Wine re­gion takes tourism to the sky

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - De­clan Bush

A new tourism ven­ture will fly tourists on one-day re­turn trips from the Swan River to Mar­garet River for winery tours and sight­see­ing.

Tour op­er­a­tor Swan River Sea­planes will fly groups of 12 tourists at low al­ti­tude over the WA coast, land­ing at Mar­garet River airstrip in a trial of the business ex­pected to be re­viewed mid- year. Top Drop Tours owner Chris O’Hare will run the tours, say­ing the ven­ture adds to Mar­garet River’s tourism ap­peal.

“We think it’s just go­ing to tick a lot of boxes for a lot of peo­ple,” he said.

“It’s about show­cas­ing Mar­garet River at its best, not at its most.”

Mr O’Hare said the flights would show tourists El­iz­a­beth Quay, Kings Park, Su­gar­loaf Rock, and Cape Nat­u­ral­iste. Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett at­tended the first take-off in Perth on Mon­day and said it added to Perth’s grow­ing list of attractions.

“For those who are time-poor or just want to ex­pe­ri­ence a bit of lux­ury . . . Swan River Sea­planes is a unique of­fer­ing that I’m sure will prove very pop­u­lar,” he said.

Tick­ets for the tours cost $795 a per­son, with wine tours and lunch in­cluded.

Pic­ture: De­clan Bush

Top Drop Tours own­ers Chris and Kerry O'Hare with pi­lot Mel Taylor, South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty, and Swan River Sea­planes owner Troy Thomas.

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