Discover five amazing food and wine destinations in Western Australia's premier wine region.
How does that idiom about books, judgement and covers go? Yes, Settlers might present like your run-of-the-mill country pub – the on-site TAB isn’t exactly an encouraging sign – but behind that country-casual charm is a Margaret River operation with real bang. From the house-brewed beer and heavyweight cellar to righteous food and American barbecue, Settlers gratifies day or night, festival-time or otherwise.
The food-truck movement isn’t just a metro vanity. In WA’s South West, Spice Odysee is one of the locals delivering champion meals on wheels. It helps, of course, that the food truck makes camp in some of the region’s prettiest locales – the old Dunsborough boat ramp chief among them – but at the end of the day, it’s the real-deal Indian food of Satish Kumar that keeps diners returning.
Like the saying goes, you can’t make good wine without good beer. And this cosy bar-slash-eating-house takes its job as the South West’s premier craft-beer supplier very seriously indeed. A connoisseur’s selection of local and imported beers, however, is just the beginning. The welcome is warm, the atmosphere is lively and The Pour House has put Dunsborough on the discerning drinker’s radar.
While Margies is home to plenty of beautiful bays and beaches, this stretch of white sand and blue water is where locals head to escape the madness (and, on occasion, the maddening crush of tourists). Sun and surf aside, news that White Elephant, at Gnarabup Beach, is now open for dinner brings exciting new meaning to spending the day at the beach.
Margaret River woodfired bread
For more than a decade, people have been dropping into Yallingup Woodfired Bread for Gotthard Bauer’s legendary wood-fired loaves. Following the opening of the German baker’s Margaret River Woodfired Bread on Boodjidup Road, it’s even easier for locals (and tourists) to enjoy some of the state’s best baked goods. Grab a loaf for breakfast, lunch or even just the drive back to Perth.
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