Take your tastebuds on tour and sample the finest things life has to offer on a food-filled six-day luxury private tour through the gourmet heart of Western Australia. Winding along the untamed coast from Esperance to Margaret River, taste the best food and wine in Western Australia. Savour produce sourced from the surrounding land and sea, pull up a seat at some of the country’s most awarded dining tables and expand your culinary horizons with exclusive masterclasses, paddock-to-plate experiences and private tastings.
Start your day with a Scenic Flight from Perth to Esperance
A short drive from Esperance and famous for its beach dwelling kangaroos, blindingly white sandy beaches and calm turquoise ocean, Cape Le Grand National Park is one of Australia’s most iconic national parks.
Spend the day soaking up the serenity, including meeting the iconic kangaroos at Lucky Bay, having a swim, and taking an inspiring coastal walk. Awaiting you will be a gourmet barbecue feast of local produce which you will enjoy with breathtaking views over Little Hellfire Bay.
Dinner this evening will be at Esperance’s premier restaurant, Taylor St Quarters, overlooking the ocean.
1 Night Staying at Esperance Chalet Village
Scenic flight over the Fantastic Pink Lake & Frenchman’s Peak.
After breakfast, you board the flight, which offers incredible views over Frenchman’s Peak, Cape Le Grand, the Recherche Archipelago, and the world-renowned Pink Lake Hillier, where the vivid pink lake is framed by the turquoise ocean. Following the flight, enjoy a delicious lunch in Esperance before heading towards Albany via the picturesque Stirling Ranges.
Traverse through East Mt Barren for amazing views and be rewarded with a gourmet picnic lunch. Head off-road for a four-wheel-drive adventure along Hamersley Inlet Road as we continue towards Albany, arriving late afternoon. Here, take in sweeping views over the ocean and township from Mount Clarence.
Enjoy fine dining with ocean views at the renowned local restaurant Garrison.
1 Night Staying at The Beach House at Bayside
Exclusive tasting tour at the Oranje Tractor and a Private Cooking Masterclass in your Villa.
Firstly it’s a visit to the Oranje Tractor Vineyard for a unique three-hour meet-the-maker experience. During this exclusive tour, you will forage in the orchard, picking and tasting the organically grown produce. Be guided to their charming tasting room to experience a five-course wine flight paired with organic food from the farm and region, including cheeses, olives and smoked trout. Notably, Oranje Tractor won Australia’s Best Cellar Door Award in 2019 and Prince Charles and Camilla visited the vineyard in 2015.
Pop into picturesque boutique brewery Boston Brewing for a beer-tasting paddle on the way to Denmark.
Tonight, renowned Chef Silas from Pepper & Salt restaurant joins you in your villa for a private cooking masterclass. He will entertain you as he prepares a three-course meal while giving you tips on using spice to enhance your cooking.
1 Night Staying at Aiyana Retreat
Valley of the Giants, Truffle Hunting & Calgardup Cave
This morning you visit William Bay National Park. Descend into Greens Pool, a white sandy beach framed by huge granite boulders, and just up the road, continue to the turquoise and calm waters of Elephant Rocks. Both are primed for swimming in the warmer months.
Head into the old-growth forests in the Walpole Wilderness region and traverse the Valley of the Giants. Walk 40 metres high into the canopy of Western Australia’s majestic tingle trees, found nowhere else on Earth.
Arriving into the Margaret River region, your unique culinary lunch experience today is at the Truffle & Wine Co, Western Australia’s first truffière and largest producer of superior black Perigord truffles in the world. The Truffle Kitchen specialises in truffle-inspired food and wine pairings and boasts breathtaking views.
No visit to the southwest is complete without heading underground into one of the region’s curious caves. Visit Calgardup Cave to view the exquisite cave decorations on a self-guided tour.
Tonight’s fine dining experience is a selection of mouth-watering Australian cuisine at Lamont’s restaurant in the resort. Kate Lamont is one of Western Australia’s most successful chefs with a career spanning over three decades. Sit back and relax with views over the ocean, the perfect way to end any day.
2 Nights at Smiths Beach Resort
World-Class Wine & Chocolate
Get up early today for breakfast with the locals at the White Elephant Beach Café. With sweeping ocean views, it’s also an excellent place for whale watching from August to December. Following breakfast, see the beautiful Margaret River mouth and the world-famous surf break at Surfers Point, then wander through the vibrant township of Margaret River, home to an eclectic mix of boutique stores and galleries.
No visit to this world-class wine region would be complete without visiting its founding estate, Vasse Felix. Relax in the picturesque settings of this critically acclaimed restaurant and enjoy a tantalising five-course tasting menu with accompanying wines.
Spend the rest of the afternoon tasting your way around the Margaret River region, which we will tailor to your liking. Options include cellar door visits to Bettenays for nougat tasting, Gabriel’s Chocolate factory, the Grove Distillery and Wills Domain. For the perfect end of the day, we’ll take a short drive to iconic Meelup Beach. Kick off your shoes, take a stroll along the beach, have a swim, watch the sunset and enjoy a local produce gourmet picnic for dinner
Wild Seafood Experience & Scenic Cruise with wine tasting from Fremantle to Perth
Choose an in-room or restaurant breakfast, care of Lamont’s, before heading north to Mandurah for your 10 am departure on the unique Wild Seafood Experience. Board the Reel Affair II, a purpose-built cray fishing vessel where you can pull baited crayfish pots and learn about Western Australia’s crayfish conservation efforts. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins as you cruise the idyllic canals, indulging in a gourmet barbecue seafood buffet lunch featuring ocean delicacies such as blue swimmer crabs, salmon, marinated octopus, and your freshly-caught crayfish.
After lunch, travel to Fremantle for your second cruise of the day. Sit back and relax on a 45-minute scenic cruise with wine tasting from Fremantle to Perth up the picturesque Swan River. Perth is a beautiful city, and the view as you cruise up the Swan River, wine in hand, is the perfect end to your food and wine tour. Your guide will meet you at the dock and take you to Kings Park overlooking Perth for one last toast. Feeling nourished and regenerated, return to your accommodation at around 6 pm.
“Western Australia and especially Margaret River produce some of the country’s most awarded wine and food. This great little tour has exclusive masterclasses, paddock-to-plate experiences and private tastings.”
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The 5-Star Esperance Chalet Village is only a 12 minutes walk from the beach. The adult-only A-frame chalets, king shacks and log cabins are ideal for couples seeking a romantic retreat. The twin shacks are perfect for a girls’ getaway and the sweet, cosy cottage is for families.
The accommodation is set generously across private and peaceful grounds, surrounded by nature. Bountiful with chattering birds attracted to the abundant native planting of hakea, banksia, paperbarks and salt-bush. There’s black bream fishing in the creek, complimentary kayaks and cruiser bikes to meander the beach path to town.
This property is a 3-minute walk from the beach. Offering an intimate and relaxed atmosphere, The Beach House at Bayside is located 6km | 3.7mi from the restaurants, shopping and art galleries in Albany town centre, with easy access to natural landscapes, hiking and wineries.
Continental and cooked breakfasts are served in the guest lounge and dining area each morning. Guests can relax in the beautiful outdoor courtyard. All rooms feature air conditioning and heating, plus an LCD TV with DVD player. The private bathroom includes heated towel rails, bathrobes and luxury toiletries. Some rooms also have a hot tub.
Check into your luxurious spa villa at Aiyana Retreat, nestled among the bush. Offering chalets with a fireplace, and a private patio, Aiyana Retreat is just 200 m from Wilson Inlet. Guests can enjoy a beauty treatment at the ‘Wellness Building’ or relax in the lovely gardens. Private yoga class and massage. Featuring unique handmade furnishings, each chalet offers cooking facilities, a sofa, a flat-screen TV and a DVD/CD player.
Denmark Aiyana Retreat is 5 minute’s drive from Denmark’s town centre and 6 km | 3.7mi from Ocean Beach.
Experience a beachside escape at Smiths Beach Resort and relax in spacious, stylish accommodation, situated in the heart of Western Australia’s Margaret River Region, only a 2-minute stroll from the beach. You can enjoy swimming, strolling, surfing and sunsets at Smith’s Beach, or have a swim in the resort’s outdoor infinity pool.
The accommodation offers generous bedrooms, living areas and balconies. Each apartment, house and villa features a fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor dining area with BBQ facilities. All living areas include an LCD TV, a DVD player, an iPod docking station and Bluetooth speakers. Most accommodations also have a fireplace.
Discover amazing colours with this 80-minute scenic flight over some of Australia’s most beautiful coastline. The spectacular scenery of the Esperance Region on this scenic flight will leave you breathless. You’ll fly over the snow-white beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park. Contrasted with the stunningly clear Turquoise waters, you can see every reef, sandbar, shark, and maybe even whales (between July and October). Continue onward through the Recherche Archipelago to the unique Middle Island with its world-renowned Pink Lake Hillier.
Oranje Tractor is an organic and sustainable producer of award-winning, small-batch natural wines on the pristine south coast of Western Australia. This visit will include a unique three-hour meet-the-maker experience. During this exclusive tour, you will forage in the orchard, picking and tasting the organically grown produce. After the tour, visit their tasting room to experience a five-course wine flight paired with organic food from the farm and region, including cheeses, olives and smoked trout.
Take a stroll 27m | 88.5ft down into Calgardup Cave’s magnificently illuminated chambers.
Discover colourful crystals, stalactites, stalagmites and walls of flowstone. Relax on seating throughout the 300m | 984ft long cave and watch stream water flow into the lake from winter to spring, creating breathtaking reflections.
Easily accessed on boardwalks and stairs, all with handrails, Calgardup Cave is suitable for all ages. Helmets, torches and a briefing by the friendly staff are provided. Bring your own closed footwear.
Experience the magic of spice with chef Silas, head chef and owner of the fine-dining restaurant Pepper & Salt in Denmark (Western Australia), teaching you about pairing spices with different foods. Learn how to incorporate elements of spice into your everyday cooking while you sit back with a glass of local wine. Absorb Silas’ tips, tricks and hints of spice as he cooks up an amazing, personalized three-course meal for you to indulge in.
Board the Reel Affair II, a purpose-built cray fishing vessel where you can pull baited crayfish pots and learn about Western Australia’s crayfish conservation efforts. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins as you cruise the idyllic canals, indulging in a gourmet barbecue seafood buffet lunch featuring ocean delicacies such as blue swimmer crabs, salmon, marinated octopus, and your freshly-caught crayfish.
Known as the ‘Bay of Isles’, these wide sandy beaches, scenic coastlines and the panorama of offshore islands of the Recherche Archipelago are all part of Esperance’s charm. The town lies on the southern coast of Western Australia, 721 km | 448 mi from Perth and is part of Australia’s Golden Outback. This busy port and tourist town has some of the best coastal scenery in Australia: its snow-white secluded beaches, beautiful national parks and many islands of the Recherche Archipelago provide a myriad of alluring locations to explore.
Albany is a port city on the south coast of Western Australia, 400 km |248.5 mi south of Perth. It is situated on Princess Royal Harbour, a natural inlet of the Southern Ocean, 5 km | 3 mi east-west and 3 km | 1.8 mi north-south. It’s about a 4.5-hour drive from Perth and less than an hour by air. It offers visitors cooler summers and mild winters.
Stunning harbour views from Mt Melville and Mt Clarence are often enhanced by dolphins and seals and, between July and October, humpback and southern right whales.
The area surrounding Albany is rich in natural beauty. The majestic Stirling Ranges and the Mt Barker wine region to the north, the dramatic Southern Ocean coastline and the many gorgeous small rural towns such as Denmark, all go to make the area a treat to explore. Albany is the oldest town on the west coast. Whale and dolphin spotting from the coastal cliffs is an exhilarating pastime.|
Picture a place of turquoise waters and white sandy beaches, where granite headlands curve gracefully to the sea. In the southern tip of Western Australia, Albany and Denmark boast unique forests, carpets of wildflowers and vineyards producing fine wines. It’s little wonder this is a special place for the Menang Noongar Traditional Owners.
The cone-shaped paradise is a broad destination that truly offers something for every age, taste, budget or ambition. The region is most famous for its wineries that produce many fine white and red wines that are exported all over the world. The Margaret River flows through the centre of the region, passing the Margaret River Township that is 8km from the ocean.
Although the area is named after this town, it spreads all the way along the coast from a few kilometres south of Busselton, out to Cape Naturaliste and the spreads over an area about 30km-wide down the south coast to Cape Leeuwin, Australia’s most southwestern point.