Fresh Air


In August the South-West Region heads into the Indigenous season of Djilba. Djilba is known as the Season of Conception while the weather is still cool, the days get longer, the bush erupts into a wave of wildflowers and the sound of newborn animals is in the air.

This August, the cooler weather has once again inspired me to seek out and drink wine. With so much on offer in the region, let’s face it, almost everything inspires me. There is nothing like a good view and cosy fireplace to make winter my friend, and it all goes hand in hand with delicious wine. We headed off the beaten track this month to check out some hidden gems and along the way discovered a few new fav’s to add to our Saturday night wine selection.

We had heard along the grape vine that Stella Bella, Stormflower and Blind Corner had beautiful settings and great tasting experiences. They didn’t disappoint, rustic, welcoming and surrounded by native bushland all three venues offered amazing wines. Needless to say, a few bottles came home with us to be enjoyed at a later date. We also discovered that all three venues welcome picnickers. Next time we will pack a gourmet hamper and enjoy the serenity while we kick back, wine in hand. 

On the day we went exploring, the picnic wasn’t packed, but we found ready-made snacks at Hamelin Bay Wines and Windows Estate. Both places are also a little off the beaten track but well worth the visit for local produce, picturesque vineyards, and very tasty vino.

After our visit to Hamelin Bay Wines, we headed to the coast to walk off our tasting plate. The bright white sand and sparkling blue waters of Hamelin Bay make it one of my favourite beaches to visit. We walked along the shoreline while the kids played ‘spot the stingray’. There is also a spectacular cliff walk that I love with wildlife and a view that never fails to impress me. 

We weren’t prepared for a swim on the day we dropped in but in summer Hamelin Bay is one of our fav day trips. It is the perfect place to set up the umbrella, pack the esky, a good book and spend the day. The sheltered waters are great for swimming, fishing and snorkelling, and if you are into diving, you can head further out to check out the shipwreck.