South West Cruises

Star 4.8 (12 Google reviews)
South West Cruises introduces a new way to dine in the South West with its Taste of the Bays Cruise. Find out more here or visit their website for full details.

South West Cruises

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Wednesday to Sunday afternoon / early evenings, from October 2022 to April 2023.
Cruises depart from Quindalup (near Dunsborough) mid-afternoon, returning after sunset. Complimentary return coach transfers from major accommodation locations is included.
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NEW to Australia's South West, Taste of the Bays is a deluxe dining experience on the water. Step on board South West Cruises’ 60ft pleasure boat to witness scenery of the region’s most iconic bays, beaches and landmarks, finishing with a golden sunset. Indulge in a 7-course progressive dinner of seafood and local produce, prepared by a private chef on deck. The gourmet menu is paired with premium Margaret River wines, boutique beers and more, all fully inclusive. Return courtesy coach transfers from local towns provided. This half-day afternoon and sunset cruise operates in Dunsborough from January to April 2022.
South West Cruises presents an exciting new foodie experience showcasing the beautiful flavours and scenery of the iconic Margaret River region.

‘Taste of the Bays’ is an all-inclusive, 7-course progressive dinner, floating on a 60-ft charter boat on calm blue waters of Dunsborough’s Geographe Bay. The cruise blends the region’s breathtaking scenery with its exquisite seafood, fresh produce and fine wines, all in one deluxe experience – the only one of its kind in Australia.

The afternoon and sunset voyage takes in famous bays, beaches and landmarks of the region, with freshly prepared courses served along the way. From an exclusive setting on water, witness spectacular scenery of locations like Old Dunsborough, Curtis Bay, Castle Rock, Meelup Beach, Point Picquet, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay – giving you a perspective of Australia’s South West coastline that is rarely seen.

Sip on a cocktail, followed by premium local wines and boutique beers, all served complimentary throughout the 3.5-to-4-hour journey. Indulge in a divine degustation feast, crafted by a private onboard chef. Reflecting the best of the region, the gourmet menu features delicious WA seafood and local ingredients the South West is renowned for. Each course is accompanied by winemaker-paired wines from Howard Park, Margaret River.

On the menu, sourced from local producers, are Albany Rock Oysters, South West Blue Manna Crab, line-caught local fish, West Australian Sea Scallops, Manjimup Marron, Southern Forests Black Truffle, Margaret River cured meats, Yallingup cheeses and woodfired breads, Cowaramup olives, Margaret River nougat and chocolate, and more.

While anchored in a pristine bay, you can swim, snorkel or relax on float mats, or simply unwind on board, taking in magical views. As you wine and dine, expect to be mesmerised by a blissful golden sky. Watch the sun set over the tree-covered ridge of Cape Naturaliste from the most breathtaking vantage point there is, floating on water.

Authentically West Australian,  The cruise is a fully-inclusive experience, with courtesy coach transfers from local towns provided. Price from $279.

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Star 4.8 (12 Google reviews)
Murray Lynch 25 January 2022

This whole experience was brilliant. Super friendly crew and amazing chefs cooking on deck, serving 7 courses of fresh seafood and produce from the local area. The menu was delicious - my wife and I loved every course - we couldn't fault it. The dishes were each served with great wines from Howard Park. Other drinks were available as well - I enjoyed the Colonial beers and we were served a gin cocktail when we boarded. Everything was included in the ticket price. The views from the boat were amazing to see and we jumped in for a swim in one of the bays. It was like living our best life on this cruise! It was an afternoon of pure enjoyment and a great way to see the coastline of the region during our stay down south. Highly recommend this!

Lauren Heitman 25 February 2022

Wow, what an incredible experience! From the minute we stepped onto the boat, the crew were friendly, attentive & welcoming. This cruise really showcases delicious, locally sourced produce; freshly prepared and cooked on the boat, which we were so lucky to enjoy in such magnificent surroundings. Expertly paired with premium Howard park wines, drinks were free flowing and the perfect accompaniment to an exquisite 7 course meal! We enjoyed a swim in the crystal clear waters of Eagle Bay & a glass of wine while relaxing on the float mat at the back of the boat in between courses. We absolutely loved our experience with South West Cruises and would highly recommend it as a must-do in the Southwest!

Richard Bentley 24 February 2022

Wow where to start, a ride on the “fat punt” to get us to the cruise boat some 150m off shore(didn’t even get my feet wet) greeted on boat by the skipper and crew who were very attentive through the experience, couldn’t ask for a better team to run this experience. It started with a gin cocktail then we steamed to Eagle Bay while enjoying oysters and sparkling, a long jump of the fly bridge and a swim with drink in hand and floating on a giant foam mat at the rear of the boat. We were asked to come back to the boat to find linen table clothes and silver service for the group. We then worked our way through the six remaining courses matched to wines from Howard Park. Watched the sun set and enjoyed the company of the crew and customers alike. Lovely time which couldn’t be faulted. Thanks for helping us make our birthdays memorable. The bus dropped us off at our accommodation at the end of a day to remember thanks again and we will be back next year!!

Carol Beard 15 March 2022

Such a great afternoon with a wonderful friendly and knowledgeable crew and fun loving group of people. The food was outstanding and wine collection just superb. Totally recommend this tour. Dont forget your bathers..

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