Welcome to the Peppy and Region Guide

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    Tips For Peppy Beach:

    • The Peppy Beach Holiday Park (a.k.a "Peppy's") is the local favourite - a cafe, bar, bistro, takeaway, convenience store, craft store, and bottle-shop all in one!  Opening hours can fluctuate, but the bar and restaurant are open at least every Friday during winter (July to September) and during the other months typically Friday and Saturday nights plus the last Sunday of every month.  During the summer months these hours are extended. During the winter months, enjoy a wine by the firepit and collect additional wood for the wood fireplace at the shop.  Leave you car keys at home it's only a few minutes walk away. You passed it on your left as you entered Peppy Beach, just after the "Welcome to Peppy Beach" sign. 

    • Take a walk up to the top of the Peppy lookout for spectacular views of Peppy Beach. The access is about 200m after you turn right onto Peppermint Grove Terrace from the main road leading into Peppy (just passed Oceanview Manor). Check out some footage we took here.

    • Would you like to host a meal with a private chef?  Chef Francesca Gosling is a local chef that has worked all over the world and "her clients have included Politicians, .Com billionaires, A- list celebrities, Russian oligarchs and Royals yet her style remains uncomplicated and true to the ingredients". See Chef's Instagram here and her pricing options here (Chef will add a $100 travel fee to Peppy).
    • Have a local massage therapist come to you. Brooke Withers is a a qualified massage therapist having worked in the most elite day Spas in the Southwest. Brooke specialises in Swedish massage which is a beautiful, relaxing style massage that helps melt away stress and tension but also alleviates the troubled areas with a pressure tailored to each client. Brooke will come to you and charges $70 for a one-hour session with everything you need, including warm body oil and peaceful music to assist in helping you slip into deep relaxation. Contact Brooke here or on 0412139176.
    • The best thing about Peppy Beach is the community. Keep an eye out for the 'Sunday Community Coffee Morning' sign on the drive into Peppy.  These usually occur on the third Sunday of the month at the Community Centre and involve mini-stalls with delicious olive oil, baked goods, art, and of course fresh coffee. Keep an eye out for any events on the large Welcome to Peppy sign as your drive into Peppy or just ask anyone you meet at Peppy's or on your beach walk. 
    • Enjoy the beach! Peppy is a popular beach with white sand and calm clear water that is ideal for swimming and dolphin-spotting (especially November to April). There are several points of access, but the main one is to continue straight passed the Peppy Beach Holiday Park as you are entering Peppy on Peppermint Grove Tce. That entrance has ample parking, toilet facilities, and a grassed area and small park equipped with BBQs and playground equipment. There is also a pontoon during summer months and excellent fishing spots all year.  If you're visiting from overseas, please remember that the sun in Australia has a very high UV rating - you can and will get burnt in less than 30 minutes if you don't cover yourself!

    Places Around Peppy:

    • Capel. This charming small down is the closest township to Peppy Beach (10 mins. drive) and it's where you will likely need to stock-up on any essentials at the IGA and petrol at Colroy's (which also has great fish n' chips and burgers).  You can also try the locally produced food at the two bakeries in town and check out the amazing pizza at Waldo's Pizza which has, we think, the best pizza South of Perth (and possibly in all of WA!). 
      • Busselton. About 20 minutes south of Peppy Beach, Busselton is famous for its sheltered beach and seasonal humpback whale populations. The beachfront features the 19th-century Busselton Jetty. This wood pier stretches nearly 2km to the Underwater Observatory (the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere) where life in a coral reef is on view. Busselton is where to go if you are looking for a Bunnings, K-Mart, Target, Woolworths, Aldi, Coles, etc. Our favourite spots in "Busso" are described in more detail below but include Mano Wraps, Shelter Brewery, the Goose, and the Good Egg for food, and check out the INDIGO Beachside Collective for amazing craft, gifts and homewares.  
      • Bunbury. About 25 minutes North of Peppy Beach, Bunbury is a commercial hub of the area which should have everything you need without needing to go back to Perth. Slightly larger than Busselton, Bunbury has all of the same large commercial stores and also a direct train and bus line back to Perth.

      • Ferguson Valley and inland:
        • Continue beyond Capel to explore the majestic Ferguson Valley. In addition to the wineries and the Bush Shack Brewery, here is a list of attractions to explore.

        • Donnybrook.  Test out the new Apple Fun Park and some amazing wineries (Barrecas and Coughlan Estate are our favouriates.

        • Balingup (50 min drive). This fascinating small town contains numerous craft and thrift stores, fruit wine, hippy shops, and hosts a medieval festival every August. 

      • Dunsborough. Follow the coast South for about 35 minutes to reach the bustling holiday spot of Dunsborough. There is some great shopping, excellent Danish ice-cream, cool beer garden at the Dunsborough Tavern (or the "Tav"), then and a short onward drive to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Bunker Bay Beach. 

      • Margaret River.  You can reach the famous Margaret River wine region in about 40 minutes driving South, and reach Margaret River Town in about 55 minutes. Please see below for a list of our favourite wineries, breweries, and restaurants.  We suggest that you don't drive directly to Margaret River Town - take your time and explore all of the amazing wineries and shops on the way down.  If you keep going past Margaret River you can also check out the world-famous caves (website here).

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      Favourite Wineries...

      Where to start?  

      • The closest winery to Peppy Beach is Capel Vale Wines only about seven minutes drive away.  If you mention that you are staying with Peppy Beach Retreats you have access the exclusive discounts (12.5% off any 6 bottles and 20% off any 12 bottles purchased). For groups of six and over, bookings are highly recommended.
      • One of our favourite lunch spots is St. Aidan.  About a 30 minute drive inland, it's well worth the trip up through the charming Ferguson Valley.  Guests say: "Absolutely amazing place. Fantastic service (Hannah is just THE best). The food is well thought out, expertly prepared and delicious. The location and facilities are lovely. The range of wines are, of course, exquisite. I HIGHLY recommend a visit."  
      • A must-do while you're in the region is Lentedal Winery & Wood Fired Pizza Cafe.  It's also about 30 minutes drive.  Take a walk with the animals, or enjoy a wood fired pizza under the stars at their evening cinema sessions. With a 5-star rating on google reviews, this gem won't stay hidden for long.  
      • Further South (and next to the amazing coffee / chocolate shop) you will find Marq Wines which has delicious wines and a great selection of artisan food and gifts, and even specialty dog treats! 
      • Still further South, Edwards Wines is a stunning new winery with a story to tell.  The wine is excellent and the kids will love walking under the famous yellow plane.  The Cab-Sav is a winner.

      • A stalwart of the region, Vasse Felix is a classy winery with sprawling lawns, great food and excellent wine. Have a picnic on the lawn or eat a bit fancy upstairs. Booking essential. 

      We have a pre-set Google Maps link with these and other wineries loaded for your convenience.  Please just send us a message and we will send you a link to it. 

      Want to do an oragnised wine tasting tour?  Check out this page for the best wine tasting tours in Margaret River. 

      Favourite Breweries & Bars:

      • Shelter Brewing Co.  Perched right at the start of the famous Busselton Jetty, this relatively new brewery offers great service, delicious food and a variety of interesting beers. The vibe is not dissimilar to Little Creatures back when it was cool! shelterbrewing.com.au/
      • Margaret River Brewhouse. The Margaret River Brewhouse is run by Margaret River Brewing Co. and is situated just outside (walking distance) from the main strip of Margaret River town.  However, once you enter the idyllic spot you will be transported to a charming bush pub with delicious beer and food. www.margaretriverbeer.co/pages/brewhouse

      • Wild Bull Brewery. Tucked away in the quiet Ferguson Valley you can find Wild Bull Brewery. This locally-owned and dog-friendly brewery is the perfect place to stop for a refreshing ale between wine tastings. wildbullbrewery.com.au

      Want more options? Check out the best Margaret River breweries here. Can't decide? Why not try as many as possible with Margaret River Brewery Tours

        For anyone wanting to kick-on or just heading down to Margaret River, check out Rhum Burgundy - the newest bar in town with their extensive, expert wine list and quirky twist on classic cocktails. Complete with alfresco and balcony seating, Happy Hour daily at 6:30, Rhums is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunset. The love child of Master mixologist and cocktail king, Billy Phillips and wine wizard Dylan Arvidson, founder of LS Merchants winery, you'll be sure to be in expert company, whatever your flavor. Located right on the main street at 107 Bussell Highway, nestled between Hilzies and Elliots steakhouse.

        For the Foodies..

        • Commonage Coffee Co. is an incredible cafe and bakery which has possibly the best muffins ever made. Buy one of each flavour take extra with you. The coffee is delicious too. We have driven a 90 minute round trip for the muffins alone. 
        • Margret River Bakery or "Margs Bakery" is a world-famous bakery which has amazing sandwiches and salads. Be prepared for long waits and limited seating, but it is worth it. Truly a local institution.
        • Cape Lodge Restaurant.  Recently purchased by Twiggy Forest, this Cape Lodge caters mainly for its guests paying circa $1k per night, but does offer lunch and dinner to outside guests too.  The food and wine are locally sourced and the service is top notch.  Bring your credit card though.
        • Mano Wraps.  The best wraps we have every eaten.  Simply delicious, and well worth the drive into Busselton. Enjoy!   
        • Yarri. With 4.8 on google reviews, this contemporary restaurant is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.
        • The Good Egg offers incredible breakfast, brunch and lunch every day with the kitchen open until 2pm. 
        • Al Forno.  Simple but delicious Mediterranean fare in Busselton with 4.7 on google reviews. 

        Do you have any favourites? Send us a message or tag us on instagram: @peppy.beach.retreats

        Check out other top Margaret River restaurants here. 

        For the Nature Lovers:

        Other Activities:

        • ICON Honey is famous honey farm in Anniebrook which is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike. 
        • Yallingup Chocolate Factory is an incredible coffee and chocolate shop with a wide variety of every temptation for your sweet tooth. Located next door to Commonage (see above) please leave at least 30 minutes to have a coffee, a muffin from Commonage (honestly delicious) and then take some choccies or sweets from Yallingup Chocolate Factory.
        • Sunflower Animal Farm is in Ludlow only about ten minutes drive for Peppy and allows you to feed a wide variety of animals. 
        • Margaret River Caves is a world-famous system of caves a short drive further South from Margaret River. Take a guided tour early in the morning and then meander your way back through the region during the afternoon to catch the sunset back at Peppy.