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MasterChef in Margaret River

MasterChef in Margaret River

The third series of MasterChef starts on Sunday the 1st of May and looks like it is going to be bigger than ever. See our very own Tony Howell in the lime light showcasing some of the best of the best of the Margaret River region.

Watch the MasterChef Series Preview Trailer

Cape Lodge ranked World’s Top 20 Vineyard Hotels


Western Australia’s premier boutique hotel Cape Lodge has made a UK The Times list of the world’s top 20 winery hotels.

 The renowned Margaret River establishment found itself in rarefied company spanning the great wine regions of the world in a story that appeared in the respected UK daily newspaper in Britain this week.

 Cape Lodge was one of only two Australian winery hotels that made the list, the other being the celebrated Tower Lodge in the Hunter Valley, NSW, which was recognised as a “romantic escape”.

 Apart from its magnificent setting, ambience and impeccable service, Cape Lodge was particularly applauded and recommended for its outstanding restaurant.

 The hotel has an international reputation for its fine cuisine, prepared by award-winning chef Tony Howell.


Chef Tony Howell showed Natalie from Getaway a few culinary tricks in his Cooking School. Visit the Getaway website to view the segment.

Whale Watching At Augusta

courtesy of Margaret River Discovery Company

This week has seen exceptional and close-up whale sightings off Augusta in the south west.

Some very inquisitive Southern Right Whales have been ‘nose to nose’ with the boat and putting on an excellent display.

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Cruising the Cape Galleries


On any day you will be impressed by the range of styles, mediums, and improvisation by artists in the south west region.


Gerry Reilly’s art glass, Atelier Susi jewellery with a special year round Christmas twist.  You will find hand crafted timber at Boranup Gallery, Jahroc Gallery for an exceptional selection of designers/furniture makers and also in the region a self confessed artist surrounded by collective mayhem.

You will find these and more at

Whale Watching in Australia’s South


Not only will you find Humpback Whales off Flinders Bay in Augusta you can also expect to see Southern Right Whales. Cavorting in the warm clean waters will be males and females looking for a mate from June to September.  Spot them from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse or on a whale tour.

Endangered Blue Whales have been sighted in the calm waters of Geographe Bay in Dunsborough.  Witness mothers and calves exercise and play during the months September to December in preparation for the return journey to the cold southern oceans.  Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is a great vantage point to sight whales in the Indian Ocean and around the Cape.  

Visit or to book a whale tour.

The South West’s Cape to Cape Track


At a distance of 135k the track offers a spectacular landscape from clifftop to woodland as well as the tall karri trees of the Boranup Forest.

An exhilirating walk that can be enjoyed in easy half day treks or the full distance for the more adventuress. 

Expect to see exceptional ocean views, seasonal wildflowers of the south west as well as native fauna and some of the worlds best surf breaks.


An Evening of Song at Voyager Estate

Image courtesy of Voyager Estate

Mezzo Soprano, Ruby Philogene MBE, will enchant audiences at Voyager Estate on 5th June 2010.

Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and recipient of an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II, Ms Philogene has performed at Royal Opera House London as well as Deutshe Oper Berlin.

Enjoy Voyager Estate Wines and a four-course menu prepared by Chef Nigel Harvey.

 For more information contact Voyager Estate.

Margaret River Vintage Stomp 2010

classic car

courtesy 'baby you can drive my car'

It is time once again to celebrate the end of the 2010 harvest in the region with an American feel at the annual Vintage Stomp.

Classic cars will be parading with beauties including the Corvette, Cadillac and Mustang all accompanied by local artists and performers and overseen by the God of wine, Bacchus.    

As well as live entertainment and dancing there will be market stalls, and a chance to try some fresh local produce!

 Find the Vintage Stomp at Voyager Estate on Sunday 2nd May 2010.

 For more information visit

Margaret River Cow Parade

Over 80 life-sized cows are ‘chewing the cud’ and enjoying the attention of children and adults alike.

Artists have created a plethora of designs and themes ranging from fun, fancy and rumour has it that there are even sound effects!

Located at many attractions and public spaces from March until June 2010 with maps available from Margaret River Visitor Centre.

And, if you have any favourites join the auction in July and take one home!

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