Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Boranup Forest & Noshing Around Margaret River

Brrr.... it was cold!

Little Miss Paris and I journeyed down to Margs to catch up with mates and go to the dentist! Yes, Mark Nathan is a master dentist! It's worth the drive, and what a wonderful excuse for a holiday.
Looking south to Hamlin Bay, I could see a very crowded surfing spot further down the beach, no pets allowed in the park, but you can drive your car on the beach.

It was only a weekend interlude, but we managed to pack a whole heap into it. Dentist, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast....
This is a beautiful specimen of a grass tree, we found this on a walk through the bush, and it looked like we were in a place where the kangaroos and emus gather.

Lunch @ Olio Bello, they are still good. You can take your own wine or enjoy their selection. Dog friendly. Check out their 'glamping' option to stay.

Looking south to Hamlin Bay

Dinner @ La Scarpetta Trattoria. Located at the bottom of the street in town. We had a Friday afternoon drink at Elkamo and then a casual walk down the main street to La Scarpetta. Also consistently good. I had the 'spaghetti al cartoccio.

Breakfast at the Urban Bean, also not disappointed, dog friendly in the main street, my poached eggs perfect, coffee good.
Looking north to Prevally

A drive through the Boranup Forest and then lunch at Cafe Boranup. Hey love this place. Dog friendly, comes with the little blue wrens who visit your table. I ordered fresh whiting fillets from Augusta... they were fresh and lovely. I had a smoothie called a Karri-Kale. There is a gallery right next door and full of works from local artists.
A forest of grass trees in the Boranup Forest

The Boranup Forest is worth researching before you visit. Plan a walk and dont overestimate the clearance of your cars undercarriage. Or underestimate the pain you experience when you have driven down a track and now find the dense bush/heath scratching the side of your car and ruining the beautiful duco! I did that once, found myself wedged on the track, realising that, that horrible screetching sound was going to sound just as bad as I reversed out!!! Yuck. Runs shivers up my spine just thinking about it. That stuff is not called 'buggery bush' for nothing! (Apologies to the sensitive - bush slang) (Officially Golden Glow Wattle (Acacia cultriformis) I think)

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