richoztrek: Richos trek oz 2013 travel blog

Stop 1: Miller's ice cream

Will tries his hand at milking a cow

Stop 2: Margaret River Dairy co.

Passing through the town of Cowaramup: just makes me think of Aaron...

Stop 3!!

Free samples!

Stop 4: lunch at Cheeky Monkey

Stop 5: taking a much needed breather outside the fudge factory!

Stop 6: some of the gardens at the Berry Farm

Back home to Big Valley Campsite for a rest

Pip heads out to take some sheep photos

One of the younger members

Great tree for playing in/around at the campsite


Today was our day to 'do' Margaret River. We're not big winos so didn't feel the need to stop at every (or any) cellar door in the region. Instead we had to prepare our stomachs for a one-day gastronomical assault. The order of our culinary experience was determined by geography - where the places occurred on our planned loop - and so the day began with homemade Millers ice creams. (We had had some breakfast before leaving...)

We progressed to the Margaret River Dairy Company (cheese); the Margaret River Chocolate Company, where there were large bowls of white, milk and dark chocolate drops for tasting; Cheeky Monkey brewery and cidery, where we ate lunch and sampled a dry apple cider; the Fudge Factory (in Margaret River township itself) where we tried the samples on offer; and the Berry Farm, where again we sampled a range of jams and preserves, including the chilli tomato sauce which had Will rushing to the car for his water bottle!

Arriving back home late in the afternoon, we had a couple of hours of down time before venturing out again to the Colonial Brewery for the Friday night special - $10 pizzas. It's clearly a well-established routine for the locals, as well as popular for visitors, as we scored one of the last spaces in a large parking lot. The pizzas were yummy, as was the pale ale, and the kids enjoyed the playground, even in the semi-darkness. Pretty much every business here seems to have realised that if you want the parents to hang around for a while sampling your goods then you need to provide a playground for the kids. Ours certainly spent time on a few during the day.

Another night back at Big Valley Campsite followed. The place is a real gem - tucked away in a magnificent setting right in the heart of Margaret River and, during the school holidays at least, full of other kids play with.

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