The Margaret River region’s undulating bushland, rugged coastline and incredible natural landscapes make for some pretty top-notch touring at the best of times. But sometimes driving around the region or visiting the same ol’ places can start to leave you wondering: how can I see more? Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way – and here, there are no shortage of either. The answer: alternative tours.
Whether you like to do things differently, or want to see the region in a new light, one of these alternative tours of the Margaret River region might be the way to explore it!
For those that like a shot of adrenaline with their lunch, take to the skies and arrive in style by helicopter after copping a bird’s eye view of the coastline and undulating vineyards of the region. Take a wine tour and lunch experience at one of the region’s luxurious dining venues with the friendly team at The Flying Corkscrew. Tours are intimate and personalised, with private tasting rooms and stunning settings guaranteed. Scenic Helicopters offer a once-in-a-lifetime option to tour the entire stretch of cape to cape coast by air, or for those looking for the ideal romantic treat, book a flight to your very own secluded beach and treat your loved one to a gourmet picnic hamper and champagne on ice.
Head up to the Dunsborough foreshore and spend a morning paddling the clear waters of Geographe Bay on a tour with South West Water Sports. In addition to catamaran hire, stand up paddle boards, double and single kayaks and pedal boats, they have recently launched a range of guided tours with the newest addition to their stable of sea vessels – hobie kayaks. They ensure a comfortable cruise, propelling through the water with foot pedal power which means you get a hands-free experience – perfect for taking snaps along the journey. Operating from November to April, cruise the coast from Dunsborough to Meelup or take a Busselton Jetty snorkel drive to see the secrets of the sea and abundant natural beauty from below.
Qualified scuba divers could fit in a chance for a scuba dive if they prefer and see the south west from a new angle out in the water. Travel further down the coast and stay out at sea with Margaret River Kitesurfing and Windsurfing. Learn this exciting sport in some of the safest water in the region and see the coast from a totally different point of view.
Or, if you want to get a sense for the lay of the land from the water’s edge but you’re not much of a thrill seeker, Blackwood River House Boats might be the answer. Combine a relaxing tour up the river and accommodation with a choice of four boats, ranging from two to eight berths. Experience life at a slower pace travelling along the beautiful Blackwood River from Augusta, through 20 kilometres of pristine national park filled with native wildlife.
If you prefer having both feet firmly on the ground why not try a two-wheeled tour? Dirty Detours Mountain Bike Adventures are based in Margaret River and love nothing better than taking visitors out to see the sublime beauty of Boranup Forrest on bike. Or try one of their wine tours with a twist on a sip n’ cycle tour (they’ve just introduced e-bikes in case you run out of puff easily). Surf ‘n Dirt Adventure Tours also provide a chance to jump on a bike and see the forest’s natural beauty, along with learning to surf under expert tuition and kayaking through the peaceful silence of the untouched south west for a full day of outdoor activity.
Hitting the road with the help of some old-fashioned engine power, head back up to Busselton and learn about the historic town sites on a tour with the Busselton Tram Company. Enjoy a leisurely-paced journey back in time on their lovingly restored trams (they will be running twice a day at 10am and 2pm until the end of Easter and then will close until the warmer months return). They are also available for weddings and private charter.
If you want to stick to the roads of the region and enjoy the element of surprise, check out new tour company Due South. Let their guides take you on a trip around the hidden gems of the wine region on their Boutique Baby winery tour.
Finally, if luxury is the name of the game then look no further than MR Chauffeurs and the range of services they provide. Explore the best of the region with your own private driver to take care of your every whim. They’ll even transfer you to your choice of destinations either from Perth or from within the south west. Whether it’s a romantic trip for two or a whole family affair they have a range of luxurious vehicles including a new Range Rover Sport with in-car facilities such as iPads, hand towels, chargers, newspapers and chilled refreshments. The progressive lunch experience is one for the serious foodies out there. Enjoy each course at one of the region’s famed restaurants starting the day with coffee and finishing with cheese and chocolate.