In pleasant country where sheep, dairy cattle, beef and grapevines happily coexist, the town of Capel straddles the banks of a river of the same name, about 203km south of Perth.
Capel is perfectly positioned as a staging post for holiday excursions into this most interesting part of the world. A fabulous Mediterranean climate sets this Busselton region up as one of the great surfing and swimming destinations on the Western Australia coast.
Although Capel itself lies in the hinterland behind the Indian Ocean, the river and nearby fishing, crabbing and prawning options are irresistible.
Boating and sailing options also attract their share of visitors and then there’s a mouth-watering wine trail, leading from around Capel itself to WA’s pacesetting vineyards of the Margaret River. More prosaically, the mining of mineral sands has underpinned the town’s economy in recent years.
A stone’s throw east of Capel, the interesting Tuart Forest National Park stands between the town and lovely Peppermint Grove Beach on Geographe Bay. The park contains the only natural tuart tree forests in the world.
Well worth a drive-by visit just outside Capel is the impressive, National Trust-listed Minninup Homestead, a two-storey, limestone farmhouse built in the English style in 1848.