Margaret River – Part Two

As mentioned in my last post on our little getaway to Margaret River, a visit is just not complete if you don’t actually go anywhere else BUT wineries. You don’t spend any more than an hour at the wineries’ cellar doors unless you’re there for lunch / dinner, so here’s a snapshot of what else A and I did in the 3 days 2 nights we were down south 🙂


Burnside Bungalows
287 Burnside Road
Margaret River
WA 6285
+61 (0)8 9757 2139

We arrived at Margaret River when it was already pretty dark so it took us a little while and a quick call to Burnside Bungalows before we managed to locate this quaint farm. I sure wasn’t disappointed – just look at the pictures! 😀 The bungalows are immaculately clean (by my standards) and are equipped with everything you could possibly need for a short 2 night stay or even for a family vacation of 5 nights or more. I mean, you’ll need the stove tops to fry up those fresh eggs courtesy of Burnside’s chooks! 🙂

I love too that you’re encouraged to just wander around the farm, armed with the handy little map that is provided upon check-in. In any case, the walking paths are very well delineated so you’re good to go, map or no map! This is a great location if you have little ones in tow or are just in the market for out-of-the-ordinary accommodation.

You know we’re city slickers because we were BEYOND fascinated with the farm animals running free, especially those Angus cowwws……. Well, I was fascinated fo’sho. Or maybe I was just hungry 😛


Candy Cow
Shop 3, Botterill Street (off Bussell Highway)
Cowaramup WA 6284
+61 (0)8 9755 9155
Opens daily, 10am – 5pm

Anything PINK rates in my books! But really, Candy Cow is a sweet-tooth’s haven and a good pit-stop en route to Margaret River. Stretch your legs and stock up on candy of all flavours – you’d probably need a little sugar hit after all that driving anyways 🙂 We bought lots of fudge that we haven’t yet finished… methinks I might have to throw them out already hahaha

Cape Lavender
Carter Road (off Metricup Road)
WA 6280
+61 (0)8 9755 7552
Opens daily, 10am – 5pm

Getting to Cape Lavender is quite the dry/sandy/dusty adventure since you’re travelling for the most part on dirt road. With that in mind, it would quite be lovely to be greeted at the end of this journey by the brilliant sight of purple lavender in full bloom and their sweet scent, yes? Alas, it was not to be for me on both occasions as it was faar from lavender season. They’re more spring flowers and my visits were in early autumn / late winter. Anyhow, I consoled myself with their homemade lavender honey and bottles of lavender body wash 😀

The grounds are very well-maintained and I can just imagine, when the flowers really are in bloom, how wonderfully pretty a backdrop it would be for a wedding..

Lake Cave
Caves Rd
Margaret River
WA 6285
+61 (0)8 9757 7411
Daily tours – 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm

Lake Cave is one of three caves at Margaret River and is not the largest. That honour belongs to Jewel Cave. Anyhow, we decided that Lake Cave would be the most “manageable” and boy, did we get a good workout climbing those 350+ steps up AND down the cave. It’s interesting enough and is a good distraction from all the winery visiting. There’s a little tea room/cafe located right next to Lake Cave’s visitors’ centre which served up some awesome hot chips and nachos! It was right about lunch time for us and the food sure hit the spot 😀

Margaret River Chocolate Factory
Cnr Harman’s Mill Road and Tom Cullity Dr
WA 6280
+61 (0)8 9755 6555
Opens daily, 9am – 5pm

I love my desserts but have never been much of a chocolate person. Still, being at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory was almost intoxicating! I spent so much time examining each chocolate bar/melt/chip/button/syrup/you-name-it-they-got-it, we just HAD to sit down for some hot chocolate… Well, that’s my excuse anyway. The hot chocolate was DELISH and that is exactly how I do my hot chocolate now – hot milk poured over chocolate buttons placed at the bottom of the mug. Stir.. and enjoy 😀 Thankfully there’s an outlet over at Swan River and although not the closest in terms of proximity, the drive there isn’t too crazy so if we need to stock up on choc chips, we don’t have to wait until we next head into Margaret River.

Simmo’s Ice Creamery
161 Commonage Road
+61 (0)8 9755 3745
Opens daily, 10.30am – 5pm

An ice-cream bar is every child – and my – favourite place ever, so I wasn’t about to pass up popping into Simmo’s on the way back into the city. It was a lovely, sweet and creamy way to round off the weekend 🙂 There’s a Simmo’s located in the Margaret River town centre but again, this would be the perfect pit-stop en route to Perth. Simmo’s in Dunsborough also has a fun park – let the kids loose, expend some of that energy, pop them back into the car and listen to the beautiful sound of silence as they sleep the whole ride home…

The Berry Farm
43 Bessell Rd
Margaret River
WA 6285
+61 (0)8 9757 5054
Opens daily, 10am – 4.30pm

Pop by the Berry Farm to load up on jams, preserves and port but don’t be expecting a stroll amongst bushels of berries or whatnot 😛 While you’re there, reward yourself with a cake and coffee at their Cottage Cafe but beware of the flies – the location is THAT rustic.

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And that, my friends, concludes my two-part series on Margaret River. I’ll keep in mind to check out new places the next time I’m there but, like many others who have been to Margaret River, I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up returning to my favourite spots 😀 tried and tested and a creature of habit – what more can I say xx


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