I’m receiving sooooo many enquiries at the moment as to whether Margaret River and Western Australia have been affected by the devastating bushfires that have occurred in East Coast Australia. I’ve even had three cancellations in the last week.
I totally understand why people are cancelling if they have extended trips planned to various bushfire affected locations.
But the maps of fire that were shared internationally on social and the media outlets looked like the entire country was on fire. And that unfortunately seems to be the impression some of the International travellers have.
Yep the fires are unprecedented in scale and the biggest fires we have seen in our lifetime. A genuine catastrophe for the people and environment affected, but I think it’s important for people to understand Australia is a huuuuuuuge country and the vast majority of it was unaffected by fire. Most of the iconic tourism destinations are totally fine.
Margaret River and Western Australia particularly fine 👍.
Pleeeeease don’t cancel. That’s not what Australia needs right now. Australia is very much open for business!
Back in 2011 Margaret River region was impacted by bushfire. Houses burning down everywhere. A disaster for the Margaret River region that had a devastating impact on our community.
As a volunteer firefighter I remember it vividly. Two days of out of control bushfire with more than a few terrifying moments. I recall standing on Wallcliffe Rd as a wall of flames roared straight past me. There was nothing we could do to stop it. I remember seeing the flames move faster than the kangaroos could jump to escape. A genuine horror show.
It took a while for the community to recover, but I was amazed by the resilience of the people that were directly affected. And I was even more impressed with the community support we received from across Australia.
We haven’t forgotten the support we received and how important it was to rebuilding our community.
And now during one of the worst bushfire seasons for East Coast Australia we want to repay our appreciation and show our support for those small communities. And we want them all to know that things do get better. The landscape will look great again and your communities will rebuild 👍
That was a long intro in saying, we’ve been working with a bunch of mates the past few weeks on pulling this one together as a FIRE BREAK FUNDRAISER.
The bid site is live and I’m asking you to share this one far and wide to reach a large bid audience. Please share the message.
Four mates, four small business owners and leaders in their fields have joined forces, offering an exclusive luxury getaway to the magnificent Margaret River region with proceeds to be donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Fire Break is a one-time only online auction that will see bidders vying for a chance at a luxury two night stay in stunning beachside accommodation, The Roozen Residence; a world-class private tour of the region with highly awarded Margaret River Discovery Tours; a private dinner presented by celebrated chef Tony Howell and one of the region’s most exciting alternate winemakers, Amato Vino. To complete the experience the winning bidder can expect a special delivery of wine by Amato Vino on returning home.
Bidding starts on Friday January 24 and closes at 6pm Saturday February 1st. The highest bidder will be announced on Sunday February 2nd. Please bid generously.
Link to online auction – https://app.galabid.com/firebreak/items
Margaret River Discovery Tours
Sean Blocksidge is the owner operator of the Margaret River Discovery Company, an avid photographer, blogger and South West WA ambassador. In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been rated the #1 thing to do in Australia on the Tripadvisor website for the past two years.