No visit to Australia's South West is complete without indulging in delectable fresh and locally prepared cuisine. Combine this with a glass of the region's world renowned wine for a unique and memorable gourmet experience.
Australia’s South West has an abundance of fresh produce and one of the pleasures of the area is discovering freshly picked fruit, vegetables or berries for sale at the farm gate. Tantalise your tastebuds with these and other regional delicacies such as freshly farmed marron or even trout. Australia's first mainland truffles have been grown in the Manjimup region and are a rare delight to savour in season.
The fresh harvest lifestyle has lured a number of award winning chefs to the region and visitors will never be short of choice when it comes to finding a restaurant or café in which to savour the local taste. Eating out can be in top class intimate restaurants or relaxed and tranquil outdoor settings, with many wineries offering fine dining experiences.
Visitors can top it all off with smooth and decadent locally produced chocolates, as well as cheeses, boutique beer and cider.
Sharing a bottle of fine wine in the natural surroundings that produced it is a rare pleasure, and Australia's South West offers many such experiences. The warm Mediterranean climate and rich fertile soils combine to provide an exceptional environment for growing vines. The range and quality of wines that are carefully crafted in the region is extensive, and visitors from far and wide regularly note it as a highlight that they are able to stop on their travels for a tasting or two at many outstanding wineries.
Australia’s South West produces some 26% of Australia's premium wine, yet only about 5% of total wine production. The Margaret River Wine Region is one of the best known. The area is also home to the unique Pemberton, Manjimup, Geographe, Blackwood Valley and Great Southern wine regions. A variety of wine styles and blends are produced here, from complex cool-climate cabernets to elegant dry chardonnays.
Click the links below to explore the wine regions of Australia's South West.