It was a beautiful sunny morning as we embarked on our third day at Perth. No rain in sight! Phew! A quick healthy breakfast before heading down south this morning consisted of granola with Greek yoghurt, Kelsey plums, strawberries, precose pears, figs and white nectarines and topping it all with a drizzle of wild honey. Really needed this after the heavy lunch yesterday.
We did a pitstop to let kids play on the beach. Our initial plan was to go to the Dolphin Discovery Centre at Busselton but it seemed that the dolphins would not be coming in at all for the day.
It was almost lunch time and we headed to The Goose at Busselton.(Geographe BayRd, next to the Jetty). It had a pretty beach bar and kitchen directly on the beachfront, with exceptional views of Busselton Jetty, Geographe Bay and Cape Naturaliste. I loved the deck outside! It was windy and pretty chilly but the warm rays of sunshine made up for it all. A fuss free casual restaurant; you simply order at the counter and food gets served to you.
We ordered 3 portions to share: French-style mussels, double cream, white wine, fresh thyme served with grilled sour dough and saffron aioli. Food wise, it was a little salty to my liking. The mussels were executed well, but the sauce was a little too rich for me, but it was still pretty good. The kids, on the other hand, had the classic fish & chips which had a nice, crispy batter. Huge portions here so do not over order! Can be a little pricey but the view is well worth it.
Extending 1.8km over the protected waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Jetty is the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. I have read at the Interpretive Center that construction of the jetty began in 1865, but was only fully completed after 90 years with all its extensions. It was created to actually service ship vessels in the Port but once the port closed in 1973, the jetty was slowly left to its ruins and was battered really badly when it suffered the crippling effects of Cyclone Alby in 1978. The Busselton community through fundraising activities, managed to rebuild it to what it is today! Besides just a heritage monument, the Jetty is an amazing testament of the spirit and dedication of the community.
Having visited Busselton Jetty umpteenth times, we actually never took the infamous train before being budget conscious Uni students and working adults previously. This would the kids first and our first as well. The weather was lovely, so why not?
After the train ride, kids decided they were going to do levitation. We must have taken like a 100 pics of them jumping. No one was in a hurry and this is why we always love to travel free and easy, so we can take take our own time and not rush. If we needed to take longer at a certain place, we just stayed on. This freedom and flexibility is fiercely cherished and we do so hope our kids will grow up remembering these fun holidays we had.
Our first winery for the trip: Cape Mentelle. It is one of the founding wineries in the Margaret River region and is currently under LVMH group of wineries. Bought a few bottles of wine. We would have loved to attend the degustation tour but unfortunately the tour guide called in sick. We stayed back for another ½ hour hanging out in the lawns, kids being silly and playing on the swings.
In the summer months, Cape Mentelle operates movies under the star at the sprawling lawns with wine and bar foods like pizza. Would have loved the kids to be able to experience it . Unfortunately with the looming cyclone and the expected downpour, the event was cancelled!
We checked in at Riverview Tourist Park, our home for the next 2 nights.
I must say that the campervan was pretty well equipped. It started pretty dramatic though, as the electricity was all discharged and we had no lights so it was a mad rush to cook dinner for 2 hungry kids! I made a mixed salad with heirloom cherry tomatoes, goat’s cheese and figs from Uncle Frank’s garden. Freshly squeezed lime and a dash of evo. Yums!
The kids were craving for pasta so I whipped up something quick: Fresh linguine tossed with mushrooms, lean bacon, heirloom cherry tomatoes and finished with a little cream and a dash of white wine and freshly chopped parsley. For a quick campervan-friendly pasta, click here for the full recipe.
Saving grace was hubs actually brought along a torch light for the trip! We would be in complete darkness while we were having dinner if not for the torch light! The kids thought it was really funny and kept giggling throughout dinner and everyone took turns to hold the huge torch. Thank God as we were attempting to set up the bedding, the lights came on. The skies were so clear and as the night fell and as we looked up, we could see the twinkling stars which we don’t normally see in our city of lights in Singapore. It was indeed a good memory not just for me, but for the kids, as well.