Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, rich fertile soils and pristine coastline, the South West has an abundance of fresh produce and a reputation for producing world-class food and wine.
The Margaret River Region, Western Australia
The Margaret River Region
Just a three hour drive from Perth, you’ll discover the captivating Margaret River Region. This is the only premium wine region in Australia that includes world-class food and wine together with stunning beaches, giant timber forests and ancient caves.
Spanning a whopping 4,225 kilometres, the region extends from Busselton in the north, to Augusta in the south. Famous for their Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Margaret River Region produces approximately 20 per cent of Australia’s premium wine, from their 150+ wine producers and 85 cellar doors. Vasse Felix, Leeuwin Estate, Cullen, Moss Wood and Cape Mentelle are some of the original Margaret River wineries still in operation today.
Wine tasting at Vasse Felix, the Margaret River Region
Complementing these renowned wineries, the Margaret River Region is also home to numerous fine dining experiences, from exquisite restaurants to boutique breweries, with art galleries and an abundance of fresh produce. Discover the tantalising local tastes including berries, stone fruit, apples, venison, beef, poultry, seafood, cheeses, marron and chocolate.
Speaking of Marron, you can expect to see this specialty on most menus, given the marron is endemic to WA’s South West. In fact, the marron is the largest freshwater crayfish in WA and the third largest in the world.
Grilled Blue Ridge marron at Leeuwin Estate, the Margaret River Region
Whether you’re taking advantage of the crystal-clear waters of Busselton or Hamelin Bay with a picnic on the beach, or sampling the delicious wines while taking in the lush countryside; the Margaret River Region is sure to impress and leave you wanting more. It’s easy to see why Lonely Planet named the region as the number one destination to visit in 2019 on its Best in Asia Pacific list!
Swan Valley, Western Australia
As the state’s oldest wine growing region and just a 25 minute drive from Perth’s city centre, Swan Valley is a clear favourite with locals and tourists alike. This scenically stunning region is home to over 40 world-renowned wineries including Sandalford, Lamont’s, Mandoon, and Olive Farm.
Swan Valley dining, Western Australia
The flavours don’t stop there though, with Swan Valley offering six breweries, two distilleries, three cideries and a meadery. Not to mention some delectable treats!
Chocolates and nougat in Swan Valley, Western Australia
Fancy an artisan dry gin? You’re in luck, as the Swan Valley Gin Co.’s award winning stock can be sampled at the famed distillery. Residing on the Pandemonium Estate winery, their dry gin is crafted using the vineyard’s wine base together with premium fruit and botanicals. With a combination of fruit grown and pressed on site, and juniper berries specially sourced from Serbia and Montenegro, incredible flavours are extracted, with every gin created using up to eleven different botanicals.
Not quite as famous as the preceding regions, but equally impressive, the Avon Valley region is home to a vast and picturesque National Park. Encompassing green rolling hills, flowing rivers, jarrah forests and quaint colonial towns, a drive to the unique DromeDairy camel farm in Toodyay will fill all your senses. Visually stunning, DromeDairy Body + Skin offers a unique skin and hair care range derived from their camels’ milk. Most importantly they produce their incredible selection sustainably, ethically and are 100% recyclable.
Stirling Terrace streetscape, Toodyay, Western Australia
Not to forget the big cities of Western Australia; both Perth and Fremantle excel in the food and wine scene.
Take advantage of Perth’s amazing city skyline to sample the fine dining options prepared by Perth’s best chefs. If a picnic is more your style, you can take in the gorgeous garden surrounds of the Botanic Garden or the Swan River in the distance from Kings Park. As one of the world’s largest inner-city parks, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is certainly a must-see! Feeling thirsty? Uncover the emerging European-style small bar scene hidden along Perth’s trendy laneways.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth , Western Australia
Perth city dining, Western Australia
Known for its bohemian charm and laidback atmosphere that blends seamlessly with a buzzing harbourside and vibrant street life, Fremantle offers diversity in its culinary gems.
A city full of cafes, restaurants, a thriving craft beer industry and a myriad of local delicacies from food trucks to shared tapas, Fremantle has something for everyone.
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, Western Australia
Established in 1897 the Fremantle Markets come alive from Friday to Sunday, offering fresh local produce, unique cuisine and indigenous and independent products. Feel the culture as you stroll the heritage Hall and Yard, offering over 150 stalls!
Fremantle Markets, Western Australia
So, if you’re a lover of all things food and wine, Western Australia’s South West is sure to impress! Check out our tour to Western Australia here.
Photo credits: Tourism Western Australia