There’s an instant peaceful relaxation that takes over the moment I turn my engine on knowing that in just three short hours I will be out of the city and in our great south west.
Is it the lure of world-class wine, the incredible wineries and their expansive grounds, the pristine beaches or perhaps just that familiar crackling sound of sitting by a fire in winter that I love so much? I’ll never be able to quite put my finger on it, but what I do know is that I am so blessed to live such a short drive to serenity.
From as far back as I can remember ‘down south’ was it. It was the holidays, the birthdays and the camping. It was high school leavers and quick little getaways with girlfriends. And now for me it’s more weddings, food festivals and my very own sacred memory-building family holidays.
Safe to say that over many years of adventure in the south west not only have I grown to appreciate different aspects of what is on offer but the place itself has changed immensely. The caravan park we stayed at every new year’s for 10 years running is now a group of town houses. The bakeries have been overtaken by beautiful raw food cafes and sensational coffee but, best of all, the revamp of the South West Highway has cut a good 20 to 30 minutes off of the drive making it more accessible and easier to saying ‘yes’ to a quick weekend getaway. With the many fabulous shops that have opened in recent times housing many a popular label, if you’re a shopper, they have you covered too.
Here are some of my favourite things to do while adventuring in our great south west.