The Margaret River Region is a vast playground of gourmet food, wine and activities. We understand how hard it is to narrow down the choices available to you, so we’ve asked Pete to use his local knowledge to give us his rundown of a perfect summer’s day!
Wake up and experience the ultimate beachside escape at Smiths Beach Resort. Relax in spacious, stylish accommodation ideally situated in the heart of Western Australia’s Margaret River Region. Enjoy the surrounding natural beauty, the stunning stretch of white sandy beach, coastal walk trails, Lamont’s gourmet deli, café and restaurant, infinity swimming pool, tennis court and neighbouring world-class wineries.
Don’t’ have too big of a breakfast, the next activity can be quite adventurous!
Meet up with Peter from Jet Adventures for the Cape Naturaliste Wilderness Cruise at the Old Dunsborough Boat Jetty. Explore the amazing coastline of Cape Naturaliste between Dunsborough and Canal Rocks and meet the local wildlife such as dolphins, fur seals and a huge variety of birdlife.
A 2 hour trip that takes you from the Old Dunsborough Jetty, past Castle Rock, Meelup Beach, Point Picquet and more, this is a relatively gentle trip that will suit all ages, yet give you a little excitement all the same. We don’t do all the spins and tricks we do on the Thrill Ride, but there is still speed on the Cape Naturaliste Wilderness Cruise.
Looking for something a little more exciting? Peter will be running the Thrill Ride at 2pm, so you can take that into consideration as well!
Honestly the best way to experience the South West, you’ll understand why this is one of the most popular attractions of the Margaret River Region.
Enjoy lunch at some of the best local restaurants in Dunsborough. Blue Manna Bistro is an Asian fusion seafood restaurant has quickly become the dining experience you can’t miss out on. Relax under the peppermint trees with a delicious cocktail in hand at Blue Manna Bistro on Cyrillean Way in Dunsborough. This stylish restaurant is alive with the buzz of conversation as locals and visitors alike settle in to polished wood surrounds at black table settings, under the watchful eye of the resident crab adorning the wall.
Right next door to Blue Manna Bistro is Yarri. Yarri is for families and fun, or treats and date nights; it’s for Sunday sessions and quick bites; or long lunches and making memories.Experience their take on delicious modern Australian food, expertly paired with wines from Snake + Herring. Yarri cuisine is a celebration of the specialist growers and farmers, vignerons, distillers, fishermen, butchers, cheese makers; and many more people that make up our region.
When you’ve been fed and watered, its time to check out some of our world famous wineries! For boutique winery suggestions, try Windance Estate. Windance Estate is a small, family owned and operated winery in Yallingup; located in the Northern part of the Margaret River wine region. Their Cellar Door offers a relaxed, friendly environment to taste their exceptional wines, that are organic of an exceptional quality! Windance Estate is now operated by the second generation, Drew and Rosemary Brent-White planted the vines in 1998 and have handed over the reins to their daughter Billie and her husband Tyke.
Some other great boutique options are Lentedal Wines and Blind Corner. Lentedal focuses on handcrafting quality and small batches of wine while Blind Corner is organic, biodynamic and invites guests to check out their bee-hives, chickens, biodynamic veggie patch, skate ramp, and bottling line!
If you’re looking for some classic wineries with sweeping views and gorgeous wines, you can’t do better than Clairault Streicker Wines. Their seated tasting style is designed to give you an intimate and personalised wine journey, where their knowledgeable staff guide you through the range of Clairault and Streicker vintages. A bite size menu is available to accompany tastings, whilst those looking for a more substantial offering can dine in the Café. Take your tasting to the next level by joining in for a Wine Blending Masterclass, running daily at 11am. Or, find your private spot between the vines and relax with a Vineyard Picnic.
Pro-tip: Jet Adventure’s Thrill Rides run at 2pm from Dunsborough, so if you prefer a more adrenaline filled Jet Adventure’s ride, definitely book into this trip!
Not keen on more adventure? We suggest hitting up Vasse Virgin. Check out their wide range of products like soaps, skin care and natural fragrances. Who knew you could make so much with olive oil? Also remember to stop by Gabriel Chocolate for a chocolate tasting and THE best chocolate chip cookies in the world.
Head on back to Smiths Beach Resort, Yallingup. Take a bottle of wine you bought on your trip today, and the yummy goodness you would have bought at Vasse Virgin, settle in and watch the sun set over the horizon.
Little Fish is a local’s dinner haven. Spectacular views and even better food. Nestled in the Gunyulgup Valley, Yallingup, overlooking a beautiful lake, in the Margaret River Wine region and only 10 minutes drive from Dunsborough town centre, Little Fish is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and share a meal with family and friends and peruse the wonderful art in the Gungulgup Art Gallery situated next door.