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Region size: 4800sqkm
Distance from Perth: 124km
While the apple orchards and
vineyards aren’t in full bloom, the
Geographe region is prettier than a
picture during the wetter months
with the entire expanse swamped
in morning mist. Through spring,
wildflowers blossom around the
Collie River Basin, the Collie
townsite, Wellington National
Park and Honeymoon Pool, and
conditions are at their best for
cyclists of the Munda Biddi Trail
and Mt Lennard. The camping spots
at Honeymoon Pool and Potters
Gorge are ideal at the end of the
year in the warmer months, but
are perched on lakes and rivers, so
be prepared for mosquitoes. New
vintages are out for most Geographe
wines, with the shiraz, sauvignon
blanc and semillon all regional
heroes, plus there’s always fresh
produce around. During October
the sheep are lambing, so farmstays
throughout Harvey, Donnybrook,
the Ferguson Valley, and Collie are
The Geographe Wine Region
has beautiful lakeside camping
spots – just watch for mozzies
in the warmer months.
THINGS TO DO
Geographe Wine Region | July to December 2010.
REASONS TO GO
There’s no better way to entertain a
young family in the great outdoors,
without the grit of pitching a tent.
Farmstays offer warm, self-contained,
personalised accommodation, plus all
the joy of being with Mother Nature.
As well as a host of child-friendly
activities (feeding the animals, riding
ponies and collecting eggs from the
chook pen), farmstays through the
Geographe also deliver the goods
when it comes to fresh produce.
Almost every producer of shiraz in
the Geographe region has received
a medal of some kind. It is without a
doubt the most highly acclaimed drop
to come out of the area, and sets the
standard for up-and-coming varietals,
such as viognier and tempranillo. The
Geographe’s warm, mostly maritime-
influenced climate and rich soil makes it
one of the country’s most exciting wine
destinations. Read more about wineries
in the area on p171.
LAKES + DAMS
The region harbours stunning bodies
of water for leisure and sheer beauty.
Minninup Pool, three kilometres
south of Collie, is ideal for canoeing
or a swim; Harris Dam, 14km north
of Collie, is pretty for picnicking and
has the Bibbulmun Track passing by;
Wellington Dam, 18km west of Collie,
is set in a national park and is great for
camping, bushwalking, swimming and
canoeing; and the Harvey Weir is a top
spot for picnicking and sightseeing.
JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV
Less than a 90-minute drive south of
Perth, the Geographe fuses the quaint
rural farmscapes and pristine beaches
of Harvey, the winery-packed hills of the
Ferguson Valley, the orchards and rivers
of Donnybrook, and the forests and
lakes of Collie River Valley.
ENJOY... award-winning wines, novice
and expert cycling tracks, galleries,
pristine environments, walks, farmstays,
heritage sites and picnics.
• 30 boutique wineries
• 3000-plus gnomes in the Ferguson
Valley’s Gnomesville forest
• 15-plus horse-riding paths
• 8 picnic spots in Collie town alone
• 15 heritage sites in Dardanup alone
• Harvey is where author May Gibbs
drew much of her inspiration for the
tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
• The Australian newspaper named
Harvey Western Australia’s top
tree-change destination for 2009.
CLIMATE A couple of degrees cooler
than Perth, with beautiful misty mornings,
but by no means grey and gloomy.
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