FI WILKIE ART EXPERIENCES
Fi Wilkie is a painter based in Margaret River where she has lived and worked for over 25 years. In addition to her job as a full time artist she is also an experienced teacher, working with anyone who is artistically curious to encourage engagement with their own creative thinking. She runs a series of workshops at her dynamic home art space - Toot Studio. All these workshop experiences aim to build confidence and stimulate a fearlessness in the participants and their intuitive artistic expression. Fi's accomplished work is represented at Linton and Kay Galleries in Perth and John Miller Gallery in Margaret River. Her Toot Studio is also part of the highly successful annual Margaret River Open Studios event.
Her workshop options include the following:
Private Group Art Classes at Cape Lodge
Book a private class at Cape Lodge for yourself and some friends, or perhaps a group of colleagues.
Art activities can be geared to the group's specific needs. Private class options with Fi include:
Beginners Watercolour: the essential info to get you started, painting a subject from our natural environment.
Pencil, Pen and Paint: playful drawing techniques and interesting tools to use.
Still life: learn about still life techniques inspired by Cezanne's palette knife painting.
Sketchbook Explorer: learn to use your sketchbook as an essential and rewarding travel diary keepsake. Gain tools, tips and techniques to keep you creative on the go.
A fun and inspiring 4 hour painting workshop for all ages and abilities.
Held at Fi's studio.
For all art class bookings with Fi, please contact Cape Lodge reception or via
T: (08) 9755 6311 E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private art classes at Cape Lodge require a minimum 24hr's notice.
Please consult Fi's website for further details about her artwork.
WHALE WATCHING | 10am & 2pm | 2 Hours | July to November
View these majestic creatures up close as they make their annual migration between the Antarctic and the pristine waters of Western Australia's South West coast with the opportunity to view Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, and the rare Blue and Minke Whales on both their northern and southern migrations.
THE TRUFFLE AND WINE COMPANY HUNTS | 9.15am to 11.30am | Friday, Saturday, Sunday | $99pp
The Truffle and Wine company was established in 1997 is one of the few truffières in the world that allows a very select number of people each year to participate in the rare privilege of a truffle hunting experience. Walking through the mystique of the truffle trees our highly trained truffle dogs will guide you to discover and locate the rare and delicious black winter truffle (Tuber melanosporum).
These exclusive Truffles Hunts are only held during the winter months on our Manjimup farm from early June – late August. These exclusive hunts are a must do for foodies or those who love farm-to-plate experiences. Numbers are strictly limited so book now to truly experience one of the world’s most exclusive food journeys.
Truffle Information session
A Taste of Truffle
Coffee, Tea or Juice
Guided Truffle Hunt with our highly trained dogs
Have a dig to find a rare Black Diamond
Full wine tastings of our award winning Truffle Hill wines.
Advance bookings are essential.
Maximum 12 people per truffle hunt.
Please note that online bookings close 5:00pm on the day prior unless sold out earlier.
If bookings have closed please feel free to call us on
Lunch: To make the most of your truffle hunting experience, we recommend booking a table in our Truffle Kitchen for lunch.
Table bookings for lunch can be made online at the same time as your truffle hunt booking, your dining time is 12 noon.
Please note that lunch is not included in your ticket price. You will need to pay for your lunch on the day of your hunt.
BOOTH FAMILY TRUFFLE HUNTS | 10am Saturday & Sunday | 2-3 Hours | June, July, August | $60pp
Join the Gavin Booth family and their highly trained dogs on the hunt for the precious black truffle at their beautiful family farm in Manjimup.
Learn how truffles are grown, hunted and and harvested for some of the best restaurants across Australia and Michelin starred chefs throughout the globe!
Private Hunts available on request
Margaret River Golf Course- Located 20 minutes south of Cape Lodge this 6092 metre Par 72 course is one of Western Australia's most highly regarded country courses. The course features numerous water hazards with the back nine requiring careful shot consideration to navigate the undulating fairways, large trees and not to mention the family of resident kangaroos!
Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course- Located 20 minutes north of Cape Lodge this championship layout course is 6200 metres with undulating greens and broad fairways interspersed with many lakes and water features.
Spend your time meandering along country roads throughout the region and visit solitary art studios, galleries, furniture galleries, impromptu arts precincts and collaborative workshops. Many have impressive settings surrounded by remote forest and bushland or are embedded at wineries and resorts.
Take a walk along the main streets to find studios and galleries that will tempt you to take a piece of fine furniture, jewellery, pottery or framed artwork home.
Many of the artists can be seen at work in their studios and if this fires up your own creativity, there are a number of places who provide all the materials (and some guidance) so you can have a go yourself.
Over 135 kilometres of pristine coastline and 75 of the World's best surf breaks to choose from makes Margaret River Australia's premier surfing destination.The golden rule, according to everyone who lives here is if you find yourself looking at a good wave, go surf it.
Yallingup Surf School and Josh Palmateers Surf Academy offer surfing lessons between mid September and late May each year
Jesters Flat have a variety of rides – one hour Country Lane bush ride, 1.5 hour Drovers Tour, Treehouse Picnics and more. All rides are fully escorted. There are horses to suit experienced riders and beginners.
One hour Ride from $55.00 per person
FORESTS, RESERVES & SCENIC SPOTS
With the abundance and preservation of unique and diverse species of flora and fauna, you can see why this region is in the top 10 bio-diversity hotspots in the world and the only hotspot in Australia.
The only pure tuart forest in the world stands in the north of Your Margaret River Region, whilst the karri, the third tallest tree species in the world, stands in the south. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the boundless beauty and diversity of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park envelops the region on the western edge. The premium wine region and agricultural land give way to woodlands, jarrah and marri forests on the east.
Scenic spots are plentiful and range from stunning seascapes to tranquil forest valleys. Contemplate the enormity of Sugarloaf Rock, Cape Naturaliste – a gigantic towering granite rock that emerges from the Indian Ocean from the lookout on the mainland.
It is easy to be amazed and it is easy to experience it all as there are fantastic lookouts, walk trails, cycle paths and mountain bike trails with easy access
AUGUSTA AND CAPE LEEUWIN
Where the Indian Ocean Meet the Southern Ocean
The beautiful sleepy coastal town of Augusta sits along banks of the Blackwood River and the sweeping pristine waters of Flinders Bay to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.
Lighthouse Tours run daily and offer a unique experience of going inside and up to the top of a working lighthouse. Enjoy breathtaking views across the treacherous oceans and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Learn about the history and listen to stories of unimaginable tragedy and rescue.
CRAFT BREWERIES AND ARTISAN DISTILLERS
The first brewery established in the region coined a phrase, ‘An oasis of beer in a desert of wine’.
Nearly 20 years ago that brewery was a lone trailblazer and now with nine breweries in Your Margaret River Region, craft beer is a real player in the Margaret River region
Each brewery has its own distinctive style from traditional pale ales and pilsners to preservative and additive free brews. By contrast chocolate beers, ginger and chilli beer will give your tastebuds something new to think about. Brave inventive styles are introduced regularly and frequent the daily tasting list. Some also produce their own cider, there’s even a distillery.
CHOCOLATE-OLIVE OIL-PRODUCE STORES
Voted as Australia's Best Gourmet Region by Gourmet Traveller Magazine the Margaret River Region has an abundance of produce stores, farm gates and artisan food producers.
Cape Lodge features many of these products throughout the hotel and on our menus working closely with the following producers:
Yallingup Wood Fired Bread
Vasse Virgin Body Products
Olio Bello Olive Company
Margaret River Venison Farm
Yallingup Cheese Company
David Hohnen's Farm Shop
Della Fay Olive Oil and Organic Produce
Koonac Goat Cheese
Jindong Free Range Pork
Margaret River Free Range Eggs
MOUNTAIN BIKE & CYCLING
Set in the forest amidst gigantic trees and spectacular scenery, the mountain bike trails are a mix of gravel roads and single track, suitable for beginner to advanced riders.
For those that want to cruise, the relatively flat firm surface of the easy and scenic Rails to Trails and Ten Mile Brook tracks are great for all levels of fitness and talent.
But if you’re a die-hard mountain biker find your nirvana with the epic mountain bike trails that have relentless jumps, berms, logs, roll overs, scrambles and mud (in season!). There are great mountain bike trails in Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River. See http://mrorca.org.au to help design your legendary ride.
It wasn’t that long ago that road cycling in the Margaret River Region was only done by a few locals who had discovered how blissfully quiet, picturesque and fun the rolling country back roads can be.
Fast forward to today and on any given morning, on any given road, you may come across professional road racing teams on training camps to fully loaded touring bikes part way through an epic journey. This little corner of Western Australia is no longer slipping under the radar of road cyclists looking for somewhere new to explore, train or race.
Events like The Tour of Margaret River have also gone a long way to raising awareness of just how many fantastic ride routes there are in the region. The multi-day road race now attracts many of the best professional road cyclists in the world.
The Margaret River Region is as spectacular underneath the ground as it is on top. Over 150 highly decorated limestone caves lay beneath the surface of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge.
Formed approximately 1 million years ago, a number of these complex and fragile karst systems are open to the public. Go inside and be amazed by these massive labyrinths decorated intricately with limestone crystal formations.
Cave tours range from completely easy ‘at your own pace’ self-guided tours, guided tours along boardwalks with great commentary, ‘off piste’ adventure hard-hat tours to extremely adventurous ‘abseil your way in’ expeditions.
It is difficult to choose the best cave tour in the Margaret River Region. You can marvel at the reflections on Lake Cave’s permanent lake, be dwarfed in Jewel Cave’s enormous chambers and take it easy on the Mammoth Cave self- guided tour. At Yallingup’s Ngilgi Cave (pronounced ‘nilgi‘), you will learn the Aboriginal legend as you look up at limestone shawl formations– or delve deeper into the cave on an adventure tour.
THE MARGARET RIVER CLIMBING CO. is a dynamic adventure tour and guiding company Offering a fun, easy and unforgettable step off the beaten track: experience rock climbing and abseiling on the spectacular sea cliffs or take a private tour and discover the caves hidden amongst the majestic trees of the southern forests.