GET­TING THERE AND AROUND

Epicure - - TRAVEL FEATURE -

• GO IN STYLE

• HAR­VEST TOURS

Any­one seek­ing to get their bear­ings on the re­gion can opt for the Pre­mium Wine and Food Lovers Tour (Aud155/adult). It in­cludes up to five cel­lar doors, a three-course lunch and a brew­ery to end. har­vest­tours.com.au

STAY AT • CAPE LODGE 3341 Caves Road, Yallingup WA 6282, Aus­tralia. Tel: +61 8 9755 6311

• SMITHS BEACH RE­SORT

This beach­front re­sort is known for its sprawl­ing Ocean View Vil­las which comes with an un­ri­valled view of Yallinup’s stun­ning coast­lines. Wake up to the cerulean wa­ters, with a chance of sight­ing dol­phins at the ter­race. For lunch and din­ner, or­der in from or head to La­mont’s for their grilled spatch­cock (AUD36) and pavlova with poached berries (AUD$16.50). 67 Smiths Beach Road, Yallingup WA 6282, Aus­tralia.

Tel: +61 8 9750 1200 FROM WESTERN AUS­TRALIA, WITH LOVE

With a strong em­pha­sis on sus­tain­able and or­ganic prac­tices, it is no sur­prise to many that Western Aus­tralia – where Mar­garet River re­sides – is teem­ing with splen­did pro­duce. Here are our picks of the re­gion’s best sou­venirs, be it for your­self or loved ones.

• POST­CODE HONEY

Api­arist John Fa­herty is on a mis­sion: to have a hive in ev­ery post­code in and around Perth. Each bot­tle of­fers a unique flavour and colour, cour­tesy of the sea­sons and flo­ral pop­u­la­tion in the area. 6020 from North beach of­fers a salty fin­ish, 6525 in east Don­gara has an earthy palate, to name a few. post­code­honey.com.au

• MAR­GARET RIVER DAIRY COM­PANY

Make room in your carry-on for the Black La­bel Dou­ble Cream Camem­bert. Made with ex­tra cream, it has an ad­dic­tively but­tery tex­ture and ro­bust, mush­room over­tones. Great on its own or with a glass of the re­gion’s Chardon­nay. There’s also hand­crafted ched­dars in a va­ri­ety of flavours; the sweet, port-in­fused ched­dar is a favourite. 8063 Bus­sell Hwy, Met­ricup WA 6280, Aus­tralia. Tel: +61 8 9750 6600

• GABRIEL CHOCO­LATE

The seem­ingly sim­ple pack­ag­ing hides a de­li­cious se­cret – sin­gle-ori­gin choco­late bars. The re­gion’s first bean-to-bar choco­latier, Gabriel My­burgh, is known for us­ing the nat­u­ral flavours of ca­cao bean va­ri­eties in his range of dark, milk and white choco­late bars. Lot 14, 3220 Caves Road, Yallingup 6282, Aus­tralia. Tel: +61 8 9756 6689

• BET­TE­NAY’S MAR­GARET RIVER NOUGAT

COM­PANY

The fam­ily-owned busi­ness hand­crafts soft, French-style nougat only in small batches. The creamy, rich tex­ture is the re­sult of a se­cret fam­ily recipe. We rec­om­mend the Rum & Raisin Nougat, which uses Aus­tralian bar­rel-aged rum, vine-dried raisins, toasted al­monds from the south and lo­cal honey. 584 Mi­amup Road, Cowaramup Western Aus­tralia 6284, Aus­tralia. Tel: +61 8 97 555 539

• VASSE VIR­GIN

Cer­ti­fied cru­elty-free, Vasse Vir­gin of­fers an ex­pan­sive range of hand­made, all-nat­u­ral skin and body care. High­lights in­clude the Le­mon Myr­tle Body Scrub, which leaves skin soft, sup­ple and scented with es­sen­tial oils made of Aus­tralian le­mon myr­tle and laven­der, ex­tra vir­gin olive oil­based lo­tions. 2 Rosa Brook Road, Mar­garet River WA 6285, Aus­tralia. Tel: +61 8 9757 2999

Jet Ad­ven­tures has cus­tomised a boat solely for whale watch­ing in the vast in­dian Ocean. At Arimia Es­tate, owner and farmer Ann Spencer (right) and chef Evan Hayter (left) can of­ten be found feed­ing the rain­bow trout at the es­tate’s lake with Spencer’s pet dog, Biss. Get­ting up close and per­sonal with a hump­back whale The three-hour drive to-and-fro Perth is a breeze with lux­ury trans­port ser­vice, Go in Style, es­pe­cially when you’ve got ami­able owner, Peter Nor­ris at the wheel. He is also avail­able for per­son­alised day tours, bring­ing guests to the many winer­ies, res­tau­rants and must-dos (like horse rid­ing) in Mar­garet River. Price upon re­quest. goin­style.com.au For a quiet night’s rest, choose the ca­pa­cious Lake­side Room. A ter­race floats above the brook and is sur­rounded by over­ar­ch­ing trees. Or­der in break­fast – it’s the per­fect spot. Over at the restau­rant, chef Tony How­ell presents the best of lo­cal and es­tate-grown pro­duce. The Har­vey Beef Fil­let (AUD46) with café de Paris but­ter is a must-have. Mar­garet River Dairy Com­pany

Smiths Beach Re­sort

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