Evening Picnic

DUNSBOROUGH MARGARET RIVER YALLINGUP EAGLE BAY

I am so excited that Spring is here. After getting cosy and enjoying the best Cab Sav’s that the region has to offer over winter, I am ready to hear Springs siren song. The warm, sunny days are making me eager to venture further afield. Busselton has sprung to life this year with the opening of so many amazing and delicious eateries. We spent the day there recently and found something for everyone from family activities to date night and nightlife.

My favourite new place is the much-hyped Alberta’s, conceived by two of the Michelin starred Noma’s restaurants alumni. The morning I went, we had a late brunch of fresh tuna salad and an asparagus, ricotta, and egg dish, making me want to return the next day. And I did, for the Tahitian lime tart and one of the best oat milk chai’s I’ve had in a long time. Don’t go here for a big bang-up breakfast but the small, perfectly crafted menu that relies entirely on local produce is worth the trip.

After brunch, we headed to the Busselton foreshore. The playground and incredible skate park were a smash hit with the kids and they would have stayed there for hours. We took the opportunity to head over to Shelter Brewery (also located on the foreshore) for a perfectly chilled beer overlooking the jetty and parkland. We grabbed the kids and brought them to stock up on hot chips and delicious handmade pizzas. We saw plenty of pooches there too, so dogs are welcome!

The kids begged us for a Mermaid Tour at the Busselton Jetty, which was magical for the little one’s last time we were there. We learned they only run during summer, so we switched tack and took the Jetty Train. The train runs the full 1.7 km length of the jetty and takes 45 mins return. On the day we went the kids spotted dolphins frolicking in the bay and were further amused at the Museum and Interpretive Centre, where we were all blown away by the Jetty’s incredible history. It was easy to see why the Busselton Jetty is one of Western Australia’s most visited landmarks. 

By the time we finished at the Jetty it was getting close to sunset. We ambled back to our car and watched as some cute couples headed down to the foreshore with blankets and picnics to take in the sunset. I must admit it did look pretty romantic. We drove home via the main street and took in the atmosphere as the restaurants, bars and pubs began filling up. It looked like a fun night to be out and about. Maybe next time!