Five of Perth’s finest foodie haunts for road trippers

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

With fresh caught seafood straight from the ocean, abundant world- class wineries and a climate fit for growing the freshest produce throughout the year, it is no wonder Perth is known as a foodie mecca, with more restaurants per capita than any other capital city in the country. Here are five of our favourites.

The Old Crow
Located in the heart of the city, Perth’s answer to southern style American soul food serves up a mouthwatering menu including slow cooked pork shoulder, chipotle braised lamb shoulder, pumpkin pie with honey cream and buttermilk pannacotta. Pair them all with the Old Crow’s range of cocktail pitchers, beers, ciders and wines and you have the perfect ingredients for one incredibly satisfying food coma. A crowd favourite for locals and tourists alike.
Check out theoldcrow.com.au for more info.

Bread in Common

To Fremantle’s Esplanade, where rising star Bread in Common has made a name for itself in an old warehouse space designed with communal dining in mind. The kitchen philosophy is focused on fresh, locally sourced produce and handmade food that is in season. The ever-changing lunch and dinner menu showcases amongst other things a large selection of local and international cheeses, and an extensive wine list also complements the menu. Combine both with the freshly baked ranges of breads and you have a foodie match made in heaven.
To get your fill, check out breadincommon.com.au

Carilley Estate
Located in the historic Swan Valley wine region just 20 minutes from the CBD, at Carilley Estate visitors are treated to a seasonal menu whilst taking in sweeping views of the enchanting gardens, picturesque vineyards and the garden-party style manicured lawn. Amongst the ancient gums, diners feast al-freso on a range of locally sourced produce, supporting nearby small businesses such as the local butcher, family owned seafood market and local cheese and honey producers. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.
To book a table check out carilleyestate.com.au.

The Margaret River Chocolate Company and Providore (pictured)
Just a ten minute drive from Carilley, why not skip dessert and head to the Margaret River Chocolate Company to enjoy some free tastings of their chocolate treats? A spot on the covered sun-deck overlooking the gardens and vines is the perfect place to indulge in their range of cakes and desserts for afternoon tea. The adjoining Providore store provides a huge range of take-home preserves, chutneys and olive oils as well as their award winning wines and famous chocolate liqueur.
To get your mouth watering visit chocolatefactory.com.au.

Il Lido Italian canteen
In true Perth style, why not end the day with dinner by the sea? The view of Cottesloe Beach and the expansive Indian Ocean combined with the old Italian charm inside the restaurant walls make for a great lazy afternoon grazing session. Il Lido offers an extensive menu including an antipasti selection of house-cured meats and freshly shucked oysters to munch on throughout the day. From noon, the full menu of house made pastas and desserts as well as fish of the day and specially cut meats are available and to end the meal, quality Italian farm house cheeses are available in share platters. Top this off with one of the wines from the floor to ceiling wall and Il Lido becomes the perfect dining experience.
For more details see illido.com.au.


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Five reasons to fall in love with Margaret River

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

From acclaimed wineries to breathtaking beaches and even a giant hedge maze, Margaret River has plenty to offer every type of traveller. For those on a budget there are hundreds of free natural attractions such as hiking the Cape to Cape walking track, wildflower spotting in Boranup Forest and plenty of surfing spots on the west coast. Those enjoying a romantic weekend away might like to instead head to one of the many markets before an afternoon of whale watching and later a degustation dinner at one of the area’s many fine dining restaurants.

Cave ‘n’ Canoe Bushtucker Tour (pictured)
Combining an active day of swimming, canoeing and caving while learning the history of our first native inhabitants, the Bushtucker tour also includes a special lunch of exotic tastes from all over Western Australia, as well as locally made pestos, chutneys, dips and baked breads. For a truly Australian experience, it also includes bushtucker meats like emu, kangaroo, crocodile and wild turkey, however if these don’t get your mouthwatering there is a well catered vegetarian menu. All up, the lunch includes 20 unique tastings.
Visit bushtuckertours.com to book.

Amaze’n Hedge Maze
Lose yourself inside the winding challenge that is Amaze’n. As well as the giant ½ hectare hedge maze, the grounds also boast an 18 hole mini golf course and a café set in the botanical gardens. Having just undergone an impressive makeover, the gardens offer the perfect place to rest for an afternoon picnic and BBQs are also available to use on site.

Margaret River Cellar Door and Tasting Room at Berry Farm
Not just a berry farm, the gorgeous venue offers a kids playground and a cottage café serving many delicious treats including the classic Devonshire tea. The cellar door is brimming with mouthwatering seasonal preserves, with jams, sauces, syrups and vinegars all produced on the farm and tastings of the 40 gourmet products are held every day. The restaurant also serves finely crafted wines to complement all of the meals on their menu, and what better way to wait for the food settle than by relaxing amongst the lavenders and roses in the cottage garden. More info at theberryfarm.com.au

Busselton Jetty
About a 40 minute drive north of Margaret River center is the longest timer-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Stretching 1.8kms, construction started in 1865 and it has since survived fires, cyclones, storms and demolition plans. A ‘jetty train’ takes you on the journey across Geographe Bay, where you can visit the eight metre deep underwater observatory, rated No.1 top aquarium in the South Pacific on Trip Advisor. There you can view over 300 individual marine species. You may even get lucky and glimpse a pod of dolphins playing in the bay.
Tour bookings are essential.

Wardan Aboriginal Culture Centre
About half an hour north of the centre of Margaret River, visitors can experience a range of cultural tours at the Wardan Aboriginal Culture Centre. Boomerang and spear throwing classes, bush story trails, stone toolmaking workshops, artefacts and the Six Season interactive display all offer visitors a greater understanding of the historical, social and environmental issues affecting Indigenous Australians. Bookings are essential and visitors are urged to call in advance.
Visit wardan.com.au for more info.