What’s New: 16 amazing new experiences to try this summer

 

What's New

16 Amazing New Experiences to try this summer

There’s a swag of incredible new experiences on offer in the Margaret River region. While it’s easy to return to your ‘tried and true’ favourites, we recommend you check out these new places to eat, see, explore and stay.

From the artistic to the adventurous, and the cultural to the delectable, we hope you love these fantastic new offerings as much as we do.

Wine and Dine

1. The Supper Club

The Supper Club is partnering with the region’s most sought after wineries, places that are usually open for lunch, enabling them to ‘Open for Dinner’. They launched with an incredible degustation at Rustico at Hay Shed Hill and coming up is another 6 course meal at Rustico and a Trust the Chef at Knee Deep Wines.

Enjoy an exquisite meal, with local wines and a view over vineyards, dams and forests to complete the picturesque sunset.

2. Passel Estate

Passel Estate’s Tasting Room, set amidst vines and natural bushland, is a wonderful place to begin your Margaret River wine tasting journey. With a unique twist on the usual tasting experiences, it’s possible to taste the Passel Estate range alongside benchmark wines from renowned wine regions across Australia, in a guided tasting that showcases Margaret River’s stylistic differences. The aim of this tasting is to provide an informative, engaging and memorable wine experience for all Tasting Room visitors, at any level. Passel Estate invites visitors to sit down, relax and enjoy six superb wines in the beautiful surrounds of the estate. Price is $25.

 

3. Inspired Wine Tours

“Your vehicle, our drivers” is the concept behind Inspired Wine Tours. And what a fantastic concept it is – you get the convenience, privacy and economy of using your own car without the responsibility of driving and navigating. That’s left up to one of their fantastic local drivers or guides. They’ll pick you up anywhere from Margaret River to Busselton, Dunsborough, Eagle Bay and Yallingup.

Get Outdoors

4. Forest Adventures South West

Introducing Forest Adventures South West –  a new high ropes and zip line course in the stunning and unique Ludlow Tuart Forest, just 10 minutes north of Busselton CBD. The course has been carefully set up surrounding the historic old mill site of the forest with licensing approval from DPaW.

How it works: Although it’s an attraction, open to the public – your entry pass gives you a 2 Hour Session on the course with several difficulty grades of zip lines, flying foxes and ropes course challenges. You book in a course time and arrive 30 minutes prior to get set up with your gear and a safety briefing.

This is a high quality grade ropes course, imported especially for this purpose and set up by a European technical team (this type of activity massive in France) over the last few months to be safe and environmentally sound.

5. Cape Cultural Tours

Josh Whiteland of the award-winning indigenous-owned Koomal Dreaming recently launched Cape Cultural Tours, based at Cape Naturaliste just north of Dunsborough.

His new tour offering is an education in food, seasonality, culture and the importance of a connection to country that so many of us have lost. Go on a coastal forage, taste traditional foods, and learn the Dreaming stories of our country and the age-old connections that link us all.

6. Katherine Outback Experience

A taste of the Australian outback right on the doorstep of town with real life horse-breaking and working dog demonstrations, live music and humorous bush tales. There is dust and chaos, and things don’t always go to plan, but that’s part of the beauty and charm of the outback as we know it.

There is something for everyone during the 90 minute outdoor show. The kids love feeding the animals, whilst the adults are mesmerised by Tom’s horse and dog training knowledge, skill and patience. The show wouldn’t be complete without some hilarious bush yarns and some catchy Australian music tunes. Free refreshments including cold water and lollies.

7. Margaret River Sculpture Park

For over 25 years, sculptor and chainsaw artist Brendan Booth has been drawing on the landscapes and his life in the south west to create and finally open, his very own giant’s garden – the Margaret River Sculpture Park.

The park is  set on over 10 acres with around 30 giant sculpture pieces made from wood, stone, steel and rubble in Hamelin Bay.

8. Edgewalkers

Edgewalkers is owned and managed by Dr Erika Jacobsen, an avid global walker (and qualified guide), who specialises in running retreats and workshops to help people reconnect with their creativity and what better place to do it than walking sections of the Cape to Cape Track or other trails in the region.

Check out the different half day, full day or scheduled departures for a 3day/2night walk which include creativity and visualisation exercises and a chance to truly reflect. Great option for individuals who want to be inspired, team building or corporate groups.

9. Fresh Tracks Margaret River

Fresh Tracks Margaret River are experts in adventure. Locally owned and operated, they are a Surf Shop plus offer Surfboard and SUP Hire, Surf Guiding and Surf Adventure Tours. Go beyond the waves with their local knowledge and marvel at that incredible view – their shop overlooks the beach!

10. Mile End Glamping

Glamping – or glamorous camping – has been around for a bit but it’s really starting to make a splash in the south west. There are two new kids on the block – Mile End Glamping and Wild Goose Camping – and you can read about both in our blog The Great Outdoors.

Mile End Glamping sits in the middle of 144 acres of rolling dairy farmland. The two modern ‘domes’ teeter on stilts, framed by towering trees. Once inside you’re offered unfettered views across the farmland to the front and comfortable, modern furnishings with a wooden decking area next to each one, complete with spa and BBQ.

11. Wild Goose Camping

Wild Goose Camping, the brainchild of locals Chloe Sparkes and Clint Collins, gives you the chance to rock up to the campsite (or pre-arranged private land) of your choice, unzip the pre-erected bell tent and enter a world of comfort and joy. Chloe and Clint sure know how to spoil their guests.

Outside your tent, there’s a little table and chairs to enjoy a sundowner/brekkie cuppa, and a hard wearing rug at the entrance ensures that you don’t bring the day’s mud into your little sanctuary. Inside you’ll find everything to keep you comfortable; a double bed (complete with an electric blanket on each side) draped with extra blankets, rugs, chaise longe and a heater.

Shop for Something Special

12. ECOO

Located in Dunsborough where Samudra used to be is the lovely new gift shop ecoo. Featuring an eclectic range of bamboo clothing, organic body products and unique gifts ecoo proudly stocks only sustainable products with some that are handmade right here in Australia. Look for their biodegradable yoga mats, hemp & organic cotton bags & wallets, sunglasses and jewellery made from repurposed skateboards.

Perfect for gift shopping or to find something special for yourself.

13. Shadowz

Shadowz functional art has opened a few doors from the Dunsborough Visitor Centre just in time for Christmas shopping. Featuring Carrol Boyes hand crafted, high-end product range of unique home and lifestyle items that combine sculpture with functionality.

Get Around in Style

14. Esquire Classic Charters

Ever fancied touring in a Rolls Royce with your own private chauffeur? Dream no longer – Esquire Classic Charters will share with you the finest experiences in the Margaret River region, all in a stylish Silver Spirit Rolls Royce Saloon.

They offer intimate, exclusive chauffeur driven tours and private transfers for up to 4 people. Once you’ve booked your tour you can discuss a personalised itinerary – and they know all the best wineries and breweries.

15. Margaret River Blue Bus

The Blue Bus was built for the 2000 Sydney Olympics along with 4 other buses to represent the coloured Olympic rings. Now based in Busselton, the 14-seat limo is available for wine tours, scenic tours, private charters, weddings, elopements, functions and transfers. Currently on offer are lunch tours to Vasse Felix and wine tours beginning at Wise Wines.

16. Westward Aviation Charter Services

Enjoy the memorable experience of one of a scenic flight and experience the picturesque views that the Margaret River Region can offer. ‘Scenic flight one’ takes you to Margaret River Township, across to the coast at Ellenbrook, north to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse then back to Busselton Regional Airport via Geographe Bay. ‘Scenic flight two’ takes you south to Augusta, round Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse then north to Prevelly and back to Busselton Regional Airport via Margaret River Township.

Also available are full day returns to Rottnest Island, Jandakot Airport and Albany Airport. Other destinations may be possible on request.

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Lizzy Pepper

About Lizzy Pepper

After living in Melbourne and London, Lizzy meant to have a summer in Yallingup before getting a “serious” job in Perth. Nine years on, and she loves Dunsborough too much to return to city life. Lizzy works as a marketing consultant in the tourism industry. She’s taken helicopter rides along the coast, distilled her own batch of gin and put in the hard yards tasting wines to help tell her clients stories. Whether she’s paddling her wave ski on Geographe Bay, swimming at Castle Rock Beach, brunching at a favourite café or drinking local wine on the deck, Lizzy’s always on the lookout for new tastes and experiences to share with visitors. Instagram: @lizzy.pepper.marketing / Web: lizzypepper.com

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