiree gathers the best elements of the Margaret River region all in one place, and includes a highlight Q&A with festival special guest, broadcaster and best-selling cookbook author Nigella Lawson.” 

Stay in one of our holiday homes close to this event:

a) Macca’s Shaque, Gracetown 
b) Salt Air, Gracetown 
c) The Breakaway Beach House, Gracetown
d) Turtles Dreaming, Gracetown
e) Gracetown Beach House, Gracetown
f) La Collina, Yallingup 
g) Yallingup Retreat, Yallingup

 

2. Audi Gourmet Beach BBQ from $200

There’s something so relaxing about a picnic on the beach and when you attend the Gourmet Beach BBQ you are taking your picnic to a whole other level!

Enjoy beautiful Castle Bay Beach, which will be “transformed into an uber-stylish waterfront eatery with giant tipis and live music for relaxed lunch and dinner BBQ feasts with a beach party vibe.

Feel the sand between your toes, nestle into a comfy sofa, or settle onto tables with the Indian Ocean as your backdrop for water views that money simply can’t buy.” 

Stay in one of our holiday homes close to this event:

a) Yallingup Retreat, Yallingup
b) Club Bayview, Dunsborough 
c) La Collina, Yallingup 
d) Eagle Bay Cottage, Eagle Bay

 

3. Feast in the Forest $275

During this enchanting event, guests are taken into the heart of a magnificent karri forest for an unforgettable experience. “The canopy of Jarrah trees, long communal tables and ambient music provide a uniquely Australian backdrop for atmospheric lunchtime feasts, while at night lanterns and candles add to the forest magic. And while meat is a feature of the menus, entrees and vegetable side dishes featuring the stunning local produce make this a feast for everyone, accompanied by superb Leeuwin Estate wines.”

Stay in one of our holiday homes close to this event:

a) Kanangra, Margaret River
b) Le Reve Vineyard Chalet #3
c) Macca’s Shaque, Gracetown 
d) Salt Air, Gracetown 
e) The Breakaway Beach House, Gracetown 
f) Turtles Dreaming, Gracetown
g) Gracetown Beach House, Gracetown

 

4. Margaret River’s Secret Garden $320

This has to be one of the most magical settings for a very memorable dining experience. Within the secret garden a spectacular long table Sunday lunch is provided where you can relax, unwind and maybe let out your pants a little after your indulgent gourmet weekend.

“With wines provided by acclaimed Wilyabrup wineries and live jazz to entertain diners between courses, plus a conversation with the chefs to talk about their inspirations in the Gardens amphitheatre; this is the event you will be reflecting on as you wind down your weekend in arguably one of the most beautiful locations in Margaret River.”

Stay in one of our holiday homes close to this event:

a) Kanangra, Margaret River
b) Le Reve Vineyard Chalet #3
c) Macca’s Shaque, Gracetown 
d) Salt Air, Gracetown 
e) The Breakaway Beach House, Gracetown 
f) Turtles Dreaming, Gracetown
g) Gracetown Beach House, Gracetown

 

5. Grace my table $200

The sun is shining, wine is flowing and another remarkable long table lunch awaits you. This time it is at the beautiful Grace Farm which is nestled in the Cowaramup Brook valley in the Margaret River sub region of Wilyabrup.

“Chef Salmeri has designed a four-course menu that complements Grace Farm wine. He will draw on the best local spring produce (including Grace Farm vegetables) and Italian-inspired cooking to provide a sumptuous and unforgettable meal.”  

Get in quick though as limited seats are available.

Stay in one of our holiday homes close to this event:

a) Macca’s Shaque, Gracetown 
b) Salt Air, Gracetown 
c) The Breakaway Beach House, Gracetown 
d) Turtles Dreaming, Gracetown
e) Gracetown Beach House, Gracetown

 

6. The Shorehouse aboard Kimberley Quest II $220

I have had my eye on this boat in our north west for a long time. They have some amazing live aboard tour experiences on offer that are a little outside my holiday budget. But this year, the Kimberley Quest II is gracing our presence in the stunning Geographe Bay with an incredibly affordable mini cruise filled with fantastic food and Evans & Tate wines. Don’t tell the hubby I booked this one too!

“The Kimberley Quest II crew joins forces with Oliver Gould and the team from popular beachside diner Shorehouse in Swanbourne, WA for a leisurely epicurean cruise in which Western Australian seafood and produce is the star.”

Stay in one of our holiday homes close to this event:

a) Beach Buoys House, Busselton 
b) Eagle Bay Cottage, Eagle Bay

 


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Bring your furbaby on a holiday!

 

Did you know that in Australia 20% of dog owners take their pets with them on holidays? Have you been missing out on this opportunity due to lack of accommodation options? Finally, there are now many more accommodation choices for pet owners and we have jumped in on the action!

When you go away on a much needed family holiday, the last thing you want is to have to leave your beloved pooch at home! It’s not fair that the whole family gets to enjoy frolicking on the beach while your four-legged friend is stuck in a kennel. So forego the kennel (and the added cost!) next time you go on holiday and check out our pet friendly accommodation options.

We have 5 pet friendly holiday homes so your furbaby can enjoy all the fun too! Search under Collections – Pet friendly, or enquire and we will advise if any of these homes are available for the time you wish to stay. Just a friendly reminder that a pet surcharge does apply at our Pet Friendly holiday homes as a little extra clean is required for the next tenant after a pet has stayed.  It will appear under ‘Extras’ during the booking process.

We are hoping to expand our list of accommodation options so be sure to like our Facebook page to stay up to date with any new holiday homes we list that are pet friendly.

Things to keep in mind when looking for pet friendly accommodation:

  • Dogs and cats are not allowed in National Parks
  • Remember to bring your own food and water bowls
  • Always double check if your furbaby is allowed at swimming beaches, restaurants and cafes
  • A pet surcharge generally applies for most pet friendly accommodation this is usually to cover additional cleaning costs to make it ready for the next tenant
  • Check to see if your choice of holiday home has a secure fence so your pet can wander around the garden safely
  • If your pet is an inside pet, it pays to double check your choice of accommodation to see if they are allowed inside
  • And always remember to be courteous and pick up your pet’s faeces

Statistics related to pets in this posting are relevant to Australia only, and have been taken from the Animal Health Alliance (Australia) report which uses a number of resources, including Galaxy Research and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

  

 

 


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