The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is here so we’ve put together some hot tips you need to know to make the most of your weekend.
Four days of eating, drinking and exploring is part of the Escape’s magic, however having a clear plan around transport, accommodation, tickets and dining, can transform your weekend from great to unforgettable.
Our visitor centre staff know the region intimately and field hundreds of enquiries each week – they are also 100% across this year’s Gourmet Escape.
Here is a list of their top tips to make your Gourmet Escape a safe, fun and unforgettable weekend:
- Ticket sales: Tickets will be available from the Margaret River Visitors Centre on all days of the event. Email [email protected] to get tickets or drop into the centre which is located at 100 Bussell Highway. Gourmet Escape tickets can also be purchased at the Dunsborough, Busselton and Augusta visitor centres.
- No cash accepted: The 2017 Gourmet Escape is a cashless event, which means no cash (at all) will be accepted for purchases. Everyone is required to use a credit or bank card. If you don’t have one, Megan suggests getting a prepaid VISA card, or similar, which are available for purchase at Woolworths and most grocery stores.
- Book your space at free events: Free events are listed throughout the program and it’s important to note that places are limited for these. To avoid missing out on the event you have your eye on, Megan recommends pre-booking your space as soon as you arrive at the venue. Use the map in the program to find where it is being held and get there first!
- Take an umbrella: While it may or may not rain, Megan emphasises that there is a lack of shade at the venue and an umbrella is an absolute life saver in both rain and shine.
- Haven’t booked? Haven’t got your tickets or accommodation yet? There is still time. The visitors centre can book both. While accommodation is predominantly booked out, there are still a variety of options that the visitor centre staff can suggest and directly book for you.
- Transport tip: If your ticket doesn’t include transport, there is no need to worry because buses are running both to and from the Gourmet Village, and there are also private shuttles available. Maureen suggests calling the visitor centre on (08) 9780 5911 (option 3) or calling in and grabbing your tickets directly from the Centre.
- Parking: Darcy says that parking can be quite challenging and while she recommends getting a bus or shuttle, if you’re keen to drive to the event – get informed first. On entering the Leeuwin Estate Winery you will be directed to the car parking area, the rows of which will be marked with a letter of the alphabet. Please be sure to note of the letter of the row you parked your vehicle in to make it easier to locate your vehicle when you leave.
- Satellite events: Darcey suggests checking your booking and seeing whether transport is provided. If it isn’t, give the visitors centre a call to work out your best option
- Travel in style: Darcy said there are still private charters available to book, so if you’d rather avoid the buses, or need to be somewhere at a certain time, book your private transportation.
- Drink water: According to Matt, the event is a feast for the eyes and palates and sometimes it’s easy to drink a little more alcohol than you intended. He suggests taking water to the venue and refill at water stations throughout the day.
- Reserve dinner: If you haven’t got plans for the evening – reserve your dinner in advance! Matt says that Margaret River restaurants will be filled to the brim during the weekend, so booking ahead of time and securing a table is advised.
- Walk it off: All that eating and drinking can make you feel a bit meh, get some fresh air with a brisk walk along the Cape to Cape. Hank Durlik of Margaret River Exposed tells us it’s a reasonably late wildflower season so there is still a chance to capture some beauties. Find out more about where to go here.
- Explore: Make the most of your time in the region and explore some of our bucket list attractions. Discover an ancient underground wonderland or climb a lighthouse for breathtaking ocean views and a chance to spot some whales.