To our south is the Capel region; home to the world’s last remaining Tuart forest, quiet seaside hamlets, and bucolic country towns.
Nestled on the Capel River is the cute little town of Capel with a quirky sense of humour. Where else in Australia would they send you to hunt for the troll under the bridge? A walk path near the historic Capel Tavern takes you on a mysterious venture. The creative journey continues down the main street with walls of murals reflecting the stories of the town, which was established in the 1890s. People are a little horse-mad in Capel. Rightly so, as the home of 1999 Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh. Caravan and free campers will love the awesome facilities, including a waste dump spot and 24-hour rest area.
Where else in Australia would they send you to hunt for the troll under the bridge?
Located on the banks of the Preston River, Boyanup is your quintessential dairy and cattle town with lots of tree changers thrown in for good measure. Its farmers market held every fourth Sunday of the month is one of the best in the region. Many locals are history buffs with a fetish for trains, and the driving force behind the South West Rail & Heritage Centre. Run by volunteers, the Centre has Western Australia’s largest collection of rolling stock and memorabilia. There is a small display of farming machinery and other items, plus working blacksmiths. MTB addicts – Boyanup is also an awesome stop on the Munda Biddi Mountain Bike Trail.
PEPPERMINT GROVE BEACH
This unassuming seaside town is a breath of fresh Indian ocean air. Time to reset from the splashy scene and pay a visit to the ultra-modest contender for the title of WA’s most alluring coastal town. This is your rejuvenating holiday destination that’s a world away from the chaos of everyday life. Peppy Beach (as the locals call it) is home to white sandy beaches, the Capel River mouth, fabulous camping and much more… but, it’s only minutes from an award-winning winery, 10 minutes from Capel and less than 30 minutes from Bunbury.
Dalyellup is a new, outer coastal suburb adjoining Bunbury with awesome beaches. It’s home to 50ha of parks and gardens, 25km of cycleways and walking trails and its own piece of preserved Tuart Forest.