Wisteria Causing Hysteria in Augusta!

Updated: Jan 21, 2020

Stunning Wisteria Cottage

Let’s be honest, if we live in this part of Australia, we can consider ourselves very lucky. As well as a great place to put down roots, I see Bunbury as a fantastic hub for travel around the South West. As you will see from my past blogs, there is nothing Lisa and I like more than to jump in the car and visit some of our country towns. Now that our boys are old enough and questionably responsible enough to stay at home on their own, we have found our days out have now extended to weekends. With that in mind, we decided we would make the short ninety-minute journey and surround ourselves with forest, ocean, wildlife and vineyards. Lets just say we were more than impressed with the local paradise that is…..Augusta.

First things first, lets talk about accommodation. We booked Friday and Saturday night at Wisteria Cottage. As we pulled off the main road onto a gravel driveway that leads to the property, we were met by four dogs and Bev, the owner. Wow what a welcome! The dogs were very excited to see us. This rural getaway is nothing short of stunning. The accommodation is a retreat separate from the main house. The first thing we noticed as we entered is how spotlessly clean everything was. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge and dining area, large bedroom and separate bathroom and toilet. It was perfect for our weekend stay.

In the kitchen there was cloth covered basket – my curiosity was aroused. I whipped off the cloth to see what lay beneath. I wasn’t disappointed. Some freshly baked bread, (it was still warm), some butter, various jars of local preserves, a bar of Lindt chocolate, and a bottle of local wine. What an amazing gesture. In the fridge was some eggs freshly laid by the resident chooks and some milk. The owners really think of everything and supply everything you would need to get you through the first few hours of your stay. There is also plenty of tea and coffee to revive you after your journey.

Wisteria Cottage sits on 13 acres of beautiful countryside. Our evenings were spent outside just marvelling at the beauty of our surroundings. There is even a couple of chairs and a table overlooking a nearby paddock where you can sit with a glass of your favourite tipple, (wine in our case, and it was a bottle not a glass!), and watch the kangaroos having their evening graze.

What could be more Australian than sitting outside on a warm summers evening watching a mob of kangaroos being cheered on by the raucous laughter of some nearby Kookaburras. Simply heaven!

Location could not be any better. It takes nine minutes to get into Augusta. There are many local attractions nearby – far too many to visit on a weekend. Bev is a wealth knowledge when it comes to the local area, everything from places of interest to the best venue to get fish and chips, (more about that in a minute). If you are thinking about having a few days away in this stunning corner of our country, I really can not recommend Wisteria Cottage enough. The word paradise does not do it justice.

So, first night, after settling into our little piece of heaven, I got to thinking what would sit well in between the slices of that fresh loaf. The answer was simple…some fresh hot chips.

Outstanding fish and chips

“Blue Ocean in Augusta do the best fish and chips” Bev informed us. Well, you can’t beat local knowledge in my opinion. We set off for Augusta with mouths watering in anticipation. Half an hour later, we were back at Wisteria Cottage with a couple of cans of craft beer from the local bottle shop and two wrapped parcels of Snapper, chips and a pineapple fritter times two.

It was clear that Bev knew her stuff. The fish was exquisite. Nice crisp batter obviously cooked in fresh oil. Chips, as predicted made the perfect chip butties. Disaster was averted when we realised, we had forgot to bring salt and vinegar. After a quick look through the cupboards, we found the essential condiments. Another tick for Wisteria Cottage. With full bellies we settled in front of the T.V for an hour, before retiring for the night. About T.V. There are also loads of DVD’s to choose from should you fancy a night in snuggled up on the sofa.

The following morning, we were serenaded awake by the multitude of local birds that also make Augusta their home. What an enchanting way to wake up. It puts a smile on your face from the get-go. After a nice relaxed breakfast, we headed out to Boranup Gallery.

Boranup Gallery

We had seen this suggested in the “things to do” section of the information booklet at the cottage. Lisa is very much into her art so we thought this would be a good place to try. It was only a short fifteen-minute drive away. There is some fantastic local art on display, as well as some stunning furniture. We spent a good hour walking around the gallery. In addition to the paintings and furniture, there is also locally made glass, jewellery and lots of other locally produced crafts. We were glad to see they had a café too. A latte and a long black were most welcome.

Love the ironing board tables at Boranup gallery cafe!

Any trip to this part of the world would not be complete without a visit to Hamelin Bay. As well as a very good beach, there is the unique experience of getting up close and personal with the huge stingrays that come right up to the shoreline. We have done this many times so because time as against us, we just rocked up and took a few photos for the purpose of the blog. The people standing in the water are actually stroking the stingrays!

Hamelin bay...where you can