Things to see and do in and around Binningup

This Easter long weekend we joined the annual migration to the southern region of West Australia for a quiet weekend in the country. It's been a couple of years since we've taken advantage of the longest holiday break in the WA year, to escape the city and become the annoying out of towners! Suffice to say we were excited for our little road trip and catching up with friends. Binningup is a small coastal ...

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Barking Cow in Bridgetown

Finishing our 3 day ride along the Munda Biddi trail and 71km behind us, we were talking about a nice big meal and barista made coffee when we rolled into Donnelly River Village.  After we unpacked the bikes and trailers we made our way to the nearby town of Bridgetown, wandering along the main strip in search for a place to eat.  Barking Cow Café looked inviting and the name sparked some ...

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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 Spots Margaret River

Our long weekend was jam packed with winery and brewery visits, we ate alot of food and returned home with a couple of bottles of wine. Day one we explored the Dunsborough and Eagle Bay Area. Day two, we toured the region of Margaret River. As good as it was to visit all these wonderful places in a short space of time,  I think next trip I would much prefer to slow down ...

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