Some of Australia’s finest beaches, Indian Ocean sunsets, the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, world-class wineries, pink lakes, gourmet produce, quokkas and camel riding… what more could you ask for from an escape? The incredibly diverse Western Australia offers all of this and much more.
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This diverse region is a goldmine of fresh produce, including sought-after black truffles, fresh seafood and world-class wines. Seek out restaurants, wineries and lodges that make locally-sourced ingredients the hero of every dish.
Wildflower, Perth: Ascend to the rooftop of COMO The Treasury in Perth for contemporary cuisine with city views at Wildflower. Its farmer and forager-driven menus are inspired by the indigenous ethos of six seasons, resulting in dishes such as raw shark bay scallops with watermelon radish, beach banana, Geraldton wax dressing and frozen ginger juice and wood grilled Arkady lamb with garlic emulsion, turnips, saltbush and eucalyptus.
Millbrook Winery, Jarrahdale: The menu at the award-winning Millbrook Winery is informed by availability from its 90-year-old orchard and heirloom vegetable garden, with a ‘no waste’ policy that sees guests sharing dishes crafted with ingredients leftover from the weekend service every Monday. The winter menu includes dishes such as orange jam with crumbed duck hearts and pickled fennel and pumpkin and ricotta tortellini with rainbow chard and parmesan, paired with complementary Millbrook drops.
Cullen, Margaret River: Amidst the vines and peppermint trees sits the restaurant of Cullen, a winery in the celebrated Margaret River region. From its humble beginnings when the family served up cheese platters, pastries and soups with its wines in the 1970s, today the winery offers two-chef-hatted cuisine, using fruits, herbs and vegetables sourced from the on-site biodynamic garden.
Upper Reach Winery, Swan Valley: At Upper Reach Winery, you’ll get a real understanding of what it’s like to grow grapes and make wine. Stroll through the vineyard, discovering grape varieties that make the Swan Valley special. Start or finish your tour with an a la carte breakfast or a leisurely lunch overlooking the vineyard
Want to experience Upper Reach Winery for yourself? Purchase a WA Luxury Escapes holiday package and book a winery tour with breakfast or a two-course lunch at check out.
With more than 200 vineyards, Western Australia is one of the nation’s largest wine regions, producing more than 25 of Australia’s premium wine including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc – with 15 of its finest premium wine produced in the Margaret River region.
Moss Wood: Moss Wood in Wilyabrup is one of the founding estates of the Margaret River region and dates back to 1969. Today, the winery produces varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Semillon and Merlot.
Si Vintners: Head to Si Vinters in Rosa Glen for pure wine free from pesticides, fungicides or chemicals.
Ashbrook Estate: The family-owned Ashbrook Estate has been so for more than 40 years, with all bottling and packaging done on-site to maintain the quality of the wine produced with grapes grown and handpicked on the estate.
There’s also gin: If you’re looking for a little wine hiatus, the Giniversity at the Margaret River Distilling Company is a must not miss for the gin buffs out there. You’ll learn the artistic flare behind the art of distilling with a hands-on distilling experience that’ll teach you about balance, precision and measurement – and of course, taste.
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Hyatt Regency Perth: Superb location and timeless luxury cross paths at Hyatt Regency Perth, situated on the banks of the beautiful Swan River. Experience a stylish weekend stay adorned in high-end service as you discover the laid-back city lifestyle of Perth with stunning beaches, rooftop bars, top-notch restaurants and Australia’s premium wine region at your fingertips.
The Colony @ Mandoon Estate: Escape the bustle of the city and find an oasis in Western Australia’s enchanting wine country, boasting award-winning wines, an abundance of local produce, striking natural beauty and decades of local history.
Fusing lavish luxury, old vines and fine wines, Mandoon Estate sits on the banks of the Swan River and the recently-opened The Colony is its newest five-star addition.
Sage Hotel West Perth: It’s the hottest boutique hotel in town and it seamlessly blends heritage charm with bold architecture to create an unforgettable boutique stay adorned with contemporary amenities. The chic brick and timber-adorned Sage Hotel West Perth takes its 1900’s heritage and combines it with trendy touches, creating an urban oasis ideally located in fashionable West Perth, only 10 minutes from the heart of the city.
Treat yourself to intimate lodge luxury in some of the country’s most spectacular countryside and coastal spots.
Cape Lodge: One of the finest spots to enjoy the bounty of the state is Cape Lodge, a private country house hotel with a restaurant and vineyard in the heart of Margaret River wine country, Western Australia. Part of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, this private-country-estate-come-boutique-hotel is a veritable paradise for lovers of fine wine and gastronomy, and is home to one of Western Australia’s most coveted dining experiences.
The Berkeley River Lodge: The Kimberley region in Western Australia is one of the most secluded and unspoiled parts of the world and The Berkeley River Lodge makes this otherwise inaccessible area accessible, without compromising on luxury. The resort offers unparalleled luxury indulgence, nestled between the beautiful Berkeley River and the breathtaking Timor Sea and is comprised of just 20 stunningly appointed villas.
El Questro Homestead: El Questro is one of Australia’s most exclusive luxury wilderness properties, with only nine rooms – accommodating a maximum of 18 guests at a time – for a fully immersive, one-of-a-kind Kimberley experience. Take a dip in the resort’s stunning cliff-edge swimming pool, play a game on the private tennis court, discover a small number of boats located in various waterholes around the property or fix yourself a tipple at the all-inclusive self-service bar.
From kangaroos to crocs and quokkas to dolphins, you’ll see some of Australia’s most incredible wildlife in WA, which covers over a third of the Australian continent.
Rottnest Island: Ok, so technically you shouldn’t play with the quokkas but they’re certainly happy to pose for selfies. Head to Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth to acquaint yourself with these wallaby-like critters and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind Rottnest experience? Purchase a WA Luxury Escapes holiday package and book a Rottnest cruise and wild seafood experience when you check out.
Cable Beach: One of the most iconic images of Western Australia tourism is camel-riding on the pristine Cable Beach, Broome, on the north-western coast. Set off at sunset for the most memorable of experiences.
Margaret River: Head to Hamelin Bay to see incredible stingrays bathing in the shallow crystalline waters. These tame creatures aren’t afraid to come right up to shore in search of a fishy snack, meaning visitors are rewarded with some spectacular sights.
Or explore by foot: Much of the natural beauty of the Margaret River can be explored by foot. The famed multi-day Cape to Cape Track is the longest walk – sitting at 140km – taking five or six days end to end, with the spectacular landscape, pristine beaches and uninterrupted coastal views making it all worth it. The track rates easy to moderate depending on the particular section and boasts some striking sights along the way. Don’t miss the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse where visitors are rewarded with 360-degree views of the glistening Indian Ocean and the surrounded capes.
From the laneways of Perth and the charming furry locals of Rottnest Island to the world-famous sunsets of Broome’s Cable Beach – Luxury Escapes takes you on a journey of wonders through Western Australia! Take a peek with our Destination Spotlight video:
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