14 Must Dos in the Capel Region
From the moment you watch a sunset at Peppermint Grove Beach with a glass of Capel Vale in your hand and local foodie produce delights, the Capel region has won you over.
- WONDER AT RARE TUART FOREST
Uncover the world’s only remaining tall Tuart Forest in the Tuart Forest National Park. It’s also home to the rare western ringtail possum. Go bushwalking, have a picnic or check out the Tuart Discovery Trail.
- VISIT THE ICONIC CAPEL VALE WINERY
James Halliday agrees with the Australian Wine Companion nominating Capel Vale as a Top 100 Wineries in Australia and a Top 5 Red Star Winery. Enjoy a late lunch at Match Restaurant. It’s all about ‘matching’ food perfectly with wine. The view very pretty special too. Finish with a cheese plate and a glass of their delicious Geographe Merlot. If you have a sweet tooth, we suggest you book a High Tea. It’s a delicious and decadent tradition that never disappoints.
- WATCH A SUNSET AT PEPPIE BEACHGet here early and spend time at one of the Geographe’s best beaches swimming, fishing, surfing and canoeing, including canoeing the Capel River. On weekends, join the locals for coffee at the Community Centre (it’s an institution). Pitch a tent at the Peppermint Grove Beach Holiday Park or find a hammock-loving holiday home. The Holiday Park shop is stocked with handmade gifts or pop into the bottle shop for a nice drop of local white to toast the sunset. And don’t forget to pre-order a woodfired oven pizza for a Friday night feast.
- SWING A STICK
Outdoor pursuits are in abundance here, with a rousing round of golf at the Capel Golf Course under the gaze of the grazing kangaroos highly recommended. They even host outdoor movies in summer!
- HAVE SOME SUPER-AWESOME PAINTBALL FUNThe war begins at Paintball Pursuit near Stratham, where groups and individuals can fight it out. There are many things in life that are rewarding, but if they happen to be ultra-fun while being rewarding, then they become a must-do activity.
- THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A HOMEMADE PIEThe best value in the region has to be the Capel Bakery. It’s super cute. Stock up on homemade pies, sourdough bread, and old favourites like Wagon Wheels and Butterfly cakes. The service is cheerful, the surrounds cosy, and the price is budget friendly. In season, you can also pick up some great farmgate produce. This is where you may find free-range organic eggs, seasonal veggies and fruits from Mostly Organics, jams and preserves, olive oil produced by local producer Goccio D’oro, as well as a select range of Handmade and Marina natural olive oil soaps and skincare balms.
- PICNIC BY THE FALLSHave a picnic at Ironstone Gully Falls and discover the wildflowers. In winter the stream, having followed a course through one of the region’s many fine Jarrah forests, crosses under the road and gently rambles over a series of rapids. The Falls drop over a ledge of nine metres. From August to October, the surrounding countryside abounds with a stunning display of WA wildflowers.
- GET A CAFFEINE AND FOODIE FIXCater to your foodie temptations at the Capelberry Cafe. The Breakfast Brushette or American Pancakes will surely fill up the hungriest of travellers and vegetarians will love the Capelberry Mushrooms. They also offer a massive selection of herbal teas, Rubra coffee as well as gourmet Capelberry jams and condiment, plus chutneys by Peppi Beach producer, the Fat Hippo. Alternatively, head to The Fat Birdie for scrumptious cheesecakes (gluten free) served with Margaret River Yahava coffee.
- FIND THE FAMOUS GINGERBREAD HOUSEThe Gingerbread House in Boyanup with all things sweet, where giant lollipops and candies prevail. Step inside and indulge your inner child at this Willy Wonkaesque candy store. Your kids can decorate Gingerbread men while you sit back and indulge in all their fabulous delights. So fabulous the treats at the Gingerbread House, it is also the main supplier of chocolate, confectionery treats, slices, cakes, and cookies to punters at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
- BOUNCE OFF SOME ENERGYBounce, tumble, balance, flip, party and fly your way around 2,000sqm’s of indoor high energy trampoline excitement. Fun for the young and the young at heart at Gravity ETC in Dalyellup.
- PRETEND YOU'RE THOMAS THE TANK ENGINEOn the fourth Sunday of the month, the South West Rail & Heritage Centre in Boyanup opens its doors with a special theme each time. You can view the historic trains and carriages. See the Capel Men’s Shed and the blacksmiths working in the traditional way.
- HEAD TO THE MARKETSIf you happen to be in Boyanup for the fourth Sunday of the month, The Boyanup Farmers Market is regarded as one of the region’s best produce markets and is just the spot to pick up some awesome, locally grown produce (think lamb, goat’s milk and cheese, sheep cheese, honey and honey products, olives and olive oils, eggs, macadamia nuts and more), craft, wine, plants and all sorts of other bits and bobs.
- SEEK CURIOSITIES AND COLLECTABLESContinue your curiosities, collectables and retro hunt at the nearby Quirky Den and Quirky Too. The Tree Memories Gallery which hosts fine woodcraft and Jalinda Orchard Gallery are also worth a visit. BunGeo loves French brocade store, Rustic French Living which is housed in a beautiful old church in Boyanup. Enjoy morning tea as you wander through its unique French finds or head to Boyanup Bakery for a homemade pie. If you are looking for a lunch spot with old-world charm, try The Bull and Bush Tavern.
- RAMBLE THE REGION ON TWO FEET OR TWO WHEELSThe Preston River Ramble, Boyanup Heritage Trail, Joshua Lake Walk Trail, Dalyellup Lakes and the Gelorup Walk Trails are a way to walk off the stiffness from sitting in your vehicle for hours while allowing you to take in the natural beauty of the area and capturing some of the history. Boyanup also connects to the world-leading Munda Biddi Mountain Bike Trail – we challenge you to Beat the Biddi!