Girly Weekends Away Part 1
Stay: For a spectacular beach destination, the town of Rockingham just south of Perth is a great pick. The Palm Beach Manor is a modern, well-furnished three double bedroom townhouse just a quick stroll to the picturesque beach and main plaza strip. Stayz: Palm Beach Manor
Do: If the beach is not enough to keep you busy with snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, and dolphin and penguin watching available, spend a day at nearby Marapana Wildlife Park. Have a cuddle with a koala, and see all the interesting species Australia offers including emus, dingos, and crocodiles! Located 157 Paganoni Rd, Karnup. Bookings for Koala Experience (Tues-Sun) required.
Eat: Sunsets Cafe Bistro. Shift your gaze between the sprawling bay views and the open kitchen as you wait for the team of chefs to prepare your delectable meal. With an appealing menu suited to vegetarian and gluten free customers, as well as those wishing to indulge, you will be wanting to visit this place for breakfast, lunch and dinner! 1 Railway Terrace, Rockingham. Bookings recommended.
Getting There: SeaLink operates a 45 min ferry to Kangaroo Island from Cape Jervis (110km from Adelaide). Visit website to book: Sealink
Stay: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat. Situated directly adjacent to Flinders Chase National Park, this eco-friendly retreat offers guests nature and wildlife at their very doorstep. With a restaurant on site, and a number of island tours available, you will get the very best of what this island has to offer. KIWR
Western’s Rest. If you would prefer to be closer to the beach, this affordable property is ideally located. Watch dolphins frolic in Penneshaw Bay as you enjoy a meal on the deck, or take the 10 minute stroll to the village. Western’s Rest
Do: While there are tours available, visitors are recommended to hire a car or bike and explore the island at their own pace.
However, one tour you are sure to remember is the Kangaroo Island Nocturnals. This 90-minute tour beginning at 8:30pm commences with a penguin colony sighting and then heads into the bush to search for other nocturnal wildlife: owls, possums, bats etc. Booking essential: 0427 887 575
Eat: Sorrento’s Restaurant. When visiting Kangaroo Island, there is no going past the famous King George Whiting. Sorrento’s Restaurant at Seafront Resort in Penneshaw offers this delectable fish as part of its diverse and locally driven menu. To book call: (08) 8553 1028
Stay: Peppermint Ridge Retreat. With a number of awards and accolades to its name, including Lonely Planet’s Best Accommodation in South-east Tasmania, this unique and luxurious property in Woodbridge will guarantee a great stay. With an open-plan and modern feel, there is log fire, spa bath and delicious views to relax, and close proximity to many great attractions. Peppermint Ridge Retreat
Eat: Peppermint Bay Restaurant. If you are after a good meal, this highly esteemed restaurant is the place. With unbeatable views across the bay and a diverse menu, this will be a memorable dining experience for all. 3435 Channel Street Woodbridge
Do: Grandvewe Farm Cheesery. A short drive south of Woodbridge is Tasmania’s only sheep milk cheesery. Enjoy a local wine and taste up to 15 different cheese types.
Roaring 40’s Ocean Kayaking. Hire a kayak and explore the surrounds of Peppermint Bay including the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. If you’re lucky you might make some ocean friends along the way! Daily hire for $60. Roaring 40’s Ocean Kayaking
What’s your favourite place to get away with friends?