Get ready for a taste of Western Australia! Renowned for majestic landscapes and outdoor adventures, WA also boasts some of Australia’s most acclaimed – and loved – microbreweries, wineries and distilleries. Exploring the state’s diverse sipping experiences is also a great way to immerse yourself in WA’s charms, from the picturesque Perth Hills to the beautiful Margaret River and Great Southern regions.
Perth Hills and Swan Valley region
Only 30-minutes’ drive from the heart of Perth, the Perth Hills wine region has been home to innovative winemakers since the 1880s. Sample the passion at Ugly Duckling’s rustic cottage, an idyllic spot for a premium shiraz overlooking the vineyard. Plume Estate Vineyard is celebrated for its boutique sparkling, and Lancaster Wines’ tasting shed serves popular grazing plates and shiraz from the Swan Valley’s oldest vines.
Fancy something with a little kick? Start in town with an authentic craft whiskey inspired by a WW2 recipe at Whipper Snapper Distillery (they also do great ‘Journey Tours’). The historic Perth distillery tradition also sets its vodka amongst the world’s best. Taste an award-winning label at Old Youngs, where the rustic-styled kitchen serves seasonal dishes to match. For cool ambience and tastings Sin Gin Distillery is a gin-lover’s hit.
Tap into the heart of Perth’s brewing heritage at some of the best breweries in WA. Situated near the Swan River, Blasta Brewery’s beer hall is a community hot spot for globally-inspired beers and food. The Northbridge Brewing Company pub is a great place to relax with a popular Beerland brew. Ready for a raspberry pale or pastry sour? Step inside the colourful Bright Tank Brewing.
Where to stay
Discover nearby breweries and distilleries, and some of the best wineries in Perth, by booking into the stylish Ingot Hotel Perth. Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth is another great option, close to the Swan River, Kings Park and Elizabeth Quay.
Bunbury to the Margaret River
Just under two hours’ drive from Perth, Bunbury is the gateway to the cool climate Geographe and Margaret River wine regions. Take a long lunch at nearby Saint Aiden Wines with an award-winning sparkling. We also highly recommend a day trip to some top wineries in Margaret River. Find out why this is one of the world’s top-ranking regions for Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon at the vine-swept Vasse Felix and Voyager Estate.
You’ll also find great distilleries and breweries in Bunbury and surrounding countryside. Sidle into Bunbury’s Cuprum Distillery for a superb gin crafted from locally sourced botanicals. Tucked in Margaret River greenery, Three Lily’s Distillery is a local favourite for superb gin and liqueurs. Bunbury is also home to a thriving hops scene, with Mash Brewery, Froth Craft and Big Gals offering changing tap lists alongside delicious signature brews.
Where to stay
Make your stay a memorable one at the stylish, modern and comfortable Quality Hotel Lighthouse. Located on one of Bunbury’s highest points, this hotel also offers panoramic views.
Albany and Great Southern region
Located on Western Australia’s spectacular southern coastline, Albany is a great place to relax and imbibe the pleasures of one of the world’s most ancient and pristine cool-climate regions. Start your adventure at Akoomi Wines. Set on a 1200-hectare property, this estate offers private tastings and tours. Oranje Tractor and Monty’s Leap are also much-loved for their delicious award-winning wines, great food and beautiful grounds.
A great way to enjoy the pristine qualities of the Great Southern region is with a finely batched spirit or craft beer. Tour the Limeburner’s Distillery for a taste of authentic Single Malt Whisky, crafted using small batch techniques on the edge of Princess Royal Harbour. A thriving and popular Albany brewery, don’t miss a visit to Wilson Brewing for a fine Summer Ale, Hazy IPA or potent ginger beer.
Where to stay
Located near the town’s main attractions, Quality Apartments Banksia Gardens offers modern and comfortable apartment-style rooms that are perfect for couples, families or groups.