June 2013 Newsletter

What’s Hot in Margaret River?

Image from Legend Charters

The month of June is definitely a whale-watching month! The whale watching season officially started with the Whale Song Festival which happened last June 1st to 3rd. There is nothing quite as exhilarating as watching a pod of massive Humpback whales breaching and splashing, and Margaret River Whale watching has become a hugely popular activity in the region, attracting thousands of tourists every year.

Latest Deal of the Month!

This month’s latest deal is  Margarets Beach Resort’s – Double Your Savings Promo!


Studio Apartment / 1 Bedroom Spa – Save $25 on 1 night stays, but stay 2 nights, we give you $50 per night discount – that’s double.

2 Bedroom Apartments/ 2 Bedroom Spa Apt/ Townhouse 2 Bedroom 2 Spa – Save $50 on 1 night stays, but stay 2 nights, we give you $100 per night discount – that’s double.


  • Studio Apartment

    Bottle of Watershed Wine upon arrival

  • Studio Apartment

  • Welcome drinks @ Gnarabar restaurant (1 per person)

  • Free bike hire

  • Free Wifi.


  • 2 Bedroom Apartment

    Studio Apartment/ 1 Bed Spa Apt Save $25 on 1 night stays, but stay 2 nights, we give you $50 per night discount – that’s double.

  • 2 Bedroom Apartments Save $50 on 1 night stays, but stay 2 nights, we give you $100 per night discount – that’s double

  • Valid 30/4/13 to 12/5/13

  • Not valid with any other offer

  • Subject to availability

  • No cancellations, non refundable.

To find out more or book call 08 9757 1227 or visit www.margaretsbeachresort.com.au

Recipe of the Month

Our recipe of the month is taken from Sarah of Rockpool.com. Thank you for sharing this mouth-watering dish that I am sure everyone will love.

Lamb shanks work equally well in this recipe. Add creamy potatoes or wet polenta for the perfect winter dinner.

Kohlrabi is the most delicious of vegetables. It’s not always the easiest to find, but it’s well worth hunting out.

You can also roast kohlrabi in the oven as you would potatoes. Peel and chop, then toss in some olive oil, adding a few sprigs of rosemary, thyme and seasoning. Roast at 200°C for 20-25 minutes or until golden and tender.


Image from Rockpool.com


plain flour, for dusting

8 veal shanks

1/4 cup olive oil

1 medium brown onion, peeled, roughly chopped

3 carrots, peeled, roughly chopped

4 celery stalks, roughly chopped

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2/3 cup cabernet merlot

8 cups veal stock

6 cloves garlic, peeled

4 bay leaves

4 sprigs fresh thyme


Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly flour shanks then, in a heavy-based pan over high heat, seal shanks in olive oil.

Remove shanks once golden and set aside. In the same pan, sauté onion, carrots and celery with a pinch of salt for a few minutes or until browned. Deglaze pan with wine, and simmer for 1 minute. Add stock, garlic, herbs and shanks to pan and bring to a simmer.

Cover the pan and place in oven for about 2 hours, turning halfway through until meat is beginning to fall off the bone.

Remove from oven. Check seasoning, and serve with fresh green vegetables – peas, beans, broccolini or zucchini – blanched and finished with extra virgin oil, lemon and salt.

CREAMED KOHLRABI – Serves 4 as a side

Image from Rockpool.com


1 large kohlrabi, cubed

1 small brown onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, cut in half

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 cup milk, warm

sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper


Bring a medium pot of salted water to the boil. Add the kohlrabi, onion and garlic. Simmer for 15 minutes or until kohlrabi is tender, then drain well.

Place the warm vegetables, along with the butter and the milk, in a food processor. Process until just combined, adding a little more milk to get the desired consistency. Season to taste.

Return purée to warm pan and heat through as needed.


Cabernet merlot The Margaret River region in Western Australia produces elegant, well-structured cabernet sauvignon that is enhanced by the fleshy darks fruits of merlot. Pour a glass of Woodlands Cabernet Merlot 2010 ($24) to enjoy with the twice-cooked veal shanks.

Upcoming Events for the Month of July

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Backpacker Wednesdays @ The Knights Inn

4, 11, 18, 25 – Karaoke Thursdays @ The Knights Inn!

4 – Gnarabar’s Wine Night!

5 – Friday Night Feast @ Eagle Bay Brewing Co

6 & 20 – Vasse Markets

6 – The Cowaramup Hall Market

7 – Cowaramup Fair @ Cowaramup Hall – 7th July 2013

7 & 21 – Town Square Markets

7 – 14 Undalup Makuru NAIDOC Festival Week @ Wardan Cultural Centre – 7th to 14th July 2013

11 – Cape Lodge Cooking Classes

13 & 27 – Busselton Community Garden Market

13 & 27 – Margaret River Farmers Markets

13 & 27 – Lions Club Garage Sale

14 – Capes Art Market @ Happs

19 – 21- Perth Good Food and Wine Show @ Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

25 – Sea Gardens Book Club

Upcoming Events for the Month of Mid-August

1, 8, 15 – Karaoke Thursdays @ The Knights Inn!

1 – Gnarabar’s Wine Night

2 – Friday Night @ Eagle Bay Brewing Co

3 – Vasse Markets

3 – The Cowaramup Hall Market

4 – Town Square Markets

7 & 14 – Backpacker Wednesdays @ The Knights Inn

10 – Busselton Community Garden Market

10 – Margaret River Farmers Markets

10 – Lions Club Garage Sale

11 – Capes Art Market @ Happs

12 – Sarah Blasko – I Awake @ Arts Margaret River

15 – Nannup Flower & Garden Festival @ Nannup Town Centre

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge