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(EJ) Spring Gems of the Southern Forests (with cruise) – 14 Nov 2022

We are very excited to present our second in a series of Experiential Journeys in the Southern Forests Region. If you have already experienced our first one (Truffles & Other Hidden Gems) then you already know you are in for something truly special.

Once again we have arranged private coach transfers from Mandurah station down to Manjimup. We will be basing ourselves here for the 5 days, and that’s where the similarities end. Of course we will be using our favorite chefs who will be showcasing their talents for the new season. This new Spring Gems will uncover new hidden gems in this region, demonstrating the diversity and the quality of the produce in the Southern Forests. Meet the producers, hear their stories and understand the passion for what they produce.

***This specific departure includes the Donnelly River Cruise, normally only included on our Flavours & Gems of the Southern Forests in Summer***

This time of the year is especially beautiful, not only with the incredible wildflowers, but as a major fruit growing area, we can expect to see some flowering blossom trees like cherry plums, pears, cherries, flowering peaches and more. If you thought Manjimup and the Southern Forests was stunning before, just wait until you see it in Spring Time!

Special highlights for our Spring Gems include a private tour through Banister Downs Dairy and a unique cheese making and wine pairing experience. 


Our Hidden Gems adventure will embody all that is great about this season including:

  • Touring through the beautiful forest regions where the wildflowers add that extra special color pop and aroma.
  • Visiting farms and grasping the agricultural importance of the Region.
  • Meet the characters who produce the food. Sample their delicacies and pick some up for your evening meal.
  • Meet the chefs who are preparing your exclusive dinners and they will excite you on the use of local produce.
  • Private Donnelly River cruise with guest Winemaker on board to provide a wine tasting as you cruise the Donnelly River. BBQ sunset dinner and marron entree
  • Spending time with a very talented cheese maker who will show  you how to match the cheeses to the stunning Southern Forests wine.
  • Engage all of your senses.

Here is what some of our guests have said of their previous Hidden Gems Experience,

I would highly recommend this trip, It was all very interesting and everything was top class, the food was amazing! Robyn

No trouble was spared to make this holiday really enjoyable and memorable. Michelle

Everyone deserves to see where their produce comes from and how vibrant our country towns are. Steve

There is nothing else like it, the personal introduction with the locals and shared knowledge of farming techniques are not available anywhere else. Judy

Loved the different excursions, not your usual tourist attractions in the area. Jill

Loved the locals we met and their enthusiasm to share their stories with us. Hermie


  • Fully escorted by Travel with Me Director, Annette Porter
  • Private coach transfers between Mandurah Station and Manjimup accommodation.
  • Multi award winning local guide and long time Manjimup resident, Peter Casonato Click here to see more about Peter
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast/3 x Lunches / 4 x Dinners
  • Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant with a welcome drink
  • A white table, long lunch at Fontes Pool with Chef Raj providing a spectacular dining experience you will never forget. Click here to see more about Chef Raj
  • Cheese making and wine matching class with one of the only qualified Cheese AND Wine Makers in the country at stunning Lost Lake Winery – currently not opened to the public.
  • Exclusive tour through Banister Downs Dairy
  • A guided wildflower and art walk through Understory Art & Nature walk.
  • Donnelly River Cruise with BBQ Dinner and marron entree **This departure only**
  • Exclusive winery tastings
  • A pizza night at the home of one of our favorite local families, the Peos family – farmers and winemakers in Manjimup for more than 90 years. Click here to learn  about the Peos family
  • Exclusive 6 course dining experience featuring the seasonal produce that we will be learning about with Chef Joe Ditri Click here to see more about Chef Joe Ditri


  • Based on departure 14 November 2022
  • Subject to minimum of 10 and maximum of 14 participants
  • Deposit of $200 is required within 7 days of confirmation
  • Final payment is due 45 Days prior to departure
  • Subject to availability and subject to change without notice
  • Cancellation and Amendment fees will apply and can be up to 100%
  • Please ask your Travel with Me consultant for a competitive Travel Insurance quote

Please remember that we are visiting working farms and not tourist sites therefore itinerary changes may occur due to their work commitments

Fitness Level

Please note that this tour involves walking across some farmland which will be a mixture of terrains and will vary dependent on weather conditions. Clients must be able to get on/off the bus unaided, manage own luggage and occasionally be able to stand up for up to 30 minutes at a time.

Prices from $2860 pp Twin Share and from $3090 SOLO

Click here to see our day by day Itinerary

Click here to see pics of our previous Spring Gems Experiential Journeys


Check out our other Gems Experiential Journeys…..

Spring Gems version without the cruise Oct 22

Truffles & Other Hidden Gems of the Southern Forests July 22

Flavours & Gems of the Southern Forests Feb 23