Mix 94.5 Lisa & Pete's South West Road Trip

Lisa & Pete's South West Road Trip

Perth-based radio station Mix 94.5 recently sent their Drive crew down into Australia's South West to experience a South West Road Trip and talk about what they got up to on air.

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Lisa & Pete's South West Road Trip

You can follow Lisa & Pete's journey on a self-drive itinerary of your own through the Southern Forests and Blackwood River Valley. Read on below for full details. 


Day 1: Depart Perth and head to Walpole, located about four hours from Perth. Check in to you accommodation at Bayside Villas in Walpole. Hop in the car, and head to nearby Peaceful Bay for a stroll along the water’s edge followed by a seafood feast at Peaceful Bay Seafood Café. 
Overnight: Bayside Villas 

Day 2: Enjoy breakfast in town before joining Garry at the boat ramp for your WOW Wilderness Cruise. Garry will tell you this history of the Walpole region, his family ties to Tolstoy and more about the wilderness and biodiversity of the south west. 

Stop for a coffee at Four Sisters Café before making your way to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Here, you can ascend along a gentle ramp 40 meters into the tree tops. Afterwards, take the Ancient Empire Walk and spot the ‘happiest animal on the planet’, the cute Quokka which inhabits this small pocket of forest. 

Enjoy lunch and a spot of souvenir shopping at the Thurlby Herb Farm. Walk it all off with a climb to the summit of Mt Frankland in the Walpole Wilderness Area. 
Sit down to dinner at Top Deck Café before retiring to your accommodation. 
Overnight: Bayside Villas 

Day 3: Check out of your accommodation and enjoy breakfast at the Tree Top Walk Motel before departing for the Northcliffe Visitor Centre. Here you can take part in Understory: Art in Nature, a self-guided art trail through the beautiful karri trees. 

Head to lunch at Lost Lake Wines. Be sure to sample their beautiful wines to accompany one of their tasting plates. After lunch, visit Lyster Orchards and the Paddock Farm Shop to pick up some fresh produce for your picnic basket.  Continue on to the Truffle & Wine Co, where you can sample a range of products infused with the rare black Perigord truffle. In season (June to August), you can even join a truffle hunt with one of the highly trained (and very cute) truffle dogs. 

Check in at the Best Western Pemberton Hotel before booking in for dinner at Sadie’s Restaurant at the Gloucester Motel in Pemberton. The portion sizes are huge and delicious, and the restaurant rates very well on Trip Advisor as a result. 
Overnight: Best Western Pemberton Hotel 

Day 4: Breakfast is served in the cosy on-site restaurant at the Best Western, so enjoy a leisurely meal before setting off for a day of exploring in nearby Nannup. Nannup is a charmingly quaint town, known as ‘the Garden Village’ because of its annual Flower and Garden Festival each August, and the perfect planter boxes of tulips and daffodils which bloom in late winter. For those who like a little adventure, take a canoe up the Blackwood River with Blackwood River Canoeing. It can be tranquil and calm, or action packed over rapids, depending on what you desire. 

If eating is more your thing, head to Cambray Cheese to taste a selection of locally renowned sheep cheeses. Reconvene at the Nannup Bridge Café for a coffee and a lovely home style meal. Sit out on the deck in the sun, or cosy up by the wood fire. 

Spend the afternoon strolling through town or along the river. If you’re lucky enough to be in town on a Wednesday night, be sure to join the locals for pizza and pasta night at the Blackwood Café. There’s always a crowd, and it’s guaranteed fun! 
Overnight: Best Western Pemberton Hotel 

Day 5: Head down to the Discovery Shop in Pemberton this morning to join a Pemberton Discovery Tour into the nearby national parks. Your day will start with a walk through some of the largest old-growth karri trees in the region, followed by a thrilling 4WD over a 4-kilometre land-locked sand dune. You end up on the beach, where you can see the beautifully raw Southern Ocean hitting the coast. 

Spend the afternoon tasting regional specialties including trout and marron, or sample some of the region’s Pinot Noirs. If you want to continue the thrill seeking, climb to the top of one of the region’s climbing trees. The tallest is 75 metres high, with a lookout hut at the top. The view is guaranteed to be beautiful! 

Finish the day with dinner at the Best Western Pemberton Hotel
Overnight: Best Western Pemberton Hotel

Day 6: Check out of your accommodation and make your way to the pretty town of Bridgetown. Take a stroll of the main street; be sure to stop at the Visitor Centre to explore the largest jigsaw collection in Southern Hemisphere at the Jigsaw Gallery. In addition, there’s gift shops aplenty. 

Spend the afternoon in front of the fire (or out in the sunshine) at The Cidery, locally renowned for their traditional-style ciders. Meals here are lovely too, so enjoy lunch while you sample the ciders.
Check in at Nelsons of Bridgetown  before walking down to the Emporium Bistro for dinner. 
Overnight: Nelsons of Bridgetown 

Day 7: Head back to Perth

 

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