Seasonal Produce to Explore as you Traverse Along The Edge

No matter what time of year you travel along The South West Edge, you’ll never be short of indulgent fresh produce and gourmet delights.

From vineyards, wineries, distilleries and cideries using local botanicals and fruits, to restaurants and cafes serving locally grown ingredients, nature’s pantry is awaiting your arrival along The Edge. Explore farmers markets to gather your own collection of fresh fruits and vegetables, or head out onto the water to try your luck fishing for seasonal delicacies and fresh seafood.

Ocean to Plate

The Western Australian coastline has some sensational fishing and diving spots for you to explore and find local seafood. Rottnest Island takes the cake when it comes to recreational fishing, due to its abundant marine wildlife which are present all year round. The fish found around the island are reef dwellers, seagrass inhabitants and migratory species, which include cobbler, flathead, herring, whiting, and crayfish. There are plenty of rock platforms and beaches you can fish from, as well as boat fishing off the islands coastline to catch some dhufish, breaksea cod and during April you can expect to see the pink salmon. Join a fishing cruise or charter with Rottnest Cruises or Big Island Charters.

Your fishing expedition doesn’t end there! Further along The Edge in the South West region are plenty more fishing spots, with seasonal varieties caught and served at one of the many fine restaurants and wineries in the region. In Summer you can expect abalone, rock lobster, dhufish and south west marron on the menu, while Autumn and Winter will serve you oysters, salmon, whiting and trout. Expect to eat some of the best fish and chips you’ll ever taste along this stretch of the coast, as you indulge while watching a beach sunset!

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Fresh produce, Albany Farmers Market

No matter what time of year you travel along The South West Edge, you’ll never be short of indulgent fresh produce and gourmet delights.

Farmers Markets

To find yourself some of the freshest ingredients and locally grown produce, head to one of the many farmers markets along The Edge. We know there are so many places to dine out, but sometimes buying your own ingredients and cooking up a storm at your accommodation is a great way to fully indulge in the produce on offer. Depending on what time of year you’re travelling, you can expect to see an incredible array of provisions, fruit, vegetables and more on offer.

From November to June, there is an abundant amount of produce in season. This includes fruits such as melons, passionfruit, stone fruit, grapes, pears, an array of berries, avocados, apples, and oranges. All grown locally, these delicious fruits are busting with juice and flavour and a great addition to sit in your fruit basket at your accommodation, or to take home with you! During the other months, you can expect to see truffles, a variety of nuts, olives, asparagus, and other incredible delicacies for you to indulge. Don’t miss the Margaret River Farmers Markets, Albany Farmers Markets, Manjimup Farmers Markets, Kalamunda Farmers Markets, and the Museum Village Markets in Esperance.

Fine Dining

With restaurants and wineries galore along The Edge, there is an almost endless array of fine dining restaurants boasting incredible menus and degustation experiences for you to enjoy.  Starting in Fremantle, you have a wide variety of restaurants covering almost every cuisine, and this continues along your road trip journey. This is one of the best ways to indulge in the fresh, seasonal produce that is grown throughout the regions, meaning no matter what time of year you decide to explore The Edge you’re sure to be in for a treat. Upon your next visit, you’ll be able to experience a whole new range of tastes as the menus often change with the seasonal produce on offer. You’ll often find the degustation’s and set menus at the wineries and restaurants are paired with incredible wines, because nothing pairs better with food than wine! The South West and Great Southern regions are premium wine producing regions, with a Mediterranean climate and close proximity to the ocean. Of course, wine if best enjoyed all year round, so no matter what season you choose to travel along The Edge, you will experience some of the best wines.

If it’s a true foodie experience you’re after, set off following the Indulge Along The Edge 6 day itinerary as you explore gourmet delights, world class wine and laid-back luxury.

We’re Here For Beer

If wine isn’t thing, not to worry! Make sure you visit a few of the many breweries all around the region, from the start of your trip in Rottnest all the way around to Esperance, you can find local breweries that source local ingredients dotted along. The best way to try an array of beers is to order a beer tasting paddle to taste the different varieties of beers on offer. Most of the breweries you’ll cross through are kid friendly – which makes life easy if you’re travelling as a family. Pick a designated driver and get tasting at Little Creatures brewery in Fremantle, the new Shelter Brewing Co in Busselton, Margaret River Brewhouse, and Lucky Bay Brewing in Esperance, just to name a few!

Cider and Spirts

Did you know the South West is a fantastic apple-growing part of the country? Apples are in season from Autumn to Spring, and the Perth Hills, Donnybrook and Manjimup are key apple growing locations in Western Australia. The key to a perfect cider is the crispy apples they use in the creation. There are plenty of cideries with different flavoured ciders, ranging from sweet in taste to dry to suit everyone’s pallet.

If spirits are more up your alley, we’re seeing more and more distilleries popping up along The Edge. Be sure to taste delicious and mouth-coating spirits such as whiskey, gin, bourbon, and vodka. In the Summer months, a gin or vodka cocktails goes down a treat while enjoying the warm weather and summer sunshine, then in the cooler months switch to a whiskey or bourbon to warm the tastebuds next to a cosy fire.

A birds eye shot of a plate of gourmet food including local prawn and asparagus to show gourmet foodie adventures along The South West Edge road trip
Gourmet food en route along The Edge


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