Nestled on the Capel River is the cute little town of Capel with a quirky sense of humour. Capel is just two hours and 20 minutes south of Perth by car, with the last remaining natural tall tuart forest in the world on its doorstep.
With its Mediterranean climate, the area is prime farming country, famed for its cheeses, dairy produce, fruit and wine. The vineyards and cellar doors throughout the Geographe Wine Region proffer an array of grape and wine varieties.
While you’re exploring, head 30 minutes north to Bunbury where you can watch or swim with the resident dolphins of Koombana Bay, or 25 minutes to the south to Busselton and take a two kilometre walk over the ocean on the longest jetty of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
Take a leisurely drive through Ludlow Tuart Forest in Tuart Forest National Park, or hit the bushwalking trails to marvel at the beauty of these timber giants, estimated to be over 300 years old. Enjoy lunch at the picnic facilities against the backdrop of this rare ecosystem, keeping a look out for the abundant native animals and birds.
Cool off with a dip in the Indian Ocean where you can also try your hand at beach fishing – there are lots of opportunities for fishing, prawning and crabbing (in season) along this stretch of coast, as well as boating, sailing and surfing.
Peppermint Grove Beach
A secluded gem. The coastline of blue ocean laps the shores of endless white sands, stretching on for a seeming eternity. Pull up a towel for a laze or jump in a four-wheel drive for an adrenaline adventure. Whatever your preference, if you’re yet to experience the magic of a west coast sunset or sunrise, we think it’s time you made your dream a reality.