Eating good food and drinking fine wine would have to be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Combine that with staying in a fabulous resort in one of the most picturesque places in Australia then you have, to my mind, the perfect holiday.
Where might this be, I hear you ask? It’s Wyndham Resort & Spa Dunsborough in south west Western Australia, located in the Margaret River region, and the recent host of a celebrity chef dinner at Toby’s Restaurant and Bar which I was fortunate enough to attend.
Richard Ousby from Sydney’s famed Quay restaurant (pictured below) was there as celebrity chef and enjoyed the delights of Dunsborough as part of his prize for being named the Australian 2011 Young Chef of the Year in the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence program. The program is instrumental in supporting and promoting young people in the hospitality industry.
The delicious five course menu Richard prepared along with resident chef Colin Lyttle, included pink snapper with local marron on sweet snow peas and seafood bisque, oven roasted venison rump with black pudding, beetroot, plums and seared kale and an orange gateau with mandarin parfait & kumquats confit, vanilla and toffee shards. These culinary delights were accompanied by wines from Howard Park’s Allegory and MadFish Sideways range.
Toby’s Restaurant is definitely worth a visit at any time of the year as the food is always superb and in winter when the open fire place is ablaze, it is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner cocktail. Alfresco dining poolside is a popular choice in the warmer months. See what the Food Pornographer had to say about visiting Dunsborough and dining at Toby’s.
Indulging in a gourmet feast is a great pastime but there is so much more to do in Dunsborough from visiting wineries, basking in the sun on the shores of Geographe Bay or perhaps enjoying a surfing lesson.
Speaking of surfing, it doesn’t get much better than having Wyndham Ambassador and surfing legend, Layne Beachley as your instructor. This is what a lucky few had the opportunity to do when Layne was staying at Wyndham Resort & Spa Dunsborough for a media familiarisation recently.
The Yallingup Surf School hosted the morning’s lesson and after some practice on dry land we donned our wetsuits and hit the waves. It took some time for most to get their “surf legs” but by the end of the lesson everyone could say they did, almost, manage to surf.
There’s so much to do in Dunsborough and this Wyndham property is in the ideal location to explore it all. The thriving town of Dunsborough is 10 minutes away by car and spectacular coastal walks and beaches are all readily accessible. Combine that with the facilities the resort has to offer from spacious accommodation in studio and one and two-bedroom apartments, a heated outdoor pool and spa, floodlit tennis courts, children’s playground and barbeque area plus the Escape Day Spa and you’re in for a fabulous holiday.
Visit www.wyndhamvacationresorts.com.au for more information.
Words by Sue Currie