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Australia’s South West Food and Wine Holiday

The Margaret River region really does have it all. From world-class beaches, tall timber forests and ancient underground caves, Australia’s South West is a special part of the world. It’s also a place where visitors are spoiled for food and drink choices, with its restaurants, bars, cafes, cellar doors and breweries scattered across the region.

Take a slow, relaxing holiday with our Crikey Camper Hire 4WD and caravan or camper package. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and indulge in the wide variety of food and wine options. The Crikey package offers the convince to detach your vehicle and explore local attractions for the day before coming back to your luxurious caravan or comfortable camper at night.

Leg 1 Perth to Bunbury via Harvey ± 185 kms | 2 hours

The Big Orange, Harvey @HarveyRiverEstate

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A short one and half hour’s drive south of Perth will bring you to the harvest town of Harvey. The town is known for having some of the best beef production, citrus growing, dairy farming, and winemaking in Australia. Here you can find one of the south west’s major attractions, the Big Orange. The Big Orange is nestled on the grounds of the Harvey River Estate winery on the banks of the Harvey River. Take the 62 steps climb to a viewing platform and read about Harvey’s history inside the Big Orange. The Harvey River Estate also includes wine tasting and a gift shop at its cellar door.

For cheese enthusiasts, a trip to Ha Ve Harvey Cheese would be a very tasty and worthwhile experience as you can taste and view the range of cheeses made by this family-owned and operated business and you can also browse through all the locally and regionally sourced items on offer complement their products.

After visiting Harvey take the short drive into Bunbury. Fill your shopping trolly and support local farmers at the Bunbury Farmers Markets. In fact, over 90% of the fruit & veg you see in the Farmers Market comes directly from local WA growers. Whilst in Bunbury make sure you visit Victoria Street, Marlston Hill Waterfront, and East Bunbury near the Parade Hotel for fab food precincts.

Campsites for your On-Road Suite Caravan and Off-Road Safari Camper around Bunbury:

  • Lake Brockman Tourist Park
  • Australind Tourist Park
  • Discovery Parks Bunbury Foreshore
  • Discovery Parks Bunbury Village
  • Bunbury Glade Caravan Park

Leg 2 Bunbury to Busselton via Ferguson Valley± 105 kms | 1.5 hours

Gnomesville, Ferguson Valley @EmmaW

Located just a 15-minute drive from Bunbury, marks the entrance of the Ferguson Valley. The historic town
of Dardanup is a super cute village to stop and stretch your legs. The Dardanup Bakery is a popular place to purchase handmade meat pies, sourdough loaves and sweet pastries.

Take a drive along Ferguson Road where you’ll stumble upon Green Door Wines, a boutique family producer
with what must be one of the most picturesque cellar doors in Australia.

Just a 4 minute drive down the road is Ferguson Valley’s smallest vineyard, Ferguson Hart Estate. Browse
their eclectic art and artisan gallery then take home a bottle from this past winner of the best wine in the
Geographe Wine Region. Don’t forget to stop for a wine at Ferguson Valley’s largest and most awarded
winery, Willow Bridge Estate.

If beer is more your style, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the selection on offer from two family-owned
brewers in the Ferguson Valley. The Wild Bull Brewery offers premium locally-made beer, food, local
wines, art, and music. The former Yallingup Bush Shack Brewery has recently moved into a new home in
the Ferguson Valley. Top off the day’s adventure with their classic small-batch brews, seasonal ciders and
flavoured alcoholic beverages while enjoying fabulous food in a relaxed, family-friendly setting.

As you travel further south along the picturesque Ferguson Road, you’ll stumble upon the hidden village
of Gnomesville. What began as a single gnome curiously placed in the middle of a new roundabout, has
mushroomed into a quirky collection of thousands of garden gnomes. Just a five minutes drive from
Gnomesville is the region’s largest accessible tree, the King Jarrah Tree. This towering tree is believed to be
the oldest in Wellington National Park, estimated to be between 300 and 500 years old. Continue your drive
further south until you reach your destination at Busselton.

Campsites for On-Road Suite Caravan and Off-Road Safari Camper around Busselton:

  • RAC Busselton Holiday Park
  • Busselton Jetty Tourist Park
  • BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks – Busselto
  • Discovery Parks – Busselton

Leg 3 Busselton to Dunsborough± 26 kms | 25 mins

Sugarloaf Rock, Leewin Naturaliste National Park @TourismWA

There is an abundance of things to do in Busselton and Dunsborough. We recommend taking a day or two to relax, unwind, explore, and experience all the amazing things that are on offer around these coastal towns.

Busselton is most famously known for its heritage-listed wooden jetty. The Busselton Jetty extends nearly two
kilometres over the protected waters of Geographe Bay. You can walk or catch the solar-powered jetty train to the end of the jetty and visit the Underwater Observatory.

Untouched natural wonders are located within the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park in Dunsborough. Witness and admire the uniquely shaped Sugarloaf Rock. The rock’s lookout point is also a popular place to spot Humpback and Southern Right whales, dolphins, and sea birds. Spend a little more time and walk on the Cape-to-Cape Track towards the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, which is only three kilometres away. The trail is a Class 2 trail that provides an exceptional experience to walkers of all abilities.

Cool off at either Bunker Bay, Eagle Bay Beach or Meelup Beach sheltered from ocean swells by Cape Naturaliste.

Enjoy the sweeping views and delicious food, wine, and beer at the Eagle Bay Brewing Co or book a table at the
Meelup Farmhouse host to beautiful grounds and a walking track directly to Meelup Beach from the backyard.

Campsites for your On-Road Suite Caravan and Off-Road Safari Camper around Dunsborough:

  • Southern Stars Holiday Park
  • Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Caves
  • Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Beach

Leg 4 Dunsborough to Margaret River± 49 kms | 22 mins

Koomal Dreaming, Ngilgi Cave @TourismWA

On your trip towards Margaret River stop by at Yallingup and explore the most well-known cave in the Margaret River region, Ngilgi Cave. Take a 2.5-hour tour with Josh from Koomal Dreaming Cape Cultural
Experiences into Ngilgi Cave and be mesmerised by a live didgeridoo performance, storytelling, and traditional fire-making.

Explore the gardens at Caves House before taking a refreshing swim at the Injidup Natural Spa. Injidip Natural Spa is a natural spa where the surrounding rocks shelter this little inlet from the crazy waves. The best part is on a good day, when the surf is blasting through a little wedge you can sit just below and enjoy a natural massage.Who needs a physio when you can get a massage from mother nature?!

Between Yallingup and Margaret River, there is another gorgeous pocket called Wilyabrup. Take a hike from Moses Rock carpark, heading north. The walk can indeed lead all the way to Quinninup Falls. It’s a 4
kilometre return hike over rocky paths and down a steep sand dune but it’s worth the trek. It is also a place
of cultural significance to the Wadandi people, so it’s important to be very respectful of the area.

Take a drive along Caves Road. There are many different wineries scattered along the iconic road, most offer a small selection of food and a paid wine tasting experience. Some of the well-known wineries on the road from Yallingup to Margret River include Windance Estate Wines, Swings and Roundabouts, Windows Estate,
Driftwood Estate, Amelia Park, Moss Wood, Vasse Felix and many, many more!

Just a short drive away from Vasse Felix winery is the famous Margaret River Chocolate Factory. Stop by for a quick visit to sample some chocolate and buy some for later. There is a viewing window to watch them make the chocolate too.

Campsites for On-Road Suite Caravan and Off-Road Safari Camper around Margaret

  • Jarvis Estate Winery and Camping
  • Spring Waters Estate
  • Olive Hill Farm RV Campground
  • RAC Margaret River Nature Park
  • Big Valley Campsite

Leg 5 Explore Margaret River

Margaret River Farmers’ Markets @TourismWA

Margaret River is a popular holiday destination; we recommend staying here for a minimum of three days to get the most out of what the region has to offer.

If it’s a Saturday, there’s only one place to be: exploring the produce stalls at Margaret River township’s
farmers markets. Arrive early (locals get there before 10am) to buy sweet, juicy apples, snap-fresh
watercress, earthy garlic and organic potatoes all pulled from the dirt or plucked from the tree that morning.

Spend an hour or two wandering down the main street, stopping in at providores, boutiques and cafés and
consider treating yourself at Millers Ice Cream shop, which uses milk produced on a nearby farm.

Continue your journey to the famous Margaret River Wine Region. Sample world-renowned wines then
indulge in gourmet food. The Margaret River wine region only accounts for about three per cent of Australia’s
wine production but is responsible for 20 per cent of its premium output, so visiting some of its standout
wineries is a must. Wineries you might consider visiting include Voyager Estate, Leeuwin Estate, Stella Bella Wines or Cape Mentelle.

If you enjoyed exploring the Ngilgi Cave at Yallingup, you can discover more beautiful and fascinating caves in Margret River. There’s a choice of a self-guided tour at Mammoth Cave and guided tours at Lake Cave and Jewel Cave. If you’re looking for an adventure or a challenge, explore Calgardup Cave, Giants Cave or
Moondyne Cave. During these more challenging tours, you are provided with basic equipment, including
helmets, headlamps, and torches.

After a big day exploring, consider relaxing, dining at the Elkamo Bar and Grill. The restaurant showcases a
selection of ‘lounge food’ that is sourced from the best of Margaret River’s local producers.

To finish off your day relax under the stars at Margaret River’s acclaimed outdoor cinema Movies at Cape
Mentelle. The outdoor cinema runs right through the summer months offering something for everyone.

Leg 6 Margaret River to Perth via Donnybrook± 309 kms |3.5 hours

Oakway Cellar Door Cafe @OakwayEstate

On your way back to Perth from Margaret River, consider stopping by at the small town of Donnybrook.

Donnybrook is considered the apple capital of the west and has many apple and stone fruit orchards, with
the first Granny Smith apple tree planted in Donnybrook in 1900. Apples are harvested between March and May, and visitors can go fruit picking throughout the year.

Donnybrook also produces excellent wine, cider, and fruit wine, making it an important part of the Geographe Wine Region. You can sample the local’s wines at Oakway Estate, Barton Jones Wines, or Barrecas Winery. Oakway offer a delicious lunch, while Barton Jones is in a beautiful straw bale cellar door,
which is run by solar.

Return your 4WD, luxury carvan or safrai camper tralier back at our Crikey Camper Hire Perth depot.

We hope you had a nice trip exploring all the spectacular attractions the South West has to offer. Feel free to
use this itinerary as inspiration If you wish to travel in reverse. If you are interested in exploring more of what
Western Australia has to offer, have a look at our other itineraries, click here.

If you share any of photos of this trip on social media, make sure to use our hashtag: #mycrikeyholiday

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