Don’t let a day of onshore breezes spoil a day of surf – there are plenty of barrels, tubes, fins and wipe-outs to enjoy with a glass of wine down the road from the sandy shores of Yallingup beach.
If you’re a fan of all things gnarly, whether you’ve ever actually pulled a wetsuit on and hit the waves or not, a brand new attraction is sure to be a big addition to the region’s offerings.
Aravina Estate are making a big splash this summer where, for the first time ever, Western Australia’s surfing history is being celebrated in an exciting collaboration with Surfing WA.
The WA Surf Gallery will be the first and only official collection of surfing memorabilia in Western Australia, ideally located in one of the nation’s most iconic surfing spots.
Just minutes from the world famous breaks of Yallingup, Margaret River and Gracetown, the surfing history of these areas have a large part to play in the evolution of the region to its current stronghold as one of WA’s leading destinations for food, wine and nature.
From as early as the 1950s, surfers have been visiting with boards in tow to enjoy the pristine waters and incredible surf breaks, though it wasn’t until the 1970s that the surf culture really took hold and they started making the move to live and settle in the area.
With the wine industry taking root in the same decade, daily life picking grapes in the morning and riding the waves in the afternoon saw Margaret River start to flourish and become firmly entrenched as both a surf and wine destination.
While the journey down south has been one for plenty of generations of Perth families, it’s surprising how many people are unfamiliar with the history of the region and how it came to be transformed from a ‘hidden secret’ to one of the most popular surf havens.
A visit on your trip to the region to explore the carefully curated collection of surf memorabilia, surfboards, historical photos and stories from surf legends such as Taj Burrow is one that is bound to surprise and stimulate.
You might even spot a familiar face (or wave) if you look closely.