Experience three days of bliss as you indulge in exquisite culinary experiences on this gourmet food and wine discovery of Western Australia's Margaret River region. Stay in one of Australia's finest boutique hotels - Cape Lodge. A stylish and sophisticated retreat with its own vineyard, here you will dine in its acclaimed restaurant, be pampered at the Spa and cook with one of Australia's best chefs during a hands-on cooking class.
Your attentive and knowledgeable guide will showcase Margaret River's alluring fusion of coastal serenity, world-class wine and gourmet foods. Be introduced to innovative chefs who use high-quality local produce to create the unforgettable cuisine the South West is renowned. Food and wine connoisseurs will have their senses awakened by private tastings and meals at signature vineyards such as Voyager Estate, Vasse Felix, Wills Domain and Cullen Wines. But it's not just the wine the South West is famous for, beer, gin, olive oil
and chocolate aficionados are also spoilt for choice.
No visit to Margaret River is complete without taking in the spectacular coastal scenery of Cape Naturaliste. On this luxury tour, you will do it in style. Take a walk along the iconic Cape to Cape Track with local custodian Josh "Koomal" Whiteland. He will introduce you to the world's oldest living culture on a powerful Indigenous experience. Finish the tour with a fabulous one-hour scenic flight from Margaret River back to Perth on a luxury seaplane, landing on the picture-perfect Swan River.
- Stay at the luxurious Cape Lodge featuring its own vineyard and world-class restaurant
- Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at Voyager Estate with an exquisite four-course lunch
- Relax during a one and a half hour pamper session at the Cape Lodge Spa
- Cook alongside much-loved celebrity chef Tony Howell during a cooking class at Cape Lodge
- See magnificent coastal scenery on a luxury scenic flight from Margaret River to Perth
- Watch chefs in action at Wills Domain as they prepare your signature tasting menu
- Discover Australia's most fabulous artificial reef at the Busselton Underwater Observatory
- Walk part of the iconic Cape to Cape Track on during an Indigenous cultural tour
- Watch the sunset and moonrise over the ocean during dinner iconic Pullman Bunker Bay Resort
Day 1 Your Margaret River Luxury Escape begins bright and early at your Perth accommodation where your experienced guide will greet you. Over a coffee, discuss the journey ahead and then travel south to your first destination at the popular tourist town of Busselton. Take a stroll along the world's second-longest jetty which stretches 1.8km out into stunning Geographe Bay. Descend eight metres below the ocean surface to discover Australia's greatest artificial reef at the Underwater Observatory, host to vividly coloured tropical and sub-tropical marine life.
Come lunchtime you will arrive into the Margaret River region at Wills Domain. The talk of the region, dine in the private dining area where you can be part of a more intimate experience, watching the masters at work in the kitchen. Feast on the innovative "Tasting Menu" curated by head chef Seth James.
Spend the rest of the afternoon, tasting your way around the wine regions best cellar doors, which we will tailor to your liking. Options include premium establishments such as Gabriel's Chocolate, Cullen Wines and Vasse Felix.
Come 6pm you will be checking into your Lakeside Room at one of Australia's best boutique hotels - Cape Lodge. Set on 40 acres of manicured parkland and featuring its own vineyard, this high-quality property with its old English charm is sure to impress. Tonight, you will dine at the Cape Lodge Restaurant, renowned as one of the great dining rooms in Western Australia. Offering classically prepared French-influenced country fare, it showcases the best of Margaret River's produce sourced from the land to the sea.
Day 2 Start the day with a delicious breakfast in the comfort of your room. Unwind during a one-and-a-half-hour spa treatment of your choice. Feeling blissfully relaxed, its time to meet one of Australia's most loved and recognised chefs – Tony Howell, or Chef Tone as he is affectionately known. Featured in Condé Nast, during a hands-on cooking lesson, Tony will provide step by step tuition in the making of superb seasonal dishes followed by lunch with matching wines.
This afternoon you will meet an incredible human and Wadandi custodian - Josh "Koomal" Whiteland. He will introduce you to the world's oldest living culture with his authentic and personal interpretation on a two-hour private tour of the spectacular Cape Naturaliste. Learn about native flora and fauna, bush medicine and hear local stories as you take and easy walk along part of the iconic Cape to Cape Track. As you take in the breathtaking scenery and feel Josh's passion, you will gather a deeper appreciation of Indigenous culture and their connection to the land. Meet at a private meeting place where you will see an artefact display and be mesmerised by a live didgeridoo performance.
Next, experience breathtaking vistas at one of the most romantic and secluded spots in the Margaret River Wine Region - Bunker Bay. The Other Side of the Moon restaurant in the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort features a contemporary Australian menu underpinned by an Indigenous flair and a South West flavour. Enjoy an exquisite dining experience as you watch the sunset, and moonrise over the ocean.
Day 3 It's up early today to enjoy breakfast at one of the local's favourites, The White Elephant Beach Café. With fantastic views over the ocean, it's also a great place for whale watching from August to December. Following breakfast, see the beautiful Margaret River Mouth and a world-famous surf break at Surfers Point. Travel into the vibrant township of Margaret River to explore its eclectic mix of boutique stores and galleries.
Come late morning you will arrive at one of Margaret River's founding vineyards, Voyager Estate. Established in 1978, this stunning winery has a meticulous approach to its winemaking. Go behind the scenes on a tour of the winery and vineyard, and taste wine straight from the barrel. Learn about the estate's rich history and taste a variety of world-class wine in the beautiful Cellar Door. Finish your Voyager experience with a 4-course Discovery Menu and flight of three wines which is sure to impress epicurean enthusiasts.
It's time for your last incredible experience. Your guide will say farewell, and you will travel back to Perth on a one-hour luxury scenic flight with Swan River Seaplanes. Take in the majestic rugged coast and white sandy beaches, vine-studded hinterland and karri forests of the region you have now come to love. Land on the picture-perfect Swan River taking in the magnificent Perth skyline. You will be transferred by private vehicle to your Perth accommodation where you will arrive around 5pm.
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- Travel insurance.
The initial deposit is refundable for 5 days - a cooling off period long enough for us to send you precise final terms. Note, many of these are still being negotiated but this first payment will be held in trust, giving us time to determine the conditions for final payment without putting this payment at any risk.
Reservations are confirmed on receipt of a non-refundable deposit of $A500 per person or per booking, or the amount specified on your booking. On receipt of your reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability, reserve your place on your selected travel module. Additional deposits may be required and will be advised at time of booking. Final payment of land costs are due at least* 60 days prior to arrival and all reservations will be cancelled if full payment is not received by the due date, with loss of deposit. On receipt of your payment, we will send tour information and vouchers. Please ensure that you receive the information before you travel. Bookings made at least* less than 60 days prior to departure must be paid in full. Due to time constraints, tour information and vouchers may be collected on the first day of departure with Wildiaries from its tour guide. These arrangements will be confirmed to you in writing prior to travel. Every reservation amendment will incur an AUD$50.00 charge, subject to availability. Note that if travel documents have been issued, the fee will be AUD$100. *Special conditions may apply to some trips. You will be notified if this is the case.
All cancellations must be made in writing to Wildiaries, and all tours are subject to the following cancellation charges based on the number of days before tour departure: Over 60 days: No refund of tour deposit Between 0 and 60 days: No refund of tour cost There is no refund for any unused portions of the tour once the tour has commenced. [Please note that if the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges will normally be refunded to you by the insurance company, subject to the terms of your insurance]. Any cancellation fees imposed by hotels, ground operators or other principals or suppliers of goods and services will be charged to you in addition to the cancellation amounts stated above.
Baggage restrictions may apply to charter air travel and small group tours and must be strictly adhered to. We recommend that you ensure you adhere to any weight restrictions indicated.
4. WILD ANIMALS
Please be aware that travel may take you into areas of extreme weather conditions [eg. heat] or bring you in close contact with wild animals. Cases of dehydration and attacks by wild animals are rare, but no tour can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither Wildiaries, its contractors, agents or staff can be held responsible for any injury or incident on your tour. Neither does Wildiaries guarantee sightings of any wild animals, even if these are listed as animals possible to see on a tour.
5. PASSPORT, VISAS & DEPARTURE TAX
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7. CHANGES TO SCHEDULES
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that Wildiaries reserves the right to alter any tour arrangements due to local conditions while providing similar tour inclusions.
Whilst Wildiaries uses its best endeavours to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against Wildiaries for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable or the passenger was unable to use that service. [Please note that if the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy it is your responsibility to refer the matter to your insurance company to seek a refund].
You must take out comprehensive insurance cover before travel for cancellation, medical expenses, personal baggage and money. This should be arranged at the time of payment of any non-refundable costs to cover you for cancellation at that time.
10. PRICING & INSURANCE
We will do the utmost to keep to the prices published. Should increases be forced on us by tour operators, etc. Wildiaries reserves the right to surcharge without notice. All tour costs are based on all known costs at the time of publication.
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(c) Clients with special dietary problems are advised to warn us in advance of departure.
(d) For flight information on how to get to the starting point of your tour, contact your travel agent. Please ensure that you re-confirm all your flights prior to air travel.
11. MEDICAL & HEALTH
(a)Hospital facilities in remote locations are often unavailable and evacuation can be difficult and expensive. Wildiaries assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care. A Medical Certificate must therefore be filled out and returned to Wildiaries. If you are aged 65 or older, the Medical Certificate must be signed by your physician. Once you have been confirmed on a trip, normal cancellation penalties apply if your doctor does not approve the Medical Certificate.
(b). It is vital that persons with medical problems make them known to us well before departure. The tour leader has the right to disqualify anyone at any time during a tour if he or she feels the tour member is incapable and/or if a tour member’s continued participation will jeopardise the individual involved or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances. The tour leader’s decision is final and neither Wildiaries nor the tour leader shall be subject to any claims or liability in respect of such disqualification.
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(a) Share Basis for Single Travellers
Accommodations (both hotels and tented) are usually based on double occupancy. If you are travelling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a room-mate if possible. If there is no one with whom you can share, or if you prefer single accommodations, you are requested to pay a Single Supplement Fee.
(b) Tour Information
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