The perfect picnic

Published Thursday, January 16, 2020 in Lifestyle & Inspiration

Young or old, tourist or local; we all love picnics

It’s one of those activities that can be whatever you want it to be. A romantic private date, but equally suitable for a large event such as a wedding; a casual group catch-up; a family-friendly day the kids will love; a little one’s birthday party; or even a formal work function.

 

We’re talking a good old-fashioned picnic.

 

We’ve compiled a list of the best spots in the Margaret River region, plus some providers who know how to pack the perfect hamper, and others who will go the extra mile to create a special event you’ll remember forever.

Pretty as a picture picnic spots

Boranup Forest. One of the most magical locations in the whole region. Soaring karri trees, lush greenery, and calming serenity – this is an ideal spot for a one-on-one picnic, just stroll into the forest and find your special spot.

 

Dunsborough Foreshore. Well-suited for families or groups of friends, the foreshore is just a short walk from the town centre. Set up your feast under the peppermint trees (native to WA), on the long stretch of white beach sand, or even on the Old Dunsborough Boatramp.

 

Meelup Beach. Arguably the best beach in the South West. There are plenty of trees, grassed areas, public facilities, and with a stunning beach sprawled out in front. Ideal for everyone, from kids to wedding parties.

 

Sugarloaf Rock. A romantic destination for ocean lovers. It is particularly beautiful at sunset when the sky turns orange and the ancient rocks take on a vibrant hue. We’d avoid windy afternoons, however.

Sugarloaf Rock, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Image courtesy of TourismWA.

 

Ellensbrook. One of the most historic and culturally significant sites in Margaret River, Ellensbrook is a treat. Wander the homestead (built in 1857) to learn about European settler history and the area’s significance to Aboriginals, and then explore the sprawling grounds: find the cave, look for birds and wildflowers, and send the kids on a scavenger hunt.

 

Spoil yourself thanks to these picnic providers

Wild Wolf Collective Events. If you’re planning on popping the question, look into these packages specially designed for proposals. Imagine this: a romantic secluded beach, a luxe white tipi complete with cosy rugs and cushions, a cheese platter and sparkling wine. You won’t have to lift a finger…except to put the ring on.

The Larder, Margaret River. With five hampers to choose from online, there’s something to suit all budgets. They also use eco-friendly cutlery, plates and napkins. Allow 24 hours for your order.

 

Yallingup Cheese Company. Cheese director and award-winning winemaker Alana Langworthy offers beautiful small grazing boxes full of her carefully hand-crafted local cheeses. Order online.

Eagle Bay Olives.  A great family-friendly option. Sample the goodies at the counter and then head out into the gardens for your personalised picnic. Say hello to the resident donkeys while you’re tucking into the wood-fired bread, tapenades, chorizo and cheeses.

 

Happs Winery. Not content with being one of the best wineries in the region, Happs has also made DIY picnics easy. Grab a basket and build a hamper with their selection of cheeses, smallgoods and charcuterie, dips and relishes, and a few sweets for dessert.

 

Sunset picnics.

Sunset Picnic Co Yallingup. Insta-worthy gorgeous picnics where you don’t have to do a thing except turn up. There are a good mix of options, including vegetarian and gluten-free, and for parties of two, four and six.

 

Scenic Helicopters’ beach romance package. If you’re looking for a way to splash out on your significant other, let Scenic Helicopters whisk the two of you off to a secluded beach for a picnic, and a half-hour helicopter ride over our beautiful South West.

Scenic Helicopters Beach Picnic.

 

Browse our portfolio to find your dream holiday home in the Margaret River region.

 

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