Written by Hayley Bennett.
Western Australia is beautiful with so many diverse and wonderful places to discover, you'd be hard-pressed to get through them all in a lifetime. However, if you or someone close to you is like me - vegan - it can make travelling to remote places all the more difficult. So I'm here to guide you through one of my favourite places to visit.
Denmark is approximately four and a half hours drive South of Perth. Surrounded by beautiful and well known nature spots, this small town is surprisingly accomodating for vegans.
Every time we make the trip, Celestine Retreat is our absolute must-stay. Deceptively close to town, you'll think you've been transported to another world. Surrounded by tall, ancient trees, with views of the Southern Ocean and Wilson Inlet, it's easy to take on the fantasy. Make sure you arrive before 4pm - guests staying here have the opportunity to feed the Alpacas at this time every day!
Once you've acquainted yourself with Earl, Red, James, Mr.G, Moppet and Wayne, it's time to order dinner. You might be tired from the drive, but don't worry - get it delivered! Massimo's Place has not one, but three vegan pizzas on their menu. Or you can customise one to your own taste. At the time of print, they don't offer vegan cheese but are considering it. Or bring your own in - they will happily add it onto your order.
If pizza isn't what you're craving, Curry King has a great menu. With 4-5 of their vegetarian mains being vegan friendly, plus their vegetarian samosas and a variety of rices, you will not go hungry here.
Depending on how much delicious food you've enjoyed, your next meal might well be a late breakfast or lunch. In town, you again have options.
Mrs Jones Cafe menu changes seasonally, and typically features at least one vegan or able to be made vegan meal on the menu. If this isn't to your liking, the friendly staff here are more than happy for you to design your own from sides. Plus their soup of the day is always vegan!
Nearby, Ravens Coffee is also a great choice. Boasting an entire raw vegan menu, fresh smoothies, plus a variety of pre-made cabinet options (including sweets!), you're bound to find something to your liking here.
Perhaps you're more interested in eating in? The chalets at Celestine Retreat are fully self-catering, so you can whip up your own meal and enjoy it in the peaceful surrounds. There's even a coffee plunger so you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee every morning (or anytime, I'm not judging).
There are lovely herbs growing on site. You can walk over to pick them, then add straight into your cooking - can't get any fresher than that!
The local IGAs are very well stocked with vegan lines you'd normally only find in the city. Grab yourself some freshly baked bread, locally grown produce, and whip up something healthy and tasty. Or for lazy mornings, it can be as easy as grabbing a pancake mix, some veggie bacon strips from IGA and pairing them with icecream from Denmark Gelato Co.
Now you have full, happy tummies, it's time to go and explore. With all that walking you'll be burning off plenty of calories, so don't feel guilty and make sure you stop in at Dark Side Chocolates. Accessed via the tourist centre, they have creamy, decadent sweets on offer. The vegan ones are clearly labelled.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the vegan options available. There are quite a few places around who cater. Your best bet is to speak to the Celestine Retreat managers, Jody and Jeff - they know all the good spots and are very involved within the local community.
Happy Travels - Might see you there!
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