Nature’s pantry awaits you in the South West. With hundreds of vineyards, orchards, farms and groves, the region is a one-stop shop for all things gourmet. Make the most out of your South West trip by visiting world-renowned wineries, breweries and distilleries, trawling farmers markets and gathering fresh fruit, vegetables and produce.
Looking for an eight-course degustation, complete with matching South West wines? How about a decadent picnic, with equally pleasing scenery to match? Or what about a classic pub lunch, designed to warm the heart and feed the belly? There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the South West. With a plethora of dining venues and options – varying from a cafe-style brunch or a la carte lunch, to a degustation or gourmet shared platter – there’s a food option for even the most discerning eaters. Gourmet food goes hand in hand with world-class wine, and many of the region’s wineries have restaurants on site. It’s here you’ll find innovative chefs using in-season ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers to create unforgettable cuisine.
The South West is one of the premium wine producing regions in Australia, with a Mediterranean climate and close proximity to the ocean creating near-perfect grape growing conditions for winemakers. There’s five distinct winemaking areas in the South West, meaning no matter where you plan to go, there’s a top drop just waiting to be discovered.
Only one and a half hours south of Perth, this captivating and diverse wine region has more than 20 boutique, mostly family-owned wineries. Characterised by diverse micro climates from elevated rolling hills, with sheltered valleys and mild ocean breezes off Geographe Bay. You’ll find some interesting alternative varietals here, particularly tempranillo and nebbiolo.
More than 50 years’ old, this award-winning fine wine region is internationally acclaimed, with almost 100 cellar doors to experience, many with renowned on site restaurants. Specialising in cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, plus popular semillon sauvignon blanc blends, this region grows two percent of Australia’s grapes, but produces 20 percent of Australia’s premium wine.
With its ancient towering karri forests, rolling farmland, this beautiful wine region is increasingly recognised for its sparkling wine styles and sauvignon blanc. Wines grown in the Pemberton and Manjimup wine regions combine southern latitude with high altitude and a relatively cool climate, making ideal conditions for growing pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.
One of Australia’s newest wine regions, here you’ll find picturesque lush pastures, majestic trees and gentle winding rivers. It’s home to 15 cellar doors with boutique wine styles including cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, semillion and shiraz, where you can experience charming country hospitality.
Australia’s largest wine region, the Great Southern is made up of five sub-regions; Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. The region is blessed with a variety of ancient soil types, altitudes, and pristine conditions, creating a unique cool climate environment. Standout varieties are riesling and shiraz, with classic varieties chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir also performing well.
Wine and Dine
In the South West, gourmet food goes hand in hand with world-class wine. Many wineries have restaurants on site, where you'll find the region's best chefs creating unforgettable cuisine using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers.
Breweries, Cideries and Distilleries
Calling all beer-, cider- and spirits-inclined! Award-winning brews and world-class spirits can be found at numerous breweries and distilleries across the South West, ensuring a tasty tipple to suit anyone’s palate. Go for the beer, gin or whisky; stay for a satisfying meal and live music by local artists. Beer enthusiasts will enjoy the many craft breweries situated across the South West, where you'll find plenty of unique brews on offer. Want to try them all? Order a tasting paddle to test each beverage. Or, try apples in a can with a fresh cider. The key to a perfect cider is the star ingredient - apples. And you can't get a better star ingredient than the crisp, sweet fruit produced in the heart of the South West, AKA apple growing country. Need convincing? Grab a drink at one of the many cideries in the region and tell us what you think.
Family tip: Look out for kid-friendly wineries and breweries, which often have playgrounds or play corners for children (and tasty tipples for Mum and Dad).
South West Produce
You’ll find plenty of tasty delights such as cheese, avocados, honey, olives, olive oils, marron, chocolate, fudge and so much more in cellar doors and shops across the South West. It’s easy to go on a foodie road trip – for fresh seasonal produce visit one of the region’s many farmers markets or head to a farm that offers pick-your-own experiences; and don’t forget to stop at farmgate stalls to pick up freshly picked fruit and vegetables.
The South West has a great selection of local seafood. Think freshly shucked oysters, native fish and sweet crustaceans from unspoilt ocean waters, and freshwater delights such as trout, perch and marron (freshwater crayfish). Dine at one of the region's many fine restaurants and wineries to experience these morsels, or grab a classic serve of fish and chips to enjoy by the beach. Check out what's in season with these water-to-plate adventures.
Western Australia is blessed with a huge range of memorable food and drink experiences. The WA Food and Wine Trails provide you with a sample of what is available across the state.
Here's a selection of South West Trails that you can download and use on your next trip:
Discover some of the South West's many food and drink offerings.