Fresh Air


October has brought the return of sunny days which has inspired me to get back out in the water, albeit still in a wet suit. October is an amazing time in the South-West for surfing, the sunny days and the glorious waves combined with reduced crowds, mean there are plenty of places to catch a chilled ride.

We recently had friends stay for the week who booked surfing lessons thru Margert River Surf Co. They had so much fun and were even brave enough to join us on some small local breaks later that day. The crystal blue waters had us all feeling big holiday vibes.

The next day we took a day trip to Witchcliffe stopping at The Aquarium along the way. The Aquarium is located between Smith Beach and Canal Rocks. It is a hidden local gem with crystal clear waters protected by granite rocks. The beaches in this area can be wild but the calm waters at The Aquarium are a little haven with awesome snorkelling. Our visitors were on cloud nine spotting fish and one very special little octopus who didn’t stop changing colour.

We jumped back in the car and headed for Witchy (as the locals call it). This gorgeous boutique town is full of vintage finds, artisanal wines, and handmade candles. The local bakery makes a mean pie and a great desert. Needless to say, after the morning spent snorkelling, everyone was ravenous, and we indulged in a little bit of everything. If we had of been there earlier, we would have headed to the Yardbyrd. This super cute café makes the best brekkies and serves up excellent coffee.

After our big day out, we headed home for a chillout but I couldn’t resist one last stop at McHenry Hohnen’s Witchcliffe cellar door. These guys make organic wines and win awards and were recently shortlisted in the Top 10 Best Wineries in Australia by the Halliday Wine Companion. We grabbed a bottle of their Chardonnay and Cab Sav to enjoy later that night. All in all, it was an awesome day out!