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Dunsborough is a great place to visit and somewhere most Perthians escape to at least once a year. There are beautiful beaches to explore, lots of fantastic artisan food producers (anything from cheese to chocolate and bread to berries), art & craft galleries and a choice of stylish boutique hotels or holiday villas to stay at.

Even if Nick and I are not big wine connoisseurs we always visit at least one of the many wineries for a tasting. 30% of Australia’s premium wines are produced in the Margaret River area so it’s easy to find a wine that you’ll love.

The experience varies widely, from large tasting areas at the best-known wineries, to more informal Cellar Door shops. I particularly enjoy the smaller wineries where you might have a personal tasting with the owner surrounded by vats and barrels.

We drove down Caves Road and stopped at Stormflower Vineyard as we’ve bought their Dry Red in Perth a few times and really enjoyed it.

The tasting area at Stormflower reflects their boutique approach and I would happily have spent the rest of the afternoon on their terrace with a glass of red but Nick was driving so that wouldn’t have been as much fun for him…

VineCollective is a great website helping you to decide which wineries to visit. Founded by Ben Thomas, a young Perth entrepreneur, it is both a wine tourism guide and an online wine store for WA’s boutique wines and wineries.

On our way back to Dunsborough we stopped at Gugelhupf Bakery in Yallingup (it’s hard to miss the blue and pink shop) for a loaf of their organic woodfired sourdough bread. And if we hadn’t been leaving the next morning we would definitely have bought a gugelhupt cake – it comes in delicious savoury flavours with pancetta or olives but my vote goes to the chocolate cake!

After 3 really enjoyable days, we drove back to Perth well-rested and well-fed to finalise our big travel plans. Next stop Cambodia…

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