Gourmet Escape Beach and Wine, 4 Night Stay Package – Fri/Sat events
4 nights town centre accommodation at Margaret River Hotel
2 tickets to Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ (Friday 15 Nov)
2 Gourmet Village passes (Saturday 16 Nov)
Gourmet Escape return coach transfers to each event
Local tip! Extended stays in Margaret River region or additional activities can be added to this packaged itinerary, please ask at time of booking or contact Central Reservations on +61 8 9780 5911.
Travel dates: 14 – 18 November 2019 | 5 days / 4 nights
No trip to Margaret River is complete without spending time at the beach and amongst the vines – and this Gourmet Escape Beach & Wine stay package delivers the best of both worlds.
Experience the quintessential Gourmet Escape event to kick off your weekend – the Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ. Feel the sand beneath your toes and watch the sun dip into the Indian Ocean, whilst feasting on fresh local produce and world-class wines.
Enjoy General Entry tickets to The Gourmet Village, the heart of the Margaret River portion of Gourmet Escape. Immerse yourself in a rich food and wine experience at Leeuwin Estate Winery on Saturday 16 November. You can meet some of the world’s most-loved and respected culinary talent as they appear at attractions within the Gourmet Village and sample the best food, wine, beer, cider and produce the Margaret River region and WA has to offer.
Combine your event program with a stay in Margaret River’s most historic hotels. The central location also affords the opportunity to make the most of the town’s vibrant mix of dining and nightlife when the sun goes down!
Day 1 - Thursday 14 November
Stay: Margaret River Hotel
Room type: Motel King
Margaret River Hotel offers unique old-style country pub accommodation. The grand old lady of Margaret River offers character and charm in the centre of town and has been entertaining guests since 1936. Meet the locals in the Corner Bar and experience great hospitality in a locally owned hotel.
After check-in, stretch the legs with a walk down the main street, enjoying town’s independent bookstores, galleries or boutiques.
Motel King rooms are located in the quieter motel section of the property at the rear of the hotel and are equipped with reverse cycle air-conditioning, TV, Foxtel, bar fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery, iron, towels, linen, free WiFi, complimentary tea/coffee and private en-suite.
Day 2 - Friday 15 November
Take a short drive to the Margaret River Mouth to watch the morning surfer’s make the most of the swell at the famous Surfer’s Point. Grab a coffee and small bite to eat from a nearby cafe as its a big day of lunching on the beach ahead!
WA Gourmet Escape program event:
Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ | 12pm – 3.30pm
A world-class waterside setting. Top-notch produce and drinks. International and local culinary firepower: this signature festival event redefines the possibilities of a beachside barbecue.
Held at postcard-perfect Castle Rock Beach, the Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ is a signature Gourmet Escape event for good reason.
For today’s lunch, David Chang from New York’s legendary Momofuku restaurant empire will be bringing a taste of Momofuku to the beach.
Your ticket package includes canapés on arrival, beer and wine to complement the menu, plus a gourmet barbecue feast. Return coach transfers from Margaret River to Castle Bay are also included.
Day 3: Saturday 16 November
Saturday morning is your opportunity to check out the famous Margaret River Farmer’s Market – awarded the 2018 Delicious Award’s most outstanding in Australia.
This is your chance to taste and buy fresh, seasonal, local produce, from farmers and producers straight to consumer.
WA Gourmet Escape program event:
The Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate| 11am – 6pm
Held in the beautiful grounds of one of Margaret River’s truly world-class estates, The Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate Winery is a weekend-long celebration of good food, drink and friends.
See this year’s festival stars on the Chef’s Amphitheatre, hosted by comedian and actor, Matt Okine; have your favourite cookbooks signed by world-class chefs and join intimate talks on topical foodie discussions. Sample artisan local products; join hands-on culinary workshops or take part in educational masterclasses including tutored tastings of Margaret River’s finest wines at the Grand Marquee and the Theatre of Drinks.
As always, your help is needed crowning a champion brewery for the popular Battle of the Breweries presented by Besk, and some of the state’s best restaurants will be cooking and serving signature dishes through the day.
Your package includes general admission tickets and return coach transfers from the Margaret River event coach stop to Leeuwin Estate.
Day 4: Sunday 17 November
For the food & wine lovers, this is your best day to get out and experience some of the region’s smaller cellar doors, breweries, winery restaurants and providores. Some venues offer incredible behind the scenes tours or guided tastings before you sit down to lunch.
For the nature-buffs, we suggest a road trip down to the very south-west corner of Western Australia and the seaside town of Augusta. Climb mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse, jump on a Blackwood River cruise, get underground at Jewel Cave or cool off with an afternoon swim in the turquoise waters of Hamelin Bay. You might even catch a glimpse of the resident stingrays, patrolling the beach.
In the evening, enjoy dinner back in town. Margaret River offers options to cater to all tastes and atmosphere. Select from pub or brewery fare with amazing craft beer and extensive wine lists. Or look for bistro-style wine bars, modern Australian, seafood, Japanese or Italian fare.
Day 5: Monday 18 November
After check-out and depending on your energy levels, here are some suggestions on how to make the most of your last precious hours in Margaret River region:
- Go gallery hopping – the region is home to an amazing array of artisans and craftspeople
- Book a morning of whale watching on Geographe Bay (departures from Busselton or Dunsborough)
- Burn off some of that weekend indulgence, with a walk along the 1.8km Busselton Jetty or a short section on the famous Cape to Cape Track
If you’ve still got energy to burn, a flying fox and high ropes adventure in the Tuart Forest awaits. Just 15min north of Busselton, on your way back towards Perth.