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Katia Santilli’s Guide To Western Australia

Katia Santilli, co-founder of Nimble Activewear and this month’s Conscious Curator, shares her five favourite stops for a perfect trip to Western Australia. These recommendations are centred around the Margaret River area, which Katia and her family love for its sparse, quintessentially Australian landscapes and dramatic coastline (and the wineries, of course).

 

We love staying at The Pullman Bunker Bay It is on the most stunning beach and is surrounded by incredible natural landscapes

Complete with an ocean-view infinity pool and award-winning this spa, this luxury hotel is an indulgent inclusion in a Margaret River escape, and so worth it.

The beaches around Bunker Bay are stunning 

Just a walk from the luxury of the Pullman resort, Bunker Bay is a sheltered cove perfect for slow, under-the-umbrella beach days. There’s a cafe and showers, but they don’t take away from the natural beauty that is so signature to the Margaret River area.

Meelup Beach, close to Bunker Bay, is also beautiful

Soft white sand and crystal clear waters, this picture perfect beach is a must visit while you’re in Margaret River. With an easy-access free car park, shaded picnic spots and full facilities, Meelup is perfect for families looking to access the incredible coast without the challenge that the more secluded spots present.

Injidup Beach is a must see

A lesser-known gem, the chances are you might get this beach to yourself if you choose the right time. Although it’s just as beautiful as Bunker Bay and Meelup beach, the ocean can be a little rough, so check the tides and wind before you visit, especially if you’re coming with kids.

Some of my favourite wineries are Woodlands, Leeuwin Estate and Xanadu

Each of these wineries are home to their own cellar door, with various wine flights and tasting options (including additional cheese boards, of course). Xanadu is also home to one of WA’s best restaurants, so a great option for a date spot if you get the chance to spend an evening without the kids.

Eagle Bay Brewing is a great lunch spot 

The restaurant at this family run brewery focuses on locally sourced produce, and it pays off through the quality of the food. The lunch menu is an extensive selection of fail-safe options like woodfired pizza alongside more adventurous dishes like the eggplant and kasundi salad. The adventurous approach is evident throughout the menu: their garden salad is loaded with spicy pepitas and slow roasted pumpkin, and the roast potatoes are cooked in Cajun spices and come with a rich blue cheese sauce.

Barnyard is a favourite for a romantic lunch

This winery’s restaurant perfectly combines high-end cuisine with a laid back, communal setting. The changing menu includes locally sourced seasonal produce like Wedge Island octopus and handmade pasta topped with Manjimup truffle.

Fishbone is another great spot for food

The Japanese-inspired menu at this winery’s restaurant includes caviar-loaded sashimi and miso-seared scallops: it’s sushi, but elevated.

 

Katia Santilli is this month’s Conscious Curator, and founder of sustainable activewear brand Nimble Activewear. You can learn about Katia’s approach to work, life, health and style in our feature interview here, and browse her beautiful creations at nimbleactivewear.com

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