Don and Deborah from Duncraig were the lucky winners of the first weekend getaway as part of the ‘Win a BMW’ competition for the RAC Electric Highway®. Whilst the competition is still open until 30 April, they got to test the BMW out for themselves in Bunbury and surrounds, courtesy of RAC.

Day 1Winner 1 - Don Gordon

It was a lovely sunny day and we had a very pleasant drive. As expected from an electric car it was very quiet and it was great being able to listen to our favourite digital radio station.

We arrived in Mandurah. While the car charged, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Stage Door, where our table overlooked the foreshore.

Next stop Bunbury. After another quick charge, we checked into the Lighthouse Inn, located close to the distinctive white and black checked lighthouse. The staff were very friendly and helpful and directed us to our room which had fantastic views across the road to the ocean. It was a lovely balmy night and we enjoyed a walk along the beach at sunset.

Beach Sunset Bunbury

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, we made our way to the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre for a dolphin cruise. We saw several pods of dolphins close to the boat (including two dolphin pups with their mothers!) and a fur seal. It was amazing!

After lunch, it was a short drive east to the beautiful Ferguson Valley where our accommodation for the night was Peppermint Lane Lodge. We were warmly greeted by the owner, Kim, who showed us to our room overlooking beautiful trees and bushland.

After settling in we set off exploring in the car and visited the quirky Gnomesville. People from all over Australia and the world have brought gnomes to Gnomesville and there are thousands as far as the eye can see.


Day 3

We enjoyed a yummy breakfast that featured local produce and looked at the many varieties of birds that had come out due to the overnight rain.

Car 3We visited the Lyndendale Gallery, which is housed within a charming country cottage and features a range of local artists. After making a couple of purchases we headed to the Moody Cow Brewery for lunch. The Brewery had a good selection of meals and tasting plates and was popular with local families and couples.

Just before Pinjarra we turned off to Mandurah and had a look at the weekly Sunday Mandjar markets on the Mandurah foreshore where we picked up some local produce before heading back to Perth.


We thoroughly enjoyed driving the electric car, and because we had to make stops to charge the car our weekend was focused on enjoying the journey rather than our usual habit of driving to a destination. The southwest and all its attractions are on Perth’s doorstep and have a lot to offer. We would encourage others to look for these hidden gems and enjoy spending time enjoying themselves in the region.

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