J and I had an awesome little weekend in Margaret River last week. It was a totally last minute decision, we jumped online on Wednesday night and booked ourselves the cutest little AirBNB right in town. It was around $170 a night, and was a little two storey townhouse. Downstairs was a kitchen/living room, with a courtyard with a BBQ, upstairs was a bedroom, with a MASSIVE spa bath, seperate toilet, and a little balcony. Despite being right in town (opposite the Margaret River bakery, it also backed onto a little patch of bushland, so sitting on our balcony felt like we were out in the countryside.
On our way down from Perth, our first stop was Rustico Tapas at Hay Shed Mill winery for lunch. Our friends had eaten at the one in Rockingham the week before and raved about it, so we had to go and try it. It was also in the entertainment book, so we got a great discount. We had a glass of their delicious sangria each, and just ordered a few little things off of the menu since we weren’t crazy hungry. One of the specials of the day was ceviche with blood orange. We have a minor ceviche obsession, so this was our first pick! It was pretty expensive, especially for such a tiny portion, but it tasted amazing. Along with this, we ordered the chicken liver parfait, crispy spicy squid and duck tacos. Everything was so good. I think next time we go, we would make sure that we were extra hungry, and do the 6 course degustation. At $55 a head, it looked like a great way to taste all of the highlights for the menu.
Our next stop was Fermoy Estate – my absolute favourite winery in Margaret River. Their cab merlot is incredible, and we left with 6 bottles of wine, and a subscription to receive wine from them every 3 months….oops.
The last time that we were in Margs, we discovered an awesome little Mexican restaurant on the main street, so we were really looking forward to eating there again. Last time we were down there, we ate their twice in 4 nights….that’s how good it was! We were a little gutted when we turned up for dinner on Friday night and realised that the name had changed, and that the menu had halved in size. It’s now called Que Pasa, but the decor hadn’t changed at all, so we were hopeful that it would be just as good. Unfortunately not. The service was terrible, despite there only being 3 tables of people in there, and the food was just plain bad. To start, we ordered sangria, and guacamole with chips. These were both great….but everything went down hill from there. The jalapeno poppers (one of the best things on the menu last time) were burnt and barely edible and the tacos were tasteless and kind of cold. So disappointing, especially when there are so many great restaurants that we could have gone to instead!
After dinner we headed down to Swings Taphouse, another favourite from our last trip. Thankfully, this place was just as awesome as we remembered! It’s got such a great little vibe, and they serve wine on tap….what else do you need?! We had a nice glass of wine each here, and then headed home for the night because we were planning an early morning the next day.
We started our morning the next day with a coffee and a pie from the Margaret River Bakery. If you haven’t been here before, please check it out….it’s so cute, with an incredible selection of pies, cakes, donuts, sandwiches….you’ll love it, I swear!
We drove up to the lighthouse at the top of Cape Naturaliste for our morning walk. We were hoping to see some whales, and were completely blown away when we got up there. I’ve seen whales from there before, but just a couple at a time. This time I couldn’t even tell you how many we saw, they were literally in every direction that we looked, it was incredible!!!!
From here, we stopped in at Bunkers in Bunker Bay, home of the most beautiful turquoise water you’ll ever see! Then we headed to Aravina Estate to taste some wines, check out the great car collection and wander around the stunning grounds. For lunch, we went to Colonial Brewing Co, where I would absolutely recommend the fish tacos! Then we headed back to town and spent an hour or so hanging out a Settlers Tavern and playing a few games of pool.
After the disappointment of the previous nights dinner, we decided to eat at Swings Taphouse, since we knew it would be great, and we just wanted something low key. To start, we shared the chorizo and a portion of hot chips, then we got a parma pizza. SO. GOOD.
The next morning, we had a super early start since we were meeting friends in Secret Harbour, so we had stop in at the Miami Bakehouse for coffee and brekkie on the way. Such a good weekend! I don’t know why we don’t go down there more often!