7 Best Foodie Experiences Along The South West Edge

One of the best things about a road trip is sampling the incredible local produce along the way.

The South West Edge is filled with incredible foodie experiences, gourmet delights, world class wine and laid-back luxury. From world-renowned South West marron and the luxurious and pungent black Périgord truffle, to a plethora of fresh produce straight from farm gates, The Edge is a culinary wonderland. Here are our top 7 foodie experiences along The Edge.  If you want to hit the road, check out our six day indulge itinerary and get planning!

1. Foodie heaven in Fremantle

The first stop on The Edge is bustling, charming and historic Fremantle. You can’t walk down the famous Cappuccino Strip without grabbing a cuppa! So, find a seat outside, order a coffee and watch the world go by. If a coffee on Cappuccino Strip is a must-do then fish and chips at Fishing Boat Harbour is unmissable! There are a number of seafood restaurants on the boardwalk, so pick one you fancy and indulge in some beautifully fresh WA seafood.

2. World class wine in Margaret River

With almost 100 cellar doors to experience, many with on-site restaurants, prepare your taste buds for some amazing food and wine experiences in the beautiful town of Margaret River. From world-class degustation meals with paired wines, to low key craft beer and bao buns, this place has it all. If you want to grab some delicious local produce for the rest of your trip, make sure visit the local farmers market or stock up at gourmet food producers on cheese, chocolate and fudge. For something truly unique, embark on an Indigenous food, cave and didgeridoo tour to forage for seasonal native bush foods, descend into Ngiligi Cave for authentic storytelling and then taste traditional foods and flavours around the campfire.

A macro image of Aboriginal bush tucker to show cultural experiences on The South West Edge road trip
Foraging, Margaret River Region

From world-renowned South West marron and the luxurious and pungent black Périgord truffle, to a plethora of fresh produce straight from farm gates, The Edge is a culinary wonderland.

3. Nature’s pantry in Manjimup

Manjimup was once famous for its timber trade, but today the region is best known for its myriad fresh produce. Intermingled with tall karri forest, the surrounding farmlands take centre stage in a thriving fruit and vegetable industry. Stop at farmgate stalls or try a pick-your-own experience to taste produce the region is best known for – cherries, chestnuts, marron, trout and of course its world-famous black Périgord truffles. You can take a tour of the truffière and go hunting for your own precious truffles, before indulging in some delicious food inspired by this hero ingredient and paired with locally made wines.

4. Boutique wines in Denmark

Denmark has a Mediterranean climate which is perfect for producing incredible fine wines. This region is less developed than it’s Margaret River sibling, which means you’ll find smaller, more boutique wineries and gourmet food producers. Take the scenic Scotsdale and Mount Shadforth tourist drives and stop off to sample locally made condiments, cheeses, toffee, honey, chocolate and of course, wine. Top tip, this region makes incredible Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, so be sure to grab a few bottles to take with you as you continue along The Edge.

5. Seafood paradise in Albany

If you love seafood, Albany is the place for you. Try the markets and seafood sellers to pick up fresh local seafood including mussels, rock oysters and local delicacy Southern Akoya which is grown in the pristine waters of Oyster Harbour and the King George Sound. Pair your shellfish with a locally produced craft beer, bespoke spirit or premium wine and you’ve got a gourmet experience like no other.

6. Wine and award-winning Thai in Porongurup

While small, the Porongurup wine region offers stunning scenic landscapes and boutique wineries where you can meet the winemakers and sip on stunning cool climate wines with excellent views. Maleeya’s Thai Café is a firm favourite with locals for authentic Thai dishes made with Asian herbs from their organic veggie garden. If you want to do a wine tasting then enjoy some lunch or dinner, check out Zarephath Café for its cosy décor and incredible views.

7. Baked joy in Esperance

Over the last few years Esperance has been quietly carving out a reputation for incredible locally made produce. Bread Local are baking some incredible loaves and treats – perfect for elevating your beach picnic. Our tip? Grab the classic sourdough and don’t forget the sticky fruit buns. Head to Bob and Jim’s to take your picnic to the next level; they stock a range of locally made gourmet chutneys and pickles as well as fruit, eggs and meat from nearby Pink Lake butchers.

A macro photo of a plate of marron topped with truffle being spooned with butter to show the gourmet fresh produce to eat while on The South West Edge road trip in southern western australia
Marron served with truffle, Manjimup

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