The wine and nature drive in the South West

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The wine and nature drive in the South West

Those looking for world-class wines and top-rated chefs travel from Perth to the Margaret River wine area to satiate their culinary preferences. If you go a little off the beaten path, you'll discover that the mild weather and abundant sunshine in the adjacent districts of Bunbury, Pemberton, and Manjimup generate some remarkable flavours.

Day 1: Perth to Harvey and Bunbury

Head to Harvey, the harvest town, for your first taste of South West cheese, wine, and fresh food. From Perth, travel the Kwinana Freeway to the Forrest Highway and exit at the Harvey exit. Alternatively, take a leisurely country drive along the South Western Highway from Mundijong. The vibrant port town of Bunbury and its award-winning wine region, the Ferguson Valley, are only a 30-minute drive from Harvey. Take a self-guided tour of Bunbury's arts, wine, and food trail and pause for lunch overlooking the vineyards and tuart forests, or dine beside Koombana Bay, which is home to over 100 bottlenose dolphins. For your overnight stay, choose from well-appointed beachfront resorts, city motels, budget-friendly chalets, caravan parks and backpackers.

Bunbury WA, Australia

Day 2: Bunbury to Margaret River

Along the Bussell Highway, hug the coastline of Geographe Bay, going via the beach villages of Busselton and Dunsborough before reaching Margaret River via Caves Road. This places you in the middle of one of Australia's most diverse wine regions and vacation destinations. Over 100 wineries, great restaurants, boutique brewers, art galleries, fresh vegetable stores, and a wide range of lodging options, including luxury retreats and private beach villas, as well as motels and camping areas, are all available.

Margaret River
Margaret River WA 6285, Australia

Day 3: Margaret River to Pemberton

To get to Pemberton, follow Caves Road south and then the Brockman and Vasse Highway, which will take you deep into karri tree country. Spend a day tasting wines from some of Western Australia's best cool-climate wineries, the ideal complement to a lunch or dinner of fresh local flavors, including Pemberton's greatest delicacy, marron.

Pemberton WA 6260, Australia

Stay overnight at a local winery, forest retreat, guesthouse or caravan park.

Day 4: Pemberton and Manjimup to Perth

You can get to Manjimup in under 30 minutes if you travel north via the Vasse Highway and the South Western Highway. You may sample the sensation that has top chefs all over the world salivating — Western Australian black truffles – as well as a few other cool climate wines. Return to Perth via Bunbury and the Forrest Highway after picking up some wine and gourmet delicacies for dinner (approximately three hours and 20 minutes).

Manjimup WA 6258, Australia

Credit: Tourism Australia and Voyager Estate

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