The Babymoon has become pretty trendy over the last few years and it’s a great opportunity for couples to get some last moments together before life inevitably changes forever. John and I weren’t sure we were even going to be able to find time to fit a Babymoon in with our busy schedules, not to mention all the things that go into preparing for a baby (Think, Putting the nursery together, Shopping and researching Prams & Car Seats, Dr’s Appts and more).
Our solution to this dilemma was to take a long weekend and travel down south (one of our favourite places in the world). We decided last year we would put international travel on hold for a while and concentrate on exploring our own beautiful state of Western Australia so this was the perfect opportunity to tick another WA spot off the list. Hamelin Bay was actually next on our list of places to visit but Augusta & Leeuwin sit right next door so we managed to kill three birds with one trip.
In the end, I’m so glad we decided not to ditch the Babymoon because even though it was a quick 4 day trip it was so nice to have some time to relax and focus on each other. We came back refreshed and relaxed and ready for the next chapter in our lives. Our next trip will undoubtedly involve a small human… and lots of extra luggage.
Getting to Augusta is super easy. It’s about a 3.5 hour drive from Perth, straight down Kwinana Freeway and then on to Forrest Hwy. This will take you through Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton & Margaret River so there are plenty of places to stop off and stretch your legs.
A couple of my favourite places to stop off are:
Not only does this have the most amazing fresh produce perfect for stocking up for your trip (or taking home after your trip) but it’s one of my favourite spots to stop for a coffee. I also never leave without one of their yogurt and granola jars and house made Rocky Road containers, it’s become a tradition.
The second longest wooden jetty in the world at 1841 metres long and it’s right here in WA. You can walk the Jetty, visit the natural underwater observatory or even just spend some time in the restaurants and cafes along the foreshore (I can recommend Salt Burger).
The Candy Cow is, as the name suggests a candy store located in the charming little town of Cowaramup (just before you hit Margaret River). If you have a sweet tooth this is a lovely place to stock up and you’ll have so much fun spotting all the cows on the main strip.
What else do you do on holiday but eat and drink?… Well that’s what I do on mine anyway (When I’m not growing a human). There are so many amazing wineries to explore while passing through the Margaret River region, my personal favourites are Aravina Estate, Howling Wolves Winery & Caves Road Collective.
WHERE TO STAY
There are quite a few charming little apartments and chalets available to stay in, in Augusta. Some along or close to the beach and others in the secluded bush for more privacy. Both Airbnb and Booking.com have options starting from $150-$200 per night.
We found a charming studio apartment through Airbnb called Sea Moon Studio. The apartment was attached to the owners house however this was located at the base of the house and we had out own access, driveway and parking. We never felt like we didn’t have a private space.
The fully contained apartment also had a beautiful view out over the beach and our host took special measures to make the experience feel special. Thoughtful touches such as, home-made brownies left for us on arrival and setting up a bird feeder outside out window so we could watch the native birds in the morning. It was also sparkling clean and very cosy. I highly recommend this little space.
WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO VISIT
Similar to our Esperance trip last year there isn’t a whole lot of action in Augusta, it’s not a place you go to for theme parks or a vibrant night life. The South West is all about getting out of the fast lane and taking in the beautiful natural elements. The attractions here are natural and historical and force you to slow down and relax. Most of our holidays here revolve around beach walks, picnics and wine!… Well maybe not that last one for me this trip ;)
If you’re looking for things to do in Augusta, I can recommend:
The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is located on the headland of Cape Leeuwin and is WA’s most south-westerly point. The lighthouse itself is also the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia.
It’s a lovely spot to stop for a walk and a coffee and there are also guided tours available where you can climb the lighthouse. You can find out more here.
Jewel Cave is the biggest show cave in Western Australia and home to towering crystal formations that have taken thousands of years to form. It is also the site where remains of a (now extinct) Tasmanian Tiger where found! That’s right, they’re not exclusive to Tasmania. Even 7months pregnant I managed make the climb in and through the cave and the formations are just stunning to see.
The tour takes 55minutes into the massive cave chambers and run hourly from 9:30am - 3:30pm daily. You can purchase tickets at the cave or online here.
Granny’s Pool is the perfect beach spot to spend an afternoon swimming and relaxing. This little bay is picturesque and naturally sheltered by reef and rock making it like a natural swimming pool. It’s also a great spot for families.
Just a short drive from Augusta, Hamelin Bay Beach is the perfect spot for anything from boating, beach FWD’ing, fishing, bird watching or just relaxing. The bay is most famous though for it’s locals, the Hamelin Bay stingrays which frequent the beach.
The best time to meet the stingrays is during the warmer months but they could show up at anytime. It’s truly a magical experience seeing them first hand and you can even feed and touch them, just be sure to watch out for their barbed tails.
WHERE TO EAT
Choices for eating in Augusta were limited as this is a small town and most places close at around 8pm. We did eat out a couple of times for breakfast and lunch however found dinners hard if you want something other than fish and chips or burgers. We spent most of our nights making our own dinners at our accomodation with supplied from the local IGA. Margaret River is only a 20-30min drive though so if you’re looking for a restaurant that is your best bet.
A couple of places we did find to eat at though were:
To be honest I’m not the biggest fan of fish and chips but my husband loves it! It’s one of his favourite past times and working in the mining industry for many years, Friday’s is Fish & Chips night.
One things I did really like about Blue Ocean Fish and chips (located on the main strip) was they served locally caught fish so it was very fresh. We took this down to the beach for dinner and it was lovely.
This cute little cafe was just walking distance from where we were staying and has lovely views out over the river so it became our fav breakfast spot while in Augusta. The food was great and we had a lovely walk along the river after breakfast.
Located just across from Blue Ocean Fish and Chips on the main strip of Augusta this cute little cafe was a great spot for breakfast or lunch. I can recommend the Mocha Frappe as a refreshing treat.
Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to eat at Glenarty Road Farm & Restaurant, we only had time to pass by but it came highly recommended. It’s just a short drive from August on the way to Margaret River and is available for lunch. The venue itself was lovely so I can imagine it would make a lovely lunch spot… you can also checkout the cellar door while you’re there.