Pfft I really think I need a change of blog skin, but yet there are only that many nice themes available on WordPress, and the nicer ones all need you to pay. -.-
Nevertheless, let me continue logging our travelogue! We left you in the last post talking about the wonders of Seashells Resort Mandurah, and today, we’re going to bring you further down south to the famous Margaret River and probably one of the best accommodations!
We packed up and left Seashells with a heavy heart, but certain that we’ll probably come back one day. Hopped into the car and off we went towards Busselton, our scheduled stop along the way to Margaret River.
Some of you will know Busselton as the place where the “freaking long jetty” is. Yes, that’s it. The longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere, Busselton Jetty is really a popular tourist attraction, with an underwater observatory right at the end of the jetty out in the ocean!
Because the shallow waters of Geographe Bay restricted ship movement, a long jetty was required so that the cut timber could be transported to the ships.
The drive from Busselton down to Margaret River was easily 2 hours or so? And by the time we reached Margaret River, I was already taxed out and famished! 2 hours non-stop on freeways is really quite exhilarating, though tiring. In Singapore, 2 hours means you’re stuck in the fucking traffic from Tuas to Pasir Ris. Well, over there, 2 hours means you’re covering hundreds of kilometers, running numerous times of the bloody congested Tuas-Pasir Ris-Tuas-Pasir Ris route.
Coming back to our stay Margaret River…
Initially, I wanted to bring Kai on a farm stay where we can sleep in the outbacks, go animal petting and feeding, or perhaps milk some cows wtf. But farmstays are not that common in Perth apparently, although I vaguely recall coming across one that didn’t look too decent. So, we shifted to more of a “tranquil” sort of stay instead of one filled with “moooooos” and “meeeehhhh”.
Luckily and thankfully, our original accommodation experienced a server problem with it’s booking page and we did not manage to secure our booking. This led me to continue hunting for that perfect dream accommodation for our stay in Margaret River, where I chanced upon Merribrook Retreat.
With assistance from Cheryl’s GPS, we managed to find the turn-off heading to Merribrook in Cowaramup, 10 km away from the town of Margaret River. The road eventually turned into a dirt track, and I honestly felt like a WRC driver maneuvering my (so-I-like-to-think) WRX or Evo along the roads. It seemed forever before we reached a clearing where the Lodge House of Merribrook stood.
And mind you, this is the scenery beside the Lodge House.
Basically, Merribrook is a lake resort made up of separate villas, a huge lake house, and a main reception lodge. While you will get your own privacy in your own villas, you could also hang out in the Lodge for a more homely feeling. This is also particularly useful if you are intending to whip up a mouth-watering meal – you are free to use their industrial kitchen too!
According to the history sheets, Merribrook was established way long back by owners Richard and Lorraine Firth. Awed by the beauty of nature and the land, the Firths started work in planting trees, building their first villas and even digging the now-so-beautiful Merribrook lake. Yes, digging it themselves. It subsequently progressed until the wonder it is today – a beautiful retreat.
We got our keys, and headed for our villa!
Our villa was one of the Lakeview Retreat Villas – suitable for couples/honeymooners/small families overlooking the Merribrook Lake with its own attached bath and tea/coffee amenities.
The other category – namely Forest Edge Garden Villa, is for bigger families, housing two bedrooms.
And then of course, there is the Lake House, tucked off in a secluded corner, with absolute privacy and full amenities.
You can check out their accommodation types here.
Breakfast is served daily at Merribrook, with a wide selection of bread, cereal and sets that you could order from. I’ll touch on this in the next post!
For now, I’ll leave you with a few more pics of the stunning place.
Oh yes, and I forgot to mention, being located out in the reserves, it also means that you’ll probably bump into a few families of roos (kangaroos)! We met a few on the way in and out, and they also tend to hop onto the huge meadow at night! (The grass is littered with their poop though – it’s like navigating your way through a land mine -.-)
PS: I must also let you know that given the fact that Merribrook is located on lower grounds, there is no connectivity there – and I mean zero. No internet, no 3G connectivity, no TV reception, and no MOBILE RECEPTION! Hahahah. Quite good, I must say – it really gives you a break from the hectic technological world. But if you really must stay connected to Facebook, the Lodge House provides free Wi-Fi and of course, a telephone line with free local calls :)
Check out Merribrook’s website here, and they are located at:
114 Armstrong Road
WA 6284 – Western Australia
Next up: our trip down to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse – where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet!