Birdwatching Margaret River: A guide for nature lovers

Pelican at Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp
Blue wrens, honeyeaters and black cockatoos - here's where to find them Watching and listening to birds in their natural habitat is a relaxing way to re-connect with nature. For visitors, birdwatching in Margaret River may not rank as highly as spotting a kangaroo  but one thing's for sure, there's plenty of opportunity to view Australia's feathered fauna here. Spotting the birds of the South West is a fun way to get out and about in the great outdoors. On a bird walk not only will you encounter the avifauna (galahs, wrens, cockatoos) you'll experience the beauti...

Chocolate, Peanut and Honey Truffles

Delectable treats for your loved one(s)! Valentine's Day is just round the corner, and the best gift is one made with love. A dinner, a box of home made truffles, or (for all the mums with little kids) - a sleep in would be amazing! These truffles are wonderfully simple to make. The kids always help me with the scooping and rolling - I'm sure they devour half the mixture as they work! We wish you, and your loved ones, a fantastic Valentines Day!   Ingredients 60 g butter 380g milk chocolate 110g honey 100ml cream 100g salted peanuts, ...

Walking trails near Yallingup

Yallingup Coastal Walk
Hiking is a great way to discover the Margaret River region Photos by Jennifer Morton The Margaret River region is a Mecca for nature lovers who enjoy spending a day (or more) in the Great Outdoors. When holidaying in Yallingup, you're spoiled for choice of walking trails that will allow you to discover the region's natural beauty. From short bush walks to multi-day treks along the coast, walking the trails near Yallingup and Dunsborough is an activity for just about everyone. Here are a few of our favourites walk trails in and around Yallingup to inspire you to ...

What’s new in Yallingup? Six fabulous new restaurants

prawns at yarri restaurant
It's usually the first question returning guests ask us, "are there any new restaurants... really amazing ones?" Absolutely. 2017 has been good to us (we've been in a good paddock, so the saying goes) with six excellent new restaurants we'd happily recommend to you. Bon appetit!

Some Yummy Recipes To Try

We have just finished this year's tours. We have met some wonderful people, and hope that they enjoyed their time with us as much as enjoyed showing them our Bella Tuscany. During our time off, we have been able to explore different regions of Italy, including the rolling hills of Marche. The Olive all' Ascolana in the following blog are from this region. And the Crostini with a Peperonata Salsa is to die for! Follow these up with the Slow Braised Pork Ribs and Finnocchi Gratinata.  Buonissimo!! Crostini with a Peperonata Salsa Serves 6 as a canapé  In...

How to get to Quinninup Falls

Quinninup Falls in spring. Photo: Jennifer Morton
A guide on how to find Wilyabrup's most elusive waterfall Quinninup Falls near Yallingup aren't on the well-beaten tourist trail of the south west, and to be honest, they can be a little tricky to find. Electronic maps have been responsible for luring many tourists and locals alike down off-road tracks and sandy paths in search of the hidden waterfalls. But there's no reason to get lost in your search for the elusive falls. It's actually quite easy to find the walking trail that leads you straight to the bushland cascade. In this post, we'll share our tips on you ...

Market Madness!

For all you shopaholics who just love a bargain, the South West has numerous markets dotted around the region, all designed to make your shopping experience an interesting and unique one. From local produce to cute trinkets and home-made gifts, you can get everything you need at a local market, and here's where you can find them: MARGARET RIVER: Farmer's Market - every Saturday, 8am to noon until November. Lions Club Garage Sale - every 2nd and 4th  Saturday of the month, 8.30am - 12.30pm. Lions Shed, Burton Road, LIA. World Food Night Market - December ...

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Spring has Sprung in the South West!

The weather is finally warming up here in Yallingup (well, slightly!) and people are slowly but surely coming out of hibernation. The beaches are looking stunning, the flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing and the birds are singing! There are some fun activities planned for the next few weeks too - here are just a few of them: Margaret River Agricultural Show - Friday 13th October (3pm - 10.30pm) & Saturday 14th October (9am - 2.30pm) at Gloucester Park. Quilt Fair - Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 22nd October (10am - 4pm) at St Georges Family ...

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Cooking School Fun!

Ever thought of spending a wonderful day, learning to cook, having a few vinos, meeting new friends, and finishing with a scrumptious banquet? Then book in at Wildwood Valley for one of our renowned cooking schools. Learn Tuscan, Thai or Wood-Fired Cooking. Everyone has a fun time - have a look at Trip Advisor and Facebook reviews! Schedule for 2017 - 2018 - follow this link - https://www.wildwoodvalley.com.au/cooking-classes/ Phone or email Vicki or Julie to book - 9755 2120 / stay@wildwoodvalley.com.au And why not make an occasion of it and book one of our ...

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Yummy Recipe

My vegetable garden is producing so many vegetables and herbs that I am able to feed the family and all the neighbours daily with a great vegetarian diet! Naturally every few days Carlo and the kids say, “Mum can’t we get a big bistecca or pork ribs to put on the BBQ?” This salad using farro is a great salad to use many vegetables and herbs out of the garden, ripe tomatoes, baby zucchinis, red capsicums, rocket, basil parsley and more. Farro is also a great substitute for Arborio rice to make a yummy risotto, fantastic in soups and processed into flour to use ...

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