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The quaint rural town of Capel invites you to explore the world's only naturally occurring tuart forest, feast on local wines and produce, relax on pristine beaches or fish the Capel River. Situated on the banks of the Capel River, Capel is just two hours and 20 minutes south of Perth by car, with the last remaining natural tall tuart forest in the world on its doorstep. Take a leisurely drive through Ludlow Tuart Forest in Tuart Forest National Park, or hit the bushwalking trails to marvel at the beauty of these timber giants, estimated to be over 300 years old. Enjoy lunch at the picnic facilities against the backdrop of this rare ecosystem, keeping a look out for the abundant native animals and birds. Cool off with a dip in the Indian Ocean at pretty Peppermint Grove Beach, where you can also try your hand at beach fishing - there are lots of opportunities for fishing, prawning and crabbing (in season) along this stretch of coast, as well as boating, sailing and surfing. Alternatively, book an organised tour or take the self-drive option and indulge in the fresh produce that the Capel region is renowned for. With its Mediterranean climate, the area is prime farming country, famed for its cheeses, dairy produce, fruit and wine. The vineyards and cellar doors throughout the Geographe Wine Region proffer an array of grape and wine varieties. While you're exploring, head 30 minutes north to Bunbury where you can watch or swim with the resident dolphins of Koombana Bay, or 25 minutes to the south to Busselton and take a two kilometre walk over the ocean on the longest jetty of its kind in the southern hemisphere. There's much to see and experience nearby, so take your pick from the area's broad range of holiday accommodation - from self-contained units to bed and breakfasts and caravan parks - and explore at your leisure.
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