SAMI'S COLOURFULWORLD

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Travelling with my overseas visitors - Yallingup and Dunsborough

There's plenty of beautiful towns within a short drive of Margaret River (see map below)

Yallingup

Thirty eight kms north of Margaret River, Yallingup or "Place of Love" in the Aboriginal dialect, is located on a hilltop surrounded by the Naturaliste National Park overlooking the Indian Ocean.

The inspiring scenery over the Yallingup beach is probably the reason why the area is full of art galleries. There are plenty of places to holiday from camping parks to resorts or private accommodation, but book early as it's a popular holiday area. 
The beaches are ideal for surfers and it was here that the sport of surfing in Western Australia started in the 1950's - there's even a 2,3 mt bronze statue to the surfer in a beachfront park.
Houses perched on the hill overlooking the ocean




This 2,3mt bronze statue commemorates the origins of surfing in Australia

Dunsborough

Just 8 km away is the town of Dunsborough. From all the towns we visited, this one was my parent's favourite place! 
It's got a good shopping centre, lots of cute boutiques, plenty of hip restaurants and pubs and of course the beaches are beautiful too. The Dunn Bay beachfront is peppered with very chic beach resorts and beach houses. Wish I could afford one!

We were getting peckish and decided on a pub lunch at the Dunsborough Hotel.
Nice relaxing atmosphere, but it was full and we waited ages for our food...

After lunch we sat on one of the beaches for a short while watching some youngsters learn how to paddle surf in the shallow waters. Fun!! I should try that, I wonder if I could stay on the board for long?

If you're into lighthouses, you can visit Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse which was opened in 1903 (fees apply).

Paddle surfing

Statue of Pelican and seagulls at Blackhurst Park
View of one of  Dunsborough beaches - next to Blackhurst Park

I have to agree with my parents that Dunsborough was tops! Maybe we'll holiday there in future, instead of going to Margaret River...

Next post : Look forward to Cow Town!

Map from net - places we visited - Augusta, Margaret River, Yallingup, Dunsborough.

14 comments:

  1. Hmm, yummy surfer-statue (a tad tall, though ;-)...)
    When I was 14 I tried half-hearted to learn to surf (free offer) - seeesh. Hard, I gave up, I´m not talented for that!
    The birds-statuetes are sweet.
    We really have to (play and) win lotto/retire and visit all the places, too!
    Nice you could show all this to your parents!

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    1. Yes, he was tall and good looking...pity he was made of bronze, lol!
      I never tried to surf, but I'm not that adventurous, and prefer my feet on the ground.
      I also wish I could win Lotto and travel, travel, travel...there's so many beautiful places to see...but I hardly ever play, I think the odds are far too high!

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  2. Those beaches look so empty and endless. Love all those nice sculptures Australia has.

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    1. I think the weather wasn't hot enough Marianne. But with such a vast coast, there's plenty of space for more people on the beaches, they do look quite empty comparing to the European beaches.

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  3. Yallingup - such a great sounding name and it's not an area I know well. It looks lovely with all the bohemian surf chic and great restaurants, there must be good wine as well - I can't wait to visit someday.
    Wren x

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    1. Yes Wren, both Yallingup and Dunsborough have wineries, being close to Margaret River.

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  4. I agree Dunsborough is fab Sami, but so is Margaret River :) How lucky are we to have so many choices :) Love the surfer sculpture and the pelican, super cool :)

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    1. Thanks Grace, I agree, so many beautiful spots in WA. The sculptures are very nice.

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  5. The Australian coast has so many gorgeous spots! I would like to try paddle surf as well, but I would probably just fall off the water a lot.

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    1. Thanks Sara. You might do better than me since you're fit and athletic, unlike me...

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    2. Sometimes is all about the skills and I have a feeling paddle surf is one of those. We can try together if we have the chance to meet some day. We would have a good laugh for sure!

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  6. For sure, see you sometime...

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  7. Estas águas australianas andam a chamar por mim...:-))

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    1. Posso-me oferecer para cicerone Sandra :)

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