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Leeuwin Estate

August 4, 2014

Leeuwin Estate, one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district, consistently produces wines that rank with the world’s finest.

In 1972, following an extensive search for the area most suitable to produce the best varietal wines in Australia, legendary American winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard.

Originally a cattle farm, Leeuwin Estate evolved, under the direction of Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Robert Mondavi acting as consultant and mentor.

A nursery was planted in 1974 and the initial vineyards were deep-ploughed, deep-ripped, emptied of stone, planned, pegged, measured, marked and eventually planted by hand over a five year period from 1975.

Featuring state-of-the art facilities, the winery building was opened in 1978, celebrating with a trial vintage. Leeuwin enjoyed its first commercial vintage in 1979, and was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1980 “Art Series” Chardonnay in an international blind tasting.

Maintaining a team of highly skilled and dedicated winemakers, and now under the direction of two generations of the founding family, Leeuwin now exports to over 30 countries.

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CinéfestOZ serves up feast of films for 2014

August 2, 2014

CinéfestOZ has unveiled its biggest program to date with more than 60 films on offer at this year’s festival, which starts on August 20th.

The 2014 program will feature 14 Australian, 10 French and one “Aussies Abroad” feature-length films, 13 community screenings and 29 short films over the five day event in the South West of Western Australia.

Among the list of Australian films are the six finalists for CinéfestOZ’s inaugural $100,000 Film Prize – Felony, Son of a Gun, The Reckoning, The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse and MIFF@CinéfestOZ films My Mistress and Paper Planes.

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Margaret River Weekend Surf Forecast

August 1, 2014

Friday
Easing SW swell with E/NE tending N/NE winds.
Saturday
Moderate SW swell with W’ly tending S/SE winds.
Sunday
Large increase in W/SW groundswell through the afternoon with E/NE tending variable winds.

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Margaret River Farmers’ Market • Now Every Saturday! • Think Seasonal, Think Fresh, Think Local!

July 31, 2014

When:
Every Saturday 8am – 12pm

Where:
At the Shire Building Grounds, 41 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River.

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Settlers Tavern

July 30, 2014

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS Comedy & Live Music

BUY TICKETS NOW!

Fri 1 – Dan Sultan

Thu 7 – Comedy@Settlers

Thu 14 – Ed Kuepper

Sat 16 – Illy

Sat 30 – Kav Temperly

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Cape to Cape Mountain Bike 2014

July 29, 2014

Starting at: $440.00
Entry to the 2014 Cape to Cape MTB

Stage 1 Thursday 23 October, 2014 Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse to Hamelin Bay
(Approx 40km)

Stage 2 Friday 24 October, 2014 Hamelin Bay to Xanadu Winery
(Approx 60km)

Stage 3 Saturday 25 October, 2014 Xanadu Winery to Colonial Brewery
(Approx 50km)

Stage 4 Sunday 26 October, 2014 Colonial Brewery to Dunsborough Country Club
(Approx 60km)

All entries to the Cape to Cape in 2014 will receive a free event cap.

To read the Cape to Cape terms and conditions of entry please follow this link:
>Terms and ConditionsTerms and Conditions<

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Wine For Dudes

July 26, 2014

Daily Tour

The Daily Wine Tour includes 4 Wineries, 2 Gourmet Food Producers and a Brewery. We are very flexible and can cater to requests eg; particular Wineries, Brewery, Cheese Factory, Chocolate Factory, Venison or Olive Oil tastings. The daily wine tours include our exclusive ‘Wine Blending’ experience and a delicious lunch of gourmet pizzas or platters (IMPORTANT: Please let us know any dietary requirements -including any pregnant ladies – so that we can cater for you accordingly.

Please keep your mobile phones on you so we can contact you. See below:)

[book now] $95/person

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Jesters Flat Horse Riding Tours

July 26, 2014

From the beachside, head over to the countryside and take a ride like no other.

As an outstanding horse riding destination in Margaret River, you can be an equestrian for a day at Jesters Flat. What better way to spend the holiday than by riding a horse and exploring the beauty of Margaret River’s countryside. With Jesters Flat, you can also take part in following the Rosa Brook Trails.

Don’t want to ride a horse on your own? We have a solution for you! Allow Jester Flat tailor a 1920 horse drawn carriage that will surely bring you a gentle rocking comfort as your ride gallops across the area. Guests can choose any of the following tours: Country Lane Tour (30 mins-$45 adults and children), Drovers Tour (1 hr-$55/person), Twilight Ride (1.5hr-$80/person), Bushman’s Ride (1.5 hr-$80/person), The Wanderer Tour (2hr-$95/person), among others. You can also opt for some horse riding lessons for $75 an hour/person and $60 an hour per person for a group of 4 or more.

Visit Jesters Flat now and ride a horse or browse through their website http://www.jestersflat.com/ for more information.

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Whales, Whales,Whales

July 25, 2014

Hi there

WHALE WATCH REPORT attached

Been a couple of fab days out on the water!!

Yesterday we had a sighting of a Humpback whale and calf! Unusual for this time of year in Augusta. Generally they only calve up in the Kimberley’s. We have seen over the last few years immature females giving birth, their first calf probably and perhaps they haven’t planned their voyage, or it could even be a premature birth, just like any other creature on Earth. We usually only see this once a year. As we are getting larger numbers of whales along the coast this may be seen more regularly in the future.

They can swim from Augusta to Broome in approx. 4 weeks. The reason they’re born in the tropics is because they’re born with no insulation… they’re not designed to be born in the cold waters of the southern ocean. So this was a very rare and special occurrence.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Thankyou

Naturaliste Charters

Ph – (08) 97505500

Office – Shop 1, 25 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough (town centre)

info@whales-australia.com.au

http://www.whales-australia.com.au

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Margaret River Gourmet Escape

July 24, 2014

Margaret River Gourmet Escape
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Start Date: 21 November 2014
End Date: 23 November 2014

Margaret River Gourmet Escape is back from November 22nd – 24th. This year’s event, brought to you by Siemens, will once again showcase an unparalleled line up of over 25 international and local food & wine celebrities in over 15 stunning bespoke locations and a premium focus on ‘the world’s best’.

Over this extraordinary weekend, indulge in long lunches, exclusive dinner degustations, the incredible pop up Beach BBQ and much more.

With such an unparalleled line up of events and world class talent, it is no wonder that Margaret River Gourmet Escape was selected as one of I-S Magazine’s Top 16 events happening around the world in 2013 and that The Margaret River Gourmet Escape has also been named Australia’s Best New Event at the 2013 Australian Event.

Also voted as Australia’s South West and the Margaret River Wine Region being voted one of the Top 10 places in the world to visit by The Lonely Planet in 2010.

“The Gourmet Escape is going to be quite unlike any other, you will be able to mix with wine makers, cheese makers, chefs, producers; all kinds of people who are passionate about food and cooking.” – Heston Blumenthal

“If you are going to cook anywhere in the world you are going to cook on Smiths Beach in Margaret River, look at this place, it is unbelievable” – Matt Moran

Where: Margaret River and Surrounds
Website: http://www.gourmetescape.com.au/
Email: info@gourmetescape.com.au
Phone: 9332 9000