Spring Gems of the Southern Forests 4 to 8 Nov 2024

5 Days

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4 Nov to 8 Nov 2024 – Escorted by Annette Escorted by Peter Casonato

Price from $2962 pp Twin Share and from $3274 Solo

Apart from the total fabulous experience I was most impressed with the opportunity to see and hear the growers and producers stories about their journey to establishing their businesses. Then sitting down each night to savour the produce prepared and presented by chefs who anywhere else would be awarded a HAT or two.
The food was extraordinary but for me starting at the source was at the top of the list.
The variety of sources was most impressive – Frank

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 complimentary coach transfers, this time from Mandurah Station down to Pemberton, where we will be basing ourselves for the 5 days, and that’s where the similarities end, other than using our favorite chefs showcasing their talents for the new season. This new Spring Blossoms 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 their passion for what they produce.

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/Pemberton and the Southern Forests were stunning before, just wait until you see them in Spring Time!

Special highlights for our Spring Blossoms include an exclusive tour through Bannister Downs Dairy where you can watch the cows bring themselves into this incredible, state of the art facility, The Creamery, when they want to be milked. We will then use this award wining milk in a unique cheese-making workshop at Lost Lake Winery.


  • Valid for departure 4 Nov 2024
  • Subject to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 participants
  • A deposit of $300 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

I highly recommend Spring Gems of the Southern Forests, great new experiences, well looked after and fabulous food, can sit back and enjoy fabulous countryside and go to places/ speak to people you wouldn’t be able to if by yourself – Michelle

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  • A private visit and tour at Bannister Downs Dairy
  • A unique cheese Workshop at Lost Lake Winery
  • Dinner at Woodgate Winery cellar door with Wine Maker, Mark Aitken. Dinner fully catered for by Chef Joe Ditri
  • A Pizza night out at Peos Estate with the Peos Family
  • A guided walk through the Understory Art & Nature Trail in Northcliffe
  • A visit to an organic Tea Plantation, one of Southern Forests newest Gems.
  • 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.
  • Engage all of your senses
  • Private farewell dinner prepared by well known local chef, Joe Ditri. A 6 course degustation featuring the produce we have learned about during the week


Catch our courtesy transfers from Mandurah train station or drive to Pemberton for a 2.30pm check-in and meet Pete and Annette for a quick intro.

Your journey will take you through wonderful small towns and undulating countryside to arrive in Pemberton in the early afternoon. You will have time to settle into your accommodation and freshen up before we head out for our welcome dinner and an opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.


After breakfast this morning we will explore the Manjimup area and visit some of the local farms where you will meet some of the characters that farm the region. You will hear their stories and feel their passion for the area and their produce. Their forward thinking farming practices will amaze you. Avocados are on the list this morning.

Lunch today at Tall Timbers Restaurant, a regular feature on all of our Gems Experiences, Great food and a fabulous variety of local wines.

After lunch we are off to Three Ryans to check out their seasonal produce. Three Ryans is a family farm that is leading the world in regenerative agriculture, a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems.

Dinner tonight will be with Winemaker Mark Aitken, at his cellar door at Woodgate Winery. Fully catered  for by Chef Joe Ditri

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03 :

After a hot breakfast, we head off for a scenic drive to the small timber town of Northcliffe. An earlier start today but it will be a magical day as we discover wildflowers and enjoy a guided nature and art walk at Understory in this historic town.

We have arranged a private tour at Bannister Downs Farm, a family owned, ethically run dairy providing milk to Western Australia. Cows here are treated like family and are milked only 10 metres from the processing facility. Watch the girls bring themselves into be milked at this state of the art facility, The Creamery.

A fish and chip lunch here at the Northcliffe Workers Club and then off for a scenic drive to discover one of the areas newest Gems, Southern Forests organic Green Tea.

A short break back at our motel before our dinner which will be at the home of one of our favorite local families, the Peos family – farmers and winemakers in Manjimup for more than 90 years.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We commence the day with a fully cooked breakfast before heading out to tour some more countryside and pop into a local strawberry farm. You will not believe how amazing the berries taste straight from the source.

Next, we head to Lost Lake Winery in Pemberton where we will enjoy a cheese making workshop using the milk we sourced from Bannister Downs Dairy.

A light lunch here in this beautiful location before heading out to the Vineyard with Ash to learn about his wines and some other very interesting projects going on at the estate. Purchase wines here for our evening farewell dinner.

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. Tonight’s dinner will showcase the local produce from the farms we have visited this week.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A surprise Gem this morning before a later breakfast at Two Little Blackbirds. Then a visit to the regions newest foodie attraction, Hound & Hunter. A Deli and test kitchen and opportunity to sample some of the truffle inspired produce, maybe even take some home with you. A quick stop then at the Heritage Park and visitors centre for some last minute purchases, and where our time together ends.

Your complimentary transfer will collect you from the Manjimup Visitors Centre and take you back to Mandurah Station.

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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 **Specific Dates only
  • 4 nights accommodation in central Pemberton
  • All Meals/All Touring/Fully Escorted
  • Exclusive tour through Bannister Downs Dairy
  • Dinner with Wine Maker, Mark Aitken, at his cellar door at Woodgate Wines/Catered by Chef Joe Ditri
  • A private tour through Southern Forests Tea Plantation
  • Cheese making (and more) class at Lost Lake Winery
  • A guided wildflower and art walk through Understory Art & Nature walk.
  • Meet farmer Paul, at Smashastrawb and eat/pick your own strawberries
  • Visit an Avocado farm and pick your own Avos
  • 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.
  • Private 6 course dining experience with well known local chef, Joe Ditri, featuring local produce of the Southern Forests
  • More Hidden Gems


What is the tour price?

Price from $2962 pp Twin Share and from $3274 SOLO

When is the departure date?

4 Nov to 8 Nov – Escorted by Annette Porter and Peter Casonato

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.

Spring Gems of the Southern Forests 4 to 8 Nov 2024