Travel Route: Gourmet Getaway

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8 Day Gourmet Getaway

Fantastic food accompanied by great wine is one of Australia’s South West’s true pleasures. Spanning six distinctive wine regions enjoy a day tasting wine at a beautiful winery, followed by a gourmet lunch at a vineyard restaurant and finish off with a visit to a boutique brewery. Along the way, take the time to sample wonderful cheeses, olives, olive oils, marron, delicious chocolate, fudge and so much more fresh from the producers at boutique shops, cellar doors, farmers markets and farm gate stalls. Please note this itinerary can be reversed starting in the Geographe Wine Region to the Great Southern (Frankland River and Mt Barker) before returning to Perth.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Perth to Albany

Visit: Great Southern Distilling Company and Albany Walking Holidays | Travel: 417km

Day 2/3: Albany to Denmark

Visit: Yilgarnia Wines and Wildflowers | Travel: 54.6km

Day 4: Denmark to Manjimup

Visit:  The Wine and Truffle Co | Travel:  185km

Day 5: Manjimup to Margaret River

Visit: Cambray Sheep Cheese and Leeuwin Estate | Travel:  161km

Day 6: Margaret River to Busselton

Visit: Vasse Virgin, Eagle Bay Brewing Co and Clairualt Wines | em> Travel:

Day 7: Busselton to Bunbury

Visit: Barton Jones Wines and Willow Bridge Estate | em> Travel: 60.4km

Day 8: Bunbury to Perth

Visit: Wellington National Park, Harvey River Bridge Estate and Old Coast Rd Brewery | Travel: 172km

Highlights

Summer Vines Porongurup National Park | TWA and Australia's South West

Day 1: Perth to Albany

Fast track to the Great Southern Wine Region, one of Australia’s fastest growing wine areas. Sample the cool climate wine at the Frankland River wineries and continue on to Mount Barker. From here it’s a picturesque drive through to the Porongurup Range which provides a grand backdrop to a variety of wineries. Overnight here or drive on to Albany for a delicious dinner and accommodation in town. In Albany, visit the Oyster House Albany with a bottle of Great Southern Riesling and sample delicious fresh oysters straight from the water’s edge.

Stay at: BIG4 Holiday Park Middleton Beach
Address: 28 Flinders Parade Albany WA 6330
Phone: (08) 9841 3593
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.holidayalbany.com.au/

Visit/Activity: Great Southern Distilling Company
Address: 252 Frenchman Bay Rd, Albany, WA 6330
Phone: (08) 9842 5363
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.distillery.com.au/

Albany Walking Holidays
Address: Unit 7 Frederick House,70 – 74 Frederick Street,Albany WA 6330
Phone: 1300 321 607
Website: http://www.walkinginalbany.com.au

The Oyster House Albany
Address: 39 Roe Parade,Albany WA 6330
Phone: (08) 9844 7311
Website: http://www.albanygateway.com.au/directory/5223-the-oyster-house-albany

Green rolling hills in Denmark | TWA and Australia's South West

Day 2/3: Albany to Denmark

Follow the stunning southern coastline to Denmark where wineries are dotted along the Scotsdale Tourist Drive. Take a drive on the Mount Shadforth Scenic Drive and visit one of Denmark’s highly acclaimed wineries for a tasting followed a gourmet meal made from the local produce. Along the way make sure to stop and sample cheeses, chocolates and locally made jams. End your day here with delightful premium wine tastings at beautiful vineyards and then enjoy a relaxing night.

Stay at: Denmark River Mouth Caravan Park
Address: Inlet Drive, Denmark WA 6333
Phone: (08) 9848 1262
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.denmarkrivermouthcaravanpark.com.au

Visit/Activity: Yilgarnia Wines and Wildflowers
Address: 1847 Redmond West Road, Redmond WA 6327
Phone: (08) 9845 3031
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.yilgarnia.com.au/

Visit/Activity: Denmark Animal farm and Pentland Alpaca Stud
Address: 2019 Scotsdale Drive, Denmark WA 6333
Phone: (08) 9840 9262
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.pentlandalpacafarm.com.au

Pemberton marron with Manjimup truffles | TWA and Australia's South West

Day 4: Denmark to Manjimup (Southern Forests Wine Region)

From Denmark, drive west along the South Coast Hwy through the Walpole Wilderness area and stop off to visit the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Drive north to Pemberton where karri tree forests form a stunning backdrop to many wineries. Try local fare such as marron and trout. Head north to Manjimup visiting boutique wineries nestled in magnificent forests and beautiful countryside. Manjimup is home to the famous black truffle, be sure to try this taste sensation.

Stay at: Fontys Pool and Caravan Park
Address: Seven Day Road, Manjimup WA 6258
Phone: (08) 9771 2105
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.fontyspool.com.au/

Visit/Activity: The Wine and Truffle Co
Address: 490 Seven Day Road, Manjimup WA 6258
Phone: (08) 9777 2474
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://wineandtruffle.com.au/

Wine tasting in the Margaret River Wine Regio | TWA and Australia's South West

Day 5: Manjimup to Margaret River (Margaret River Wine Region)

Journey back through the Blackwood River Valley and try some local wine and cider made from the local fruit at Bridgetown. Take some of the most scenic drives in the region through rolling hills and valleys as you take the journey through Nannup. Make a stop at the Cambray Sheep Cheese and sample their farmhouse cheeses. Take a bottle of wine along and indulge in one of their cheese platters. From Nannup travel on to the Margaret River Wine Region. Internationally known for its cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, sample world renowned wines at a couple of the largest wineries including Leeuwin Estate just south of the Margaret River Township. Spend the night in the town of Margaret River and enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants which feature the local produce.

Stay at: Riverview Tourist Park
Address: 8 Willmott Ave, Margaret River WA 6285
Phone: (08) 9757 2270 OR +61 1300 666 105
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.riverviewtouristpark.com/

Visit/Activity: Leeuwin Estate
Address: Stevens Rd, Margaret River, WA 6285
Phone: (08) 9759 0000
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.leeuwinestate.com.au/

Chambray Sheep Cheese
Address: RMB 470 Vasse Highway, Nannup WA 6275
Phone: (08) 9756 2037
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.cambraysheepcheese.com.au

Chocolate tasting in the Margaret River Wine Region | TWA and Australia's South West

Day 6: Margaret River to Busselton (Margaret River Wine Region)

Browse through the boutique shops before you begin your day exploring the Margaret River Wine Region. Grab a map from the local visitor centre and get ready to enjoy Margaret River’s world famous wines, wonderful cheeses, chocolates, olive oil, fudge, boutique beers, natural soaps, art galleries and boutique shopping. Drive yourself or hop on board one of the many tour companies who will do the driving for you. Head north and visit the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and enjoy a swim, snorkel or kayak in the crystal waters of Geographe Bay. Along the way stop off at various vantage points along the coast and watch the world class waves come rolling in. Spend the night in Busselton.

Stay at: BIG4 Beachlands
Address: 10 Earnshaw Road, Busselton WA 6280
Phone: (08) 9752 2107 OR Phone: 1300 232 245
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.beachlandsresort.com.au/

Visit/Activity: Eagle Bay Brewing Co
Address: 236 Eagle Bay Road, Naturaliste WA 6281
Phone: (08) 9755 3554
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://eaglebaybrewing.com.au/

Visit/Activity: Vasse Virgin
Address: 135 Puzey Road, Wilyabraup WA 6280
Phone: (08) 9755 6111
Website: http://vassevirgin.com.au

Visit/Activity: Clairault Wines
Address: 3277 Caves Road, Wilyabrup WA 6280
Phone: (08) 9755 6655
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.clairaultstreickerwines.com.au

Wine tasting in the Geographe Wine region | TWA and Australia's South West

Day 7: Busselton to Bunbury (Geographe Wine Region)

Head north and travel through Busselton. Visit the famous Busselton Jetty, catch the train or walk to the end and see the amazing marine life from the underwater observatory. Take a detour through Capel and head to Donnybrook which is a great place to try local fruit cider and fruit wines. Drive north towards the outskirts of Bunbury to Dardanup and discover the Ferguson Valley. Ferguson Valley is one of Australia’s newest and fast growing wine regions with boutique wineries and breweries dotted along the rolling hills. Stay overnight in Bunbury or travel on to Perth. On your way back to Perth, stop off in Harvey to enjoy the wines in the Geographe region.

Stay at: Discovery Holiday Parks Koombana Bay
Address: Koombana Drive, Bunbury WA 6230
Phone: (08) 9791 3900
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/wa/bunbury/koombana_bay

Visit/Activity: Barton Jones Wines
Address: 39 Upper Capel road, Donnybrook WA 6239
Phone: (08) 9731 2233
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.bartonjoneswines.com.au

Visit/Activity: Willow Bridge Estate (Ferguson Valley)
Address: 178 Gardincourt Drive, Hently WA 6236
Phone: (08) 9728 0055
Website: http://www.willowbridge.com.au/

Picnic at Wellington National Park | TWA and Australia's South West

Day 8: Bunbury to Perth

Take a scenic drive to the Wellington National Park and visit Honeymoon Pool. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy in the beautiful surroundings next to the Collie River. Next head north along the South Western Highway and visit the quaint country town of Harvey to try some of the local wine before venturing back to Perth.

Visit/Activity: Harvey River Bridge Estate
Address: Third Street, Harvey WA 6220
Phone: (08) 9729 2085
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.harveyriverbridgeestate.com.au/

Visit/Activity: Old Coast Rd Brewery
Address: West Break Road, Myalup WA 6220
Phone: 1300 792 106
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.ocrb.com.au/

*Bremer Bay and Fitzgerald River National Park

Extend your journey east with a trip to Bremer Bay and Fitzgerald River National Park. This route will also take you further east to Esperance in Australia’s Golden Outback.

Bremer Bay

Spectacular beaches and a variety of activities including swimming, surfing, sand boarding, snorkelling, diving and four wheel driving will keep visitors occupied in this fishing holiday town. Whales rest in the calm waters from July to November with dolphins frequently spotted.

Fitzgerald River National Park

Recognised as an international biosphere reserve, this park has more than 1,800 beautiful and bizarre species of flowering plants as well as myriads of lichens, mosses and fungi. Explore the wilderness or journey to Point Ann where southern right whales arrive each year from July to November to calve. This whale nursery is 65km east of Bremer Bay and it is not unusual to see up to 40 whales at a time.

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