Australian Traveller



8.30am: Garden leave

Rise and shine at GALLERY HOUSE (1) in the centre of town. Step out the door and grab a coffee at GARDEN EATS in the gallery garden.

9am: Get pumped

Take a stroll through town and drop into DWELLINGUP SILVER to browse its jewellery inspired by nature on your way to the new DWELLINGUP TRAILS AND VISITOR CENTRE. Let the kids loose on the bicycle pump track while you have a bite of brekkie at WAYPOINTS CAFE.

10am: Into the forest

Hire a canoe or a mountain bike at DWELLINGUP ADVENTURES next to the info centre and head down to LANE POOLE RESERVE (2) and breathe in the forest air on the MURRAY RIVER (3) or get your heart racing on the world-class MURRAY VALLEY downhill trails; there’s one for everyone.

12.30pm: Gallery graze

Back in Dwellingup, and via a stop at CROSSROADS GALLERY, fuel up and feel good at Garden Eats beside the LOST EDEN CREATIVE art gallery (4). Ebony at Garden Eats will serve you the tastiest and healthiest food in town from her cute, refurbishe­d horse float.Then exercise your mind in the gallery space, which holds monthly exhibition­s by establishe­d and emerging contempora­ry West Australian artists.

2pm: All aboard

Take a trip on the HOTHAM VALLEY TOURIST RAILWAY’S STEAM RANGER, a two-hour journey through the forested hills outside Dwellingup.

4pm: Cider and sunset

Head to WINE TREE CIDERY (5) on Holyoake Road. Enjoy a cheese board and farm-made cider on the timber verandah overlookin­g the orchard as the sun gets ready to set.

6pm: Country hospitalit­y

It’s the DWELLINGUP HOTEL for dinner. Relax in the cosy country pub atmosphere. Meet some locals and/or fellow visitors to town.You better be hungry; the meals are hearty and generous.

8pm: Day’s end

A minute’s stroll from the pub and you’re back at Gallery House.The outside fire pit deck is perfect for toasting marshmallo­ws while talking about the day and planning for tomorrow, and all the things you didn’t get to do on this one fine day.

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