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Perth and Western Australia Meeting Planners Guide : 2016-2018 Meeting Planners Guide
2016-18 Meeting Planners Guide The South West Western Australia’s South West is the only region in the world that has award-winning wineries, world-class surf breaks, majestic ancient caves and old-growth, tall-timber forests. It is a biodiversity hot spot with 80% of plant species found nowhere else on the planet. It is stunningly beautiful and has an incredible energy that has to be experienced to fully understand its magic. The heart of the South West is Margaret River, a ‘must do’ destination for visitors. It is popular all year round offering leisure, adventure and luxurious indulgence. The region produces less than 3% of Australia’s overall wine production but 20% of the nation’s premium wine. Where there’s good wine, there’s good food and Margaret River is a case in point. Attractions and experiences in the South West: • Indulge and rejuvenate with a relaxing spa treatment in a tranquil forest setting. • Paddle a canoe up Margaret River on a Bushtucker Tour. • Discover the world’s oldest living culture with an Aboriginal cultural experience in an ancient cave. • Walk the rugged coastline of the Cape to Cape Trail or a serene forest walk, or step it up a notch with a mountain bike ride on the Munda Biddi Trail through unspoilt forest and bushland. • Vist Busselton, a very pretty seaside town famous for its 1.8km long wooden jetty and Underwater Observatory. • Visit Walpole, a country town with the fantastic Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. • Visit Augusta, a small coastal town where the Indian Ocean meets the South Ocean. This is one of the best places to experience a whale watching tour. Meeting and conference spaces plus accommodation The region is perfect for conferences, meetings, incentive groups, pre and post touring and self-drive travellers with a variety of facilities that cater for all budgets: • Seashells Yallingup is set in the beautiful gardens of historic Caves House. • Pullman Resort Bunker Bay boasts its own private beach. • Bunbury’s largest meeting venue, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, can cater for up to 810 delegates. • Busselton’s Bayview Geographe Resort and Abbey Beach Resort are adjacent to each other. • Albany’s 620-seat entertainment centre. • Margaret River Convention Centre. • Variety of accommodation including boutique hotels, self-contained villas and apartments, motels and backpacker hotels. • Wineries boasting beautiful views, restaurants with regional food-driven menus and a wide variety of conference, meeting and event spaces. Getting there Bunbury is only 1.5 hours south of Perth by road. Busselton is a further 45 minutes by road from Bunbury. Margaret River is just 30 minutes from Busselton, or three hours from Perth by road. You can fly to Margaret River from Perth in approximately one hour. The wines of Margaret River are recognised as legendary, home to the best cabernets and chardonnays in the world.