It’s definitely time to stretch your legs and top up the caffeine supplies after the drive down to Margaret River. Take a stroll down the main drag and if you’ve got time you might even be able to squeeze in a browse of the town’s tempting boutiques. Pop into one of the many cafes that craft great coffee. Sidekick Café, Riversmith, Drift Café…whichever you visit, you’ll be assured of a well-made coffee and a morning snack to kick off the day’s culinary journey with.
Situated amongst vines and gardens deep within Xanadu Estate is the restaurant with a big open stone fireplace that screams long winter lunch. It’s a stunning setting. The menu is Modern Australian with Mediterranean slants, a tribute to head chef Melissa Kokoti’s Cypriot heritage and her travels through Europe. Dishes are inspired by the ingredients available from local producers, neighbouring farms, the sea as well as what is seasonally grown in their vegetable garden. Awarded one chefs hat in the 2018 Australian Good Food Guide, the restaurant was also listed in WA’s Top 50 Best Restaurants by the West Australian Good Food Guide in 2017 and 2018. The wines are award-winning and the restaurant wine list features current and museum vintages, as well as special release wines that cannot be found anywhere else.
Roll back into the car and it’s time to head up to Cape Lodge, your home for the next two nights. Caves Road is one of the most scenic drives in the region, and as you twist and turn northwards, take a short detour down to Gracetown for a stroll to help digest lunch and gaze out at this iconic surf spot.
20 minutes in the driver’s seat and an arrival at Cape Lodge is one to remember. The 40 acre property is filled with rolling vineyards, manicured parkland and romantic secluded rooms with views to die for from the Cape-Dutch style buildings. You’ll feel like you have stepped in to a private country estate; yet with all the bells and whistles of a five star hotel. Luxury epitomised. Run a spa bath and relax before dinner at the fine dining restaurant. Headed by Chef Tony Howell, you’ll be in hands of one of Australia’s leading food ambassadors and an all-round culinary superstar. Dishes are expertly crafted with classic French technique and inspired by seasonal and local produce.