This 6-day luxury private tour of the South West of Western Australia features world-class culinary experiences that are bound to impress even the most discerning connoisseurs. Featuring some of Australia's best local produce from the land to the sea, meet the passionate makers and growers of the region, enjoying warm hospitality and private tastings. All the while taking in the extreme beauty and diversity of this untouched part of Australia.
Indulge in premium wine and fine dining experiences at critically acclaimed vineyards Vasse Felix, the Truffle & Wine Co. and Oranje Tractor. Be wowed by a private cooking class with a renowned chef and catch mouth-watering crayfish on a 3-hour seafood lunch cruise. Visit a unique variety of cellar doors, gourmet chocolate and cheese factories, and boutique breweries and distilleries, tasting as you go.
In between all the fabulous gastronomic experiences on this food and wine tour, you'll be mesmerised by spectacular natural beauty. Visit breathtaking beaches and meet the iconic kangaroos at Lucky Bay. Head off-road on a four-wheel-driving adventure, take a scenic flight over the world-famous Pink Lake Hillier and walk through the ancient forests of the Valley of the Giants. If you are lucky enough to be on this private tour from August to November, you will see the most extensive array of wildflowers on Earth with over 12,000 species in full bloom.
At the end of each day with your taste buds tingling, mind inspired, and soul connected to nature, sit back and relax in your beautiful 5-star accommodation. Cheers to that.
- Visit the critically acclaimed Vasse Felix for an exquisite signature dining experience
- Walk the footprint-free beaches of Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park
- Enjoy a truffle inspired meal with matching wines at the Truffle & Wine Co.
- Take a scenic flight over the iconic Pink Lake Hillier off the coast of Esperance
- Meet the makers at Oranje Tractor on a behind the scenes tour and Wine Flight
- Catch crayfish and feast on fresh seafood during a three-hour lunch cruise
- Enjoy private tastings at premium cellar doors such as Wills Domain and Boston Brewing
- Spice up your cooking during an in-room masterclass and meal with renowned Chef Silas
- Experience energy, vibration and powerful sounds during an uplifting relaxation journey
- Immerse yourself into the local culture and meet the characters of the region
- Get back to nature walking among the treetops at the Valley of the Giants
- Relax on a Scenic River Cruise with wine tastings from Fremantle to Perth
Day 1 – Esperance & Cape Le Grand
Your culinary tour of the South West begins at your Perth accommodation at 6.30 am. You will be collected at your hotel by a private vehicle and transferred to Perth Airport for your 8.15 am flight to Esperance. At 9.50 am, your guide will greet you, and over a coffee in Esperance chat about the incredible experiences that await you.
By late morning you will be in the absolute paradise that is Cape Le Grand National Park which is just a short drive from Esperance. Famous for its beach dwelling kangaroos, blindingly white sandy beaches and calm turquoise ocean, Cape Le Grand is one of Australia's most spectacular 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 BBQ feast of local produce which you will enjoy with breathtaking views over Little Hellfire Bay.
Feeling inspired, by 6 pm you'll be settling into you luxurious 5-star villa at the Esperance Chalet Village. A perfect hideaway nestled among nature. Dinner this evening will be at the at Esperance's premier restaurant overlooking the ocean, the Taylor St Quarters.
Today you travel approximately 150 km.
Day 2 - Esperance to Albany
Enjoy breakfast amongst native wildlife at your accommodation before departing Esperance. Take the breathtakingly beautiful Great Ocean Drive, which is a 40-kilometre loop featuring highlights such as stunning beaches, rocky headlands, small bays, and hidden ocean pools. Onwards to Fitzgerald River National Park which from August to November boasts the most extensive array of wildflowers in the world!
Do some bushwalking at 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. Take in the sweeping views over the ocean and township from Mount Clarence, before checking into your luxurious king spa room at The Beach House at Bayside. Enjoy fine dining with ocean views at renowned local restaurant Garrison.
Day 2 - Alternative Itinerary (Pink Lake Scenic Flight)
If you would like to do the optional extra scenic flight over the world-famous Pink Lake, your day would change slightly. After breakfast board the flight which offers incredible views over Frenchman's Peak, Cape Le Grand, the Recherche Archipelago and of course the world-renowned Pink Lake Hillier. The vibrant pink of the lake next to the turquoise waters is a natural wonder sure to impress. Following the flight, enjoy a delicious lunch in Esperance before heading towards Albany via the picturesque Stirling Ranges.
Today you will travel approximately 500 km no matter which option you choose.
Day 3 - Albany to Denmark
Today is packed with culinary delights, and the first is the Beach House's iconic 'Bountiful Breakfast'. Feeling satisfied, it's time to continue our journey through the Great Southern, stopping at The Gap and Natural Bridge to be wowed by some spectacular coastal rock formations.
By late morning we will arrive at Mt Romance for an out of this world relaxation experience at the Cone, the Gong and the Bowl. This private experience combines Gongs and Sandalwood in a sixteen-sided cone featuring celestial skies. It is supremely restful and yet vitally energising!
At lunchtime, we will arrive at Oranje Tractor for a unique three-hour meet-the-maker experience with the owners Pam and Murray. 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 was visited by HRH Prince Charles and Camilla in 2015.
Pop into picturesque boutique brewery Boston Brewing for a beer tasting paddle on the way to Denmark. Come late afternoon you will be checking into your luxurious spa villa at Aiyana Retreat, nestled among the bush. Tonight, you are in for a treat as 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 how to use spice to enhance your cooking.
Today you will travel approximately 150 km.
Day 4 - Denmark to Yallingup
Breakfast this morning will be at the retreat, and at 8 am we'll leave Denmark heading on towards William Bay National Park. Get ready for some jaw-dropping moments as you descend into Greens Pool. A white sandy beach with huge granite boulders meets you, and just up the road, you'll be wowed again by the turquoise and calm waters of Elephant Rocks. In the warmer months, both hidden treasures are ideal for a swim.
Inland you will discover the old-growth forests of the Walpole Wilderness region. Connect with nature at the internationally recognised Valley of the Giants which places you 40 metres high into the canopy of Western Australia's majestic tingle trees. Found nowhere else on Earth, walking among these beauties is a tranquil and uplifting experience.
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 Périgord truffles in the world. The Truffle Kitchen specialises in truffle-inspired food and wine pairings and boasts breathtaking views and a cosy atmosphere.
No visit to the South West is complete without heading underground to be mesmerised by one of its spectacular caves. We visit Calgardup Cave to view the exquisite cave decorations on a self-guided tour. At around 6 pm, we will arrive at Smiths Beach Resort in the tiny coastal hamlet of Yallingup, where you'll settle into your ocean view room for two nights.
Tonight's fine dining experience is a superb à la carte 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.
Today we travel approximately 500 km.
Day 5 - Margaret River
It's up early today to enjoy breakfast at one of the locals' favourites, The White Elephant Beach Café. Take a look at the beautiful Margaret River Mouth and a world-famous surf break before moseying around the quaint township of Margaret River to explore its eclectic mix of boutique stores and galleries. Being Saturday, it means the Margaret River Farmers Markets are on. Awarded the Most Outstanding Farmers' Market in Australia in 2018, wandering around them allows you to get amongst the locals, and taste an array of delicious local produce straight from the farmers themselves.
No visit to this world-class wine region would be complete without a visit to 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 Bettenay's for nougat tasting, Gabriel's Chocolate factory, the Grove Distillery and the incredible Wills Domain. For the perfect end to a perfect day, we'll take a short drive to iconic Meelup Beach. Kick-off your shoes, take a stroll along the beach, go for a swim, watch the sunset and enjoy a local produce gourmet picnic for dinner.
After a day of pure indulgence on your culinary tour, return to Smiths Beach Resort. Today you will travel approximately 150 km.
Day 6 - Yallingup 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 an exquisite BBQ seafood buffet lunch. Featuring ocean delicacies such as blue swimmer crabs, salmon, marinated octopus, and of course, 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, really is the perfect way to end your food and wine tour. Your guide (now an old friend), will meet you at the dock and take you to stunning Kings Park overlooking Perth for one last toast. Feeling inspired, refreshed and connected with nature, they will return you to your accommodation at around 6 pm.
Today you travel approximately 300 km.
- Flight – Perth to Esperance
- Accommodation – 5 nights (5 star)
- All entry fees, national park fees and activities (exc. Lake Hillier optional extra)
- All meals, beverages and culinary experiences
- Airport transfer
- Transport – 7-seater Executive 4WD
- Local Guide and expert knowledge
- Any items of a personal nature.
- Any meals or drinks not specified in inclusions.
- Anything not included in the list of inclusions (above).
- Domestic flights, unless specified in inclusions.
- 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.
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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.
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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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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.
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