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Perth enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine each year and offers plenty of ways to experience it, from outdoor dining venues to city beaches. Beyond the city, explore the acclaimed Margaret River wine region and more coastal activities. This three-day program will help you create a rewarding incentive program.
Charter a flight from Perth for the 25-minute trip southwest to Busselton, a coastal town that is the gateway to Margaret River. Take a walk on the heritage-listed Busselton Jetty – at 1,841 metres (6,040 feet), it’s the longest timber pier in the Southern Hemisphere. At the end of the pier, visit the Underwater Observatory, which descends eight metres beneath the surface of the ocean. Accommodating up to 48 people per tour, the observatory offers views of the artificial coral reef that is home to more than 300 individual marine species.
Lunch will be served at The Shelter Brewing Company, with views of Busselton Jetty. Enjoy a relaxed menu of pizza, or plated dishes matched with their own brews from the onsite brewery. The function room can seat 70 for a meal or 140 standing. Groups of 20 can experience a brief tour and tasting on the brewery. Afterwards, you’ll travel an hour south to the Margaret River wine region, which produces 25 per cent of Australia’s premium wine exports and is home to more than 200 wineries. Spend the afternoon at Leeuwin Estate, one of the five founding wineries of the region. Partake in a wine tasting before touring the Art Series Gallery, which features more than 150 paintings and other artworks from some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, many of which now grace the labels of Leeuwin Estate’s Art Series wines.
Your destination for the evening is Voyager Estate, just five minutes down the road. Before dinner at Voyager Estate’s restaurant, take a tour of the winery’s underground cellar, the largest of its kind in Australia, and then sample the premium wines at the cellar door. After a stroll through the kitchen garden, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the freshly picked produce featured on the restaurant’s discovery menu – six matched courses of food and wine that take you through the story of Voyager.
Transfer back to Busselton and fly to Perth. Explore the city’s laneways and arcades on a Two Feet & a Heartbeat walking tour. On the Morning Tea Tour of Perth, you’ll visit the eclectic London Court, an open roofed, three-storey Tudor-style arcade built in 1937 that houses jewellery stores, fashion boutiques and John Walker Chocolatier. It’s the perfect chance to stop in at this family-owned fine chocolate company for a sweet treat and a refreshing drink.
For lunch, head to the Wildflower restaurant, located on the rooftop of the luxury hotel, COMO The Treasury. Featuring stunning city views, polished marble floors and floor-to-ceiling windows, the restaurant seats 80 people in the main dining room and 30 in the bar and outside terrace. The menu showcases native Australian ingredients, such as emu, eucalyptus, lemon myrtle and Davidson plum, offering an insight into the region’s Indigenous ingredients. Next, see the city from a different perspective and spend the afternoon sailing on an 11-metre (36-foot) yacht along the Swan River. Accommodating 11 passengers per yacht, Swan River Sailing can cater for up to 176 people at once.
For dinner you’ll make your way to Crown Perth, located on the eastern side of the Swan River, with views back towards the city skyline. Begin with cocktails and canapés in The Waiting Room, a bar in the new Crown Towers resort, before heading next door for dinner at celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant, Nobu. The restaurant features two private dining rooms, which can be joined to accommodate 22 people, or you can book the entire restaurant for 240. Treat your guests to a tasting menu of Nobu’s signature Japanese and South American cuisine, expertly paired with sake.
Make the most of Perth’s 300 days of sunshine with a day of outdoor activities. Between September and December, you can see humpback whales in the coastal waters of Perth as they follow their annual migration journey. Charter a boat for the opportunity to see them breach in the wild. Alternatively, start the day with a healthy dose of competition and have Segway Tours WA organise a game of Segway polo in Langley Park.
After you’ve congratulated the winning team, it’s time for lunch at Fraser’s Restaurant, located in Kings Park and Botanic Garden, with views overlooking the city and the river. Fraser’s has four areas available depending on group size: the restaurant, private dining room, function centre and State Reception Centre, which can accommodate up to 400 people for a sit-down lunch. You’ll then transfer 30 minutes by car to Little Creatures Fremantle Brewery, an Australian beer producer known for its pale ale. Take a tour of the brewery, followed by a beer and cider tasting at the brewhouse cellar door.
On the way to dinner, stop off at Cottesloe Beach, where you can watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. During dinner at The Shorehouse, you’ll overlook Swanbourne Beach. The restaurant can be exclusively hired out for 200 people. For smaller groups, the private dining space can seat 90, and the waterfront deck can host between 20 and 100 people.