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Perth to Toodyay via Swan Valley Wineries

Highlight - Glamping or a Cabin with a Spa....


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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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I AM SURE YOU HAVE YOUR FAVOURITE LITTLE OUTBACK TOWN.
YOU KNOW.... THE ONE THAT HAS A COSY INVITING ATMOSPHERE THAT YOU ENJOY EVERY TIME YOU VISIT.
THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT TOODYAY.

LIKE MOST OUTBACK TOWNS, TOODYAY HAS ONE MAIN STREET WHERE THE ACTION IS.
IT HAS CONNOR'S MILL WHICH IS A LOVELY STATELY BUILDING. THE CAFE ON THE CORNER ACROSS THE ROAD FROM CONNOR'S MILL IS GOOD FOR COFFEE AND A CAKE. THERE IS PARKING BESIDE THE CAFE OR YOU CAN PARK AT IGA.
THERE ARE A FEW QUAINT GIFT SHOPS INCLUDING AN AWESOME TEA SHOP. I BOUGHT SOME FLAVOURED TEA LEAVES AND A TEAPOT WITH A WILDFLOWER PICTURE.
FREMASONS HOTEL NEAR CONNOR'S MILL IS THE BEST PUB FOR A FEED IN TOODYAY.
SOPHIA'S MEDITERRANEAN IS THE BEST RESTAURANT IN TOWN. NOT CHEAP... BUT I CAN GUARANTEE THAT THE FOOD IS WORTH WHAT YOU PAY FOR. IT HAS A LOVELY OUTSIDE GARDEN ALFRESCO DINING AREA.

Connor's Mill

Connor's Mill

Tea for Toodyay Gift Shop

Tea for Toodyay Gift Shop

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Toodyay main street

Toodyay main street

Sophia's Restaurant Toodyay

Sophia's Restaurant Toodyay

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FOR SOME REASON YOU WILL ALWAYS SEE A VINTAGE CAR IN TOODYAY. TOODYAY SEEMS TO HAVE A LOVE AFFAIR WITH VINTAGE CARS.
DON'T BE SURPRISED TO SEE A STACK OF BIKERS TOO WITH THEIR FLASH HARLEYS :) MOTORBIKE CLUBS IN PERTH ARE BIG. I CALL IT MIDDLE AGE BOYS WITH THEIR TOYS :) SOME WEEKENDS THE COUNTRY ROADS ARE INUNDATED WITH BIG BIKE GROUPS ENJOYING THE WEEKEND TOGETHER.... ESPECIALLY LONG WEEKENDS.

Toodyay Vintage cars

Toodyay Vintage cars

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WHEN WE GO ON OUR WILDFLOWER TRIPS WE USUALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND.
IF YOU ARE VISITING IN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER AND WANT TO DO THE WILDFLOWERS, YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN ADVANCE. ALTHOUGH IT IS WINTER HERE AND THE WEATHER CAN BE DODGY... THE WILDFLOWERS ARE SO POPULAR THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO BOOK ACCOMMODATION EARLY.... EVEN IN THE REMOTE OUTBACK TOWNS.

SO....... GLAMPING OR A CABIN WITH A SPA....?

BOSHACK

GLAMPING IS GREAT IN SUMMER AND ALSO GREAT FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. GLAMPING IS BASICALLY GLAMOUR CAMPING.
IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN.... GLAMPING IS FUN. YOU CAN ALSO DO THE FARM ANIMAL THING. BOSHACK HAS IT ALL. THERE ARE BIG TENTS AND ALSO A-FRAME TIN SHED ACCOMMODATION. YOU CAN INCLUDE ANY COMBINATION OF BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER IN YOUR BOOKING. WE HAD DINNER WHICH WAS A FABULOUS GOOD OLD AUSSIE STYLE BBQ.

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BLACK WATTLE RETREAT

WINTER.... AND WILDFLOWER SEASON, I WOULD SUGGEST THE CABIN WITH A SPA. BLACK WATTLE RETREAT CABINS HAVE POT BELLY STOVES WHICH ARE LOVELY TO SIT AROUND WITH A GOOD GLASS OF RED, CRACKERS AND CHEESE. ........... EACH CABIN HAS ITS OWN OUTSIDE SPA JACUZZI PLACED IN A POISITION OF PRIVACY BUT STILL WITH A VIEW OF SURROUNDING BUSH. TOWN IS NOT TOO FAR AWAY FOR SUPPLIES. WE BOUGHT OURS FROM IGA GROCERIES WHICH IS UP THE STREET BESIDE CONNOR'S MILL.

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aussirose tries to shoot stars in Toodyay

aussirose tries to shoot stars in Toodyay

SWAN VALLEY.

OF COURSE YOU NEED A GOOD WINE TO GO WITH YOUR CHEESE AND CRACKERS :)

GOOD TRIP PLANNING INVOLVES FORWARD THINKING. DON'T WORRY.... I HAVE DONE THAT FOR YOU ;)
ON THE MAP BELOW YOU WILL SEE THAT I HAVE DIRECTED YOU PAST THE SWAN VALLEY... HOME OF MANY FINE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WINES.

Perth to Toodyay Map

Perth to Toodyay Map

SANDLEFORD MAKES SOME GOOD ONES, IS VERY POPULAR, HAS A NICE GARDEN SHOULD YOU WANT TO DO LUNCH, AND THE WINES ESPECIALLY THE ELEMENTS RANGE ARE WELL PRICED. OLIVE FARM WINERY DOES SOME REAL FINE WINE AND NEXT DOOR IS THE CHEESE BARREL.

YES...CHEESE! :) CHILI CHEESE, BREE AND A GOOD SHARP CHEDDER ARE MY FAVOURITES. THEY ALSO HAVE A NICE QUINCE PASTE WHICH IS SEMI SWEET AND GOES FABULOUSLY WITH THE CHILI CHEESE ON A CRACKER. ACTUALLY A TASTING PLATE HERE IS BETTER THAN SANDFORD IF YOU PREFER TO EAT LIGHTER. THEY HAVE A VERANDAH WITH ROOF THAT OVERLOOKS LOVELY NATIVE BUSH.

NOW IF YOU WANTED TO INCLUDE ANOTHER WINERY... MY FAVOURITE IS LANCASTER. IT ALSO HAS MY FAVOURITE CHILI CHEESE :) BUT YOU WILL NEED TO DO IT AFTER SANDALFORD AND THEN BACK TRACK TO THE GREAT NORTHERN HIGHWAY AND OLIVE FARM.

OR OAKOVER WHICH IS BEFORE OLIVE GROVE ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

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aussirose gets creative in the gift shop after a few tastings :)

CANOLA FIELDS

TOODYAY IS IN THE WHEATBELT AND ONE OF THE FIRST SETTLEMENTS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SO IT IS NOT SURPRISING TO SEE FIELDS OF GLORIOUS CANOLA IN BLOOM. CERTAINLY MAKES FOR LOVELY PICTURES.

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AND NOW FOR THE STAR OF THE SHOW....

WILDFLOWERS

YOU WON'T SEE FIELDS OF COLOUR HERE IN TOODYAY.... APART FROM CANOLA.

BUT IF YOU STOP OFF ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND TAKE A WALK IN THE BUSH, YOU WILL DISCOVER SMALL SINGLE WILDFLOWERS LIKE ORCHIDS, PEAS AND KANGAROO PAWS. OBVIOUSLY THE FURTHER NORTH YOU GO, THE MORE WILDFLOWERS YOU WILL SEE. NEVERTHELESS, TOODYAY WON'T DISAPPOINT. REMEMBER, ORCHIDS ARE VERY SMALL SO KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN.

IT'S GOOD ALSO TO GRAB A SMALL BOOK ON WILDFLOWERS TO HELP ID THEM. THIS CAN BE FUN, TRYING TO FIND THE WILDFLOWERS THAT YOU HAVE SEEN IN THE BOOK. WE BOUGHT OUR BOOK FROM KINGS PARK IN PERTH - A COLOUR GUIDE TO SPRING WILDFLOWERS. THESE BOOKS ARE SET OUT IN COLOURS SO THAT IT MAKES IT EASIER TO IDENTIFY THE FLOWER. WE HAD A MINI COMPETITION ON OUR WILDFLOWER TRIP SOUTH IN 2013 TO FIND AND ID THE MOST WILDFLOWERS. (CHECK OUT MY OTHER BLOG).

Purple Enamel Orchid

Purple Enamel Orchid

Spider Orchid

Spider Orchid

Cowslip Orchid

Cowslip Orchid

Bacon and Eggs Pea

Bacon and Eggs Pea

Cowlicks Orchid

Cowlicks Orchid

Triggerplant

Triggerplant

Bristly Cottonhead

Bristly Cottonhead

Grannys Bonnet

Grannys Bonnet

Spider Orchid

Spider Orchid

Red Hakea

Red Hakea

A NICE WAY TO MAKE SMALL WILDFLOWERS STAND OUT IS TO CARRY SOME WRAPPING PAPER IN YOUR CAMERA BAG TO PLACE BEHIND THE WILDFLOWER. COLOURED CELLOPHANE ALSO WORKS WELL AS YOU CAN SEE IN SOME OF THE PHOTOS ABOVE.
HERE I REMOVED THE STEM IN PHOTOSHOP :)

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A SPLASH OF RED IN THE BUSH :)

Our friend May Sue from Malaysia

Our friend May Sue from Malaysia

~~oOo~~

NEXT UP - WE VISIT A MONK BREWERY, FABULOUS WILDFLOWER WALK AND A COCKIE TOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

Posted by aussirose 14:20 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint road_trip photography blog swan_valley 2012 toodyay aussirose wa_wildflowers boshack_glamping black_wattle_retreat aussirose_favourite_flowers connor's_mill

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Great entry. Your photos always make me feel so inadequate. ... that is in the photography department!

by Wabat

Hey Albert. Thanks for your nice comment mate. Just reliving my travels here on TP. Hope you and Andy are still interested in the Tassie trip. Will be fun :)
Hugs xx

by aussirose

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