The second leg of our travel is at the Margaret River REGION, where we planned to spend some time with farm animals, at the vineyard and enjoy the beach. On Day 3, we drove to Bunbury for a quick pit stop and groceries shopping at the Farmer’s Market because our accommodation is not very near to any eateries at night. A good chance to cook and we are so glad we did!
We also packed lunch to eat on the way. Fresh tomatoes basil pasta ‘salad’.
We stayed at Yallingup (still within the Margaret River region) which had more things to do at Margaret River CBD itself , welcomed by our host with some wine and breakfast basket, including a loaf freshly baked bread! We had a lovely time at our airbnb but unfortunately the listing is no longer available.
We had the entire place to ourselves (the host lives in a separate house next door), and free access to her backyard. It is fully equipped with 1 bedroom (3 beds, sleeps 4), 1 kitchenette, 1 living room and 1 bathroom.
After checking in and settling down, we spent the evening at Bussleton Jetty. We took the train ride all the way to the end of the jetty (and back). There’s a Underwater Observatory at the end of the jetty but it was closing when we reached. After returning back to ‘shore’ we had really good dinner at The Goose. The pork belly salad was such simple fare but so delicious! There’s a beautiful beach by the jetty and we wished that the weather was warmer to spend some time there.
Our airbnb host also recommended lots of local favourites and children friendly places. We decided to go with her recommendations and ditch our initial plan entirely. Ha! We spent the morning of Day 4 at the backyard of our accommodation, picked some fresh eggs and prepared breakfast before heading to the Yallingup Shearing Shed.
Honestly speaking, Yallingup Shearing Shed would be perfect with older kids who are able to participate in the show. Nonetheless C enjoyed the sheepdog, touching the wool and generally looking at sheep.
Then was Gabriel Chocolate, who import their own beans and make their own chocolates. Besides all the chocolate tasting and tasty sandwich plus chocolate ice cream, I also particularly the green space at Gabriel Chocolate (and other venues). Green spaces are my best friend! Because we can let C run and be active.
Then we went Vasse Virgin to get some olive oil products, before heading back for a nap.
The afternoon/evening was spent at Simmons Ice Cream and Meelup Beach. I love the playground at Simmons. So huge, lots of green space and awesome ice cream!
We enjoyed Meelup tremendously. There weren’t many people, sun was just nice, beach is clean and there are shower facilities.
The day ended with some homecooked steak!
They served one of the best scones I ever had!
After brunch at Swooping Magpie, we went Wonky Windmill to visit the farm animals.
C befriended the guinea pigs and bunnies and also had the opportunity to bottle the lambs. They have a wide variety of animals but I just thought the farm was a little bare. They also have an orchard for fruit picking at fixed timings. One ticket covers both the farm and orchard. We didn’t participate the fruit picking as we were all hungry for lunch!
So it was to Cheeky Monkey for lunch. Good food, good cider, good view, good life!
At Cheeky Monkey, there’s a sand playground for little humans to expand some energy.
The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting Mosses Rocks, Lighthouse, Sugar Loaf and Canal Rocks! Very geographical and I like. C also had her first coastal geography lesson.
We had burgers for dinner at night. Thankful for a masterchef husband!
We enjoyed this leg of the trip tremendously and wished we stayed at Yallingup a little longer.
The rest of this series can be found here:
Traveling with a 16-Month-Old Toddler: On Itinerary
Traveling with a 16-Month-Old Toddler: On road tripping
Traveling with a 16-Month-Old Toddler: Accommodation, Food and etc in SW Australia
Activity Kit for Little Travellers
SW Australia Day 1 & 2: Fremantle