Flavours & Gems of the Southern Forest Summer 2025

5 Days

  • Western Australia
  • 5
  • 4 March to 8 March 2024
  • Exclusive Journeys (EJ)

Dates to be confirmed Feb to March 2025

Price from $2950pp Twin Share and from $3195 Solo

This was one of the best WA tours I have ever done as I saw so much and learnt so much about our food. This was my first Gems and it will not be my last as I have already booked for next Spring Gems – Sue

After two very successful Flavour Gems in 2022, we wanted to get our Summer Gems version out as soon as possible for 2023, so we can showcase all of our Trilogy of Gems. We have our Flavours & Gems of the Southern Forests (Summer), Truffles & Other Hidden Gems in the Southern Forests (Winter) and Spring Gems in the Southern Forests (hmmm….. Spring). In the same style as all our Gems, you will get to meet the locals who farm the land, the grape growers and winemakers who make some incredible wines (and Gins). You will hear their stories and understand their passion, you will visit their homes, walk their farms and enjoy their wonderful fresh produce, ultimately walking away with a deep understanding and admiration of this gorgeous and rich region of the world.

We have included many new experiences in our latest, Flavours & Gems of the Southern Forests and of course some exclusive and private dinners with the well-known local chefs. Get ready for an explosion of flavour with the fresh summer produce and world-class wines & gins. Get ready to feel connected to this awesome community in the Southern Forests where you will definitely want to return.

Thanks once again to Annette and Peter for organising and escorting us on this wonderful Gems tour. This Flavours & Gems of the Southern Forests tour name superbly describes our experiences – Denise


$2950 pp Twin Share and $3195 SOLO


  • Based on departure 4 March 2024
  • Subject to minimum numbers of 10 and max of 14
  • Deposit of $300 due within 7 days of confirmation
  • Final payment due 45 days prior to departure
  • Itinerary and pricing are 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.

Trip Highlights

  • A visit with Mikey and Allexa of Pemberton Honey
  • Private Gin/Vodka and Wine Tasting at Ampersand Estates
  • Private Donnelly River BBQ Sunset Cruise with Marron Entree
  • Private Dinner and tasting at Silkwood Estate
  • Tomato workshop with Chef George
  • Feature farewell dinner at Two Little Blackbirds and Joe Ditri using the flavours of the Southern Forests.
  • Meeting the farmers on their farms and learning about their produce


Catch our courtesy transfers from Mandurah train station or drive to Pemberton for a 2.30pm check-in and meet Annette and your Guide, Peter, at your hotel. Your journey will take you through wonderful small towns and undulating countryside to arrive in Pemberton. You will have time to settle into your accommodation and freshen up before transferring for a welcome dinner at a local Restaurant with a complimentary drink and an opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 02 :

After breakfast at the hotel, we head off for a scenic drive and a unique farm visit for this Gems journey. Today a visit with Mikey and Allexa of Pemberton Honey to find out their story and learn a little about the local honey. The stories about the bees are fascinating.

A beautiful location for your lunch today at the Lakeside restaurant at Karri Valley Resort. After lunch a wine tasting nearby, at the stunning, reimaged Ampersand Estates (Formally Donnelly River Wines).

Ampersand Estates is also home to Australia’s only single harvest distillery, Rainfall Distillery, specialising in vodka and gin distilled in a single region and year using local ingredients found in the region so of course a Gin and Vodka tasting is highly recommended.

This afternoon you will transfer to your boat where Pete will take you down the pristine Donnelly River, which will include a sunset BBQ and Marron entrée. This is an incredibly special evening and a fabulous way to finish a wonderful first day.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start our day today with a visit to Ladycroft Orchard to meet Bec and Shaun and check out one of the largest apple orchards in the state and the brand new variety of applies to WA and Australia, the Cosmic Crisp.

Next a visit to Kilrain corn and take home some freshly picked sweetcorn, you will not be able to eat corn from the big supermarkets ever again after sampling this fresh local corn.

Lunch at the Park Café today, before visiting a farm that specialises in heirloom vegetables (the older varieties that have not been modified for mass production) Here is your opportunity to sample fresh tomatoes that have maximum flavour and maximum nutrients, does anyone remember tomatoes with flavour?

These vegies will not look like your standard supermarket stuff but may well bring back some childhood memories of flavourful vege. Look out for guest star, Maddie.

Tonight’s private dinner at Silkwood Estate will begin with a short demo in the kitchen with Chef George using our fresh Heirloom tomatoes. A wine tasting here of some world class wines before sitting down to an incredible meal showcasing the local produce.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04 :

This is the perfect time of year to check out the very trendy Finger limes. Their season is short so our timing is spot on here. A quick visit and then we are off to check out one of Manji’s most known vege, the potato. There are many varieties grown here so get ready to be surprised by what you learn about our number one dinner staple. Also, the number one ingredient for the base spirit at Rainfall Distillery.

Next we are off to visit Paul at Smash a Strawb before enjoying lunch at Manji’s favorite, Tall Timbers.

Sample some local wines on the way back to Pemberton and a short break at the hotel before glamming up for our private, 6 course, dining experience at Two Little Black Birds with Chef Joe Ditri with a menu featuring the flavours of the Southern Forests.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our tour finishes after breakfast and one last surprise Gem before you begin your return journey with your complimentary coach transfer back to Mandurah

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Cost includes

  • Complimentary transfers from Mandurah
  • Guide - Multi Award Winning local - Peter Casonato
  • Escorted by Travel with Me Director - Annette Porter
  • 4 nights accommodation in central Pemberton
  • All Meals/All Touring/Fully Escorted
  • Wine/gin/vodka tasting at Ampersand Estates
  • Lunch at Karri Valley Resort at Lakeside Restaurant
  • A visit with Mikey and Allexa of Pemberton Honey
  • A unique Donnelly River Cruise including Sunset BBQ with local Marron
  • Meet Bec and Shaun at Lady Croft Orchard
  • Visit a Finger lime farm
  • Private Dinner at Silkwood Estate
  • Meet farmer Rick and learn about his heirloom vegetables (Tomatoes with real flavour)
  • Private 6 course dining experience with well known local chef, Joe Ditri, featuring the flavours of the Southern Forests


What is the tour price?

From $2950 pp Twin Share/ $3195 solo

What is the level of Fitness required?

This tour involves walking across some farmland which will be a mixture of terrains and will vary dependant 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.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Flavours & Gems of the Southern Forest Summer 2025