Fraser Gallop Taste of the Vineyard Experience

10 New Autumn Experiences

Here's 10 new autumn experiences you need to try from tours, eateries and attractions.

There’s plenty to discover in the Margaret River Region at this time of year, and it’s not just roaring surf and autumn leaves turning crimson and gold.

Immersive new food and wine experiences, fantastic foodie venues, and an historic venue brought back to life are just some of the goodies on offer.

Fraser Gallop Estate Taste of the Vineyard Experience
Head out on a new wine tasting experience with Fraser Gallop Estate.

Tours & Autumn Experiences

A Taste of the Vineyard

Fraser Gallop Estate’s new immersive wine experience takes you on a delightful tour of the winery, vineyard and manicured gardens. Hop aboard the EV golf buggy to learn about Wilyabrup’s excellent terroir and taste wines in truly beautiful settings, admiring the grand Palladian architecture of Gallop Hall from afar. Runs Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.20am – 12pm. Bookings essential.

Go back to your roots

Forage Safaris brand new food and farm tours take you on a back roads foodie trip to meet salt of the earth farmers and small producers. Explore pretty countryside, wide open fields, forest and rivers as you tour around Augusta, Nannup, Balingup, Donnybrook, Bridgetown, Karridale or the Ferguson Valley. Eat your way through the freshest produce and most delectable picnics. Choose from a full or half day tour, or a sunset picnic during the warmer months.

Indulge in a flawless day out

Margaret River Star Class Tours just launched, and we love the sound of both their Indulgence Tour and Family Daycation. The Indulgence is an intimate (max 8 guests) jaunt with expert commentary, a tutored wine tasting and three course lunch at Vasse Felix and other luxe inclusions. Family Daycation is a wine tour with a twist; think karaoke and movies in the mini-bus, wineries with amazing playgrounds and the flexibility to visit an animal farm, ice cream or chocolate factory (max 13 guests).

Thirteen Espresso Fat Duck Cycles Busselton
Thirteen Espresso cranks out some epic bikes and brews.

New Eateries

Side Street Project Dunsborough

When Covid-19 scuppered international travel plans, three housemates opened this epic lunch bar in Dunsborough’s light industrial area. Chef Isaac (ex Yarri, Gordon Street Garage) has a rotating menu of casual fine feeds such as the pork katsu sando, vegan rice noodle salad or signature fried chicken. The aroma is incredible; it might be a house-made chutney simmering away or bread fresh out of the oven for their famous fancy ham sanga (the ham is house-cured, too). Open Tuesday to Saturday for breakfast and lunch.

Local Dunsborough

True to its name, Local is a stylish café bringing together some of the south west’s finest produce. Grab a Goanna Café take home dinner, Cambray and Yallingup cheeses, locally made condiments, dips and and Simmos Ice Cream and Gelato Buonissimo. There’s also toasted bagels, decadent cupcakes and excellent coffee. All within cooee of the beach and right opposite a playground.

Margaret River Tuck Shop

Don’t be deceived by the name; the old greasy spoon on Margie’s main strip has had a [seriously delicious] makeover. The food is simple and superb, from wood fire pizza with fiore de latte to middle eastern salads, scallops cooked to perfection or kangaroo with native plum. We can’t wait for spring and summer when the beer garden will come into its own. Open for dinner five nights a week, and brekkie/brunch on weekends.

Thirteen Espresso and Fat Duck Cycles Busselton

Fat Duck Cycles has moved down Prince Street to bigger, better premises and gained a groovy new coffee shop, Thirteen Espresso. Fat Duck Cycles has always been the athlete’s choice for a bike service, new speedos or Pedal Mafia gear. Thirteen Espresso cranks out some epic brews, as well as snacks ranging from saintly smashed avo and smoothie bowls to wicked donut-topped shakes and chocolate croissants.

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay Lures Chef Kiren Mainwaring

Originally from Wales and prestigious restaurants in the UK and France, a love of travel drew chef Kiren Mainwaring to Perth in 2001. He bought the multi-award winning Dear Friends in the Swan Valley, followed by Co-Op Dining in East Perth where he continued to garner acclaim. Lured by the beautiful south west, Kiren now heads Pullman Resort’s kitchen, dishing up Leeuwin Coast oysters, Margaret River venison, and Capel marron, alongside pastry chef Romain Lassiaille who creates the resort’s famous desserts.

Golf Gardens Metricup
Golf Gardens is a great autumn experience for the whole family.

New [and Renewed] Attractions

Wonnerup House has reopened after extensive restoration works, and a comprehensive interpretation of this important site is being planned for roll out over the next few years. Nestled between forest and wetlands just ten minutes from Busselton, George Layman first built a rough hut for his family on the site in 1837 before a series of tragedies struck. George Layman Jr and his wife Amelia built the limestone house you see now, followed by the one room, one teacher school across the track. Once you’ve wandered the National Trust listed property, take a walk through the Malbup bird hide overlooking the wetlands.

Golf Gardens is a delightful find the whole family will love, with Big Ball Golf and Supa Putt set amongst beautiful gardens and stands of established native trees. Big Ball Golf is easy with larger-than-regulation balls, and the Supa Putt is 18-hole mini golf with a few extra challenges. Formerly ‘Chilli Waters’, Golf Garden’s new owners are welcoming and have an exciting addition planned for summer. Come for the golf, stay for pizzas, coffee and cake on the deck.