On Wednesday we drove to Yallingup to do The Yallingup Maze. The objective is to navigate the maze of wood walls and get to each of the 4 towers in numerical order. Some of the walls are on hinges and the maze is changes every few hours so that it’s different every time you complete it. I discovered that being in a maze is a lot harder than solving a maze from a top down view.
Attached to the maze is a café and puzzle shop. All the tables in the café have various puzzles and brain teasers on them to keep the patrons entertained while taking a break from the maze.
After Yallingup Maze, we went to The Margaret River Duckstein Brewery for lunch. The estate is magnificent, but it is a pity that the same can not be said for the beer. Sean and I discovered during a beer tasting session, that despite their name the beer has little in common with real German beer. Fortunately the food was excellent. I had a smoked pork chop with bratwurst, fried potato and sauerkraut.
After church, we loaded the kids into the car and headed out to the Swan Valley, a region known for its vineyards, wine and crafts.
The first stop was Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery. This gallery of authentic Aboriginal paintings and crafts is owned and operated by Dale Tilbrook and family, descendants of the Wardandi Bibbulmun people from the Busselton/Margaret River region of the South West of Western Australia. I bought some hand panted and carved boomerangs, and Dale showed us “bush grub” in the specially planted garden of indigenous plants.
My search for Australian whisky came to a dead end at the Wild Swan Distilling Company as their whisky will only be ready in the next 2 years.
We popped into Duckstein Brewery and the Great Northern Distillery, but both were too packed with other tourists and we needed some lunch.
It seemed that all the good restaurants were packed as this is prime season for the Swan Valley…then we discovered Waldeck on vine café, right on the far end of the valley. By now we all were hot, tired and hungry. The Milkshake hit the spot while the play-pen kept the kids occupied. Lunch was basic but good, and afterwards we wondered around the Waldeck nursery.