So the fact you just googled words like ‘margaret river adventure tours’ and found this page, tells me you are thinking different to the herd. And looking for an experience that’s different to the standard Margaret River winery tour.
Usually the number one reason for visiting the Margaret River region is the wine. So it makes sense to learn about and taste some of the oustanding local wine while you are in the region.
But you really need to think about what that actually means. If you stand in the Margaret River Visitor Centre and watch how the ‘herd’ behaves you’ll see them stand in front of the brochure rack and choosing the tour with the ‘most number of Margaret River wineries’ with the ‘most number of ‘free’ wine tastings.’
Sadly the vast majority of visitors to the region have mediocre experiences and don’t really get to fully experience the real Margaret River.
Frustratingly, most people seem to be lacking a sense of adventure and missing the best bits of the region – the actual Margaret River or the iconic Cape to Cape Track. And yes, this can and should all be experienced as part of your Margaret River wine and adventure experience.
My advice is don’t follow the herd. Think differently.
Add a bit of action and adventure and exploration in your day!
You’ll start the day with a canoe trip down a stunning section of the Margaret River. Its a leisurely paddle on one of the most beautiful sections of the local river system.
I promise you wont get dirty; you wont get wet and you definitely wont fall in. I’ve been doing this for 8 years and NO ONE has ever got wet or dirty or fallen in.
I had Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear on tour one day and he described it as “Luxury Canoeing”.
Invariably the people who didn’t want to go canoeing are the ones who love it the most. They didn’t realise they would be floating down a mirror flat section of the Margaret River, watching wildlife and surrounded by towering trees. It’s usually one of the highlights of the day. And if you really really really don’t wont to do it then you can just opt out of that experience and take a short walk along the river.
Yep there will be wine. Plenty of it and premium stuff. We’ll visit one winery and do it well. Ridiculously well. And that’s the big difference in how we operate. We do a few things and do them well instead of rushing through the day.
Our Discovery Tour lunch will include a behind the scenes experience at emerging superstar winery-Fraser Gallop Estate. This is the hottest winery down here at the moment. Winning a mind boggling number of awards and accolades in recent years and arguably the best value winery in the region. Their Cabernet Sauvignon has previously won best Cabernet in the world and the current release just scored a massive 97-points from Australian wine guru James Halliday.
Earlier in the day we’ll also pick up a bit on the Aboriginal and European history of the region with a visit to waterhole/waterfall and have a local honey tasting. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the outdoors and get a few special pictures for the camera.
It’s a day filled with highlights and we like to finish on a super high highlight with a 4WD adventure to link up with the most spectacular section of the legendary Cape to Cape walking trail. I’ll get you onto my favourite part and go for a short walk along the coast to discover the remote Wilyabrup Cliffs. This is an awesome opportunity to spot whales and wildflowers (seasonal) and access a location you couldn’t easily find by yourself.
Like I said at the beginning of this blog article the Margaret River Discovery Tour is definitely a wine tour, but it’s a hundred times more interesting, more adventurous and more rewarding than what the herd do.
Just like it says on my brochure in the brochure rack …… it’s the tour for people who don’t do tours!
And don’t just blindly take my word for it. Feel free to check out Margaret River Discovery Co on Tripadvisor and see what previous guests have to say. I never ask anyone to write a review so these are honest, unsolicited opinions, describing the experience. Well over 90% of the reviews are for the Discovery Tour.
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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.