Day 14: 7th Sept 2014
Today’s aim is to investigate Busselton and the surrounding area. We drove straight to the beachfront and found a local farmer’s market in full swing. So it was a bit of a diversion and a chance to grab some fresh fruit and vegies.
The jetty at Busselton is the longest in the southern hemisphere, is about 1.7kms long, and dominates the beachfront.
Next destination was The Old Cheddar Cheese Company where we sampled a wide array of, as the name suggests, cheddar cheeses. Our stop here coincided with lunchtime so it was decided we’d prop here and try out their menu. They offer a range of toasted sandwiches and share platters, all incorporating their cheeses of course. Once again we left with lighter wallets and full shopping bags, but I must say, their prices were very reasonable, and the service was friendly and warm. We really enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend stopping in if you’re in the area and have the opportunity.
On to Eagle Bay Olives where they offer, of course, olives and olive products, but also an assortment of pesto, dukkah, and other tasty offerings. I particularly liked their dried olives so grabbed a jar, whilst Laura went for two varieties of pesto she says “… are the bomb!”.
Geoff back at work told me about Simmo’s Icecreamery at Dunsborough, which his family describe as a must. So we popped in and just about took more time deciding on what to have from their more than 50 flavours than it did to eat it.
After all our gastronomic exercises, it was time for a bit of physical exercise and took a bush walk out to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. We could see some nasty weather approaching us as we walked along the track above the rocky coastline, but there was nowhere to hide and as the squall passed over us, we huddled under whatever vegetation we could. The view from the viewing platform at the end of the trail was worth the minor discomfort, but we were a little disappointed there were no whales to spot.Photos taken at the end of the day from atop the beach at Yallingup provided yet another mood.
Overnight we copped the worst wind and rain we’ve experienced so far. Once again, Laura slept in the car as the gale force gusts whipped her Oztent and kept her awake the previous night.