From black earthy truffles to freshly caught lobster, trophy winning wines to unique freshwater marron, one thing’s for sure, you’ll eat well in Western Australia!
Sample Western Australia’s Freshest Seafood
Western Australia’s 12,000-kilometre (7,456 mile) coastline dishes up a huge selection of fresh seafood. Check out our guide to the freshest produce along Western Australia’s scenic coastline.
- Fish and chips at Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour, 20 minutes from Perth
- Sweet plump scallops grown in the waters surrounding Rottnest Island, 20km (12.4 miles) off the coast of Perth
- Sydney Rock Oysters fresh from the pristine waters of the Southern Ocean in Albany, 4.5 hours south east of Perth
- Giant Rock Lobsters in Geraldton, 450km (279.6 miles) north of Perth
- Tiger prawns, banana prawns and king prawns along the coast between Exmouth and Shark Bay
- Further north in Broome, Australia’s famous barramundi can be found everywhere, from the five-star dining options to the fish and chip shop
Margaret River combines award-winning food and wine with pristine beaches, tall-timber forests, surf breaks and ancient caves.
- Scenic three hour drive south of Perth
- More than 220 wineries and 100 cellar doors
- Winery restaurants offer everything from fine dining to casual share platters with views of bushland, rolling vineyards and the ocean
- Leeuwin Estate winery offers premium wine tastings, award-winning dining, alfresco summertime concerts, a contemporary Australian art collection, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the winemaking process
- Luxurious country house hotel – Cape Lodge, runs local farm-gate tours and onsite master classes. The seasonal menu features fresh local produce matched with local wines
- The Voyager Estate’s vine-to-table tour takes visitors through the landscape and the winemaking process
Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Each November some of the world’s best chefs come together for the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. Previous years line ups have included; Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein, Alex Atala, Tetsuya Wakuda and Matt Stone.
- More than 60 wineries, 17 restaurants and 100 producers showcase their wares at the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate
- Events over the three days include; master classes, wine tastings, Q&As with chefs and cooking demonstrations
- Tickets are available via ticketek
or packages including flights, accommodation and event tickets can be purchased through selected wholesalers
- It pays to book in advance as satellite events such as the gourmet beach BBQ and collaboration dinners sell out fast
Bush Tucker Tours
Bush Tucker tours offer an insight into Australia’s Indigenous culture which in Western Australia, dates back more than 40,000 years. Take a bushwalk and forage for native bush foods, plants and medicines whilst learning about their traditional uses. Bush Tucker tours are run by a number of Aboriginal Operators across the state. For a list of Bush Tucker tour operators check out the resource page at the end of this module.
What to expect on a Bush Tucker tour:
- Didgeridoo lessons
- Aboriginal art classes
- Bush tucker luncheon
- Personal story-telling from Aboriginal Elders
Just 20 minutes drive east of Perth is the Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region.
- Easily accessible on a self-drive, day tour or scenic Swan River Cruise from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty
- Forty wineries ranging from boutique family-run operations to international labels with vast vineyards and state-of-the-art cellar doors
- Known for Verdelho, chenin blanc, chardonnay, shiraz and cabernet varieties and for its fortified wines
- Follow the Swan Valley Food and Wine trail and indulge in fine restaurants, relaxed winery cafes, breweries and distilleries, and roadside stalls selling local produce
- Lunch at one of 70 restaurants and cafes
- Cycle the Swan Valley Heritage Trail
More Food and Wine Experiences
- Western Australia is the second largest producer of black truffles in the world. Between late May and late August visitors to Manjimup, 3.5 hours south west of Perth, can join a guided truffle hunt with the Truffle and Wine co
- Berkeley Lodge located in a remote part of the rugged Kimberley region, offers guests five-star luxury and fine dining in the outback. Days start early here with fishing trips – barra among the mangroves is a specialty. Multi- course degustation lunch and dinners feature flavours as rich as the scenery
- Continue south from the Margaret River region and you will discover the Great Southern Wine Region an area of picturesque countryside that stretches 150 kilometres (93 miles) inland from the coastal towns of Denmark and Albany. Sample cool climate wines and explore the tall timber forests, historic country towns and dramatic coastline