Hay Shed Hill

After a morning exploring the beautiful Margaret River region coastline, we had worked up an appetite. In the heart of the Wilyabrup Valley, Rústico at Hay Shed Hill vineyard was the perfect destination.

1.Hay Shed Hill

The setting was serene

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surrounded by vines

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and the 6 course degustation menu was irresistible.

4.6 course degustation

If you’re not into food porn, look away now. We started with Esperance Scallops: West Australian scallops in the shell, chorizo, pear purée, candied jamón.

Fried Goats Cheese with orange blossom honey followed.

8.Fried Goats Cheese

Salmon Bresaola: dill aioli, pickled ginger & cucumber was a fabulous third course.

9.Salmon Bresaola

After the Free Range Linley Valley Pork Belly with apple purée & sticky Pedro Ximinez,

10.Pork Belly

I wandered around the garden, admiring the rustic artworks

while the boys discussed the fine art of cigar box guitar making.

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I returned in time for the Margaret River Black Angus Petit Mignons: beef fillet wrapped in bacon, sweet potato, asparagus, green peppercorn jus.

22.Petit Mignons

We decided to forego the dessert tasting plate in favour of the European cheese board with muscatels, honeycomb & house breads.

23.Cheese Board

Obviously, there was wine involved in this fantastic experience, I just can’t remember which one. Thank you, Dave, for a wonderful afternoon.

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Canal Rocks

The coastline of the Margaret River region delivered one stunning spectacle after another. We had enjoyed a fabulous dinner the previous night at Lamont’s Restaurant at Smiths Beach Resort. Returning the next morning, the stretch of white sand and crystal-clear blue water of Smiths Beach was revealed.

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A little further down the coast,

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the Indian Ocean has carved a narrow channel between ancient granite rocks, creating the remarkable phenomenon that is Canal Rocks. From the car park, a boardwalk skirts the granite outcrop

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and leads to a wooden bridge where we stood, mesmerized, as the ocean currents danced a briny ballet.

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Across the bridge,

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the rocks have been worn smooth over the centuries.

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The water was turbulent enough on this relatively calm day,

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I imagine it would be absolutely breathtaking when the storms roll in.

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A short drive further, we warmed up with a coffee at the White Elephant Café

17.White Elephant Cafe

while enjoying the beautiful panorama of Gnarabup Beach.

18.Gnarabup Beach

Yallingup Reef

The coastline in the north of the Margaret River Region is spectacular. Our day trip began with a diversion to Yallingup Reef.

1.Yallingup Reef

We stood, mesmerized by the breaking surf and perfectly placed rainbow.

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A little further north, Yallingup Beach is famous for its legendary surf breaks. However, Yallingup Reef is well protected from the wind and the beach stays very shallow for a long way out.

4.Yallingup Reef

The granite rocks of the point surround it completely and the breaking waves are far from the beach.

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I can see why the Aboriginal name for this beautiful area means ‘place of love’.

9.Yallingup Reef

 

Cape Naturaliste

We continued our traversal of Geographe Bay to our destination, Cape Naturaliste lighthouse.

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The tower was constructed in 1903 from local limestone and was activated the following year.

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Unfortunately, we weren’t able to tour the lighthouse which is now fully automated, being the last lighthouse in Western Australia to lose its keeper in 1996.

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At the northernmost point in the Margaret River Region, positioned on a 100m high bluff, the views were spectacular.

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Stormclouds were gathering out to sea.

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It is little wonder the French navigator, Nicolas Baudin, named Geographe Bay after his flagship and the cape after his second ship, Naturaliste.

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The traditional owners of the land, the Wardandi, call it Kwirreejeenungup:

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“the place with the beautiful view”.

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Eagle Bay

Our journey from Meelup to Cape Naturaliste involved a detour to Eagle Bay Brewing Co. Situated in the northwestern corner of the Margaret River region, this microbrewery has been a family affair since 2010. The sweeping views over verdant farmland made for a glorious backdrop to enjoy a leisurely beverage.

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The handcrafted beers are brewed in small batches, the magic is created with only four ingredients; malted barley, yeast, hops and rainwater fresh from the heavens. Whichever way you look at it, the tasting paddle was the obvious choice.

The mist gathering on the horizon wasn’t only induced by the beer,

I can’t say the same for the smile on Michael’s face as we departed.

5.Eagle Bay Brewing Co

Next time, lunch is definitely on the menu.

https://eaglebaybrewing.com.au