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Friday, October 14, 2016

Margaret River...

My posts on our recent holiday on Western Australia got a bit sidetracked. But because my blog is like my journal I will backtrack every now and then and write more about our travels, even though it all happened early last month! 
We spent 2 nights in the town of Margaret River; an area known for its wineries and food production...especially cheeses, chocolate and olives' products. 
Our accomodation featured lowset villas, set in lovely gardens. And each villa was named after a type of wine; ours was Cabernet Franc. ( I'd never heard of it and had to look it up; a black grape variety that is used in blends) 
Again the accomodation was spacious.

Margaret River town centre is quite compact and we enjoyed walking around the streets. While DH got brochures etc from the Information Centre, I 'played' with some of the stuffed toys in their big display. 

On the footpath adjacent to the Information centre, I was intrigued by this vending machine. I'd never seen one of these before.
On our full day in the area, we set off early to explore...
Another stop was at a chocolate factory....Temper Temper Fine Chocolates.  We bought 2 sugar free chocolate bars which were surprising nice and 2 single chocolates, rum and raisin flavour which were absolutely divine! ☺️

The lovely Vasse Virgin shop with lots of products made with locally made olive oil.

There are sooooo many wineries in this district, but we only visited a few. We stopped at one called the Cheeky Monkey at lunchtime. The grounds behind the main building are filled with lovely gardens, a playground and lots of undercover seating area...just so inviting for the visitors to the winery. 
It looked to be very popular with families, so we thought that probably indicated that the food in the cafe was good...and it was!!
My salad was huge...and delicious with a few slices of DH's pizza! 

Even though we don't usually add salt to our food, I was impressed by the salt containers on the table...salt from my dad's homeland. 
After lunch we found the Woody Nook Winery as my brother had asked us to buy him some of their port.
A lovely woodland type garden near their car park...

On our second night we went to an Italian restaurant in the town...the ravioli was delicious! 
Before we headed off from Margaret River, we visited their markets on the Sunday morning...
Lots of beautiful fresh food, including an Italian bakery stall. And that dog was getting lots of attention of market goers. 
And then we were back on the road again; this time we were headed for Albany. 


angela said...

Chocolate factory
Yummy food
Your speaking my kinda language lol

Vireya said...

The water vending machine is interesting. I've never seen one of those before.

Bev C said...

Hello Maria,

You winded and dined at some great places. The farmers markets at Margaret River are supposed to be the most organic ones in the state.

Happy days.

Anthea said...

Oh so jealous Maria... Margaret River & surrounds, is my favourite region ever! Woody Nook is just great & the Vasse Olives got me hooked on their Lemon Garlic Olives... glad you enjoyed the visit!