A-Z Guidebook – Donnelly River Village

A holiday of a different kind, good for the soul, one that would be more familiar to my parents generation, is Donnelly River Holiday Village in the south-west of Western Australia. The village is no longer a town, however, many years ago it used to be a timber mill town (built for the Bunnings Brothers), and then it was abandoned and now it is a charming rustic holiday village.  The old school has ...

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Day 3 – Manjimup to Donnelly River

This morning we woke before dawn to the rumblings of a truck idling nearby, a contrast to waking up in the forest yesterday. We had spent the night in Manjimup at the Caravan Park. It was much colder overnight and this morning the tent was covered in moisture and steam rising from the hit of the sun's rays. All I can say is a 4 season tent was worth the ...

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Day 2; Karta Barnu to Manjimup

This morning I woke with the sun and excitably poked my head out of the tent reminding myself where I was -  in the middle of the forest in Western Australia's south west. It was quiet and not even a stir from the birds. I walked around briefly snapping a couple of photos of the morning scene and then climbed back into the tent, falling asleep for an hour or so. ...

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Donnelly River to Karta Barnu, Munda Biddi Trail

Having arrived in the holiday village of Donnelly River the evening before, the following morning we woke refreshed and ready to begin the 23 km mountain bike ride with trailers. Spending the night in the mill cottage turned out to be a great idea, entailing an evening by the fire and a nice big steak for dinner. We prepare the bikes and trailers under the watchful eyes of the local emus, ...

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Overnight stop in Bridgetown

There are some wonderful country towns south of Perth and it isn't until you rock up on the main strip and take a wander around, that you really find those hidden gems. As a kid, Bridgetown was often a 'drive though' town on the way to our holiday destination, but, on the odd occasion Dad would pull the car up alongside the old wood ship playground. We were allowed to go bonkers running through ...

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Mushroom Cafe & Bakehouse

Hitting the road destined for Perth following a short break in the south west of the state, we discovered not a great deal of places were open. Understandably it was New Years Day.  We were pleased to find a few choices for breakfast in the quaint country town of Balingup and next to the tourist information centre we walked into Mushroom Cafe and Bakehouse. The cottage cafe was quiet, infact, ...

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Food + Wine + Beer Dunsborough and surrounds

The Dunsborough, Yallingup and Eagle Bay area has certainly flourished over the past decade, once a country town that Western Australians spent their summer holidays fishing and swimming to an international destination of wineries, breweries and food experiences. For me, Dunsborough is a place to relax and unwind, my favourite time to visit is in the cooler months, when the rain has greened the sunburnt landscape and the wood fire can be ...

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Cheeky Monkey Brewery, Margaret River

Western Australia Day long weekend a group of us ventured down to the South West winery and food region along with what felt like a portion of Perth’s population. Despite the queues for coffee and fully booked restaurant signs the atmosphere in these normally quiet towns was lively and festive. A long weekend down south is not to be missed as a majority of the local wineries put on special ...

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The Grove Vineyard Cafe

The Grove Vineyard in the winery and surfing town of Margaret River is a stop that will please just about everyone in the group. Known as The Grove Experience there is a brewery, distillery, liqueur factory, winery and cafe as well as lovely green surroundings and a lake with a few sneaky surprises. Oh and there is also accommodation within the grounds. The private Jacuzzi in Chalet Cabernet sounded very appealing. We stopped by ...

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