The most important meal of the day just got better. Often overlooked in the awards, Lizzy Pepper is dishing out prizes for the region’s best breakfasts. And she couldn’t stop at 10! From Yallingup to Augusta and everywhere in between – hail the Brekky winners.
Drift Cafe, Margaret River
1. Outstanding okonomiyaki
Drift Café has great world traveler vibes and a seriously scrumptious Okonomiyaki, or savoury Japanese pancake. Topped with generous slices of slow roast pork belly, slaw, a fried egg and sesame seeds, the pancake itself has pickled ginger and finely sliced cabbage within.
Their supplier list reads like a who’s who of the local farmers market; Burnside Organics avocadoes, Margaret River Woodfired Bread, Bannister Downs milk, and Geo Organics beef, but would you expect anything less when their chef previously led the Cullen Restaurant team?
1/72 Willmott Avenue Margaret River
2. Breathtaking beach views
At White Elephant Café you’ll line up with locals to order, because not only do they have show-stopping views on one of the best beaches around, the food is top-notch too. Perched above the sand of Gnarabup Beach, bring your bathers and tuck into a brekkie burger for a traditional bacon and egg fix (sandwiched into a luscious milk bun) or grab the smashed pumpkin with avo, feta, dukkha and poached egg for a colourful, nutritious fix.
Stay warm and dry in their stylish glass-fronted room when the cooler weather rolls in. Views are equally fab.
3. Wicked Waffles
Bunkers Beach House also fits the breathtaking beach views category – with bonus points if you spot a seal or dolphin frolicking in the waves. Fresh baked waffles drenched in maple syrup and topped with berries were sublime. Bruschetta with ham, spinach, roasted tomato, poached egg and bearnaise are equally delish. Coffees made with local Cape Effect beans were so good you’ll want a second… or third.
Farm Break Lane, Naturaliste
Bunkers Beach House, Bunker Bay
4. All day brunch + bloody marys
Lamonts secured a reputation for outstanding dining decades ago, before Margaret River was on the foodie trail, and Lamonts Smiths Beach does quality beachside brunch with finesse. A generous stack of pancakes came topped with berries and vanilla-flecked mascarpone and the coffee was spot-on. We’re coming back to work our way through the rest of the menu – potato rosti with house smoked salmon and hollandaise, Shakshuka and crunchy panko fried eggs are calling!
67 Smiths Beach Road, Yallingup
5. Addictive spicy rice
Goanna Bush Café’s Indo Breakfast should come with a health warning; “highly addictive, even the grommets will demand a return visit.” Spiced coconut rice with a fried egg, spinach, avocado and coriander pesto sounds like an unusual combination but it works.
Chef Duncan Timmons made a treechange from a Michelin-starred London restaurant to buy Goanna in 2008 and the word is out – the food here is awesome. Set in picturesque bushland near Dunsborough, you’ll also find Australian giftware in the gallery space.
278 Hayes Road Dunsborough
6. Best for Kids
Joint winners The Equinox Bar + Restaurant and The Goose Beach Bar + Kitchen boast sweeping Geographe Bay and Busselton Jetty views – I’ve even spotted a dolphin from The Equinox. And Christmas came early when a stupendous new adventure playground opened between the two restaurants. Wolf down a tasty big brekky at Equinox, or smashed avocado at The Goose, then stroll over and let the kids burn off some energy. Check out family friendly Busselton in the Rediscover video!
7. Lakeside Glamour
Ideally your Cape Lodge breakfast follows a night in their luxurious lakeside suites, but it’s a little-known fact that you don’t have to be a guest to dine here. Dinner is reminiscent of your best French bistro experiences, and breakfast is blissful, served overlooking a lake and peppermint trees. Pannacotta with perfectly formed pieces of French toast and caramelised banana is a dish I’ll remember for years.
3341 Caves Road Yallingup
8. Best Donut and Coffee Combo
A new addition to Yarri’s successful restaurant, is their ‘Mornings’ menu. Yarri is now open from 7.30am for coffee, jaffles and the best donuts in the land – filled, sugared and glazed.
The space is on trend, sophisticated and relaxing. If you’re having a luxe weekend south, Yarri is a great way to start the day. Situated in the centre of Dunsborough alongside the holiday town’s Dugalup Creek, it’s an easy starting base to kick off the day.
6/16 Cyrillean Way, Dunsborough
9. Unexpected Gem
Yardbyrd is a little gem of a café with a wood fire inside the shop, and a pretty courtyard filled with plants. Everything is made in-house except the bread from Margaret River Wood Fired Bakery, and ingredients are sourced locally. Try the breakfast tortilla with plenty of scrambled eggs, nitrate free bacon and relish – even the tortillas are made on-site. Coffee made with Pound beans is some of the region’s best; owner Rob Mayberry used to run Little Willies and The Dancing Goat cafes in Perth. Look out for Rob in the latest Your Margaret River Region videos.
10413 Bussell Highway Witchcliffe
Margaret River Farmers Market, Margaret River
10. Best Roving Feast
Margaret River Farmers Market is an exciting place to grab a feed for breakfast, and ingredients to cook up something special. My kids make tracks for Claudio Biscotti’s mixed biscuit bag while I can’t resist the apricot raspberry Danish from Margaret River Bakery’s stall. Stock up on Margaret River Woodfired Bread, goats’ cheese haloumi, Burnside Organic avocadoes, bacon, free range eggs and more.
11. Cutest Coffee Van
Ragged Robin in Augusta is a delightful café and vintage shop, with river views and a charming homegrown vibe. The locals are just as friendly as the staff, and a family gave us tips for best beaches and playgrounds. Grab a takeaway coffee from the 1967 VW beetle coffee van out front on weekends, or pop in for an amazing toastie on pumpkin bread.
Drift Cafe8.00am - 2.00pm weekdays, 7.30am - 2.00pm weekendsGreat For: Dine In,Dog Friendly,Takeaway,WiFi
1/72 Willmott Ave, Margaret River WA 6285
The White Elephant Beach CafeMonday - Sunday: 7:00 AM until 3:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Takeaway,WiFi
Gnarabup Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
Bunkers Beach HouseMonday - Friday Lunches 11:30am - 3:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays 8:30 - 11:00am Breakfast / 12noon - 3:00pm LunchesGreat For: Dog Friendly
Farm Break Ln, Naturaliste WA 6281
LamontsMonday - Sunday: 8:00 AM until 10:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Disabled Access,Vegan Wines
67 Smiths Beach Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Goanna Gallery Bush CafeMonday: 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM
Tuesday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Sunday: 8:30 AM until 3:30 PMGreat For: Dine In,Takeaway,Wildflower Spotting
278 Hayes Rd, Quindalup WA 6281
Equinox Restaurant & BarMonday - Sunday: 9:30 AM until 8:00 PMGreat For: Dine In
1 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280
The Goose Beach Bar + KitchenMonday - Sunday: 7:00 AM until 9:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,WiFi
Geographe Bay Rd, Busselton WA 6280
4.7 From $565
Cape LodgeGreat For: WiFi
3341 Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Margaret River Farmers MarketEvery Saturday: April to October 8am - 11:30am AND November to March 7:30am - 11:30amGreat For: Child Friendly,Picnic Spot
Lot 272 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Margaret River Woodfired BreadMonday: 3:00 until 6:00 PM
Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM
Corner of &, Boodjidup Rd & Burton Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
YarriMonday - Thursday: 4:00 until 10:30 PM
Friday: 12:00 until 10:30 PM
Saturday: 8:00 until 11:00 AM, 12:00 until 10:30 PM
Sunday: ClosedGreat For: Dine In
6/16 Cyrillean Way, Dunsborough WA 6281
Busselton ForeshoreOpen 24 HoursGreat For: BBQ,Child Friendly,Children's Attraction,Dog Friendly,Free,Outdoor Playground,Picnic Spot,Scenic Spot,Scuba Snorkelling & Diving,Stand Up Paddling & Canoeing,Swimming
Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280