I have it on good authority that many people visiting Australia from overseas hug the east coast without venturing west.
They might trip to the eastern tropics, take a snap of the Sydney Opera House and The Bridge, and then maybe duck inland to visit The Rock (Uluru) before heading home to wax lyrical about the great down-under.
What they don’t know is that here in Western Australia we harbour a little secret called The Margaret River Region, where they could, if they were so inclined, come for some peace and relaxation. A place where, instead of frenetically ticking tourist must-sees off the list, they could simply revive and restore their bodies and souls without the rush and hustle of tourism gone mad.
Even we ‘sandgroper’ weekend warrior locals from Perth like nothing better than heading down south for a weekend of healing moments in gorgeous settings where soothing experiences crystallise into magical memories.
Last weekend, after battling the dreaded Friday afternoon rush-hour traffic out of Perth, we headed south for a quick weekend of body and soul restoration, a little pampering, some fine gourmet Australiana cuisine, and a gentle walk in some of the Margaret River Region’s prettiest places.