Day 1: Head south along the Albany Highway to the superb cool climate wine region, the Great Southern. Call into the emerging Frankland sub-region, then meander south visiting scenic wineries (many with altitude!) in Mount Barker and the Porongurup Range. The cool-climate wines of this region are fast making a name for themselves, with James Halliday naming his 2014 Winemaker of the Year from this region. Spend the night in one of the lovely B&Bs in the Porongurups, or drive south to Albany and overnight.
Day 2: Spend the day exploring Albany and surrounds. If you’re visiting on the weekend, be sure to stop by the famous Albany Farmers’ Markets to fill your picnic basket with fruit and vegetables direct from the farmers who grow it. Seafood lovers can purchase renowned Albany oysters direct from the supplier at Emu Point, followed by a coffee from a nearby café. Discover the delicious-smelling products at the Mt Romance Sandalwood Factory,
Day 3: Take your time travelling from Albany to Denmark, visiting boutique wineries along the scenic Scotsdale and Mt Shadforth tourist drives. Choose from locally made gourmet condiments, cheeses, toffee, honey and chocolate. End the day with a pint of craft beer from the local brewery, listening to live music. Overnight in Denmark.
Day 4: Follow the highway lined with stunning karri forests to Pemberton. The Pinot Noirs from this area are beautiful. Try local specialities such as marron and trout, or try catching your own on the Shannon or Warren River. Nearby in Manjimup you can join a truffle dog in his search for the black Perigord truffle, or simply enjoy a truffle-infused meal. Overnight in Pemberton.
Day 5: Continue your journey to the famous Margaret River Wine Region, internationally known for its cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. Sample world-renowned wines then indulge in a gourmet winery lunch. Ensure you stop to sample cheeses, chocolates, nougat, berries and more interspersed along the way. There’s over 150 cellar doors in the region, but travel along Caves Road to explore the oldest vineyards in the region.
Day 6: Travel north towards Bunbury, detouring through the Ferguson Valley near Dardanup. This area is stunning with rolling hills creating a wonderful backdrop for the boutique wineries and breweries. Enjoy a tasty lunch before heading north back to Perth.