Where in Australia is Pippa Middleton?

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CELEBRITY spotters were hoping for a glimpse of Pippa Middleton on Saturday amid speculation she may have jetted into WA on her southern hemisphere honeymoon.

Middleton and her new husband James Matthews flew into Darwin on Thursday afternoon from Sydney, but they gave royal watchers the slip when the newlyweds left in a small charter plane soon after.

The Northern Territory visit sparked rumours Middleton, the sister of Dutchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, and Mr Matthews may have next been bound for the west.

Speculation centred on the couple continuing their luxury honeymoon with a stay at Perth’s Richardson Hotel, the five-star boutique hotel favoured by visiting celebrities and A-list arrivals.

The rumour mill was also rife that it could have been followed by stops at either El Questro, the stunning Kimberley retreat perched on a cliff top with views across the Chamberlain River and gorge, or Margaret River in the South-West, where the newlyweds could have supped fine wine and walked among the karri forests.


media_cameraPippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews arriving back at Sydney Sea Planes terminal, Rose Bay earlier this week. Picture: Justin Lloyd

Leeuwin Estate and Aravina Estate are the two wineries favoured by visiting celebrities in Margaret River. Both have fine dining options and helipads were chartered helicopters from Perth can land amid the grape vines.

A source at Leeuwin Estate said workers had not been told about any VIP arrivals yesterday. At Aravina, which was fully booked for lunch, a spokeswoman said the newlyweds were not expected or booked.

“There’s no sign of them here unfortunately, though it is a very popular destination for some of our high profile visitors to WA,” she said.

South-West helicopter charter companies were tight-lipped, saying they never divulged guest details.

“We get quite a few celebrities and they all value discretion,” one pilot said.

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association operations manager Steve Harrison said he had not spotted Middleton yesterday but he said Margaret River was a prime destination, even to royalty and their families.

“About five years ago I was working as a guide at Jewel Cave and suddenly I found out I had the king and queen of Norway on a private tour. What a shock that was,” he said.



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