The past week the Margaret River region has hosted over a dozen of the top Aussie Specialist travel agents from the USA. These are the guys and gals that sell the highest value tours to Australia. The top end of the tourism market. Typically it's the Bridge, Rock and Barrier Reef the American tourist is looking for. But these Aussie Specialist travel agents sell holidays to more discerning US travellers that are looking for more exclusive experiences. They are part of two groups hosted by Tourism WA that have experienced diving with Whale Sharks, luxury Camping, Truffle Kerfuffle, behind the scenes winery experiences and MRDCo was lucky enough to host them for a day of canoeing the Margaret River and hike on the Cape Track. My favourite saying I heard them say Western Australia is the REAL Australia!
Feeling very privileged to share the day with these guys. Jenny has been the manager at the iconic Basildene Manor on Wallcliffe Rd for the past 13 years. Supported by her husband, local legend Mario (the super tomato grower). Jenny is retiring and as part of her retirement celebrations the senior management team of Accor Australasia choose to spend a solid two days in the region with Jenny and Mario to thank her for her service. There are two take away messages here I’d like to share. One is that Jenny and her team have consistently delivered one of the highest occupancies and more importantly one the highest rated guest satisfaction ratings of all the Accor Club properties in the Australasia portfolio of hotels. It's considered one of their flagship hotel destinations. A remarkable result and a real coup for Margaret River. The second message is that the Sydney based Accor leadership team value that level of commitment to the brand and genuine customers service so much they took the time out of their busy schedule to come and say a personal thanks and experience the region with Jenny and Mario. It says a lot. Thanks Jenny for being awesome and thanks for establishing a solid team at Basildene that will no doubt continue the tradition of great customer service . We’re all going to miss you 👍. #accorvacationclub
Surf check. Been a lot of this action around the last few days with some epic surf conditions over the weekend.
Winter hikes in Margs. Nice!
Out hiking the Boodjidup circle walk today. Training for an overseas multi-day hike I've got coming up. Took a few moments to stop and admire the view and think to myself I've got this sort of scenery on my doorstep. For free 🤑 . #shouldajuststayedathome
Colourful lights show for the end of an stunning winter weekend down south 👍.
Indjidup Beach. Perfect year round 😍
Wowza! ... stunning end to the working week 👍. And the weekend is looking just as magic. The word from Augusta this morning is Flinders Bay is FULL of whales and it's pancake flat with no wind. Get on down there. #justanotherdayinwa
Popped on down to the RIvermouth to see if I could get a better sunset photo than last nights hopeless winter solstice shot. Turns out the second shortest day of the year was a better photo opportunity than the shortest day of the year. Musta been the extra few seconds of sunlight that made all the difference 🤔. #justanotherdayinWA
When they say 'Showers, heavy at times'.
Not the most spectacular sunset for the shortest day of the year, but it did have nice dreamy effect on the river. Summer's on the way 👍.
I've been driving past the house at Fraser Gallop Estate for ten years. First time ever we perfectly timed our arrival with a banger of a rainbow overhead 👍.