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The Crooked Carrot

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by SocialHummingBird (subscribe)
Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
Published January 16th 2019
Halfway from City to Rural
We decided to head down south to Bunbury. I had the day off, and it was a typical summer day in sunny Perth.

Crooked Carrot
A Western Invite to Stay - photo compliments of SocialHummingBird

I generally do my best to avoid the Kiwnana Freeway, especially in the morning. However, on this particular morning, it was open roads. Maybe we left early and missed the traffic?

I enjoy road trips. It is 'my escape' from the hustle and bustle of city life. Every road trip is accompanied by a picnic basket packed with homemade cuisine. Today's selection was egg mayonnaise or fresh veggie sandwiches. Both choices were made with hearty brown bread. The only thing lacking in this mix was coffee.

Crooked Carrot
The Sign that made us Stop - Photo Compliments of SocialHummigBird

The plan was to go straight to Bunbury. We were halfway between Bunbury and Mandurah when we saw a very intriguing building. On top of the roof was a sign that said 'Crooked Carrot'. That was enough to convince us to stop. Of course, not having coffee in our midst was another reason for a quick detour.

Crooked Carrot
Let's talk Money - photo compliments of SocialHummingBird

Upon entry, we were greeted with a friendly 'hello'. The interior was breathtaking. It was obvious that someone had gone to great lengths to tell a story to every customer that walked in. Everything about the decor exhibited a headline that should say: "Halfway from City to Rural".

Crooked Carrot
A Western Style Invitation - photo compliments of SocialHummingBird

Placed near the centre of the cafe were two barrels. They were in close proximity to a selection of handcrafted drinks. Placed randomly on top of the barrels was a selection of money that was covered with resin. I thought amusingly to myself 'I guess this is where they stand and talk money!"

Crooked Carrot
Shirley Temple would be Proud - Photo compliments of SocialHummingBird

Just adjacent to the 'money talk' zone were automatic doors. At first, I was a little perplexed. I have never been in a cafe that used automatic doors. One would think that this would be practical, given that staff move in and out with trays of crockery, cutlery and food. Notably, it is also an invite to encourage customers to venture to the outdoor western styled garden.

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Rural Selection for the Road - photo compliments of SocialHummingBird

Once through the doors, an undercover patio, with an assortment of tables and chairs, was unveiled. It was like a western movie film set. It was an invitation to explore.

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Coffee in Western Style - photo compliments of SocialHummingBird

My eyes were suddenly drawn to a checked covered area just outside the patio. It was a chessboard. I gazed along the landscape and saw a playground that was so big, kids could spend a complete day exploring it.

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Chess Anyone? - Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird

To the right were toilets which, under closer inspection, were very tidy. Adjacent to the toilets was a vegetable garden. Suddenly the idea of a fresh salad really meant it was hand-picked from the garden.

Crooked Carrot
Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird

Everything about the Crooked Carrot was mesmerising. There was so much thought and detail put into every square inch of this place, that it left a lasting impressing.

Crooked Carrot
Fresh means Fresh - photo compliments of SocialHummingBird

I walked back through the automatic doors to the 'money talk' zone. My coffee was waiting, together with a crew that was in deep conversation. I stopped for a moment to digest it. Normally, they would be eager to leave. On this occasion, however, they did not notice that 20 minutes had passed and they were in no rush to leave either.

Crooked Carrot
Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird

The coffee was exceptional and I began regretting making a picnic basket. I did not want to waste food, however, at the same time, I was extremely motivated to stay for a fresh homemade meal. Unfortunately, the road was calling and I made a mental note to make this a destination for a well-deserved break in the near future.
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Why? Break from the rat race
When: Every day. Closes at 4 pm.
Where: Forrest Hwy & Rigg Rd, Myalup WA 6220
Cost: From $4.00 for tea
Your Comment
You're not wrong about a good feed, they use lots of Aussie native ingredients in their cooking. I live around the corner and absolutely love the Crooked Carrot!
by rob (score: 0|5) 332 days ago
Great article and awesome photos!
by Sherry (score: 2|446) 332 days ago
We are planning to go down this way next month. Looks like a great place to stop!
by GilliansCamera (score: 2|347) 330 days ago
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