Escape to the South-West

On the weekend, Jarrad (the boyfriend) and I managed to escape the hectic confines of life/work/dance for the freedom of “the country”. Australia’s South-West, specifically the Margaret River wine region, is about three and a half hours drive from home (i.e. Perth).

margs2overlooking the beach / “standing” on the stalactites at Ngilgi Cave

It’s credited as a wine region due to its 100-or-so wineries. The region produces more than 15% of Australia’s premium wine, so you can be fairful confident of a delicious drop coming from a Margaret River wine.

MARGS1Hayshed Winery (where the good cheese is) / standing on the rocks at River Mouth / scruffy man with many drinks

Along with the wine (oh, the wine) comes a budding range of gourmet produce such as: the imported cheeses at Hayshed Winery (we jumped for joy at the amazing flavours), the creme brulee at Must Wine Bar, the many many restaurants offering top-notch flavours from the land and sea.

The region is breath-taking. The beach, vineyards, farms, and forests are a treat for the eyes. This time of year (i.e. winter) is notorious for freezing temperatures and rain like nobody’s business. We were treated with a weekend of nigh on spotless weather, no need for a hat or gloves, and just some sprinkling rain.

MARGS3Jarrad says our feet are the same, I say not / Watershed Vineyard

We crashed with our friend Cam who studies viticulture and stayed one night in a lovely resort by the sea. In between amazing meals we gas-bagged about music, ran on beaches, explored caves, slept, and drank peppermint tea.

All in all, homecoming is a shame, but I am planning my next escape for September.

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