Gourmet Escape Margaret River Weekender, 4 Night Stay Package – Fri/Sat events
4 nights town centre accommodation at Margaret River Hotel
2 tickets to Sunset, Beats & Bites (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
This package offers lovers of food and wine a taste of two iconic Margaret River region events from the Gourmet Escape program.
As the sun goes down on Friday night, White Elephant Café is the place to be for Sunset Beats & Bites – a waterfront party like no other. Enjoy the relaxed beach vibes at the Gnarabup beachfront venue and watch the sun go down across the Indian Ocean whilst listening to some cool beats and enjoying WA bites and new wave wines.
On Saturday, enjoy the delights of the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate Winery, tasting the incredible produce and wine the region is famous for and see some of the festival’s culinary superstars in action.
There’s no better way of getting a feel for Margaret River than staying in one it’s its most historic hotels. It’s not only a central place to base yourself for 5 days of exploring, but the town centre location also affords the opportunity to enjoy the town’s vibrant mix of bars, restaurants and nightlife.
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
Free day – morning & afternoon
Start your day with a leisurely walk down to the Margaret River and nearby walk trails to work up your appetite. Cafe options abound.
Explore some of the region’s ancient limestone formations in Lake or Mammoth Caves (just 20min from town). Go gathering for yummy things at the many nearby cellar doors and providores. For the food & wine lovers, this is your best day to experience a behind the scenes tour or guided tasting at a local winery. Or simply linger over lunch at a local brewery or winery restaurant.
The more adventurous may like to hone their skills on some of the local mountain bikes trails or tours by bike. A bushwalk on the Cape to Cape Track, horse trail riding or quad biking in the Boranup Forest are also incredible options.
WA Gourmet Escape program event:
Sunset, Beats & Bites | 6.30pm – 9pm
Tonight, one of Margaret River’s most scenic locations plays host to a beachside party starring great tunes, even better wines and food from one of Perth’s favourite wood-fired restaurants.
Sunset, Beats & Bites is one of the most popular events on the Gourmet Escape program and this year’s edition promises another evening of beachside eating, drinking and dancing, plus plenty of photo opportunities to capture an iconic West Australian sunset.
This year’s guest chefs are all about relaxed, delicious eating. This evening, the crew from Perth’s Tiny’s Restaurant bring their direct, playing-with-fire style down south.
Good drinks and music are essential to any party, so wine aficionado Nick Stock has been enlisted to fill the wine list with his favourite new-wave WA wines while local DJs oversee the tunes.
Your tickets include a generous selection of bite-sized food as well as a glass of wine. Additional drinks, available to purchase. Return coach transfers from Margaret River to Gnarabup Beach 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 consumers.
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 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.
Some of the above activities or options can be custom-added to this package, please enquire at time of booking.
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
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