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WORLD CLASS EVENTS Be part of the world's richest film awards at Cinefest Oz.
REDDY, SET, GO Discover some of the region's most delicious red wines.
ON YOUR BIKE Explore some of Australia's most challenging mountain bike tracks.
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Discover your perfect vaycay The changing seasons in the BunGeo region – from cool to warm – makes for spectacular landscapes and wonderful breaks away from home. Think adventures in the great outdoors, innovative chefs creating memorable dishes, family-owned wineries welcoming visitors with open arms (and well-stocked cellars), beautifully crafted wares from talented locals and the chance to kick back beachside and relax in one of the south west's most beautiful regions. We think you'll find plenty to inspire in these pages of Found magazine. Here's just a taste of what you could get up to over the next few months. The extraordinary artistic achievement of using the Collie Dam as a giant canvas caught the attention of headline writers around the world – read all about how the artwork came to life and how you can see it IRL for yourself. There are plenty of ways to explore the region - but how about doing it in style, with a well-informed local guide by your side? Your kids can also put down their iPads and ride their bikes on some pristine trails, swim with dolphins, discover the region’s living history and bounce til their heart’s delight. If home baked pastries and pies are your goal, look no further than the BunGeo. You’ll be tempted to go off the beaten track in search of some of the flakiest pastry we’ve ever seen committed to the page. Don’t miss Monique’s interview with Matthew Landers, one of Western Australia’s most exciting – and Insta-famous – florists, who has set up shop right here in Bunbury. Then there’s Cinefest Oz – Australia’s richest film prize and festival, an unmissable Indigenous art exhibition at BRAG and the thrill of watching live motorsport at Collie’s very own race track. Our region is all about an authentic experience and we hope that you enjoy your visit, making new friends and plenty of memories. Happy reading,
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Gabi DID YOU KNOW? Just two hours from Perth, you will find the Bunbury Geographe region or BunGeo as we call it. Lose yourself within a vibrant seaside city and discover a captivating wine region, amazing produce, beautiful scenery, a banging arts scene and quaint towns. #BunGeo #VisitBunburyGeographe @VisitBunburyGeographe
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Collie Motorplex is Western Australia’s longest bitumen race track located east of Collie, an easy two and a half hour drive from Perth with plenty of idyllic scenery, tourist routes, quaint towns and amazing dams to stop off at along the way. The circuit consists of two challenging, technical configurations – short track 1.6kms or long track 2.55kms, hillclimb circuit, burnout pad, drift stadium, undercover car bays, spectator viewing mound, medical centre, control tower, large clubrooms and canteen. Collie Motorplex meets all safety requirements and is fully licensed under Motorsport Australia, Motorcycling Australia, Motorcycling WA and AASA. We specialise in: • Motorsport Events including car and motorbike racing, practice and tuition, drifting, sprints, burnouts, test and tunes, come and try days, emergency vehicle training, cycle events and much more • Host local, State and National events • Corporate Days for Companies • Group Bookings for Car Enthusiasts • Come & Try Day’s for Beginners Want to stay a while and explore the region? Collie can also offer world-class mountain biking trails, bushwalking, wildflowers, water sports, camping, lakes and dams. Some of the popular tourist attractions include Coalfields Museum, Collie Mural Trail, Replica Underground Coal Mine, Lake Kepwari, Collie Art Gallery and Wellington Dam which is the home of the World’s Largest Mural. Stay for the day... or make a weekend of it in the South West. We are only a short drive to the BunGeo Region, check out their website: visitbunburygeographe.com.au/ Visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/www.motoringsouthwest.org.au and Instagram www.instagram.com/collie_motorplex/ for upcoming events.
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Food + Drink News Red, Red, Wine Spirit of the South West Have your Pie and Eat Cake Too
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BunGeo Events The Bunbury Geographe region is a magnet for world-class events and family-friendly days out. Here are just a few to look forward to over the coming months.
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LOCALS AND VISITORS to the region will revel in a luxurious film experience in August when CinefestOZ brings a stack of cinematic events to one of the south west’s most central and popular hubs. The 2021 Film Festival will boast an exciting range of screenings, premieres, and In Conversation events that will have film buffs on the edge of their seat while they soak up the iconic Bunbury Geographe region. CinefestOZ is a world-famous phenomenon - an extraordinary five-day event which was born in 2006. As the festivities continue to grow, the title of one of Australia’s biggest film festivals has been handed to the CinefestOZ team who aim to further expand their
offerings at this year’s event by showcasing all the best parts of the City of Bunbury. As part of this year's event, a debut of one of the country’s most highly-anticipated films will be based in the heart of this wonderful town, with Love You Like That set to make its world premier at Grand Cinemas for Bunbury’s Opening Night on August 25. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy this wonderful Australianmade film with canapes and beverages on arrival, and the chance to mingle with other cinephiles, film talent, and friends. An insightful Q&A with filmmakers of the movie will also be on offer after the screening. The next day, guests will be treated to a general screening of Blind Ambition at Grand
Cinemas on Thursday, August 26. This will be followed by a blind wine tasting experience at Mojo’s Restaurant on Bunbury’s busy main street with experienced wine sommelier, Jake Atkinson. To add to this already impressive list will be the Deadly Indigenous Shorts event, showcasing short film sets from around the country at the Dolphin Discovery Centre on Friday, August 27. This is one of four short film collections at the CinefestOZ Short Film Showcase, that will allow film lovers to see the importance of Indigenous filmmaking in Australian culture. Once again a Q&A will follow the screening to give guests the opportunity to discuss the creative process with the
filmmakers. CinefestOZ will also be treating guests to a glance at a brand new film in 2021 during the festival week in Bunbury with a general screening of Homespun at Grand Cinemas on Saturday, August 28. Created by a talented team of WA Filmmakers including director Socratis Otto and writer Bec Bignell, Homespun was filmed in the Great Southern Region just a threeand-a-half hour drive from the Bunbury. This film shines a light on the authentic lives and relationships in regional communities. It will be followed by an In Conversation Lunch with the film team at Bunbury’s Waters Edge Café and Restaurant later in the day. Also making their mark in Bunbury as part of the 2021 CinefestOZ Film Festival will be two of the four film finalists on August 27 and 29 at Grand Cinemas. The Drovers Wife The Legend Of Molly Johnson, and River will vie for the richest Film Prize in the Southern hemisphere of $100,000. Directed by Leah Purcell (She. Say., Black Chicks Talking), The Drovers Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson is an adaptation of Henry Lawson’s short story, a searing high country thriller, based on her own acclaimed stage play. Meanwhile River is an innovative and compelling story, directed by Jennifer Peedom with narration by Willem Dafoe. This film is set to inspire audiences by acutely observing the surrounding land on which we live and encouraging a reconnection with the natural world. A Closing Night Party at BREC on Saturday, August 29 will bring festival guests together for one final night of film fun and intrigue. Guests will be able to enjoy the glitz and glamour and walk
the red carpet before enjoying the WA Premiere of CinefestOZ's official selection feature, Streamline. The party will wrap up the festival week and enable CinefestOZ guests to savour their cinematic experiences in style. For more information visit cinefestoz
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/ LOSE YOURSELF THIS SPRING / Escape to a European holiday one sip at a time or challenge your appetite with a monster burger or sit back and relax, wine in hand, while your little darlings are entertained, it’s easy to lose yourself at the Lost and Found Festival. By DIANNE BORTOLETTO. BUNBURY AND THE Ferguson Valley are set to host Lost and Found, a new four-day festival held from 9 to 12 September. The festival is designed to lure visitors and locals to explore the region, try new experiences, visit places they’ve never been to and, like it says on the tin, lose themselves. More than 20 events will be hosted in Bunbury and its adjacent wine region, the Ferguson Valley, which is just a 15-minute drive from the bustling port city. Think long table dinners in barrel halls, rollicking hoedowns, vertical wine tastings, wine workshops, boozy brunches and live music events. Looking through the interesting program, choosing where to go
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will be the biggest challenge. There’s a European Holiday Wine Masterclass at Green Door Wines where you can escape to the Mediterranean with each sip through a guided tasting of fiano, grenache, tempranillo and other varietals. Mojo’s Kitchen is serving up a tasty three-course morning feast matched with premium Ferguson Valley sparkling wines and a side serve of 80s pop music fun at Brunch, Bubbles and Beats. Burgers and Brews at Bush Shack Brewery is set to challenge the appetite of guests with a monster fried chicken burger, an ocean-sized fish burger and a paddocksquashing double Angus beef burger. For those not up for
the challenge, there’ll also be succulent pulled pork sliders, plus all of the brewery’s popular menu items including the Angus beef burger and Vegan burger. Ferguson Valley Marketing Chair Phil Smith said the festival’s aim is to attract new people to the region. “We’ve tried to create a program of events that are a little bit different, things that haven’t been done before,” Phil said. “Lost and Found is a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic products, venues and activities available here, less than two hours’ drive from Perth - we can’t wait to show you what the region has to offer. “Those in the industry are all very supportive, we co-promote, collaborate and work together,
which I think makes us stand out. “Another thing that makes the Ferguson Valley stand apart is that when you’re visiting cellar doors, you’re meeting the owners and wine makers, it’s rustic, not as smooth and sophisticated as the Margaret River region which offers something different, it’s more earthy and real. “We just love it, it’s such a pretty place to live.” Phil, who has also been the proprietor of St Aidan Wines for 30 years, will host Cabernet by Candlelight, a dreamy fivecourse degustation dinner with dishes paired with St Aiden’s Cabernet. “There’ll be canapes, a roaring fire, tables lit by candlelight and a wine-inspired
menu that’ll showcase the differences in textures and layers of cabernet from various vintages.” Also at St Aidan Wines is Wines in the Vines, a walking tour of the property that includes wine tastings among the trellises, right beside where the fruit grows. “We planted vines in 1997 and our first vintage was in 2000,” Phil said. “We’ve also got citrus trees, imperial mandarins and navel oranges, and red globe and crimson seedless grape – we sell them roadside and through the restaurant.” Market Day at Ferguson Farmstay is the only Farmers Market in the region over the weekend with producer stalls, vendors and artisans selling their wares. The setting of sprawling gardens and expansive green lawn is just perfect for picnics, which are encouraged, and there will be farm animals and trampolines for the kids. Families with kids will love Feast by the Fire at Mazza Wines, where you can warm yourself by the bonfire, enjoy a relaxed lunch cooked over coals by Brenton Pyke of Market Eating House while tasting beautiful Spanish and Portuguese varietals like tempranillo, touriga nacional, graciano, tinta cão, bastardo and sousão grown
by the Mazzas. This is a rare opportunity as this private family winery doesn’t have a cellar door. Also rare is that parents can sit back and relax as the dedicated team at Kindling Creatives will watch and entertain your little darlings, sparking their creative flame through artful play and making. Festival Co-Director Brianna Delaporte said Lost and Found was an exciting new initiative to showcase the local tourism and hospitality offerings. “We’re looking forward to shining a spotlight the impressive array of experiences in Bunbury and the Ferguson Valley, from longstanding wineries, restaurants and accommodation to new players on the food, beverage and entertainment scene,” Brianna said. “There’s the port city vibrancy of Bunbury and the tranquility of the Ferguson Valley and the festival is an expression of the types of businesses that are there.” For more information visit lostandfoundfestival.com.au
Join us to experience CinefestOZ, Australia’s premier destination film festival, set against the stunning backdrop of Western Australia’s iconic Bunbury Geographe region. With a huge range of exciting events happening in the City of Bunbury, there’s something for everyone. Highlights include Bunbury Opening Night at Grand Cinemas Bunbury and Closing Night at BREC, In Conversation events and Deadly Indigenous Shorts at the Dolphin Discovery Centre and so much more. Early Bird tickets on sale now and full program launching 29 July. Head to cinefestoz.com to secure your tickets to CinefestOZ 2021 in Bunbury today! CinefestOZ, held in various locations, 25-29 August. Visit cinefestoz.com Bookings: cinefestoz.com Follow us on socials! @cinefestoz and tag #cinefestoz 9 Tag| us @CinefestOZ | Issue 07 FOUND @cinefestoz and tag #cinefestoz
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Collie Motorplex is Western Australia’s longest bitumen race track, located 14km east of Collie and an easy two-and-a half-hour drive from Perth. Expect plenty of idyllic scenery, tourist routes, quaint towns and amazing dams to discover along the way. The race circuit consists of two challenging, technical configurations – the short track at 1.6kms or the long track at 2.55kms, two hillclimb circuits, a 50m x 30m burnout pad, a dedicated drift stadium, 42 undercover car bays, a spectator viewing mound, medical centre, control tower, large clubrooms and canteen. Want to stay a while and explore the region? Enquire about the onsite camping or
bunkhouse accommodation. There are also shower facilities, a camper’s kitchen, bbq, fire pits and accessible amenities. Don't miss these adrenalinepumping races coming up over the next few months: The Tyre Place Track Attack State Championship Event (21 to 22 August) Enjoy two days of door-to-door racing including the WA Excel Cup, Formula Classic, Formula Ford, Formula Vee, Historic Touring Cars, Saloon Cars and Street Cars. The Time Challenge category will see various makes and models including Porsches, Ford Escorts, Minis, Toranas, BMWs, Mustangs and Ford Cortinas testing their skills against the clock.
Historic Competition Motorcycle Club of WA State Championships (25 to 27 September) In September, look forward to three days of historic bikes battling against each other for the State Championship title. Classes include Vintage, Classic, Post Classic, Forgotten
Era, New Era, Thunderbikes and Sidecars. Visit motoringsouthwest. org.au for tickets and more information. For both listed events, gates open at 9am, there's free entry for spectators and the canteen will be open for food and drinks.
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Words and photos by MONIQUE CECCATO.
Meet the makers on an immersive, wine-fuelled wander through Bunbury.
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THE AUTUMN SKY above me was turning grey, but I wasn’t about to let a light drizzle dampen my enthusiasm for an afternoon of venue hopping, wine tasting, and
winemaker-meeting. Following a very successful Bunbury Wine Wander in November of 2020, the event was back for round two, bringing local vineyards and venues together
to showcase the best of the Bunbury Geographe wine region. With my tasting glass in hand, I headed for the first stop on my hit-list - St Aidan Wines at the Rose Hotel. “It’s been done a lot in Perth, but to bring it to a regional centre like this is really exciting - look around, everyone is having a good time,” said Phil Smith, owner of St Aidan Wines, as he poured me a taster of his 2018 Sparkling Chardonnay. He wasn’t wrong. The clock had only just ticked over to 11am and there was already a healthy crowd tracking their way through the streets of Bunbury on a mission to sip and taste some of the finest expressions of the region’s wine. The Bunbury Wander follows the familiar ‘choose your own adventure’ format of similar city-based events, but that’s as far as the comparisons go. It’s exclusively about the local venues, wineries, and people. As event founder and owner
of Mazza Wines, Anne Mazza, puts it, “the Bunbury Wine Wander is a chance to do something for this region and to give some smaller wineries who might not have a cellar door to showcase their product”. Case in point: Aylesbury Estate Wines. “This is the only way for us to engage with our customers and the local people in Bunbury; this is one of the main events that we do,” said the winery owner, Ryan Gibbs, over a splash and swirl of sauvignon blanc. As I hopped from venue to venue, I realised he wasn’t alone. More cellar door-less labels like Fifth Estate, Crooked Brook, and
Kelliville Estate expressed to me just how invaluable it was to come face-to-face with potential customers here, in the absence of their own outpost. A proud promoter of the region she finds herself a part of, Anna has her sights set on an even bigger and better future for the wineries that are showcased at the Bunbury Wine Wander. “We’d love to partner with accommodation providers and offer event packages to draw people down from Perth. We’d love to make this a full weekend event to really showcase what the Geographe wine region is all about”.
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TAKE A TOUR – and see the
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e’ve all heard the tourism advert’s catch cry – to wander out yonder and support local tourism operators. To date, West Australians have been in an enviable position when it comes to travel. We are packing up our caravans, campers and 4WDs and flocking to the regions – sometimes for the first time – in droves. If you’re planning to
travel to the Bunbury Geographe region, there are a couple of ways to explore the area – you can go on a self-drive adventure or book a bespoke tour. Can’t decide which one is right for you? First off, full disclosure - as well as being a writer, I also run a tour guide company Mr Mustang Hire. However, I do believe that putting yourself in the hands of a local, experienced tour guide can greatly enhance your travels in our beautiful region. So here are a few fellow tour guide operators who will help you make the most of any visit to the region if you want to leave the car keys on the bench. HINTERLAND ESCAPES The Bunbury Geographe region has scenic drives which will take your breath
away, boutique cellar doors, craft breweries, an everincreasing arts and craft scene, restaurants producing world-class food and quirky attractions like Gnomesville. Hinterland Escapes provides tours in BunGeo and the Ferguson Valley, tailored to suit your tastes. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, food and wine, nature, art and activities as
you are transported safely around the region. The guide's in-depth knowledge of local destinations and attractions means ultimately you can be assured your tour organiser has selected all the best hidden treasures and activities for your itinerary. SOUTH WEST TOURIST SERVICES Expect friendly, personalised visitbunburygeographe.com.au
IN SAFE HANDS By choosing a local tour guide, you'll learn so much more about the region operators like Traaverse and BunGeo Tours.
Located opposite the Collie River on the Eaton Foreshore and only 8kms from the city of Bunbury, Riverside Park is ideally located for family holidays or travellers that are passing through. The park offers clean, well-equipped cabins, as well as large grassy powered sites.
and flexible tours from the team at SWTS. You can follow an agreed itinerary or they'll adjust the stops to suit what you fancy on the day. A newly launched tour includes a chestnut farm experience and truffle hunt. Owner Brian Rettinger will ensure you're transported to and from your destination in clean, comfortable vehicles, whether you go in search of wildflowers or sign on for the six hour wine and scenic tour. BUNBURY GEOGRAPHE TOURS BG Tours have extensive local knowledge, superior logistical expertise and pride themselves on offering personalised itineraries. Guests will often have access to exclusive experiences like a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the region's best wineries. They also have an interesting collection of tours highlighting the region's historic buildings and places of interest, including St Nicholas'
For those looking to explore Bunbury and surrounding areas in more detail, our park will offer all the comfort you need to relax after a long day out and about.
Church, built in 1840, making it one of the oldest churches in the state. You'll also meet cheesemakers and winery owners, giving first-hand insight into their respective industries. For more information about the tour guides operating in Bunbury Geographe, visit visitbunburygeographe.com.au
Tel: 08 9725 1234 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.riversidecp.com.au
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DONNYBROOKBALINGUP REGION Think picture-perfect historic towns surrounded by rolling hills, fertile farmland and orchards. The Donnybrook-Balingup region, set in the picturesque Preston and Blackwood valleys, is WA’s must-do destination any time of the year. DAY ONE Perth to Donnybrook Jump in the car and get ready for two days of Donnybrook-Balingup seasonal goodness. Allow three hours to reach Balingup from Perth. If by chance you find yourself in the tiny town of Kirup, we suggest you stock up on the best produce in WA. For starters, the pub has new owners and is up and running, offering home-cooked meals. There’s A2 Bulk Foods, a fabulous little store with great organic/gluten-free and health food options and snacks. Newy’s Vege Patch, 16
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an organic fruit and veg shop, has built up a cult following. Ten minutes down the road, on the way to Balingup, there’s Blackwood Emporium 1864, a cafe and chocolate shop in Mullalyup. Where to Stay Balingup takes its name from Balingup Pool, located on the Balingup Brook which flows through the town. Check into Tourism Hall of Fame winner, Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages, where you will wake up to stunning views. Kids will love the chance to collect eggs and feed the animals on this wonderful hillside spot. Heritage lovers should venture to the Blackwood Inn in Mullalyup or find secluded luxury at Mumbles Boutique Stays near Donnybrook. To truly reconnect, attend a Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat at Balingup’s Origin Centre. Fans of the great outdoors can camp around a log fire at Glen Mervyn Dam, or along the Blackwood River at Wrights Bridge. Pie Time It’s impossible to name an Aussie who doesn’t love pie, especially in the cooler months. Savour some of the best at The Mushroom at No 61. Winner of a plethora of national Great Aussie Pie medals, their visitbunburygeographe.com.au
us in the BunGeo, it’s that we love a good ancient tree. If you do too, be sure to behold the 129-year-old oak tree on the National Register that graces the surrounds of the Donnybrook Visitor Centre. The Balingup Avenue of Honour is also a beautiful avenue of old oak trees, recognising local men and boys who lost their lives in the First World War.
LUSH PASTURES NEW Balingup and other picturesque villages in the region have quirky stores, tempting cafes and countrystyle events which draw visitors from far and wide.
pork and mushroom in creamy cider sauce pie is a must-try. They also serve a range of seasonal menu items from Thai beef salad to pulled pork with Asian slaw and Friday nights are all about fish and chips. Return to your accommodation for the night with a bottle of Cherry Port (2020 Australian Fruit Wine Show Gold Medallist) from the Balingup Fruit Winery. It’s sure to warm the cockles of your heart - and may count towards your five a day (#winning). DAY TWO Breathe in High Country Rise and shine! Get outdoors, climb a hill and breathe in the misty morning air. Mustang Sally Loves Wine After an early morning walk, we can indulge. Let Mr Mustang Hire take you on a Donnybrook Tour, Taste and Tapas adventure savouring all things food, wine and beer. Their stunning Mustang is a 1965 classic called Sally (yes, from the song) and with its eye-catching turquoise blue exterior and luxurious white interior, it is a beautiful way to spend the day. The tour includes cruising to four fantastic Donnybrook wineries, including Barrecas Wines, Oakway Estate, Barton Jones
Winery and Smallwater Estate, with wine, beer and olive oil tasting as well as delicious fresh food all included on the day. Bring Your Bike Road cyclists and MTB; get ready for some pumping action. Put the pedal to the metal at private Preston Valley MTB park, Cycletrek (you can stay there too) or sign up for a gravity day at WA’s premier Enduro park Linga Longa Bike Park. Alternatively, tackle the Boyanup to Donnybrook section of the Munda Biddi track, finishing at the Donnybrook Motel which offers bike wash down facilities and storage. Road cyclists can clock up the kilometres along stunning backroads or the famous Balingup to Nannup tourist drive. Walk Among Spectacular Trees Experience the beauty of Balingup’s Golden Valley Tree Park. It’s a magnificent arboretum with trees from around the world grown in a landscaped setting strewn with a series of walk trails. The seasonal colours are spectacular, and there are more than three thousand individual trees planted, some specimens of which date back over 120 years to when the first farming properties were established. If there’s one thing you can say about
Brunch Time Enjoy breakfast before you leave; drop into the Old Shed Cafe - both serve deliciously hearty breakfasts. Blackwood Daily Grind has a great range of acai bowls and fresh fruit smoothies. Seek out local produce like 4Shot Coffee Roasters and Rokewood Olive Grove. Curious Crafts & Creatives Walk the streets of Balingup - it would have to be one of the prettiest towns in Western Australia, with some super-cute stores and galleries for you to peruse. Be bedazzled by Balingup Goldsmith’s custom jewellery, uncover the fabulous collection of handmade art and craft at the Balingup Vintage Peddlers, and overload the senses at the iconic Tinderbox, purveyors of handmade essential oils, natural skincare, and aromatherapy creations. Balingup is also home to the largest arts and craft centre in the southern hemisphere - The Old Cheese Factory. If getting busy with knitting needles is your thing, Cat n’ Canvas is a beautifully quirky wool and knitwear shop, attracting knitting fans from Perth and further afied. Then venture onto Donnybrook for more fabulous finds including DonnyBooks (how bookshops should be!), and the talented creations of the Donnybrook Artisans. There’s also Abandoned Art, a new shop opened in Donnybrook, offering tattoos and art works. If you’re after some new |
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48 hours in ... TUCK IN Take your pick from welcoming pubs and cafes if you've worked up an appetite, from grazing boards to hearty country fare.
threads, Wear Art has some great one-off items, compounding Donnybrook’s claim to be something of an arty/crafty hub in the region. If you’re keen to explore more artisans at work - like Salted Earth Studio - ask for a list from the local visitor centre. An Apple a Day To truly experience the delights of the Apple Capital of the West and home of
the Lady Williams apple, head to Spring Valley Organic Orchard located between Donnybrook and Balingup. Spring Valley has 1,200 fruit trees (mainly apples and plums) along with a market garden and a flock of chickens who happily roam around the farm. For six months of the year (up until August generally) they are open for pick your own. The Fruit Barn in Donnybrook also
regularly opens their nearby orchard for apple and stone fruit picking days - just keep an eye on their website as picking is seasonal. Bring a picnic lunch full of BunGeo produce and make a day of it. A free family fun activity that your kids will love! Or drive (and eat) your way along South West Highway where you’ll find roadside stores and packhouses selling seasonal local produce. Family Fun The hugely popular Apple Fun Park is in the midst of being upgraded and rebuilt - it’s due to reopen in the September/ October school holidays (fingers crossed). When it does, expect much fun and games to be had once more. Old fashioned service The Donnybrook Hotel makes a virtue of offering the kind of old fashioned pub service and fare we all love; the newly renovated hotel, which opened post-Covid, also has accommodation options if you’re keen to stay in situ after a feed. There’s a beer garden, pool tables, a weekly raffle while you watch the footy, and a DJ if
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you fancy cutting a rug.
Surprising Fusion Tonight hunt down Donnybrook’s Village Harvest Restaurant. This inconspicuous restaurant Asian-fusion restaurant is a local secret. A Neil Perry protégé, Chef Chris Ngu is all about local produce and connecting with customers. Get Trekking Whichever direction you head, there are wild walking paths to follow in DonnybrookBalingup. Find plenty of short walks to navigate and enjoy the great outdoors or the more adventurous can tackle a section of the Bibbulmun Track. Most accommodation operators are happy to pick and drop you along the track. Two of the most popular (and rewarding) sections are the Kirup-Grimwade area (20kms from Balingup) or, if you are after something less strenuous, walk only a few kilometres from the Balingup townsite to Golden Valley Tree Park. DAY THREE Caffeine Fix Stop at the Blackwood Daily Grind in Mullalyup or the Crazy Cow Coffee in Donnybrook for a pick-me-up and scrumptious foodie options. One should consume their freshly pressed juices and gluten/dairy-free slices, but the cake looks so good, and so do the toasties. They both offer drive-thru too. Well, what are you waiting for? Slow down, breathe the fresh air, and find your BunGeo story in Donnybrook Balingup now.
FESTIVALS FUN Find storybook magic at Telling Tales, soak up all of the beautiful historic crazy at the Balingup Medieval Carnivale, (scheduled for August 28) devour apples and more at the Donnybrook Apple Festival, get your ‘farmer’ on and kickstart your green fingers at the Balingup Small Farm Field Day (both planned for April 2022) or find the region’s best creatives and upcycled lovers at the Balingup Art and Craft Fair (scheduled for May 2022),. Bike adventurers are not forgotten with the Collie to Donnybrook Road Cycle Event, off-road SEVEN race, DIRT and the MTB Empire Cup 2020 at Linga Longa. Also don’t miss the Winter Solstice Markets in Kirup, and Telling Tales in Balingup (traditionally in July) which has been rescheduled for October 2021. The Festival of Country Gardens is also flagged for October
FIND THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUE Recently engaged…or maybe are very soon to be? Spend your break finding beautiful potential outdoor wedding venues. Perched up a massive hill, amongst towering pine trees, Linga Longa Estate is home to WA’s most amazing outdoor chapel. At Lewana Cottages create memories in an open barn overlooking a glistening lake. Brookhampton’s The Berry Delightful is a private farm-style venue bursting with character, mystery and natural beauty. For the ultimate garden wedding with a relaxed country atmosphere, head to Jalbrook Estate in Balingup. Beware; an alpaca may join the wedding photos. If you’ve always dreamed of saying “I do” in a vineyard, look no further than Oakway Estate, Smallwater Estate Winery, or Barton Jones Winery/Coughlan Estate. Get married in a church that’s not a church. The former St Thomas Anglican Church has been reinvented as the quaint Old Thomson Brook Church and is perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies surrounded by natural bush. And, for blow-your-mind styling and stretch tents, seek out BOS Tents and Events; a passionate husband and wife duo based in Balingup, specialising in boutique, contemporary pop-up events.
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It’s made headlines around the world - a huge mural painted on a dam in the heart of the BunGeo. Monique Ceccato finds out more about this extraordinary achievement.
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They said painting a giant mural on a dam wall couldn’t be done, but Travis Robinson wouldn’t take no for an answer. “I was contacted by the Premier and Cabinet and was advised that somebody had had this great idea of putting a mural on the Wellington Dam. A couple of people had been contacted in Perth and they had said no, so they asked me to have a crack at it,” said Travis, who couldn’t see why, with the right team behind him, the mural shouldn't become a reality. “I did an initial report with budgets and the like, it was presented and agreed to, and then they asked me to be the project director of the whole thing.” At 34m high and 367m wide, painting a mural on the vertically and horizontallycurved Wellington Dam wall
ATTENTION GRABBER The Wellington Dam mural, created by Gural van Helton took over 12 months to complete in a technically challenging project.
was no mean feat. It took just over 12 months, cost just under $1.5 million, and the artistic chops of Brisbane muralist, Guido van Helton, to pull the centrepiece of Collie’s mural trail together. “Guido is a genius,” said Travis, “and, you know, he was probably the perfect person for the job.” The project went out to tender and, of all the applicants, van Helten was the only person who didn’t submit a final image for consideration. Instead,
when told the community wanted to see something that combined Indigenous culture, the natural environment, and the coal mining history of Collie, he came back and said “without consulting with the community - without hearing their stories, meeting them in person, hearing their side I can’t give you an image”. Van Helten’s work is always underpinned by the sentiments of the community that it sits in so, in order to shape his final image, he visitbunburygeographe.com.au
spent three weeks meeting and consulting with people from all walks of life around Collie. “He spent some time talking to Indigenous people and to some really established coal mining families,” said Travis. “He listened to their stories and he got them to open up their photo album and tell him about their photos. He commented on how, when you go and meet people, you ask them to start talking about themselves and people are really like “well, I don’t really have a story.” He said that when he asked people to open their photo albums and show him, they just came alive and had all these stories to tell.” In meeting with key people in the community, one commonality arose: the Collie River. Whether they were engineers or environmentalists, fisherman or children, they all used the
river as a place of recreation. “Guido took photos from these people - of family members, grandkids, friends - playing or working in the water, and that’s what he depicted on the wall. They’re all photos of people at the Collie River”. “You can see it is a meaningful piece of art, it’s not just a collection of pictures on a wall,” said Travis, who also consulted extensively with the community prior to the conceptualisation phase. “Probably half of the people I spoke to thought it was a great idea, while other people thought we were crazy. People were thinking it was a waste of money and that we should be spending it on other things. At the end of the project, there was not one person who wasn’t in love with what Guido had accomplished.” Since the launch of the dam mural and the wider
Collie Mural Trail, all eyes have been on Collie. The visitor centre has seen a huge uptick in visitors and enquiries, and word of the town and it’s artistic masterpiece has even made its way overseas. “As you can imagine, not everyone who visits a town pops into the visitor centre so, if visitor centre numbers have doubled, you would assume that visitor numbers to Collie are actually higher than that now,” said Travis. “We’re pretty confident that the attention that it has got not only in WA, but across Australia and internationally, has been huge. I’ve even had an arts organisation in Rio de Janeiro reach out because they’d seen what we had done on the Wellington Dam and they were keen to do something similar, but we’re careful to not give away all of our trade secrets.”
TRAIL The Collie Mural Trail is an expansive outdoor gallery comprising of 40 mural painted by select local, national, and international artists. Concentrated on the town centre, the trail allows you to discover Collie while taking in colourful pieces on the main streets, in the back alley ways, and around public spaces. Grab a coffee from Wagon 537 before setting off to discover murals by Daek William, Kyle Hughes Odgers, Shakey, and more dotted about town. Then, take a short drive out to Wellington Dam to see the towering centrepiece of the trail, ‘Reflections’, by Guido van Helten.
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BRAG’s annual Noongar Country exhibition movingly reveals power and healing through artworks by local Indigenous artists. By TORI WILSON.
ower to Indigenous south west artists is no doubt something worth celebrating, as is the process of healing across Noongar Country, Noongar Boodja. Reflecting NAIDOC Week 2021’s theme Healing Country!, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery’s annual Noongar Country exhibition explores the concepts of power and healing through the works of contemporary Aboriginal artists. Curator Amanda Bell says this year’s theme has resulted in a strong exhibition
that’s rich in variety, with artwork mediums ranging from contemporary to traditional, bringing forth the outstanding talents of Aboriginal artists across Noongar Country. “Some speak of pain, courage and survival, some of joy, beauty and healing,” she says. “All are shared with an open heart and spirit for the community to see, and hear, and feel.” Noongar woman Katelyn Whitehurst speaks of
identity and personal truth through her piece titled The Milk to My Coffee, showing at the exhibition. Her work is a contemporary portraiture piece, depicting Katelyn alongside her father and nana, each of different skin tones. As a white Indigenous Australian, Katelyn says she’s spent the entirety of her life explaining her identity to people. “I can never forget my nana sharing her memory of coming to my pre-primary
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BREAKING THE CHAINS Opposite, Katelyn Whitehurst's The Milk To My Coffee and below, Maitland Hill's powerful work Wangkinny Boordiya Wirrin, Power, Strength & Justice (Talking Elder Spirits) are just some of the works by Indigenous artists on show at BRAG's annual Noongar Country exhibition.
class and someone telling her she was in the wrong place,” Katelyn says. “My nana was a major influence on me as an artist. We were always playing with paint and Play-Doh when I was younger. “After her passing, I felt I lost my connection (to my background), so in recent years I’ve been talking more about culture and trying to learn as much as I can.” Katelyn says The Milk to My Coffee is about identifying as a Noongar woman despite not appearing as one in the eyes of society. “The portrait is about power to myself for starting the conversation. “I am a white Indigenous Australian. That’s my power. “I tried to come up with an idea that was inclusive, but I wanted to talk about (my identity) and healing is starting that conversation. “You heal through family connection, you heal through culture, you heal through
tradition.” Noongar woman Maya Hume has two pieces showing at the exhibition, each sharing stories of power and justice using a combination of contemporary and traditional techniques. “I like to do traditional art,” Maya says. “I like to paint people and animals. I also like to do landscapes. “My own style is to use a bit of white colour and effects. I like to put animal prints around the paintings and dot painting around the faces.” Maya’s first piece, titled Power and Peace, is comprised of acrylic on canvas and reflects a rainbow of skin tones across one tribe of people within Australia. “It means nobody is different and we can all be the same,” Maya says. Her second piece, titled In Justice, depicts a protest. “The protest is about Indigenous people walking
as one to get rights for the country, for the land and the people.” Noongar man Maitland Hill tells powerful stories through his artwork, used as a medium to provide a voice to his ancestors and bring to life their old, traditional ways of being. Maitland, a Ballardong and Wilman man, works with natural materials to craft unique pieces of work. Typically using plywood, he burns images into the wood to convey his stories. His piece showing at the BRAG exhibition, titled Wangkininy Boordiya Wirrin, Power, Strength & Justice (Talking Elder Spirits), depicts two Aboriginal men in chains on plywood. Two physical spears frame the wood on either side, with kangaroo skin draped along the floor below the base. “This artwork is an emancipatory piece about the prisoner history of the Noongar people,” says Maitland. “My artwork tells a story
and brings the old people back to life. In this artwork, I show people how Noongars were kept in chains on Rottnest Island. “It is political, but it is also truth. My aim is to break the chains by exposing the truth of what happened to my old people.” Maitland says the spears and kangaroo skins framing the work symbolise connection to country is unshakable and ever-present, despite any physical chains or prison walls. “I am re-empowering them with the spears, like the old way of life. “This is healing for me, but also connects me to our old people as I’m a voice for them,” he says. “Healing is about connecting to country, connecting to your roots and your inner self.” BRAG Noongar Country 2021 Exhibition will be open until 22 August, from 10am to 4pm with free entry. |
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If you’re keen to get your children away from screens while they’re on holiday, the BunGeo region has plenty to keep them occupied. By
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ENTERTAINMENT-R-US There's no need to rely on iPads to keep your kids happy on holiday in the BunGeo. Head to places like the Dolphin Discovery Centre and they'll be fascinated for hours.
id you know the average Australian teen spends over seven hours a day using screen media? While it’s important to introduce our children to these new technologies, it’s crucial too to ensure they don't become overly dependent on devices. It’s well-documented that exposure to excessive screen time is associated with all sorts of negative side effects - not least kids becoming less able to entertain themselves. Research shows that encouraging kids to get off their devices can help reduce stress and anxiety. Managing screen time is important for their physical health, and can help kids develop into competent and resilient individuals. Whether you’re planning a weekend of fun things to do or have some ideas up your sleeve for the school holidays here are
some activities in the BunGeo region that doesn't involve screentime. Bunbury Museum Heritage Centre The museum is located in the former Bunbury State School Building, which opened in 1886. There’s a vast collection of childfriendly exhibits, objects, interactive displays and images. Information and ideas are presented in an interactive and engaging way. Designed to encourage intergenerational learning, children, parents and grandparents can learn about science, art, history and culture without even trying. Visitors can step into a dedicated classroom which features an old school desk, typewriter, chalk slate, and encyclopedias. The museum features a painting donated to the museum, by international
artist Mark Sofilas, depicting his grandfather, Emmanuel Sofilas, a local Greek fisherman once known in Bunbury as ‘the human fish’ for his diving abilities. Running until September 2021 the ‘When We Were Small’ exhibition is a celebration of early childhood in Bunbury. The exhibit explores the ways our childhoods have developed over the years, and showcases christening gowns, baby photos, baby bottles, vintage clothes and toys. Visitors are encouraged to share their favourite childhood memories on the comments board, and discover all the artefacts in the museum’s ‘spotto’ sheets. Dolphin Discovery Centre Whet your child’s appetite for all things aquatic with a visit to the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury. Children can get up close
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STEP BACK IN TIME Below, revisit the past at the beautifully curated Bunbury Museum Heritage Centre and the Collie Coalfields Museum with authentic exhibits from yesteryear. Bottom right, Gravity ETC. will expend some energy on rainy days.
and personal to nature and marine life. Kids will love the fish-themed coral aquariums and an impressive 360-degree Digital Dolphinarium at the Interpretive Centre. Learn about the history of Koombana Bay and its environment with interactive marine displays, activities, feeding programs and tours, all designed to create memorable experiences. A must-do activity is the Interactive Zone giving kids (and adults) the opportunity to interact with dolphins. Don’t fancy getting your feet wet? Then why not jump on board the centre’s 90min Dolphin Eco Cruise. It's the perfect way to introduce your kids to dolphins frolicking in the bay from the safety of a boat. A bucket list activity, it offers a unique chance to to swim with the dolphins in their natural environment. 26
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Expert guides accompany you on this award-winning experience guaranteed to thrill your junior marine biologist. And if you’re still looking for adventure, right next door is the Koombana Bay Playground complete with climbing towers, water activities and a zip-line. Wander along the foreshore and footbridge (designed to resemblance a ship’s hull) and learn about the countless shipwrecks that met with misfortune in Koombana Bay It's a hard-to-beat day out. Gravity ETC. Get your kids moving, bouncing, tumbling, balancing, flipping and flying their way around 2,000sqm of high energy activity zones. Gravity Etc. located in Dalyellup is a purposebuilt centre complete with a whopping collection of
trampolines, seven activity zones, café, parent’s retreat and soft play area for children under three years. The venue is a locally-owned, disability and special needsfriendly centre, providing fun, health and mindfulness for youth, families and community groups. With hourly jumps, learn-to-flip classes, fitness classes and more, the dynamic space is a drug- and alcohol-free environment that encourages activity, networking, new friendships and socialsing. This world-class venue stands by the ‘Choose Respect’ code of behaviour. Designed for kids to have so much fun they won’t even realise they’re exercising what's not to love? Collie Coalfields Museum The Collie Coalfields Museum is housed in the
historic Road Board office buildings and provides a unique glimpse into Collie’s rich industrial history. Exhibits include an impressively extensive rock and mineral display, military memorabilia, historical photos, vintage bottles, miner’s equipment, gramophones, radiograms, a Coolgardie safe and even an old baker’s cart. The most fascinating relic on display is an old restored Italian barrel organ which was used to entertain customers who frequented Fontana’s Wine Saloon located next to the Federal Hotel. There’s also a huge, rare public letterbox which was cast way back in 1903 in the J & E Ledger Foundry. The staff are extremely passionate and pride themselves on creating a warm, welcoming space, unlike more sterile museums. visitbunburygeographe.com.au
THE MOST FASCINATING RELIC ON DISPLAY IS AN OLD RESTORED ITALIAN BARREL ORGAN . . .
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STOP PRESS: NEW CENTRE OPENS The Donnybrook Goods Shed Interpretive Centre and Station Square opened in late June. The historical, railway and heritage stories are revealed in the Interpretive Centre, which dates back to 1842, when Irish settlers George Nash and James Bissonnet, together with four servants, took up an allotment in Irishtown as we know it today. The town’s heritage and history are showcased on a series of information panels adorning the walls of the Shed, in addition to various interactive digital media and several historical society artefacts that will be on display, albeit rotated from time to time with other history memorabilia held by the Historical Society. For more information and inspiration, visit visitbunburygeographe.com.au
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NEWS By DANIELLE COSTLEY.
SWEET THINGS Balingup Fruit Winery create in-season syrups in a kaleidoscope of colours and flavours. Morris Lane Taffys has moved to impressive new premises - but the taffy remains as popular as ever. Inset, Dirty Rascals is a new must-visit ice creamery.
From casual drinks at the region’s newest micro-brewery, delicious unicorn ice creams and the best spots for local produce, to a secret syrup, traditional taffy, and nuts a-plenty at the local farmers markets. Here's a round-up of what's new and cool, if you're a foodie.
Morris Lane Taffys, Bunbury Sate your sweet tooth at this iconic taffy shop, which has recently moved to larger premises in Bunbury. Watch Salt Water Taffy being made in an old-fashioned copper kettle, before being cooled and stretched in a 1920s pulling machine until it’s soft and glossy. Savour the delicious smells in this charming shop, which also produces a large range of candies, including Aunt Dorothy’s Peanut Brittle, Cashew Brittle, Chili Macadamia Brittle, Mum’s Fudge, rich caramels, honeycomb, and Butter Snap, to name a few. Dirty Rascals Ice Cream, Bunbury If you haven’t already heard,
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there’s a new ice creamery in Bunbury, offering over 40 flavours of delectable swirls of ice creams, as well as waffles, milkshakes, apple pies and puddings. Bring the kids along for a unicorn or dinosaur ice cream. Or indulge yourself with an Ocean Float. Try the choc mint, bubble gum, salted caramel, or chocolate cookie ice creams. Balingup Fruit Winery, Balingup This family-run winery produces ports and liqueurs made in small batches from locally sourced
fruit. There’s a Mulberry Port, Sweet Strawberry Liqueur, a Nectarine fortified, Blueberry and Ginger Liqueur, and a Plum Port as part of the main range. Recently, Nashi and Rhubarb fruit fortifieds have been added to this growing portfolio of fruit wines. Taralea Farm, Dardanup Did you know that macadamia nuts are a superfood for the heart, containing the richest source of monounsaturated fats of any natural food that’s commercially available? All you
need is six of these nutrientrich nuts daily to reduce your risk of heart disease. At Taralea Farm in Dardanup, you will find the state’s only dry sorting nut processing plant, where macadamias are dried, processed, sorted and packaged for sale. You can buy the freshly picked and cracked macadamias, macadamia oil and limes from their stall at the Boyanup Farmers Markets. Newy’s Vegie Patch, Kirup The reputation of this awardwinning farm shop has grown throughout the south west, with many customers making
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Taking you back to a slice of history, the 150-year-old English pub is the oldest in Bunbury WA, offering a modern yet classic style character, featuring a spacious beer garden, a kids play area and a sport bar, keeping everyone entertained throughout the venue. The Wellington Hotel offers a mouthwatering new menu carried out by our British chef, proudly introducing a range of classic pub food in an innovative style. If you’re looking for a place to quench your thirst and satisfy your tummy, The Wellington is the place for you and your loved ones. • Beer on tap • Function room • Live sport on projector screen • TAB • Pool tables • Live music • Kids play area
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a fortnightly shopping expedition from Perth to stock up on its impressive range of seasonal, local produce. While it began with an honour box of tomatoes out the front of its building some 17 years ago, Newy’s has grown to stock an enviably diverse selection of locally grown fruit and vegetables that includes organic meats and cheeses. The family’s 160-acre farm provides much of the produce, but the shop also sources fresh produce from other local growers in the state. Mumballup Pecans, Boyanup Farmers Markets This pecan orchard in Mumballup has over 3,000 pecan trees that have now reached the ripe old age of 40. Apparently, these trees can live for over 200 years. All you need is 28 grams of these heart-healthy nuts to reach 10% of the recommended daily fibre intake. Visit the Boyanup Farmers Markets for your pecan fix, which also 30
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includes pecan chocolate and pecan brittle. There are even some homegrown walnuts to help fill your shopping basket. Blackwood Emporium 1864, Mullalyup Located within the heritage Stables Building in picturesque Mullalyup is Blackwood Emporium 1864. This welcome new addition to the region’s food scene is offering a substantial range of hand-
crafted chocolates, cakes, savoury dishes, hot chocolate, sandwiches and premium teas. But it’s not just the chocolates that will satisfy your cravings at this store. You will also find a selection of comforting soups, Ruben sandwiches, roast beef and gravy baguettes, nachos, and roasted vegetable salads. On Saturdays, you can indulge in a High Tea of savoury and sweet delights, sandwiches and teas.
Kirup Syrup, Kirup The Kirup Tavern is an institution in this small community. Here, you will find a very special alcoholic beverage which has been one of the main drawcards for many a local or passer-by to stop in and quench their thirst over its 100-year history. The recipe for this beverage, affectionately known as Kirup Syrup, remains a closely guarded family secret. While it was originally crafted
GOOD TASTE Above, venues like Blackwood Emporium 1864 in picturesque Mullalyup offers delicious hand-made chocolates as well as other treats. Right and below, Newy’s Vege Patch, Kirup.
Above and right, the Donnybrook Hotel and The Colliefields have both been recently renovated. Below, Brugan Brewery.
THE RECIPE FOR [KIRUP SYRUP] REMAINS A CLOSELY GUARDED FAMILY SECRET
from fruit and vegetables, this homemade grappa is today made from red wine grapes. It is still available for tasting and purchase at the Tavern, where the usual range of beverages is being served. Brugan Brewery, Wokalup The Brugan Brewery is open for business and offering a range of beers, all made onsite within the historic confines of the Wokalup Hotel. There is an IPA, Hazy IPA, Mid IPA, Vanilla Porter, Citrus sour, Draught and
Kolsch, as well as wines and cocktails from local producers. With a seating capacity up to 400 people, this micro-brewery will soon be adding a sharestyle menu to its list, utilising the charcoal grill and creating a beer and food pairing menu. It’s a clever combination of Old-World styling fused with a contemporary, industrial brewery fit out. Reminisce of days gone by with the photos of the township and its connection to the old Mornington Mill.
Donnybrook Hotel, Donnybrook Donnybrook locals are rejoicing with the reopening of the Donnybrook Hotel. This iconic hotel which was refurbished in 2020, was abruptly closed not long after, due to the Covid pandemic. Now, it is back with a vengeance, with live music, happy hours, an impressive drinks selection, and a new menu. Donnybrook gets a facelift The Town Centre Revitalisation Project in Donnybrook has now opened, connecting the area adjacent to the Apple Fun Park with the main strip. The refurbished Goods Shed offers food and drinks as well as an
interpretive historical centre. Pedestrians crossing the newly landscaped area near the railway tracks will find access easy as well as to the upgraded Apple Fun Park (opening in September), providing a link to the main street. This connectivity project also includes new public artworks, seating, picnic tables, lighting and drink fountains. The Colliefields, Collie Rightly claiming to be the grandest building in town, the old lady of Collie - The Colliefields - opened in 1897 as a pretty simple weatherboard and iron building before burning down a few years later. The next incarnation saw an elegant two-storey building with wrap-around verandas spring up in its place, on the corner of Throssel and Steere Streets. Fast forward to 2021, and after a meticulous series of renovations including replacing the balconies, the new owners have reopened this beautiful landmark, complete with a liquor license. |
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T The Geographe Wine region is defining itself with a startling array of alternative grape varieties, made in small batch quantities by family-owned wineries. By
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he reliable Maritime Mediterranean climate with the cooling influence of Geographe Bay and diversity of terroir means that Geographe winemakers can turn their hands to many varieties from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal with success. So if you want to break away from shiraz and cabernet and take the road less travelled, Geographe has just the wines for you. A RED BY THE FIRESIDE Think of ancient evenings gone by while sipping on Green Door Amphora Garnacha ($35). Garnacha is the Spanish name for grenache. Green Door garnacha is fermented in
amphora clay pots lined with bees wax (like the Ancient Greeks and Romans would have done). Some whole bunches were added to the pots at this stage. Tastes of plum, cassis and hints of liquorice. Tannins are delightful, delicate and dusty. Beautiful, juicy and generous finish. Visit greendoorwines.com.au Nero d’Avola is best known for the rich dense reds it makes in Sicily. Moojelup Farm 2019 Nero d’Avola ($20) has adapted perfectly to a similarly warm dry climate, producing a deep purple, ripe blackberry aroma and full bodied palate, supported by firm, silky tannins and subtle spicy oak. Visit moojelup.com.au visitbunburygeographe.com.au
SCARLET LETTERS Opposite, Barrecas Wines make a deliciously rich malbec. This page, Green Door Wines, Willow Bridge, Oakway Wines and Fifth Estate join the red club with their own range of fascinating varietals more familiarly found in Europe.
Oakway Wines 2019 Nero d’Avola il Siciliano ($28) references Nero’s ancestral island home of Sicily. The wine shows a palate of juicy dark glossy fruits; black cherries, raspberry, spice and liquorice. Great by the fire or with pasta and pizza. Visit oakwayestate.com.au Argentina has made malbec famous. Try Talisman Wines 2014 Malbec ($35) for a wellmade local example. The years have done nothing but help this wine settle into its own. Soft and rounded with a medium to full bodied palate. Juicy ripe plum with added layers of spice give this wine great complexity. Some time to breathe prior to drinking will make sure you see it at its best. Visit talismanwines.com.au
A RED WITH A ROAST Tempranillo (pronounced Tem-pran-ee- oh) is the main grape in Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine style. It’s excelling in the Geographe wine region and there are many fine examples to try. Willow Bridge are one of the region’s largest and most successful wineries. Try their 2020 Solana Tempranillo ($30) for a style which exudes vibrancy and complexity with mouth-watering tannin which matches perfectly to food. Kim Horton’s winemaking encourages deep and dense structures, but with spice and minerality. Visit willowbridge.com.au Fifth Estate Tempranillo ($21) has rich flavours of dark berries and spices fill
the mouth, supported by slippery tannins and a smoky oak finish. It’s part of a small range from Julie and Mark Moloney who take great care of their vineyard. Visit fifthestate.com.au You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to Geographe’s tempranillo. Saint Aidan 2019 Tempranillo ($25) is a silver medal winner. Tempranillo has proven to be a ‘hero’ varietal for the Geographe wine region. St Aidan host an Annual Tempranillo Wine Tasting Day and the local offerings stack up well against their Spanish and rest of Australia challengers. Visit saintaidan.com.au Zinfandel is a famous grape in California. You
can taste your own slice of Americana with Mandalay Road Zinfandel 2018 ($36). Fresh and aromatic with ripe raspberry dominating the palate. The palate is full and rich with approachable tannins. This wine won a Trophy for Best Zinfandel at the ‘ANZ Australia and New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards’ 2019. Visit mandalayesate.com Smallwater Estate also make a highly awarded zinfandel ($35). Smallwater’s has a slick black cherry entry with rich inky tannin and a velvety persistence throughout the mid-palate. The finish is dark yet fresh with hints of anise and cacao nib. They recommend it with Italian‚ Mexican and Spanish |
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Food & Drink Barrecas Wines are Fil and Kelly Barreca. Fil was inspired to become a winemaker after a visit to his family’s homeland in Sicily. Barrecas make a powerful Nebbiolo ($32) with intense cherry flavours and bright acid. They also make a full bodied Zinfandel and Barbera. Expect a hearty welcome at the cellar door. Visit barrecas.com.au If you want to keep that Italian vibe going try Harvey River Estate’s inaugural release of Barbera ($30). This wine picked up a Gold Medal and a slew of other awards at the Geographe Wine show. Dry, quite delicately structured with a
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smooth tannin profile over ripe cherry fruits. Visit harveyriverestate.com.au A RED IN BED A red in bed is a guilty pleasure while watching Kate Winslet’s Mare of Easttown or reading the latest James Patterson novel. So why not try the Aylesbury Estate Gamay ($35) with flavours of raspberry and cherry pip? Medium bodied, fresh and lively with soft balanced tannins, Gamay is the grape of Beaujolais from France’s south west and is a lighter bodied wine where fruit rather than tannins are the main game. Visit aylesburyestate.com.au Petit Verdot originates in Bordeaux where it’s
cuisines as well with cheese. Visit smallwaterestate.com A RED IN THE RAIN Nebbiolo is the grape responsible for one of the world’s greatest wines barolo. It’s ‘the king of wines and the wine of kings’ as the Italians modestly call it. Vineyard 28 make a number of interesting wines from grapes originating in Piedmont in Northern Italy including Armies (white) , Barbera (red) and a delicious medium bodied Nebbiolo ($28) capturing it’s savoury charm. Visit vineyard28.com visitbunburygeographe.com.au
frequently blended with cabernet and merlot to make their famous reds. Try Whicher Ridge’s a single varietal Petit Verdot - 2016 Une Range Petit Verdot ($45) made from the one row of this variety in the Whicher Ridge vineyard planted in 2005. Une Rangée is the French translation for One Row. It’s a fascinating varietal with spice and tannin. Visit whicherridge.com.au Mazza make wines for the adventurous. They specialise in Spanish and Portuguese varieties, many of which are rare in Australia - Graciano, Tinta Cao, Touriga Naçional, Bastardo and Tempranillo. Try their Touriga Naçional
2017 ($32), which received 93 points from Huon Hooke, Wine Critic. Hooke said thus: “delightful star-anise, Campari and berry perfumes. Mediumto-full bodied, elegantly shaped, taut and firm, it’s delicious, fruity and accessible now, but should also age well.” Visit mazza.com.au
EASY DRINKING Opposite, Vineyard 28 make great wines from Italian grapes. Harvey River Estate's Barbera has scooped an award. This page, bottom, Willow Bridge Estate's wines. Below, Whicher Ridge's Une Rangée was planted in 2005.Below left, Green Door Wines use ancient techniques to make their wine.
These wines can be purchased online from the wineries or from the Cellar Doors where a variety of tasting experiences are available. Key Stockists of Geographe Wines in Bunbury Geographe include: Boyanup Cellars Boyanup Mojo Bottle Shop Bunbury (Within Mojo’s restaurant) Parade Hotel Bunbury.
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Spirit south west of the
Hand sanitiser, gin, and rum; there’s nothing Bunbury’s first distillery haven’t tackled in their first year of operation. By
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t all started over a few frothies at the local. “Mike is a man of many ideas. We’d always go out for a few beers at the pub and he’d just keep mentioning this distillery idea. Then, one day, he just said to me ‘do you want to help run it?’". Rory Binnie, the man on the ground at Cuprum Distillery, had no prior experience in distilling. But, an eagerness to
‘do something good for Bunbury’ saw him take a punt and come on board as the distillery’s operations manager. Along with the owners - his dad, Stewart Binnie, and Mike Honeybell - Binnie spent almost two years educating himself on all aspects of distilling before opening the doors to the venue in 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We went from zero to 100 pretty quickly,” said
Binnie, who ended up putting his newly acquired distilling skills to use on producing bulk quantities of hand sanitiser before he even entertained the idea of playing around with juniper and botanicals. “We had someone from the Bunbury Port come in and ask if we could do hand sanitiser and we were like ‘yeah, we’ll give that a crack’. We made GWN news with our hand sanitiser production visitbunburygeographe.com.au
be playing around with what we can do with it.” As the only distillers within the bounds of Bunbury, the reception to their vision has been more than they could have imagined. “The feedback from the community has been awesome and I think one thing COVID has taught us is that you can support local - why would you rather buy a gin from over
and our heads just got blown off with the demand for it.” A year into their journey as distillers, and they’ve settled into business as usual: that business being gin. Cuprum is producing two expressions of the juniperbased spirit - their popular signature dry gin and a raspberry gin - as well as a limited edition truffle gin, two vodkas, and a Cuprum ‘spiced’, which is a small glimpse of barrelled and aged things to come. Despite having their sights set on the ultimate goal of rum production, Cuprum isn’t going to forget where they came from. “We’re still going to sell the gin and try different stuff with it,” said Binnie. “It’s definitely not like we’re just waiting for the rum and then we’ll ditch the gin. We’re quite proud of how the gins have come out and we’ll still
east when you can buy one here that’s just as nice?” said Binnie. “Everyone seems to be pushing this ‘support local’.” ‘Local’ is something that Cuprum are passionate about, and it’s seen them collaborate extensively with other businesses in the area to unify Bunbury’s hospitality scene. They’ve hosted tastings at Mojo’s, worked on signature cocktails with Lost Bills, and even dabbled in ‘yin and gin’ yoga nights with Hot Yoga Bunbury. Next in the pipeline, and a homage to the land they produce and distil on, is a hyper-local distillate in collaboration with the Wardandi Noongar people. “We want to do this bushtucker-type gin and have a local Aboriginal artist design the label. Bunbury will have its own bottle of gin that people can be proud of, made from botanicals we forage and find around here.”
IN GOOD COMPANY A 45-minute drive from Bunbury, nestled in the Collie River Valley, is Harris River Estate. Their mainstay is wine, but keen gin drinkers will be happy to know the venue is also home to a 200 litre gin still. Using the verdelho and viognier grapes grown in the vineyard, Harris River Estate produces four grape-based expressions of gin - Australian Wildflower, Pink Wildflower, Blue Wren, and Kwobidak Boodja gin. The latter a collaboration with The Wilman Co, a local Noongar Wilman company run by Collie healer, Phillip Ugle. It sees six different gins released each year, each showcasing the botanicals flourishing during the different Noongar seasons. MIX IT UP Whether you prefer your gin with soda, tonic, or as a base for a great cocktail, Bunbury and surrounds can deliver. Head into town and park up at Lost Bills for a devilishly sweet raspberry, blueberry, lemon, and gin ‘Gene’ cocktail, topped with a touch of fairy floss. Across the road you’ll find Mojo’s who have over 70 gins for you to sample and, around the corner, there’s Brooklyn 32 slinging a fine example of a classic gin bramble. You’ll find Small's Bar in Eaton who proudly rep Bunbury’s Cuprum along with a swathe of other regional gins. |
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Have Your Pie and Eat Cake Too If you’ve got a craving for something sweet or a perfectly baked savoury treat, read on. Monique Ceccato has done the hard yards discovering the region’s best bakeries. Images by
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ONE SLICE OR TWO A carrot cake of your dreams from Coffee + Flour in Bunbury (left and pie, opposite) or the flakiest pastry from Miami Bakehouse are just some of the treats in store in the region.
t’s the quintessential Aussie meal: a chunky steak pie with flaky, buttery pastry. Follow it up with a thick cut of creamy vanilla slice and you’re living the Australian dream. If it’s a top-notch feast full of baked goods you’re after, look no further than these Bunbury Geographe bakeries.
Miami Bakehouse It’s now even easier to enjoy one of Miami Bakehouse’s famous homemade pies with their newest Myalup Café. Always baking things better, Miami has revolutionised the bakery experience on your BunGeo road trip by adding a drive through service at Myalup. Or you can stretch your legs at the free, outdoor
art gallery featuring 16 lifesized kangaroos painted by local WA artists. With locally sourced ingredients and unique gourmet pie recipes like Garlic Prawn, Ginger Chilli Pork and all the Classic Steak combinations made with Stirling Ranges lean beef, it’s no wonder the team has won more than 900 baking
awards. So if you’re heading to the south west, make sure your trip is complete with a coffee and gourmet food stop at any of the three Miami Bakehouse Cafes located along the Forrest Highway. 14 Taranto Rd, Myalup The Crooked Carrot The Crooked Carrot owners, Sonia and Joe Castro, moved
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CALL IN AND PICK UP A CHOCOLATE SCROLL OR JAM AND CREAM DOUGHNUT FOR THE ROAD . . .
FLOUR POWER From the Dardanup Bakery to the Crooked Carrot, you'll find all the traditional favourite bakes of your childhood as well as twists on traditional ingredients.
to Myalup as humble carrot farmers. With a lot of inspiration and ambition, they later expanded their business to take over the lease on the famous ‘emu pie’ stop in 2015. Now, as well as being a buzzing familyfriendly cafe, they’re serving up some of the region's most scrumptious baked goods. Call in and pick up a chocolate scroll or jam and cream doughnut for the road, or take a seat and watch the kids run amok while you fill up on a delicious salad or one of four (yes, four) different parmi options. Forrest Hwy & Rigg Rd, Myalup Dardanup Bakery 40
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Housed in a red tin shed adjoining a modest 1960’s brown brick home, the Dardanup Bakery is entirely unassuming. But, don’t let this tiny pie, cake, and pastry shop fool you; it’s legendary among Bunbury Geographe residents. If people aren’t driving out to the countryside for their rustic fruit Danishes and sticky cinnamon scrolls, they’re definitely heading out for the surprise daily pie - think chicken in a rich, Thai green curry sauce, sticky soy pork, or slow-braised lamb shank encased in an impossibly flaky pastry. For the traditionalists, their steak visitbunburygeographe.com.au
pies - with actual chunks of steak - are always a winner. 13 Charlotte St, Dardanup West Capel Bakery & Cafe All of their baked goods are considered top-notch, but it’s Capel Bakery’s range of bread that have earned them quite the reputation. They bake all of the good old favourites - a white loaf, sourdough, and cob - as well as rave-worthy charcoal, beer, and jalapeno loaves. While you’re in and stocking up on bread, give their pastries and slices some attention. A nice cut of coconut slice is best enjoyed with a side serve of Yahava coffee and some sun in their cute garden courtyard. 2 Forrest Rd, Capel Old Boyanup Bakery Cafe Blink and you most definitely won’t miss the Old Boyanup Bakery Cafe as you’re coming through town. Taking up prime position on the main drag, this long-standing lunchtime favourite makes a statement on the street in all its vivid orange glory. Just like any good country town bakery, filling-packed homemade pies and sausage rolls abound. But, sweettooths will have the most fun at Old Boyanup Bakery Cafe as they’re known for their decadent cream doughnuts and thick slabs of vanilla slice topped with just the right
DON'T MISS... According to Richard Young at Harvey Visitor Centre, the Harper Street Bakery in Harvey is “absolutely amazing" and the building has a long history of hosting the town’s go-to bakery. Also the Brunswick Bakery, located in the IGA, is quite famous supplying many shops and cafes around the greater Bunbury region”. Editor Gabi Mills also recommends Coffee + Flour in Bunbury - their carrot cake is 'unmissable', she says, as well as their pies.
RELAX, PLAY, CELEBRATE AT EVEDON LAKESIDE RETREAT Stay in our self-contained cabins and two-storey apartments, nestled in a spectacular jarrah forest on the banks of stunning Evedon Lake. Watch the sunset over the lake, enjoy your cosy log fire, fish, kayak and bushwalking.
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Enjoy a delicious breakfast, morning or afternoon tea or dinner in our café restaurant by the lake.
The Passionate Baker Find Coffee and Flour Cafe on Spencer Street in Bunbury and you’ve discovered The Passionate Baker. Housed inside the popular plant-filled cafe, this bakery has been supplying Bunbury with quality baked goods for more than 30 years. Dinein for a scrumptious benedict breakfast served on bakery fresh bread, or just duck in to grab some fresh lemon and meringue tarts, cream profiteroles, or one of their famous cinnamon buns takeaway. 50 Spencer St, Bunbury
Our amphitheatre, function and conference centres overlook the lake - great for weddings and corporate functions. Located in the Ferguson Valley and Geographe Wine Region, just 20 minutes from Bunbury and two hours from Perth.
EVEDON LAKESIDE RETREAT Lakeside Cabins & Apartments – Weddings – Conferences - Kayaking – Bushwalks – Fishing 205 Lennard Rd, Burekup T: 9726 3012 E: email@example.com www.evedon.com.au • Check website for restaurant opening hours.
Perth florist, Matthew Landers, has brought his unique brand of floristry to the Bunbury Geographe region and found a home for it on Bunbury’s main drag.
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laborate floral installations dripping from bridal tables, a touch of industry satire (‘Phlars’ anyone?), and a spot of ‘snackfluencing’ for good measure: it’s all in a week’s work on Instagram for Perth florist Matthew Landers. But, there’s so much more to the man behind the brand than the incredible floral artistry and wicked sense of humour he portrays online. “I don’t ever want to be undermined as some bimbo that’s funny; or someone that just happened to land in some money and is making something beautiful,” said Landers. “Every now and
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then I actually have to do a serious post or have a little rant or do a little live video because I also need people to know that I’m actually bloody smart.” A multi-award winning florist, Landers got his start in the industry at the ripe age of 12, when he started working in the family business. He won his first floristry competition at 13, landed the title of ‘Australian florist of the year’ for the first time when he was 17, and started on his journey with his namesake brand in 2012. Over the past nine years, he’s opened the doors to three stores and amassed
a large, engaged, and hyperlocal digital audience. Building his following is a strategic move, and a move that was made with every intention of building the Matthew Landers brand into a household name. “What I’m trying to really push is that idea of ‘ok, so you want a quick food fix, you drive through
McDonalds and, if you want flowers, you go to Matthew Landers’. What I do online is all calculated. It is leveraged. And it is very pointed.” “In my industry there’s no one that’s ever become truly wealthy,” says Landers. “It’s not an industry that you can really grow capital wealth in. The only way I was going to be able to live a comfortable visitbunburygeographe.com.au
retirement in my industry was to be ‘famous’ and I thought that the only way I could capitalise on this is to become a public figure that people identify with. I’m not targeting people that are my age and above, I’m targeting people that are my age and younger, because they’re my clients of the future.” Landers sees his presence on social media as not just for the good of his own brand, but, hopefully, for the good of his new location in Bunbury too. When looking to set up shop in the port city, he knew he would get quizzed on why, after establishing himself in Claremont and East Victoria Park, he chose Bunbury for his next outpost. “Bunbury, to me, was an area that was truly underestimated in terms of the taste level and wealth that’s in the south west of WA,” he said. “It was absolutely the perfect location because I saw it as very much the epicentre and the hub of the south west. I identified that it really suited my product placement in terms of offering a luxury service and a luxury take on gift giving and floral design.” “I knew that I had a lot of
brand strength and I knew I had a big following of people that would just be like, ‘that’s an interesting choice that he’s decided to open in Bunbury’. Hopefully, they will follow along, watch the success of my store there and then think ‘hmmmm, maybe Bunbury is something we should consider’. Bunbury has the potential to be the Byron Bay of WA, it really does.” Though only in its infancy, Landers is confident in what’s to come for the Bunbury store. “The future of Bunbury, for me, is that in time, I would love to just see the store organically grow into itself. I have no desire in Bunbury - where I rely on the love and support of the local community - to go in and try and take over,” he says. “That’s not what I would ethically do but also, I don’t believe that’s what the community would like to see in terms of businesses coming into their space. When I look at the business in five years time, I hope I’ll have a destination space where people can come and they can feel safe, inspired, and just be part of what we do.” Visit matthewlanders.com 87a Victoria St, Bunbury
Glamping has never looked so good…
Escape the stress of everyday life and soak up the wonderful Australian bush without sacrificing luxury or comfort in our newly built adults only glamping tents. Overlooking the crystal clear waters of Logue Brook Dam and only an hour and half from Perth we are the perfect location for your next weekend getaway. The tents, nestled in the state forest, sleep 2 people - with a queen bed, small kitchenette, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and bar fridge. Each glamping tent has its own private outdoor balcony, BBQ and fire pit (during winter months) and a glamping tent ablution block nearby. The tents are a welcome adults only alternative to our family cabins and caravan and camping tent sites, catering for all types of camping set ups and budgets. See you soon at Lake Brockman Tourist Park and Logue Brook Campground.
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Dig through these stores’ jumble and wares to uncover a precious memento of your time in Brunswick.
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n emerging hub for creatives and artisans, Brunswick is bursting at the seams with fun art, craft, and bric-abrac. Plan a day of browsing and digging at these local stores and, you never know, you might just find your new favourite possession. Aftermath Gallery It’s only newly opened, but Aftermath Gallery has already garnered quite the fanbase. Specialising in all things alternate, gothic, and macabre, owner Nikki Powell wanted her gallery and store to be an outpost for artists who normally don’t find
their work featured in your standard gallery - think works by taxidermists, dollmakers, and alternate woodworkers. Alongside incense, candles, and jewellery, you can also find vintage poetry books, handmade wooden wands, and dark-themed cross stitch art. If you’re keen to try your hand at Aftermath’s signature art style, they also run regular workshops from the store. 19 Ommaney Rd, Brunswick Itowa Wanda The outpost for local artist Wanda Winsor, this quirky little gallery has all sorts of goodies for you to discover. From wall art to painted
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RICH PICKINGS Brunswick is a hot spot for shopping for that unique gift or one-off artwork by local craftspeople. For its relatively small size, it has an impressively diverse collection of art galleries and jumble shops.
furniture and sweet little glass lamps, what’s in store is limited only to the artist’s imagination. Opening hours at this gallery are short, with the doors swinging open on Fridays only. 41 Ommaney Road, Brunswick The Junktion A jumble of old and new, 46
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knick-knacks and more sizable pieces, there’s nothing you can’t find at The Junktion. Spend some time sifting through the eclectic collection and perhaps you’ll stumble across the perfect vintage doll for your cabinet, or a great second-hand guitar to inspire a return to tune writing. The Junktion is open
for only a few hours on both Saturdays and Sundays, so time your treasure hunt well. Ommaney Road, Brunswick Wagtail Creations At the intersection of art and function, Sophie Hall at Wagtail Creations creates colourful tables and serving boards out of resin and visitbunburygeographe.com.au
timber. She sources beautiful slabs from around the local area, making these pieces so uniquely ‘Brunswick’. A Jill-of-all-trades, Sophie also creates custom vinyl decals for cars and walls and a
variety of different wooden wall plaques. Though there’s no shopfront to visit, Sophie welcomes emails and calls for shoppers to discuss custom orders.
Getting there is half the fun
Leave the car at home and discover Australia’s Bunbury and Geographe region on our iconic Australind train or one of our luxury road coaches. We operate five-star road coach services to destinations including Bunbury, Boyup Brook, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook and Harvey. Or, why not catch our Australind train to Bunbury. All services are fully accessible and equipped with on board entertainment, air conditioning, USB charging ports and toilet facilities. With 50% discount for Seniors and WA Pensioners and up to 75% for families when you travel with between two and four children*, there has never been a better time to travel. Don’t forget, we offer West Australian Pensioner card holders Free Travel entitlements ever year which can be redeemed as two single journeys or a single return journey on any Transwa service. Holders of a DVA issued Gold card are eligible for additional trips. To book your next holiday, or to see where Transwa can take you, call 1300 662 205 or visit transwa.wa.gov.au. *Terms and conditions apply.
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comforts of home and near enough so the drive doesn’t kill you. So where do you start? No worries, friends, we’ve done the work for you. All these fine properties understand the importance of proper fires to warm both the body and the soul. They also know how to cool down in summer, where to go to see the wildlife, both flora and fauna, which are the best beaches, where to see the glorious sunsets and how to have the best time possible for the whole family. Just remember, in season, campfires are allowed between the hours of 6pm and 10am and are to be contained in the designated fire pits. Once you know the rules you’re on your way. Have fun.
Book a stay in a place that’s as perfect in summer as it is in winter, says Sandra Ramini. Cool down or snuggle up and enjoy every moment.
o you fancy snuggling around a proper fire on a crisp evening when it’s dark outside and the weather smells of smoky BBQs? Or watch the days get lighter and longer as winter turns into spring and wild flowers pop up in the middle of the bush? Or, on the other hand, if you relish indulging in those lazy, hazy, golden days of summer, the Bunbury Geographe region is your kind of destination.
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This is a corner of Western Australia that is cooler when it’s too hot somewhere else and warmer when the seasons change and the uninvited cold creeps under your collar and between your toes. That’s when you hover around the fire pit as it crackles with goodwill and eucalyptus leaves. Or should summer be your season, you’ll find a holiday cabin can be highly civilised with proper air
conditioning, not to mention nature’s own cooling breezes. Besides, in this gorgeous part of the world there’s usually a lake or a dam to dive into or where you can just simply go messing about in boats - and that’s before you get around to the endless joy of the Indian Ocean. So here we are with a decidedly well-deserved break to look forward to, somewhere relaxing but fun, different but with the
Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages With just six cosy, but stylish cottages in 46 acres of glorious bushland Balingup Heights is pretty irresistible. The views are out of this world and they’re not just glimpsed, they are all around you. Owners Deb and Brian deserve their clutch of awards, (another one just joined the collection) as they go that extra mile for their guests. Each cottage has its own fire and they’ll start it before you arrive on extra cold days, just to make you feel warm and cosy before you even put down your bags. Summer visitors will be relieved that each cottage is reverse-cycle airconditioned. You can marvel at glorious sunsets, wake in time to equally beautiful sunrises and just relish the peace and tranquility. Then as night falls, take a breath and look out for the stars in a stunning night sky. Visit balingupheights.com.au - email info@balingupheights. com.au visitbunburygeographe.com.au
Lions Myalup Pines If you’d like to add the warm glow that comes from supporting a good cause, alongside that other warm glow from the fire pit try Lions Myalup Pines, a notfor-profit property just 150 kms south of Perth. It’s leased from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and managed by a board of Lions. No, not the ones with manes, but the ones who volunteer their services and help change people’s lives. There are seven cottages, comfy but basic and ideal for families. Myalup’s beautiful white beaches, great for swimming and fishing, are only a short drive away. Lake Preston and Yalgorup -National Park are ideal for bird watching, bush walking and nature study. There’s a properly controlled fire pit, a playground for kids. But, don’t forget your own pillows, towels and bed-linen. Visit myaluppinescottages. com - email info@ myaluppinescottages.com Lewana Cottages Another gorgeous spot is Lewana Cottages - located in the Blackwood River Valley. Great for everyone who wants to get close to nature, but especially kids who can explore the estate and help feed the alpacas. You can dive into the swimming dam and toast marshmallows over the fire-pit. You can take over the whole place if you've got a special occasion coming up. Their old rusty heritage-listed barn is a great place for a party, wedding or event. Lovely days, star-filled nights. Perfect. Visit lewanacottages. com - email contactus@ lewanacottages.com Tegwan’s Nest Unlike most of the properties
mentioned, Tegwan’s nest is all under one roof. It’s the kind of classic Australian homestead you read about in glossy magazines. Nothing has been over-looked in this sophisticated home from home. Expect stunning views, rolling hills, healthy, delicious food, a great selection of wines, available in the surrounding area, the possibility of just about every activity you could think of in the region and loads of style. Cool comfort for summer visitors, warm and cosy for winter guests, the flickering flames of the log fires just complete the picture. Canny travellers might note that Tegwan’s Nest is an Airbnb 5 star rating Superhosts 12 quarters in a row. Nice. Visit tegwansnest.com.au email firstname.lastname@example.org Evedon Lakeside Retreat This is a property that combines the charm of a cluster of log cabins and ten two-storey apartments alongside the glamour and ease of the main property. And all on 800-acres of gorgeous bushland. The cabins have lots of space, with well equipped kitchens, evaporative airconditioning for summer and that cosy log fire we all hanker after for winter. The apartments are equally comfortable but with their own style. There’s also the Aussie staple of a generous verandah for entertaining or just relaxing and watching the sunset over the lake. The main property boasts an excellent restaurant. Hard to resist. Visit evedon.com.au - email email@example.com Jalbrook Estate Each of the six earth-rammed cottages on Jalbrook Estate is charmingly individual, but all have hot tub jacuzzis, soft, comfy beds, air conditioning
RUG UP AND RELAX Opposite and below, Evedon Lakeside Retreat. Above, Tegwan's Nest.
for the summer months and the piéce de resistance - a log fire, crackling away adding its own touch of warmth and glamour to your holiday break. A complimentary first morning breakfast comes as a delightful surprise, especially as it includes tasty local produce. The area is as beautiful and as tranquil as you would hope. Visit jalbrook.com.au - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ferguson Farm Stay If you’re a rose-lover you’ll be in heaven. There are 1000 of them in this lovely property owned and run, appropriately enough by Rosa. When the breeze is in the right direction those blooms will scent your way as you explore your new surroundings. Obviously ideal for weddings, Ferguson Farm is also great for families. Farm animals, a |
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drive. There are both two bedroom and three bedroom cabins available, each warm and cosy and part of the fun is having the kids collect the firewood. Bed linen is BYO. Kirip Kabins is not a summer destination, so November through to March it’s closed. Visit kiripkabins.com.au - email email@example.com Glenmervyn Lodge, Collie Despite awful storms which gave this property a real battering in recent times, Glenmervyn is up
tennis court, basketball court and a trampoline are on site, you’re right in the heart of the Ferguson Valley, the glorious Wellington Dam is minutes away and there are great bike tracks for the adventurous. Or you could just loll around, sipping your wine, nibbling something delicious in front of the fire. There’s one in each of the 11 chalets. Or when it’s warm there is always the verandah, proper Aussie style, where you can catch your breath and the evening breezes. Remember, there is a one-off charge for bed linen, $10 per single, $20 per double or you can bring your own. Visit fergusonfarmstay. com.au - email info@ fergusonfarmstay.com.au Blue Hills Farm Stay Blue Hills Farm stay is a rustic property overlooking the magnificent Harvey dam. There are just three chalets, so an especially private and tranquil experience. Each are pleasantly comfortable, made of rammed earth and have lovely individual touches 50
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from local artisans. They also have all the conveniences you’d need indoors, while outside are the rolling views of the Darling Ranges. The chalets each have split air-conditioning and boast a log fire although you could always join in the friendly, communal barbecue. There is a one-off $10 charge for bedlinen. Visit bluehillsfarmstay.com.au - email info@bluehillsfarmstay. com.au Balinga Cottages Balinga also has gone the ‘small is beautiful’ route and have just two fully equipped and furnished family sized cottages on their 15 acre property. Owners, Chris and Lila were the first to brave what was essentially a farming area around Balingup and open it up to tourism. These days cooling breezes and nearby Balingup Brook provide summer comforts while in winter log fires flicker their welcome, guests enjoy the privacy and can do as much or as little as they like in a great location. You could also bring your
own horse if you felt like it. The paddock is available. A complimentary first morning breakfast includes Chris’s home-made bread and marmalade. Yum. Visit balingacottages.com. au - email balingacottages@ westnet.com.au Kirip Kabins If you want to bring your blood pressure down and your spirits up plan to stay here. Kirip Kabins is about tranquillity, about life as it used to be, where your boots get muddy, where the kids can muck about with the animals, learn how to build a proper fire and enjoy proper outdoor life. Mullalyup State forest, with 11,000 hectares of flora and fauna is on the doorstep and should you want to venture further, everything is within an easy
and running and open for business again. Take the family, take the friends, take your pets, take the lot. Glenmervyn can handle sleeping for up to twelve people. And their dogs. There’s also a cottage available for reclusive types who might want a bit of privacy. It’s an easy place to be, close to Glenmervyn Dam and the the Ferguson Valley and offers comfort and the great outdoors. Visit glenmervynlodge. com.au - email contact@ glenmervynlodge.com.au Collie River Valley Tourist Park If you’ve got your own canvas or house on wheels the Collie River Valley Tourist Park can direct you to the ideal caravan site for you. They’ve got 70 powered sites visitbunburygeographe.com.au
and 13 camp sites. You just choose which way you want to go - every facility you could think of or the simple life. It’s all possible. Check out if campfires are allowed and go for it. Visit colliecaravanpark.com.au - email firstname.lastname@example.org Lake Brockman Camping Site and Cabins Like the Collie River Valley Tourist Park, Lake Brockman has everything for campers, with well set-up facilities in both the powered and nonpowered sites. It’s set in the beautiful surroundings of the state forest, 10 minutes away from the Harvey townsite. You can bring your canoe, or swim in the clear fresh water of the dam or you could be really traditional and go fishing. Trout, delicious when cooked over a fire and helped along by a few herbs and marron is also around in
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL Opposite, Balinga Cottages, and this page, Linga Longa Bike Park.
season. Cabins are available too but remember to bring your own bedding and towels. Visit lakebrockman.com.au email email@example.com Linga Longa Bike Park Bikers rejoice. The Lingalonga Bike Park is created precisely for you. Serious bikers with serious
bikes are the main customers, but you could be seven years old, you could be 70 and you’ll be equally welcome in this home from home for the biking community. Cottages do exist, but it’s really a camping spot with some of the most technical and challenging trails in the state. Gravity Days for tough
biking challenges are made sweeter by tasty, healthy food on offer in the café. Only on Gravity days, the rest of the time you’re self catering. Tough, exacting, testing but isn’t that what you bikers are looking for? Visit lingalongabikepark. com.au - admin@ lingalongabikepark.com.au
The Bunbury Wildlife Park is the City of Bunbury’s nature hub. Here, children and adults alike can learn, engage and connect with the animals of our great South West. Come join us for fun and awareness. Winter opening times: Thursday to Sunday Summer opening times: Wednesday to Sunday Open 7 days a week during school holidays. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open The Bunbury Wildlife Park offers a range of educational activities: Thursday to Monday Keeper Talks 10am tokeepers 5pm Our dedicated and knowledgeable offer talks on a variety of our animals at the park. Learn about our
dingoes, tawny frogmouths, snakes, and what to do if you find sick or injured wildlife in your own backyard. Open Animal interaction Thursday to OurMonday birds and our kangaroos are very friendly, for the optimal sensory experience we offer feed bags to encourage interaction between our animal friends and you. www.bunburywildlifepark.com.au 10am to 5pm And(08) Guess9721 What! 8380 Prince Philip Drive, Bunbury The Wildlife Park is situated directly across from the Big Swamp wetlands, the perfect chance to embark on a boardwalk journey and maybe see the Western Long Neck Turtle or a variety of wetland birds and frogs in the wild or encounter sensory play on the toddler’s accessible playground right next door.
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Accommodation & Tours
Brooke Evans-Butler takes a look at some of the region’s bed and breakfast and boutique accommodation options – where the quaint, boutique experience and personalised, special touches are important.
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BOOK A STAY From top, clockwise, Peppermint Lane Lodge, The Dell, The Innkeeper's House and muesli for breakfast at Peppermint Lane Lodge. Opposite, The Dell has been in the same family for over 135 years.
Peppermint Lane Lodge Without a doubt, a great advantage of boutique bed and breakfast accommodation is the welcoming greeting and attention from the hosts, which according to co-owners of the beautiful Peppermint Lane Lodge in the Ferguson Valley, Kim and Simon Wesley (along with Daisy 52
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the dog) adds that special “something”. “Personal attention is the key,” Kim says. “A visitor will learn so much more about the area from people who live there – the history, local sites and scenic drives, and local advice of where to eat and drink.” Kim adds their guests’ experience is enhanced by excellent home cooking –
with Peppermint Lane Lodge offering breakfast and dinner options. “A stylish breakfast is included but dinner is by appointment here at Peppermint Lane Lodge and it is a truly wonderful experience with the menu being planned around each guest’s dislikes or allergies and locally sourced produce,” she says.
And as well as the little extras, including homemade (her mother’s recipe) slice with tea and coffee making facilities, dressing gowns and slippers, guests can choose from a pillow range (with large and small and hard and soft options) to ensure a great night’s sleep. Visit peppermintlanelodge.com.au
Boathouse Bunbury Bed and Breakfast It is the personal touches and the warm welcome you receive from your hosts that makes staying at a bed and breakfast a superior experience, according to Boathouse Bunbury Bed and Breakfast owner and host, Deborah Males. “You have that personal human connection because hosts have the time and the focus on the little touches and assisting guests to have the best stay possible,” she says. “As a host, I provide a range of information for my guests, depending on what sort of holiday they are looking for. I offer the local tips on things to see and do in Bunbury and the restaurants to try, and my husband Andy is wonderful at helping guests plan if they are heading further south.” The little touches are also thought of – including chocolates on the bed on arrival, biscuits, lollies and a range of teas and coffee. “We had a corporate client about
ROOMS WITH A VIEW Above, Boathouse Bunbury Bed and Breakfast offers guests personalised service. Below left, The Dell has been in the same family for 135 years.
seven or eight years ago who said: ‘You have lots of lovely teas and coffees but I would love a hot chocolate’, so in appreciation of feedback, there has been hot chocolate added ever since,” Deborah says. However, the attention to detail doesn’t end with the ‘nice to have’ things. Catering for couples and corporate travellers, Deborah ensures all of the essentials are also included, with an impressive list of items in the bathroom. “We try to provide everything you will need– so shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soaps, make-up wipes, cotton balls and buds, even a disposable shaver if you are going to a wedding and need to shave your legs,” laughs Deborah. She adds some of
the other little extras include fresh flowers from the garden in the rooms and delicious continental breakfast – not to mention, uninterrupted waterfront views to enjoy (you might even see the dolphins swim by). Visit boathousebunbury.com.au The Dell This stunning property has been in the same family for 135 years, so it is not surprising there are various elements unlike any other accommodation option in the area. “What we offer our guests is a unique opportunity to travel back in time to an original 1920’s Australian farmhouse, furnished with many original pieces and lovingly curated touches, |
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People came, but not enough of them, so the cafe was reincarnated as Mumbles Boutique Stays in 2013. Being owner-operated, with personal service and only two rural apartments, Colin says their accommodation is boutique in every sense of the word. “Although our guests enjoy life’s little luxuries, we also keep a small surprise up our sleeve,” he says, adding
CHIC AND SUITE Above, Mumbles Boutique Stays, and right, Wendy’s Weekender where guests are all given a honemade baked goodie on arrival. Opposite page, the lounge at Wendy’s Weekender.
not to mention modern comforts,” says Tory Bates, co-owner of The Dell. “Nestled in over 100 acres of bush wilderness, The Dell provides complete serenity and relaxation where the magic of history and nature soak away the stressors of life. Cherished childhood memories of driving up the winding track to be greeted by my grandmother, arms open, welcoming us into the house with freshly-made biscuits and a warm fire, allowing a perfect base to explore the surrounding land. The freedom was absolute heaven for a city kid. “We want our guest to feel this warmth and history and make their own cherished memories with family and friends.” The little touches are certainly included to add to The Dell’s historical charm, which includes guests being able to pick fresh herbs from the garden, cut wood for the open fireplace and plenty of indoor plants to bring nature inside. The attentionto-detail even extends to the clocks at the property, 54
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which are intentionally not in working order: “So should you choose not to look at your phone, you’re able to get lost in the magic of the place,” Tory explains. Visit thedell.com.au Mumbles Boutique Stays Co-owners Rita and Colin Patterson started “Mumbles” as a small rural cafe; the name came from the location, Mumballup but also a parody of common cafe names like “Whispers” and “Rumours”.
that everything is ready and welcoming, with the little touches included, for guests to enjoy their stay. “The aircon is on, the jacuzzi is hot, the towels and bathrobes are fluffy,” he says. “We try to include everything that people like in the tariff, but also have packages for guests who want a little extra.” Guests also get to enjoy something unique to Mumbles; the luxurious skincare products are handmade by Rita, and
some are to be found in the bathrooms. All are available for purchase as gifts or a little something to take home with you. Visit mumblesboutiquestays. com.au Wendy’s Weekender When guests book through Airbnb, hosts are given the opportunity to do something a little special for their guests, according to Wendy’s Weekender owner, Wendy Dixon. “In my opinion, it’s the ‘personal contact’ that really sets boutique accommodation apart,” she says. “Airbnb immediately allows me direct contact with each guest who books with me. This enables me to start a dialogue and find out what our guests will be in town for so I can either leave them specific ‘treats’, a special welcome message on our lightbox or even a personalised note. “It also presents a great opportunity for me to promote Bunbury,” she adds. “For instance, if the guests have children, I will suggest the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Big Swamp Wildlife Park, beaches and play areas. If they’re athletes, I might suggest joining in the ParkRun, which is held every weekend just down the road at the Big Swamp Park. And foodies are always given lots of restaurant and winery suggestions.” Wendy says an obvious advantage of staying at a bed and breakfast is that it is like a home away from home, and she ensures guests are made to feel that way through all of the homey touches she includes for every guest, including a homemade baked goodie, range of pillow choices, fresh, crisp linen, fluffy towels and continental breakfast. Instagram: @wendysweekender visitbunburygeographe.com.au
Blackwood Inn Innkeepers House What is more welcoming than a good home-cooked meal? Beyond the included breakfast, Gillian DavenportLang, who owns Blackwood Inn – Innkeepers House with her husband George, offers an al a carte evening menu for guests at their luxury adult-only retreat. She says, aside from a few small changes, their evening menu has been the same for years, because their guests love it and don’t want them to change it. “The favourite dish would be the fillet steak because people can order it to be cooked the way they actually like it,” Gillian says. “My husband likes his steak blue, and we have a number of our guests say it is the only place that they can get a blue steak.” Gillian is also known for the gingernut biscuits she bakes for her guests on arrival, to be enjoyed with a cup of tea (guests have a choice of 10 varieties of Twinings teas in their rooms) or coffee. Visit innkeepershouse.com.au Whispering Pines According to Wanda Bird, who owns Whispering Pines with husband John, the privacy of a bed and breakfast is one of the many advantages
over other types of accommodation. “We are a bit tucked away but not far from town on a secure location on 10 acres,” she says. “The guests like the security and the privacy, the relaxing environment, and they enjoy our rambling garden next to the Collie River.” There are plenty of homely touches – Whispering Pines has beautiful antique furniture, unlike minimalist hotels. A welcoming afternoon tea is ready for when guests arrive, packed lunches and an evening meal can be supplied by arrangement, and the bed and breakfast is also pet-friendly. The welcoming hosts also offer drop offs and pick-ups to and from the Bibbulmun Track or the Munda Biddi Bike Trail by arrangement. Whispering Pines is now an Accredited Trail Friendly Business, registered with Trails WA, providing necessary facilities for five trail users: Cycles, Walkers, Canoeing, Horse Riding and Trail Bikes. They have a new secure cycle storage shed with a wash down bay and a tool kit. Additionally, they also provide doggie day care for guests with pets who want to explore areas where dogs are not permitted. Visit whisperingpinesbandb. com.au
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hether it’s a gentle peddle or a blowyour-hair-back thrillseeking ride, mountain biking is an eco-activity everyone can enjoy. Best of all, you don’t have to travel far to access some of our State’s best bike trails as the Collie River region is just over two hours drive from Perth and only 45 minutes from Bunbury. You can clock off on a Friday afternoon, spend the weekend on the trails and be back in time for work on Monday feeling enlivened and exhilarated. With many newly completed trails, and more underway, the bike riding options in and around Collie will ultimately create the biggest mountain bike trail network in our State. In fact, Collie is well on its way to becoming a ‘Trail Town’ due to a $10-million investment in the development of 180kms of world class hiking and mountain bike trails. 56
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So clip on your helmet and let’s explore what’s on offer. If you’re a newbie to trail riding, or simply want a leisurely outing, then get your wheels onto the Arklow Trails. This 35km network is made up of nearly a dozen trails of varying lengths and varying difficulty. You’ll criss-cross though ancient Jarrah forest, cruise over easy jumps, peddle up gentle climbs and even encounter a few log crossings. The numerous individual trails all lead off from the trailhead just 4kms from Collie on Harris River Road. You can also access them by riding out of town along the Munda Biddi Trail. Be aware though, there are no facilities along the Arklow Trails so make sure you take everything you need for your few hour’s ride. Other options for beginners or intermediate level riders are the Collie Wagyl Biddi trails. visitbunburygeographe.com.au
CHALLENGE YOURSELF Collie is well on its way to becoming a Trail Town thanks to a $10-million investment in 180kms of mountain bike trails and hiking tracks.
You don’t even need to leave Collie to access these as they start right in town at Soldiers Park. With 9kms of connecting loops, novice riders can calmly cruise the banks of the Collie River while more experienced riders can fly over rocks and get their cogs cranking on the Marri Meander trail. Sprockets Rocket is also a bit of a grin giver. Riders with a bit more experience can head for some of the more challenging trails in the Wellington National Park. Surrounded by magnificent
Marri and Jarrah forests and picture-perfect valleys, riding here requires a bit more time and a bit more fitness. Located 30 minutes from Bunbury and 15 minutes from Collie, stronger riders can do these trails in a day or you can opt to linger longer with an overnight stay in rustic cottages or go glamping under the stars by Honeymoon Pool or Potters Gorge. But if this is all still sounding way too relaxed and you really want to ramp up your ride, then head to sections of the Mount
Lennard Trail network or some of the new trails at Wellington National Park. There are a number of ‘black’ and highly technical trails that have thrillseeker written all over them. Of course all this physical activity will leave you hungry and you can justifiably reward yourself afterwards with lunch at a nearby brewery, a wine at a local vineyard or a coffee at one of Collie’s many cafes. No bike? No problem. If you don’t have a bike, need a few repairs or some
extra gear, stop off at Crank’n Cycles in Collie. They can give you trail maps and loads of insider tips and even include a helmet and lock at no extra charge with every bike they hire. Melo Velo in Bunbury also hires out mountain bikes as does Kiosk at the Dam in the Wellington National Park. So what are you waiting for… get to Collie and get on your bike! For more info and detailed maps check out www.projects. trailswa.com.au/maps/ |
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Bunbury THE CITY of Head to Bunbury BUNBURY, 3 Waters is a vibrant port for a mid-year city, surrounded by beautiful waterways, stunning beaches break where you and extra-friendly dolphins. It’s for its laidback lifestyle can taste some known and ever-growing collection of of the best local independent boutiques, small bars and eateries providing produce the state seasonal and local produce. has to offer and Must-dos immerse yourself Art-astic - Pick up a map in the vibrant arts at1 the Bunbury Visitor Centre, and culture scene. take a stroll through town
and try to find all 32 urban art murals scattered throughout the CBD as well as the quirky characters that can be found painted on 20 electrical boxes. Pay a visit to Wardandi Boodja at Koombana Bay, Bunbury’s most iconic piece of public art. The 5.5m steel bust reflects the resilience and spirit of a proud Noongar man and stands as a reminder to visitors and locals alike that Noongar culture is
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vibrant and strong. Did you know Bunbury is home to the biggest collection of public art in regional Australia? Don’t forget to visit the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) housed in a former convent. It is the big pink building and hosts an array of local, state and national exhibitions year round. 2 Fin fun - Find fins of the natural variety at Australia’s premier dolphin centre, the Dolphin Discovery Centre. It’s the perfect place to learn more about these incredible creatures. Or, get up close and personal on a Dolphin Eco Cruise within the bay. If you don’t mind getting your feet wet - dolphins visit the Koombana Bay most mornings. Be sure to phone ahead as swim tours are weather dependent. 3 Work up an appetite Bunbury is the epicentre of the restaurant scene in BunGeo,
and for a good reason. You’ll find brilliant burgers and award-winning dining. Visit Victoria Street for a feed and a shopping spree. One of Bunbury’s mostloved streets, it’s known for unique, independent shops, restaurants and small bars and is the perfect place to take refuge from the weather for a cosy feed. Check out the Small Regional Bar of the Year 2019, Yours or Mine. Foodies should head to the Market Eating House, Mojo’s Kitchen, Bar and Bottleshop or Gold Plate finalist, Nicolas Ristorante. Side Door Restaurant offers a menu of Modern Australian cuisine and if you love a good warming curry - Jo’s Curry House is a must. Enjoy heartwarming favourites at the Rose Hotel or chow down on a gourmet burger at Right On Burgers. We also suggest you venture to the Marlston Hill Waterfront or Austral Parade visitbunburygeographe.com.au
FIND A LOCAL BUNBURY VISITOR CENTRE Freecall 1800BUNBURY A Old Railway Station, Haley Street, Bunbury, WA 6230 T +61 8 9792 7205 E email@example.com
dining precinct near the iconic Parade Hotel. Time travel - Soak up Bunbury’s past on a Heritage Building Trail. The streets of Bunbury’s CBD are filled with history and mystery, with plenty of stories to discover. (Pick up a Heritage trail map from the Bunbury Visitor Centre). Make sure you stop at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre and learn about French explorer Nicolas Baudin in a carefully put together exhibition paying homage to the man. Finish up at the Marlston Waterfront precinct – where you can see the bust of Baudin and read about the city’s rich maritime history. 4
5 Find spring in your step The city has a plethora of bike and walk trails. Get fit and find Bunbury’s unique natural attractions, including the Mangrove Boardwalk, on the
Leschenault Inlet Walk (5kms). If you’re in the mood to explore on foot, enjoy a bushwalking adventure in Manea Park and Maidens Reserve. For an epic ride, take a Fat Bike Beach Tour with Melo Velo and make your way around Bunbury.
7 Event fever - Bunbury’s events calendar is heating up! Cinema buffs can immerse themselves in the Cinefest Oz Film Festival which offers the highest value film prize in the world. The new Lost and Found foodie festival is arriving in Bunbury this year, and if you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, keep an eye on visitbunburygeographe.com. au for the most up-to-date event listings.
Short and sharp - Head up the steep path to the Marlston Hill Lookout. It gives you a 360-degree view of the City of 3 Waters. Connected to Victoria Street by a timber stairway, it sits on the site of Bunbury’s first lighthouse. For a rigorous climb, Boulters Heights between Wittenoom Street and Haig Crescent also offers fabulous city views. Head over to Mangrove Cove and climb the illuminated lookout (affectionately known as the egg), for a spectacular view of the City, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Inlet.
8 Selfie snaps - Take a pic in front of the much loved chequered lighthouse at Wyalup-Rocky Point and near basalt rocks (they’re awesome at sunset) or within the mysterious paperbarks at the Big Swamp Wetlands. Head over to the nearby Bunbury Wildlife Park for a selfie with a kangaroo or feeding the birds. You may get to meet their dingoes and quokkas too. 9 Sip and savour outdoorsIt’s time to brunch al fresco at one of Bunbury’s gorgeous outdoor eateries. Check out
the white and green planter boxes at Benesse’s outdoor seating area, or take in the Leschenault Inlet vista at Corners on King and Waters Edge. For great views of the ocean there's The Back Beach Café, Vat 2, Hungry Hollow or Corners by the Bay. Pantry fillers - Stock up on fresh produce at Bunbury Farmers Market. This place is legendary and has been rated the number one thing to do in Bunbury on TripAdvisor. Grab gourmet pies, locally sourced fruit and vegetables, the most amazing local and French cheeses, hand pressed juices to go, and so much more. If you’re around at breakfast time - pop in and visit the pancake bar where you can choose from cooked-on-thespot pancakes, waffles or crepes. Alternatively, whet your appetite at a wonderful weekly celebration of all things fresh and artisanal at The Bunbury Markets and Produce in the Park Markets in Queens Gardens. 10
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Destination Australind BUNBURY
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playpark. So watch this space as a new version of this popular day out destination begins its new lease of life in the heart of Donnybrook - it's due to re-open in September.
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You’ll find the Donnybrook-Balingup region among the picturesque Preston and Blackwood River valleys is bursting with fresh produce, historic towns and hamlets.
Donnybrook Balingup region COLLOQUIALLY KNOWN AS the apple capital of Western Australia, Italian and Irish settlers brought their love of great food to Donnybrook in the 1900s. Today, you can eat your way through the region with quaint roadside stalls selling seasonal local produce, like the summer stone fruits the area is now known for. Modern-day fossicking - this was originally a gold town - is also encouraged in the many local shops, antique stores and more. A little further down the South Western Highway is Balingup. It would have to be one of the prettiest 60
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towns in Western Australia, surrounded by rolling hills, forests and orchards. Laidback, a little bohemian and creative, Balingup’s super-cute shops fill the main street, and there is always a quirky event on offer, with the Balingup Medieval Carnivale, the Small Farm Field Day and Telling Tales in Balingup festivals among the perennial favourites. The Donnybrook Balingup region also includes the quaint historic towns and hamlets of Brookhampton, Kirup, and Mullalyup, plus Yabberup, Mumballup and Lowden in the Preston Valley.
Must-dos Core values - Munch an apple or two in WA’s apple capital. During summer, stop by a farmgate stall to stock up on local peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries. 1
2 Play time - Australia’s biggest free-entry playground, the Apple Fun Park is undergoing an exciting renovation. There's much anticipation around what the new look park will bring after generations of children have enjoyed spending happy hours exploring this impressively large
3 River walks - The Preston River Loop Walk Trail traverses a lush wetland river ecosystem encompassing a suspension bridge and weir crossing, incorporating the Preston River Indigenous Walk Trail and the Waugyl Sculpture Park – all in the town centre of Donnybrook. In Donnybrook, you also find beautiful Donnybrook Stone buildings and fences including the Soldiers Memorial Hall (1919) and All Saints Church (1906). Venture down to Balingup to follow alongside the Blackwood River and search out secluded swimming holes at the Wrights Bridge Walk Trail. 4 Grape expectations and cold brews - Donnybrook boasts some of the best up-and-coming wineries in the Geographe Wine Region. James Halliday four and above rated wineries offer noble and alternative varieties to satisfy the most discerning palates. Make a day of it and explore wineries like Barrecas, Barton Jones/ Coughlan Estate, Mandalay Road, Oakway Estate, Smallwater Estate and Thompson Brook Wines which all offer tastings and sales. Experience some incredible alternatives like barbera, zinfandel, durif, malbec, vermentino, nero d’avola and moscato. Ned’s Brew Club, Donnybrook’s first beer brewery is conveniently situated inside Oakway Estate Wines and offers a range of craft beers on tap that change throughout the seasons. Custard Cider, although not open to the public, offer their ciders in local licensed premises, wineries and eateries. 5 Star Gazing - Stay a few nights in one of the region’s beautiful boutique and farm stay accommodation properties,
many high in the hills. At night, clear skies give stargazers an awe-inspiring view of the constellations. 6 Shop til you drop - Stock up on handmade herbal products at the TinderBox, find pottery and timber products at the largest art and craft centre in WA – the Old Cheese Factory Craft Centre, or rummage through Donnybrook’s superb new and secondhand book collection - head to DonnyBooks for insightful and friendly service. Visit Donnybrook Artisans in Central Arcade for some locally created treasures and must-haves, open seven days a week and staffed by the artists themselves. Invest in alpaca knitwear from Jalbrook or stunning handcrafted jewelry at Balingup’s Goldsmith. 7 Tree huggers welcome - Wander through the Golden Valley Tree Park, Western Australia’s largest arboretum. There are 60ha of exotic and native trees and it’s famed
for being one of the top five locations in Australia to see autumn colours. On the way, take a quick detour to Balingup’s beautiful Avenue of Honour, with its majestic oaks that honour the 154 local men and women of the region who enlisted for service during WW1. Immerse yourself in nature in the local National Parks and State Forests that are brimming with native flora and fauna. Go for a drive - The Balingup-Nannup Road is one of many scenic drives, native kangaroo and emu sightings are common so keep your eyes peeled. Just as you leave Balingup make sure you stop at Balingup Heights Scenic Lookout for stunning views of the town and orchards. Tip - go early on a foggy morning to capture the sunrise. Take the scenic Donnybrook-Goodwood Road to Capel, especially after some rain, to check out Ironstone Gully Falls. There’s even a winery/brewery nearby for a pit stop. 8
9 Filling station - Try the scrumptious cakes from one of the many bakeries in this foodie hotspot, including gourmet tasting plates and pizza at Oakway Estate, cheese platters
and lighter fare from Barton Jones, or authentic flavours at the Donnybrook Indian Restaurant and Asian fusion at the Village Harvest Restaurant. For an Italian influence try the Riverside Restaurant. The main street of Donnybrook abounds with great cafes and coffee. The Donnybrook Bakery is also open 24hrs Monday to Friday and Midnight to 2pm Saturday and Sunday, so you can eat no matter the time of day. In Balingup, grab a great Aussie pie on the terrace at the Old Shed Café or across the road at The Mushroom at No 61 Balingup, and why not indulge in a tipple from the Balingup Fruit Winery while you are there. If picking your own seems too much like hard work, Newy’s Vegie Patch in Kirup has the best selection of fresh fruit, veg and local produce in regional WA, including Tasty Edibles amazing sourdough bread. The South Western Highway has an amazing selection of trendy places for a caffeine fix. Don’t miss Donnybrook’s funky Crazy Cow Coffee or the gourmet delights of Blackwood Daily Grind in Mullalyup. 10 On the right track Walkers can tackle a section of the Bibbulmun Track that
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passes through the region near Balingup. Mumballup is another great rest point, surrounded by Preston Virgin Forest, a walkers and cyclists paradise. Mountain biking enthusiasts can hit the world-class Munda Biddi Trail that passes through Donnybrook and heads west toward Ironstone Gully Falls before turning south. Alternatively, stay at MTB meccas CycleTrek Lowden or Linga Longa near Balingup. Most local accommodation properties offer a pickup and drop-off service for cyclists and walkers. |
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The Ferguson Valley produces some of Australia’s best alternative wine varieties intermingled with stunning vistas over the lower coastal plains to the Indian Ocean.
Burekup Wellington National Park FERGUSON VALLEY Dardanup
Dardanup Ferguson Valley AN INFLUX OF tree-changers has helped transform this region from agricultural towns into a go-to for wine producers, artists, musicians and small creative businesses. Dairy farming is still prominent, but lifestylers have moved in for the bucolic simplicity of country life and, as you move up the mountain to the Ferguson Valley, the land is peppered with vines, wineries, and the odd brewery too. Eating and drinking isn’t all that there is to do here – a large section of the region is covered in dense, ruggedly beautiful jarrah forest and includes part of the very popular Wellington National Park. The area also packs a mighty punch in the festival and event stakes.
Must-dos Plenty of choice - Wine tasting is a must in the Fergie Valley with its vineyards and wineries producing awesome small batch wines. Perhaps the most impressive winery in the region is Willow Bridge Estate - a 5-red star James Halliday award-winning operation. However, don’t discount the small guys. Boutique producers like Green Door Wines making a splash with their ancient winemaking techniques, and many others are hot on their heels. On your wine journey, don’t 1
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expect to drink and dash; our winemakers are passionate souls who love sharing their time with you. For beer lovers, Bush Shack Brewery and Wild Bull Brewery will tantalise your tastebuds, providing a tempting menu. Evedon Lakeside Retreat also offers a new menu, with fresh flavours including breakfast.
most part built on a very gentle slope. The single-track Grizzly Trail is one of the more popular and technical trails of the collection; it weaves through the jarrah forest providing more than enough obstacles, jumps and berms to keep even the most experienced riders on their toes.
2 Name a gnome - You must pay a visit to the very quirky Gnomesville, a community driven-gnome village with over 7,000 little inhabitants. Bring along a gnome and add it to the collection. Before you go, pick up a copy of the recently released, super-cute children’s illustrated book, Gnomesville – The Real Story by Lesley Geers.
4 Tall timbers - Be awed by nature with a visit to the King Jarrah Tree – it is the most accessible, largest tree in the BunGeo. This majestic jarrah tree is estimated to be between 300 and 500 years old. Standing about 36 metres tall, it has survived bushfires, storms, lightning and insect attack.
On your bike - Get the cogs turning at the Mount Lennard Mountain Bike Network, near Pile Road in the Wellington National Park. Mount Lennard, or Pile Road as it’s known to most mountain bikers, is a fun area of trails that are for the
Creative country - Go in search of artists hiding in the hills. If you have an appointment, head south to visit local artist studios and galleries including 5th Element Glass Art Studio & Gallery and Elliot Smith Sculptures & Glass Studio.
FIND A LOCAL FERGUSON VALLEY VISITOR CENTRE (DARDANUP) A 5 Ferguson Road, Dardanup WA 6236 T +61 8 9728 1551 W www.fergusonvalley.net.au
one of the best. A short drive to Eaton you will find a talented team at Small's Bar who have scoured the region for the best of the best local produce. Get lost - Eaton Foreshore Walk meanders for 5km along the picture-perfect Collie River. You’ll quickly forget you are so close to urban influences. Between Dardanup and Boyanup are the ever-popular and dog-friendly Crooked Brook Trails. The Forest Path is a hidden jewel for those with limited mobility, providing easy access to an area of natural bushland with interpretive signage about the flora and fauna. The wildflowers are awesome in spring. 8
History lives - The Dardanup Heritage Park houses one of Australia’s finest collections of historic agricultural and industrial items with more than 20 sheds full of beautifully restored gems. Make time to wander through the 15 heritage sites on the 2.5km Dardanup Heritage Trail, including the first Catholic church in Western Australia outside the metropolitan area. Stop for lunch along the way at the historic Dardanup (aka The Dardy) Tavern built in 1905; it has bags of character. 6
Let’s eat! - Here are a few foodie options to get you started: for an indulgent menu head to Hackersley Estate. Low key and a little arty, Hackersley overlooks a lake with cows grazing in the background. Down the road is Saint Aidan Wines - their chef has a resume that will blow your mind. If you’re after something simple, visit Ferguson Falls Wine Cafe, home to WA’s Best Pizza. For lakeside views try Evedon Lakeside Retreat. Or, if you’re a pie lover, Dardanup Bakery is 7
9 Starry film night - Over summer, join St Aidan Wines for a night under the moon and stars at their ever-popular Film on the Ferguson outdoor cinema evenings. Order a light
meal from the winery, find a spot on the grass and relax under the stars while enjoying a glass or two of Saint Aidan’s finest. 10 Take a drive – Pick up a copy of the Drive Trails of the Ferguson Valley and Surrounds booklet, and hit the road. You’ll find jam-packed itinerary inspiration for art lovers, adventure enthusiasts, those young at heart and much more.
Get lost . . . and found Get lost in Bunbury and the Ferguson Valley this spring. From September 9 to 12, the bustling port city and its wineloving neighbour come alive, with special events for fans of great food, incredible wine and live music. 11
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Stratham Peppermint Grove Beach
Get ready to find the world’s last remaining tuart forest, quiet seaside hamlets, and bucolic country towns in the Capel region. NESTLED ON THE Capel River, you’ll find Capel, a town with a quirky sense of humour. Where else in Australia would they send you to hunt for the troll under a historic bridge? The creative journey continues down the main street, with walls of murals reflecting the stories of the town, and into the redeveloped Capel Civic Precinct, which boasts skateable elements, nature playground, BBQs and picnic tables. Nearby, Boyanup is a quintessential dairy and cattle town with lots of tree-changers thrown in for good measure. Its farmers market, held every fourth Sunday of the month, is one of the best in the region. Many locals are history buffs with a passion for trains, and the driving force behind the South West Rail & Heritage Centre. Alternatively, pay a visit to the ultra-modest contender for the title of WA’s most alluring coastal town, Peppermint Grove Beach. Peppy Beach (as the locals call it) is home to white sandy beaches and fabulous holiday houses; it’s your ultimate hammock and chill destination. A little further north, Dalyellup is a new, outer coastal suburb adjoining Bunbury with awesome beaches, 50ha of parks and gardens, 25km of cycleways and walking trails and its own piece of preserved tuart forest. Get ready to find the world’s last remaining tuart forest, quiet seaside hamlets, and bucolic country towns in the Capel region.
Must-dos 1 Tree change - Uncover the world’s only remaining tall tuart forest in the Tuart Forest National Park. It’s also home to the rare western ringtail possum. Go bushwalking, have a picnic or check out the Tuart Discovery Trail. 2 Wine time - Visit the beautiful Capel Vale Winery.
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James Halliday agrees with the Australian Wine Companion, nominating Capel Vale as among the top 100 wineries in Australia. Enjoy a late lunch at Match Restaurant where it’s all about ‘matching’ food perfectly with wine. The view is pretty special too or you're welcome to laze on the lawn by the vines. Finish with a cheese platter and a glass of their delicious Geographe
merlot. If you have a sweet tooth, we suggest you book a high tea. It’s a delicious and decadent tradition that never disappoints.. 3 Sunset feels - Watch a sunset at Peppermint Grove Beach. Fallen in love with the place? Stay locally and call into Peppermint Grove Beach Holiday Park –their shop is stocked with handmade gifts –
or pop into the bottle shop for a nice drop of local white to toast the day. And don't forget to preorder a woodfired oven pizza for a Friday night feast. 4 Push yourself - Have some super-awesome paintball fun at Paintball Pursuit near Stratham, where groups and individuals can fight it out. Entertain the kids and those young at heart at Gravity Etc in Dalyellup. Bounce, tumble, balance, flip, party and fly your way around 1,800sqm of indoor highenergy trampoline excitement. Boyanup connects to the worldleading Munda Biddi Mountain Bike Trail. Play a challenging round of golf at the Capel Golf Course under the gaze of the grazing kangaroos. Check out the newly developed skateable links at the Capel Civic Precinct, as well as the skate bowl in Boyanup.
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5 Sweetie pies - In Capel, indulge your rumbling stomach at Capelberry’s or The Fat Birdie. Capelberry’s famous breakfast bruschetta is designed to fill up the hungriest of travellers. They also offer great heat and eat options to take back to your accommodation. Stock up on homemade pies and sourdough bread from the Capel Bakery, where you can also pick up some great in-season local farmgate produce and a range of handmade and natural olive oil soaps and skincare balms. Check out Bean and Cone at Boyanup - the perfect ice-cream and coffee stop-off to refuel.
Let’s pack a picnic - Dine al fresco at Ironstone Gully Falls and discover the wildflowers. Following winter, the stream, having tumbled through one of the region’s many fine jarrah 6
forests, crosses under the road and gently rambles over a series of rapids. The falls drop over a ledge of nine metres. In spring, the surrounding countryside bursts into colour with a stunning display of wildflowers. So whatever season, this is a magical spot. 7
Country pub delights - If you are looking for a lunch spot with old-world charm, try The Bull and Bush Tavern in Boyanup. The historic Capel Tavern’s beer garden overlooking the Capel River is perfect for a lazy Sunday sesh. 8 All aboard - The South West Rail & Heritage Centre in Boyanup opens its doors with a special theme every fourth Sunday of the month. View the historic trains and carriages, and the blacksmiths working.
9 Charm and craft Hunt down curiosities and collectables. Visit the Tree Memories Gallery, which hosts fine wood craft, the Quirky Den and the Jalinda Orchard and Art Gallery. During your wander there are plenty of refreshment stops including the Boyanup Bakery as well as the French brocade store, Rustic French Living, which is housed in a beautiful old church in Boyanup. Enjoy morning tea as you search through its unique French finds.
10 Trail blazing - The Capel region offers the space to discover yourself and explore nature and cultural history on urban walk trails. The Preston River Ramble in Boyanup is a delightful 1,300 metre stroll which showcases significant aspects of both the natural and cultural history. The Boyanup Heritage Trail interprets the major sites and stories from the early settlement history of the town. The nearby Joshua Lake Walk trail circumnavigates the lake and takes walkers through a mix of re-vegetated woodland and pleasant open grassy spaces.
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Collie River Valley
Climb the mountain to the top of the Darling Scarp and discover the beautiful Collie River Valley, which is quickly becoming Western Australia’s mountain biking capital.
Collie River Valley region IT MAY BE cold outside, but Collie is the hottest adventure destination in Western Australia right now. Just two hours south of Perth, the town is one giant playground, with tracks and trails in abundance and the largest collection of recreational lakes in the state nestled amongst beautiful jarrah forests. Collie is home to the biggest dam mural in the world in the heart of the Wellington National Park, an expansive mural trail to explore throughout town as well as an underground experience and intriguing historical attractions. Whatever your passion, Collie is the place to down tools and take time to fuel your adventurous spirit. You’ve earned it.
Must-dos 1 Immerse yourself in creativity Did we mention art? Collie is home to the world’s largest dam wall mural; a spectacular site at Wellington Dam in the heart of the Wellington National Park. Spanning 8,000 square metres, this is an artwork to behold. Inspired by local stories and photographs, the mural evokes an appreciation of the good life; simple pleasures and family connections in nature.
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Explore an expansive outdoor art gallery throughout Collie’s town centre. The Collie Mural Trail tells stories about the Collie River Valley’s living heritage – strong voices from local people and places. The Collie Art Gallery showcases a diverse and impressive exhibition program, as well as one of the largest single art prizes in regional Australia – the $50,000 Collie Art Prize. 2 It's marshmallow time - Don’t let the cold weather
keep you inside. Rug up, load up the camper and get ready to toast marshmallows around the campfire. You’re spoilt for choice for camping options in the Collie River Valley, with a range of options in Wellington National Park, Stockton Lake and Lake Kepwari. If you’d prefer your camping experience with a few creature comforts, try the Collie River Valley Tourist Park or the “camping without camping” experience at Black Diamond Lodge, affordable accommodation with a firepit to boot. 3 Water, water water - You may be inland, but there’s no shortage of aquatic adventure playgrounds in the Collie River Valley. Start at the picturesque and culturally significant Minningup Pool, where the Collie River is at its widest, ideal for swimming, canoeing or picnicking. Follow the Collie River in
Wellington National Park to uncover an array of natural swimming pools and, if the water’s course is high, it’s an ideal place to kayak. Try the intense blue waters of Stockton Lake, or the most recent and largest addition to the collection, Lake Kepwari. Hop on a SUP from TraaVerse, we promise you won’t be cold for long! visitbunburygeographe.com.au
4 Off-road adventures - Get on a MTB track and crisscross through the beautiful Collie River Valley. With more than 20 trails for beginner and pro, there’s plenty of opportunities to get your cogs turning. New trails are popping up too, including new single track at Arklow, with 9.5km built to accommodate hand cycles. The Wagyl Biddi trail, named after the mythical rainbow
serpent, is a fun and easy flow trail on the edge of the town centre. For the ultimate challenge, attempt to Beat the Biddi – the world-class Munda Biddi Trail diverts through Collie. Don’t have gear? Hire a bike from Collie’s Crank’n Cycles where the guys know everything there is to know about MTB. For walkers, there are plenty of hiking trails as well as the famous Bibbulmun Track traversing the region. 5 Refuel on the road Caffeine addicts should pay a visit to Wagon 537 - a pop-up café, located in a heritage train wagon. Another local coffee haunt is the historic Colliefields Hotel – its purple exterior makes it hard to miss. If you fancy some good honest pub grub, then you’re spoilt for choice – the Feddy (Federal Hotel) and The Vic are among our favourites.. Pre-order a Gourmet Grazing Box to Go, full of delectable snacks.
FIND A LOCAL COLLIE VISITOR CENTRE A 156 Throssell Street, Collie WA 6225 T +61 8 9734 2051 E email@example.com
6 Feed the soul and the taste buds - Head to the Harris River Estate Winery and eat to your heart’s content from the tapas menu. You can stay here too, overlooking the vines, a beautiful dam and jarrah forest. This amazing, family-run property includes a 24-hectare winery, cider-making operation, microbrewery, restaurant and self-contained chalets. If that’s not enough, try Harris River Estate’s unique small-batch gin, working with a local traditional custodian. You can be amongst the first to taste it. 7 Secret sanctuary - The beautiful, serene Honeymoon Pool in Wellington National Park is an Instagram hot spot for good reason. It’s a wide natural pool surrounded by graceful peppermints and jarrah and marri forest along the Collie River. Find your inner child and try out the swinging rope. Be prepared to be invigorated - the water is always cool and refreshing, even on a hot summer day. Not far away is another Instagrammable favourite - Black Diamond Lake - with vibrant, blue waters just begging for a selfie.
Top gear - Get your adrenaline fix by zooming around a top-class Motorplex track. The Collie Motorplex long track hosts weekend events. With regular Champion’s Ride Days and V8 Supercar hot laps and events all year round, it’s sure to get the heart pumping! 8
9 Black gold - Step back in time and gain an insight into the lives of Collie’s rugged underground miners. The Replica Coal Mine at the Collie Visitor Centre offers an immersive experience not to be missed, and check out the restored locomotives while you are there. Pop across the road and pay a visit to the Coalfields Museum – it’s a real local history treasure trove.
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Boyup Brook region
Explore the largest stretch of the Blackwood River as it meanders through rolling hills and farmlands in this extraordinary part of the world. BOYUP BROOK, SET on the tranquil Blackwood River, is the heart of Western Australia’s country scene. It’s also a rural community brimming with talent and will win you over with its warm hospitality and spirit. Highlighting the fact is Boyup Brook’s obsession (in a good way) with collecting. From a world-famous rare jewel beetle and butterfly collection, record and music memorabilia that will blow your mind, to one of Australia’s largest collections of teapots (over 5,000), the people and treasures of Boyup Brook will intrigue and delight.
Must-dos 1 Explore the quirkiest of collections – Visit the beautiful Carnaby jewel beetle and butterfly collection at the Boyup Brook Visitor Centre. Keith Carnaby was a leading light in the study of jewel beetles and this portion of his collection will take your breath away. The Visitor Centre also showcases the impressive Kradals Doll Collection and locally-made produce with Boyup Brook olive oil a mustbuy. Tea lovers should visit the quirky Quacking Frog Teapot Shed boasting a collection of more than 5,000 teapots and serving, delicious morning and afternoon tea.
Blooming wild - Boyup Brook is at its blooming best during the wildflower season (June to October), so much so that every year in October, the Blooming Wild Festival is held to celebrate everything from rare orchids, to quirky collections and exquisite local 2
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art. The Shire is filled with stunning wildflower trails in local bush reserves, so why not spend a day getting lost in nature. Boyup Brook is home to rare fauna including numbats, quenda, chuditch and woylie. Perup: Nature’s Guest House is a unique holiday experience, situated among 56,000ha of native forest, and is recognised as the best place in Western Australia to see these iconic mammal. You will truly be nature’s guest. Treat yourself - The beautiful, old stone building in the heart of town houses the Visitor Centre and the exquisite Little Art Gallery. Pop in for a look and also check out the unique products, handcrafted wares and local produce. The Little Art Gallery will be celebrating spring with a delightfully eclectic collection of original artworks by local artists. 3
4 Get lost in music - This town prides itself as being at the centre of WA’s country
music and is home to the state’s iconic Country Music Festival (February). Throughout the year, you can visit the Hot Country Music Shop to view its artists' signature collection and stock up on all things country. Make sure you don’t miss Harvey Dickson’s Country Music Centre. This entertainment shed is decorated wall-to-wall and floor-to-rafter with memorabilia spanning more than 100 years. The original 1884 wagon of local pioneers, the Muir family, hangs from the rafters. See life-sized sand sculptures of Elvis and Johnny Cash and the ‘record room’ contains an extensive Elvis Presley collection. Harvey Dickson's Rodeo - There’s nothing quite as exciting as a tension-filled rodeo. Cowboys, bulls and horses, getting stirred up and ready to go. A few riders eating the dirt and the cheers from the crowd. If this sounds like your type of action, make sure you 5
keep 30 October free for the next event. 6 Stockman's Challenge An exciting weekend over 24 to 26 September, the best of the West Stockman’s Challenge will put daring riders and their skills to test in a battle to be crowned the best in the West. This involves everything horsey, stock handling, horse shoeing, whip cracking, a back saddle contest, a bareback obstacle and cross-country courses. 7 Bright Skies - Astro photographers often refer to the period of mid-autumn to mid-spring as the Milky Way Season. Boyup Brook is one of the best places to soak up the wonders of our Milky Way galaxy, experience a true country night sky, dense with bright stars stretching as far as the eye can see. During August and September, the heart of the Milky Way is high in the southern sky, making it the perfect time to either camp out under the stars or book into a local farmstay and enjoy the clear and bright night skies of Boyup Brook.
Historic stories - At the Pioneers’ Museum, see the first clover-seed harvester, developed by Boyup Brook local P.D. Forrest, in 1910. Part of the Museum is the original Masonic Temple, exhibiting furniture and paraphernalia used by the Masons - something rarely seen outside the organisation. Afterwards, take the Heritage Walk following 23 plaques around the town centre. If you’re lucky (appointment only), you may visit one of the district’s first farms and the heritage-listed Norlup Homestead, built for Commander Scott with convict labour. 8
9 Artfully done -Explore the streets of Boyup and be amazed by the holograms, sculptures and murals by acclaimed local artists Sandy Chambers and Sobrane.
Boyup Brook’s public art also encompasses impressive, large scale metal works by Len Zuks and Harvey Dickson.. 10 Paddles up – Hire a canoe from the Flax Mill Recreation Complex (also housing a scale model of the working Flax Mill, and other iconic local structures, along with a sewing machine display by appointment) and paddle down the majestic Blackwood River, the longest
river in the south west. Peaceful stretches meander through farming country. To experience magnificent flora and birdlife, take a picnic and stop off along the way. For the more adventurous, the river and surrounds are suitable for longer treks that incorporate camping at various spots along the banks. Prefer to be on land? Take the Bicentennial Trail for a pleasant walk alongside the Blackwood River.
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Harvey Region The stunning, diverse and produce-driven Harvey Region benefits from multiple visits to see all that it offers. FERTILE COASTAL IRRIGATED plains and gently rolling meadows are adorned with the occasional charmingly dilapidated barn, a white fenced equestrian stud, or an impressive heritage property. Many of the big guys in food are based here – from Harvey Beef to Harvey Fresh; the list is impressive. As you head east, the region changes from farming land to ruggedly beautiful jarrah forest and natural waterways for outdoor fans to explore. Toedippers, seaside lovers, anglers and skippers find themselves in water heaven in Australind and the seaside hamlets of Myalup and Binningup.
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Wonderful waterways - Dive into Australind's Leschenault Waterways Discovery Centre and find out more about this fascinating part of the region. Further along the estuary is the Leschenault Peninsula Conservation Park, a nature-lovers paradise encased by the Indian Ocean on one side and the estuary on the other. Get back to nature and camp the night at the Belvidere Campground. 2 Say cheese - A visit to the Harvey Region wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the iconic Ha Ve Cheese. It produces award winning cultured butters and cheeses and offers free tastings every day. Call in and treat the family to a delicious ice-cream or a decadent blue vein. We also suggest you seek some mouthwatering Halls Family Dairy 1
Suzette cheese from Camilles Deli Social in Treendale. 3 Climb the big orange - The 10 metre high look-out tower in the shape of a massive orange is yours to explore at Harvey River Estate Winery located on the beautiful banks of the Harvey River. 4 Saddle up - Walk or ride the new trail through the Myalup Pines Forrest and retread the exact path taken by the Tenth Light Horse Brigade stretching from Mandurah through to Bunbury. 5 Take a hike - Spring has sprung in the Harvey Region with stunning wildflowers flowering from August through to December. Take a walk through the stunning local bush to spot varieties such as forest mantis orchid, leopard orchid, donkey orchid and the curiously named rusty spider orchid. Don’t miss the stunning
Wildflower Ridge Walk north of Harvey. 6 Meet May - The Harvey Tourist Precinct is home to a replica of Stirling Cottage, owned by Governor Stirling and the childhood home of renowned Australian Snugglepot and Cuddlepie children’s author and artist May Gibbs. Be sure to call in to the Harvey Visitor Centre to learn more about May and view the Gumnut Baby Display. 7 Wine escapades - Explore Harvey’s award-winning wineries including Vineyard 28, Skipworth Wine Company, and Harvey River Estate. Set on beautiful grounds, these unique wineries love visitors and are passionate about high quality wine production. Vineyard 28 offers a Taste of Italy Tour (bookings essential). After a day of exploring and sampling visitbunburygeographe.com.au
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the state’s finest drops, call into GeoVino in Harvey’s main street to enjoy wines paired with delicious cheese and great company. Beer lovers will appreciate the new industrial-style microbrewery Brugan overlooking the fields of Wokalup. If size matters, you must try the Treendale Farm Hotel which can cater up to 1000 people. Old Coast Road Brewery near Myalup is also a perennial favourite. Try their mini golf course too.
8 Boating fun - Enjoy the crystal clear, turquoise Logue Brook Dam in Cookernup. Surrounded by jarrah forest, the lake is a haven for water skiing, canoeing, fishing, swimming, windsurfing and sailing. Stay the night at the Lake Brockman Tourist Park or the Logue Brook Campground. 9 Say ‘I do’ - For out-ofthis-world views, say ‘I do’ at Edith Valley in the Roeland Hills. The oldest farm in the district, Alverstoke 1841 offers the ultimate barn wedding experience. Achieve casual ambience at the Old Coast Road Brewery. If you’ve always dreamed of a garden wedding try the Stirling Cottage Gardens, or if you have grand aspirations to marry upon a stone stage, head to the Gibbs Pool Amphitheatre. 10 Cast a line - Just a halfhour drive from Bunbury you’ll
find the beautiful beaches of Binningup and Myalup. Ideal swimming beaches for the whole family and excellent fishing, snorkelling, surfing opportunities abound. On your visit keep your eyes open for visiting dolphins. 11 Road trip - The Beela Valley Scenic Drive will take you through steep hills with beautiful flora and lush farming country and open paddocks. Start from Beela Rd opposite the Brunswick Tavern. If you have a 4WD, venture to find Australia’s largest jarrah tree hidden deep in the Mornington State Forest. The Jarrah Hadfield is more than 10m in circumference and over 260 years old. Closer to the coast, Cathedral Ave, just north of Australind, is a beautiful drive through paperbarks along the Leschenault Estuary. 12 Follow the heritage trail - Step back in time on
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