Day 4 is when we started to really explore the Margaret River region, since most wineries and attractions were open again. We had a lunch reservation at Voyager Estate but other than that, we took it easy.
I wanted to take advantage of both the free time I had and the lovely weather, so I headed down to the beach this morning with Dad. While he was busy being an adventurous little boy looking for abalone in the reefs, I was having fun enjoying the sunshine, watching people trickle in to the nearby cafe and being my Dad’s lifeguard.
My Dad, though successful in catching some abalone, got completely soaked. Even in low tide. Sometimes I wonder whether he really is 50+ or not. haha. But it’s good he still has the energy and excitement!
So what else did we do today? Well, after cooking a breakfast feast for the rest of our family, we set out for our first stop – Mammoth Cave, a limestone cave that houses fossil remains of Pleistocene fauna that are over 35,000 years old (from Wikipedia)
Exploration of the cave itself is a self-guided tour. We get these headsets to wear and enter the numbers of each station point and a recording will explain what is of interest at those points. I think it’s a great idea because then you can walk around at your own pace and stop to take photos as you wish.
Let me share some photos of the inside of the cave with you! I’m always amazed by the structure of the caves – the wonders of nature. I’m still figuring out the best settings for my camera to shoot in low-light conditions so apologies if the pictures aren’t that clear!
The cave was surprisingly small. I was actually a bit disappointed because it’s marketed in the brochures as a cave that houses fossils but there were only a few. But overall, it was still a beautiful walk through the cave.
Well, we’ve done our exercise by exploring the cave and climbing the stairs, so what to do? EAT! haha. We headed to Voyager Estate for some wine-tasting and lunch. None of the wines were to our liking so we didn’t buy any. We did buy the sparkling non-alcoholic grape juice though. We bought those YEARS ago, and they’re still as good.
Lunchtime! It was delicious! My friend recommended to eat here and it was a great idea! Thanks, KT!
Dad’s main: Grilled pork cutlet, spiced Nannup peaches with potato fondant and apple cider dressing. I didn’t have any of this but Dad said it wasn’t bad.
Mum’s main: Market fresh fish with light saffron broth and orange and fennel. The fish was pink snapper (I think…can’t really remember). Mum said the fish was nice, but the sauce was odd. I think it’s an acquired taste – we’ve never eaten anything with saffron before.
GC’s main: Margaret River venison with onion and taleggio tart and beetroot herb salad. It was GC’s first time tasting venison and while he said it was interesting, he preferred beef. He didn’t like the herb salad so I traded mine with his. I had a bit of the venison and it was a nice flavour and quite tender.
My main: Crispy duck breast, cherry mint and watercress and cherry glaze. This was nice but the sauce was extremely sweet. I loved the cherries on top of the duck though.
Dad and JC had a latte and a cappuccino, respectively. JC has become a bit picky with his coffee and said it was so-so only. My Aunty had a chai tea latte with milk, which was not spicy enough. Their honey was nice though. haha.
We walked around the estate about bit more after lunch to take some photos (to burn the calories more like it! haha). Voyager Estate is one of the most picturesque vineyards in the region and it’s so nice to browse around the gardens, with their impeccably trimmed hedges and pathways.