I lastly ticked off a spot that had been on my radar for years – to go to Western Australia.
I like Australia and it’s proper subsequent door from me over in New Zealand, and but I infrequently make it previous Sydney or the east coast. However now that I’ve so many Australian buddies, I’ve been listening to how superb Western Australia is over and over, particularly Margaret River and at last had the possibility to go to.
And for Connoisseur Escape nonetheless, WA’s extraordinary meals and wine competition in Margaret river. All of the sure!
You don’t need to ask me twice.
I’ve a lot to share about my week in WA for Connoisseur Escape, however I needed to kick it off by sharing my 20 favourite photographs that *fingers crossed* may encourage you to go to Western Australia and fall in love with this a part of the world too. Get pleasure from!
Earlier than this journey, Perth had by no means actually been on my radar. I’ve fairly a buddies from there, and infrequently I’ve discovered my Aussie buddies type of brush it off, like meh, simply one other massive metropolis.
Let me set the file straight. Perth is freaking superb. It’s bought that cool up-and-coming, funky artistic vibe that I crave in cities. Suppose nice avenue artwork, an incredible foodie scene, a number of occasions and funky stuff taking place, and oh yeah, did I point out the seashores? And ideal climate?
As a result of Perth is on the opposite facet of Australia from New Zealand, I used to be fairly excited to lastly try Air New Zealand’s comparatively new direct route from Auckland to Perth, with out having to stopover anyplace, which wasn’t too lengthy, solely about 6 hours. Anytime I don’t need to layover in Sydney, I’m stoked!
Arrived in Perth and bought picked up from the garden on the Crown Towers for a non-public helicopter flight over town with Corsaire Aviation
View from my EPIC room on the newly opened Crown Towers Perth – one evening right here was so not sufficient
Testing among the avenue artwork and superb foodie spots and bars round Perth with Oh Hey WA! and excited to identify one in every of my fave artists’ work – ROA. I’ve this wild principle – I feel any metropolis that invests in avenue artwork is a fairly cool metropolis
That shoreline! *drools*
Lastly lastly FINALLY made it to Rottnest Island – the land of the quokkas!
Until you don’t have Instagram, I’m not positive the way you may need missed the quokka selfie craze sweeping social media over current years. The cutest, happiest, littlest marsupial, solely discovered round these components, I used to be dying to lastly meet them on Rotto, a simple ferry journey away from Fremantle exterior Perth.
Together with the epic seashores it didn’t disappoint!
I like Australia!
Making buddies with quokkas!
Three of my favourite issues need to be meals, wine, and delightful locations, so clearly Connoisseur Escape in Margaret River was destined to be my new favourite factor.
In November yearly, 50 of the most effective cooks on this planet come collectively for an extended weekend within the wine and culinary area of Margaret River of WA for probably the most extraordinary meals and wine competition you’ve ever been to. And no, I don’t say that frivolously.
Along with having competition grounds to discover with tons of foodie cubicles, native wines, even frozen rosés, and dwell music and even cooking courses, there are pop up meal occasions all around the Margaret River area that you would be able to additionally go to. I spent my time going to each the competition grounds and in addition testing among the totally different occasions, from bbqs to fancy soirees.
I’m undoubtedly coming again! November 15- 18, 2018, mark your calendar guys!
Hanging out on the opening occasion the Audi Connoisseur Seaside BBQ the place our dinner was cooked by well-known chef Curtis Stone
My favourite second was attending to fed by my favourite chef on this planet – Could Chow – Asia’s greatest feminine chef in 2017 – and who runs Little Bao in Hong Kong, one in every of my favourite eating places on this planet. It’s a cheerful diner vibe with bao burgers – simply go. This was at a chef’s desk occasion on the competition grounds the place Could confirmed us how she perfected the artwork of the proper bao.
Sundown on the Nice Soiree at Fraser Gallop Property – most likely one in every of my favourite evenings and venues at Connoisseur Escape – spot me?
One in every of my favourite occasions at Connoisseur Escape was Feast within the Forest with well-known Canadian chef Michael Hunter
Magic in a jar – a deconstructed s’extra – I’ve been advocating for s’mores to make their technique to Australia and New Zealand since I moved right here and was STOKED to see it in WA
Leeuwin-Naturaliste Nationwide Park and surrounds
WA is so colourful and vibrant like so many locations in Australia, I couldn’t deal with it. Margaret River actually packed a punch. You’ve bought to go to Western Australia.
Loopy lovely seashores, each white sand and clear blue water and in addition rocky and wild, lush inexperienced forests, and naturally wineries. It has all of it.
The primary a part of our journey we stayed within the northern a part of the Margaret river area, exploring round Busselton, Dunsborough, as much as Cape Naturaliste right down to Yallingup, and it was so gorgeous. A variety of it’s nationwide park and a part of the Cape to Cape Monitor, which I hope to do sometime, stuffed with wild shoreline and delightful seashores. And whales.
Sundown on the iconic Sugarloaf Rock south of Cape Naturaliste
November was the top of the whale season in Margaret River and we noticed so many whereas we have been there, although the most effective was undoubtedly on the whale watching tour with Naturaliste Charters
The view from our villa at Aqua Resorts with the ocean within the distance and sure, our personal non-public heated pool
Lunch at Eagle Bay Brewery – Margaret River isn’t just a wine rising area – there are additionally some superb native breweries too
One of many many gorgeous coastlines round Margaret River
Within the Margaret River area, there’s additionally the little sleepy city of Margaret River itself which we stored passing via.
Full of cute outlets, lovely cafes and wonderful eating, we most likely might have simply hung right here the entire time.
So many scrumptious foodie spots in Margaret River – just like the native bakery
Glamping at Wild Goose Tenting at Large Valley on a neighborhood farm – undoubtedly a spotlight!
Our final day in WA we made our manner all the best way to the underside of Margaret River to take a look at Augusta and the well-known Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, which is tucked away on the very fringe of Australia on probably the most southwesterly level.
The drive right down to Augusta was gorgeous, passing via wild forests stuffed with flowers and alongside white sandy seashores earlier than arriving at what looks like the top of the world – the lighthouse.
What a visit. WA, I’ll be again for you.
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