A culinary-first, blending together flavours and scenery of the world-renowned Margaret River region, is on its way to the turquoise waters of Western Australia’s South West.
Launching in January 2022 is ‘Taste of the Bays’ by South West Cruises, a progressive dinner experience hosted on a 60-ft pleasure boat, cruising the coastline of Geographe Bay from Dunsborough to Bunker Bay.
The half-day afternoon and sunset cruise takes in iconic bays, beaches and landmarks of the region, providing guests with panoramic views as they dine on 7 deluxe courses served along the way.
Crafted on board by a private chef, the menu reflects famous flavours of the region, with WA seafood and local produce on show. Each course is paired with premium wine by Margaret River’s Howard Park Wines, plus local boutique beers, cider, a gin cocktail and non-alcoholic choices, all served fully inclusive.
On the menu are West Coast Rock Oysters, South West Blue Swimmer Crab, line-caught local fish, Abrolhos Island Sea Scallops, Blue Ridge Manjimup Marron, Southern Forests Black Truffle, Margaret River cured meats, Yallingup cheeses and woodfired breads, Cowaramup olives, local nougat and chocolate, and more.
From an exclusive setting on water, the cruise takes in locations such as Old Dunsborough, Curtis Bay, Castle Rock, Meelup Beach, Point Picquet, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay.
While anchored in a pristine bay, guests can choose to swim, snorkel or relax on float mats, or simply unwind on board surrounded by a 360-degree palette of nature’s contrasts.
The finale is a golden sunset over the tree-covered ridge of Cape Naturaliste, witnessed from a prime vantage point on the water.
Sea West Managing Director, Myrianthe Riddy said Taste of the Bays was conceptualised to reflect both the land and the sea of the South West.
“This experience showcases the flavours of the region from the water of the region,” she said.
“The menu’s provenance is richly local. Each course is created on deck by our chef using WA seafood and produce from some of the best growers and makers in the region.
“The smooth conditions on the water here are rare in WA, as the coast’s curve faces north-east and is sheltered from prevailing winds, making it ideal for wining and dining.”
Authentically West Australian, Taste of the Bays is a small group experience, with a maximum of 22 guests on a charter boat built for 37 passengers.
Taste of the Bays runs in the South West until April 2022. Cruises operate 5 days per week (Wednesday to Sunday), from mid-afternoon to early evening, departing from Quindalup, near Dunsborough. The cruise is fully inclusive, with courtesy coach transfers from local towns provided. Price is $279 Seniors / $299 Adults.
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