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There is just so much to see and do in the South West Region that it is often hard to choose what to do when you are only in the area for a short while. To help you out, the staff at Mandalay Holiday Resort are sharing with you some of our favourite places to see and things to do on our days off.

Allison says…

My day starts with a yummy breakfast at More Café.  They have good food, good coffee and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Located on Kent Street in the centre of Busselton, it’s a lovely spot to enjoy a bit of people watching.

Quininup Falls

I am lucky enough to have friends with a four wheel drive so we head down the coast to find an off road track that brings us to a beautiful spot, such as the track to Boranup Beach or Quininup Falls. This waterfall is seasonal, but towards the end of winter there is normally a strong flow of water crashing down towards Quininup Beach. Quininup Falls is also accessible by foot along the Cape to Cape Track. Drive south along Caves Road and turn right down Moses Rock Road. Follow this road to the end which will lead to an unsealed carpark. The walk to the falls takes about 30 minutes and is sandy and steep in places, so take care.

A nice winery is my next stop. A couple of my favourites are House of Cards, Happs (they also have a range of pottery on display to browse and purchase) and Hay Shed Hill. Hay Shed Hill has a Café adjoining the Cellar Door. They have one of the largest ranges of international cheese in the South West. The café is open daily for breakfast and lunch and their cheese and pizzas are available to take away.

To end the day I like to enjoy a quiet drink at Bush Shack Brewery. This place is a lot of fun with a round pool table, bocce and outdoor chess. You are welcome you to bring your own food along for a picnic or to use the barbecue facilities and they have a snack menu available. Don’t worry if you’re not a beer drinker as they make cider and a range of wine based drinks such as Ginger Beer, Mango Madness, Passionfruit and Kick’n Kolé.

I hope you get a wonderful taste of what the beautiful South West Region has to offer.

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There is just so much to see and do in the South West Region that it is often hard to choose what to do when you are only in the area for a short while. To help you out, the staff at Mandalay Holiday Resort are sharing with you some of our favourite places to see and things to do on our days off.

Margaret says…

Sugarloaf Rock is my favourite place in the South West. It is just beautiful and each season brings something different to the area. September to November is particularly special as you can often see whales swimming past as they migrate south to Antarctica with their new calves. Keep a look out all year round to see if you can spot dolphins playing in the waves.

Sugarloaf Rock

Through winter, I enjoy being at Sugarloaf early in the morning to take photographs of the wild ocean crashing against the rock and surrounding coastline. It makes for some great shots!

The summer sun brings lots of different colours to the rock, depending on the time of day you visit.

You can enjoy a stroll from Sugarloaf Rock along the Cape to Cape Track towards the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, looking at the wildflowers in Spring. This section of the track is wheelchair and pram friendly.

With scrumptious food and delicious wine, Wills Domain is my pick for lunch. Relax and enjoy your meal taking in the beautiful surrounds, then browse through the diverse Art Gallery. The cellar door is open for tastings and to purchase your favourite drop. There is also a children’s playground.

The South West has MUCH more to offer, so whatever you do, have a fabulous stay.

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Shayne says…

My perfect day in the South West begins with a short drive down to Dunsborough with my younger sister.

Our first stop is at Yallingup Maze. Once you have won yourself out of the wooden maze, the café inside has lovely coffee and a range of cakes as well as puzzles at every table for you to sit down and work on. The shop here is perfect for Christmas present shopping having a range of puzzles and games for purchase.

Yallingup Maze
Country Life Farm Boats

Next on our list is Country Life Farm, just up the road from Yallingup Maze. On arrival you are given a bucket of carrots and a brief description of the farm. From rabbit and guinea pig feeding areas, to a massive jumping castle, Country Life Farm is a blast for all ages. Don’t forget clean socks for your kids so they can run amok in the indoor slide centre!

Our final stop is at Simmo’s Ice Creamery. Here they have a wide variety of delicious ice creams and sorbets for you to choose from. Once you have picked a flavour or two, you can head out doors to meet the ice cream eating emu, explore the play equipment and maybe even have a game of mini golf.

Simmo's

If you are staying with at Mandalay the upcoming months and you’re lacking inspiration, pop into reception and we can give you a few ideas of what to do in the area!

There is just so much to see and do in the South West Region that it is often hard to choose what to do when you are only in the area for a short while. To help you out, the staff at Mandalay Holiday Resort are sharing with you some of our favourite places to see and things to do on our days off.

Jemma says…

I love Boranup Forest. It is a magical place with towering Karri Trees and lush, green undergrowth. Whether taking in the views through the car windscreen along Boranup Drive or exploring the many bush paths and 4WD tracks on foot or by mountain bike, it is an awesome place to be.

Boranup Forest

To really make the most of my day and satisfy my rumbling tummy, as well as the need for retail therapy, I like to stop at Christmas in Karridale, Margaret River Nuts and Cereals, Margaret River Dairy Company, Margaret River Venison, Vasse Virgin, Yallingup Woodfired Bread and of course Simmos Icecreamery! It’s beautiful to put a plate of local produce together for a snack when I get home and relax after a fabulous day in the South West.

Have a great time in the region and don’t forget to pack your esky!