For the 2nd leg of our family trip, we spent 3 days in Dunsborough, a town just 40 minutes north of Sunflowers Animal Farm. Dunsborough, Busselton and Bunbury and little towns along the coast, in an area collectively known as Geographe Bay, also known as the top part of Margaret River region. We had read that this area is a bit more beach-y, but we didn't quite know what to expect.
Lo and behold. The beach house we got was directly opposite THIS KIND OF BEACH (see pic). FWAH. The waters were warm, shallow and, at low tide, we could walk out for quite a while in the gentle waves. Even Ben was not scared!
Having learnt our lesson about not buying expensive restaurant meals anymore, we also made an effort to eat more packed sandwiches and picnic meals. This picture was taken directly after a lovely picnic meal at a playground opposite our beach house. The playground had electric BBQ pits--which you could fire up by pressing a button--no need to pay or "reserve" the spot with the government or anything (like in Singapore bleah!) After our meal, it was a short saunter before this beautiful beach hit our eyes! I TELL YOU. I don't understand why Australians go to Bali. Or Maldives for that matter. !!!
Our 3 days in Dunsborough was spent well. The town area was much more lively and authentic than Margaret River town--we tried authentic fish n chips at Squidlips, visited Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Busselton Jetty (which also had a fantastic stretch of beach right in front of it), Simmos Ice creamery (where we treated the kids to waffles & ice cream; it also had a very decent playground!), Yallingup and so on. Mostly though, because we were getting a bit more laid back towards the end of the trip, we were taking lazy long breakfasts, grocery shopping for delicious lamb BBQ dinners, and even watching DVDs with the kids--like George of the Jungle and 101 Dalmatians! By the end of our trip, our beach house had a real "lived in" feeling about it. Almost as if we were residents! HAHAHA.