From fine dining to gourmet platters, historic afternoon teas and bush barbecues, dining in the Ferguson Valley offers something for everyone.
The Ferguson Valley is gaining an impressive reputation for producing quality wine, and gourmands will be pleased to know it’s also starting to make its mark with a wide variety of culinary options.
Hackersley Estate, located on Ferguson Road, is already widely known for its top wines and consistently good food. The winery’s menu changes with the season and perfectly complements many of its fine wine varieties.
Aaron and Adrie Devitt are the hosts at Hackersley and are doing an excellent job of introducing diners to a wide range of local and Australian produce, which is reflected in their seasonal menu. Dishes like Ferguson Valley chicken with parma ham in coconut curry sauce or the seared kangaroo fillet in Hackersley shiraz jus give diners a chance to treat their palates to great local produce. The distinct Australian theme is reinforced with exotic bush dishes such as barramundi, wild lime and bunya nut crepes and chargrilled beef fillet with creamy pepper and munthari berry sauce.
Hackersley Estate is open from Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm. Call (08) 9728 3033.
Kingtree Wines is another local Ferguson Valley winery that’s making a big effort to ensure winery visitors not only have superb wine in their glass, but also great food on their plates. Situated on Kingtree Road, this winery is run by Cheryl and David Rourke and offers a tasting plate that is the perfect companion to the sauvignon blanc or cabernet sauvignon.
The luncheon mixed antipasto platter can be ordered for either two or four people and includes four meats, four cheeses, fresh fruits, bread and a range of homemade condiments. The platter is priced at $30 a head for two people and $25 a head for four people, and includes a bottle of Kingtree wine.
The winery is open weekends and public holidays, with lunch available from midday to 2.30pm. The cellar door is open from 11am to 5.30pm and by appointment. Call (08) 9728 3050.
With the rolling hills and dales of the Ferguson Valley ideal for bushwalks, barbecues and picnics, the Wellington Dam Cafe may be just the place to stock up for a perfect barbie or expedition into the surrounding countryside.
Located on Weir Road in the Wellington Dam National Park, the Wellington Dam Cafe offers barbecue packs and take-away food for those on the go, as well as devonshire teas, espresso and a large range of hot and cold foods for those who’d rather sit and dine alfresco at the cafe. And if you’re after a true taste of the South West, the Wellington Dam Cafe is the place to buy fresh live marron.
The cafe also hires out barbecues and provides a range of camping essentials such as canned food, bread, milk and wood. The area boasts several nearby beautiful camping spots including Honeymoon Pool and Potters Gorge.
The Wellington Dam Cafe is open on weekends from 11am to 4pm. Call (08) 9734 2320.
If you’re looking to enjoy a meal and at the same time soak up some of the regions rich heritage, don’t miss a visit to the Dardanup Heritage Park. Dedicated to Western Australia’s pioneers, the park displays the equipment used to develop our state over the past 120 years and boasts striking timber tearooms that can seat more than 100 people. The Heritage Park Cafe serves meals, afternoon tea and coffee. Opening times are Wednesday and Sunday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.