Sunday, May 3, 2009

Question from guest Re Cape Leeuwin and wineries

Dear Dirk,
I am sorry to bother you on some questions.
Could you kindly advise me on the below:
- how long does a drive to Cape Leeuwin (from Loaring Place) takes?
-  what time does the sun usually set nowdays?
- Would it be difficult getting dinner after 7pm? Which wineries are open for dinner?
- Any special winery worth recommending?
Thank you for your time. 
Best Regards

My reply:

It is only a 30 minute drive from MR to Augusta on Bussel Highway but about 45 minutes via caves road. But there are lots of things to see and do on Caves Rd such as visit Lake Cave or Jewel Cave, the Boranup Karri Forest, Hamelin Bay.
The Leeuwin Lighthouse is 5 minutes from Augusta and there are tours to climb to the top and see the old lamp workings.
The sun sets at 5.30pm. Go to http://www.bigpond.com/weather/ and type in 6285 in the bar that says "My Weather" and Postcode or suburb.
Many of our guests make a day trip, having lunch in Augusta after visiting a cave and the lighthouse. They then drive up Warner Glen Rd (which goes through beautiful countryside) and visit the Rockfield Estate Winery (which has won many awards) and the Berry Farm, which does beautiful afternoon teas in the gardens of an old farmhouse, and there are lots of jams, pickles, chutneys and sauces to taste, as well as more wines.
No problem getting dinner in town on Thursday night after 7.00pm. There are many restaurants open til 8.30pm and the town is only 5 minutes away. Only problem is whoever is driving will have to watch how much wine they drink as police are hot on drink-driving.
I can prepare a dinner as well to your requirements, then you do not have to drive. Cost is $35 per head 2 courses and $45 per head 3 courses. You will have to give me a day's notice and let me know what you would like (anything is possible - sort of). We have a lovely lounge/dining room.
No wineries are open for dinner on a Sunday night. Most of the wineries close at 4.30, a few at 5pm.
All the wineries here are very good and a large number have fabulous resaurants open for lunch. Just around the town are Cape Mentelle, Voyager, Leeuwin, Xanadu, Redgate, Edwards, and then another 80 or so to choose from.  It is a problem that people ask which is the best winery or best restaurant. All are very good and you will not be disappointed at any of them.
People come and stay with us for 3 days and still have only just scratched the surface of all the great places to visit. When you come, we will see how you feel and what you would like to do and I will suggest an itinerary that hopefully will accommodate you all. 

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