Located about 200km southwest of Perth, Geographe Bay is an ideal travel destination for couples who want to relax and enjoy all southwestern Australia has to offer. A popular destination for people seeking spa, beach and shopping amenities, Geographe Bay is Western Australia's epicurean gem and a sophisticated and beautiful destination for a romantic short break or getaway for two. Nature lovers will also find plenty of reasons to love the area – who's up for a romantic whale watching adventure?
Whether you and your loved one visit to walk hand-in-hand on the beach, enjoy a couples massage, gaze into each other's eyes over a bottle of wine, or lavish each other with gifts and souvenirs, you can do it at Geographe Bay.
Such a top-notch travel destination is a breeze to navigate, especially if you're only heading down here for the weekend. Here are a few ideas of how to spend your time.
For your first dinner in town, head to the romantic Aravina Estate Restaurant. Located in Yallingup, the restaurant offers great wine, delicious food and a warm atmosphere – perfect for a cosily romantic feast for two. Executive Chef Tony Howell sources as many ingredients as possible from local producers, making all your dining options fresh and authentic. An on-site chicken coop even provides the eggs for your dishes! You can't get much fresher than that.
You and your sweetheart may want to start with the duck confit, which is served with roasted heirloom carrots, beetroot and an orange Chardonnay sauce. Or perhaps you'd prefer the Esperance scallops with Jerusalem artichoke soup, which comes sprinkled with Manjimup truffle and drizzled with a crisp hazelnut salsa. Main dishes include pork belly (served with noodles and oxtail soup), braised lamb neck, and beef short ribs. Vegetarians can opt for the king oyster mushrooms, which come with noodles, avocado and a sesame quail egg.
Whatever you choose, you'll want to wash it down with a glass of Aravina Estate wine. All food options are displayed with wine pairings on the restaurant's menu.
Saturday morning and early afternoon
Now accommodation is key to a fantastic romantic getaway and within the Margaret River region (which is conveniently home to most of the area's wineries!), you cannot go past Hidden Valley Forest Retreat when choosing the perfect location for two. Providing self-contained accommodation this incredible couples retreat is a perfect location to base yourselves. After waking to a delicious breakfast on Saturday we suggest setting aside some time for a couples' in-lodge spa treatment - before heading off for some serious luxury wine tasting in the afternoon.
Saturday afternoon and evening
After your romantic morning spa treatment you'll want to head to a nearby winery to get the party started and sip on some local varieties. Lucky for you, there are plenty of wineries in the region that offer romantic tasting tours as well as top-notch restaurants for dinner. You can even arrange to be picked up by a transportation service at various locations throughout Busselton, Dunsborough, Cowaramup, Margaret River and Yallingup.
Maybe you and your sweetheart will want to try Cullen Wines and Restaurant. With tours taking place at numerous times throughout the day and a romantic restaurant to enjoy come evening, Cullen is a great option. The winery focuses on sustainability, and has won numerous awards for its vinos, including the 2010 Decanter World wine Award for its 2007 Kevin John Chardonnay.
There are also plenty of tours available take you to a combination of wineries throughout the region. Some of the most popular locales to visit include Voyager Estate, Swallows Welcome, Driftwood estate, Rosily Vineyard, Fermoy Estate and Mongrel Creek.
To kickstart your Sunday, check out the Dunsborough Bakery. This famous local eatery has been open since 1941 and serves up a variety of fresh pastries, breads and other delicacies. If you come late enough to call your meal a brunch, try the establishment's famous gourmet pies, which are crafted with Margaret River feta, free-range chicken and eggs, and locally sourced veggies.
After all this wining, dining and romantic relaxation, you and your sweetheart will return to everyday life recharged and ready for the workweek! Nothing like a romantic short break in Geographe Bay to revitalise your soul.