Across the past decade, Western Australia has seen significant growth in Aboriginal and culinary tourism experiences.
Recently, Pinjarra-based cultural and nature sanctuary Bindjareb Park embarked on a journey to team the two boom-areas together.
Their efforts have created an impressive attraction – the Six Seasons Dinner – that my colleague Carla Hildebrandt and I were lucky enough to experience on Saturday evening.
The Peel region’s fresh and quality produce was placed front and centre at the unique dining event, giving locals a contemporary twist on traditional Nyungar food.
Mixed with talks and demonstrations by local Traditional Owner Karrie-Anne Kearing, the evening provided a great insight into the Aboriginal culture in the region.
This relatively new venture highlights the growing industry and the determination of Peel region operators to capitalise the “gourmet travellers” who are seeking out these experiences.
The recently launched Floating Restaurant by Mandurah Cruises is another prime example of a ‘hard to replicate’ experience for customers.
I, for one, welcome these new developing tourism experiences – not just because I’m a massive foodie – but for the benefit the diverse industry brings to the region’s economy.
According to the Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation, culinary experiences attract more than 40,000 visitors to the state each year.
In regard to cultural tourism, 78 per cent of WA visitors placed a high value on Aboriginal related experiences.
Those statistics speak volumes about demand for those unique offerings.
For years Margaret River has held the title of the state’s flagship culinary destination but more and more local operators are showing visitors that the Peel region is open for business.
In my humble opinion – the more the merrier.
But maybe that’s just my belly talking.
If you’re in the region and don’t know what all the fuss is about I suggest checking out what’s to offer in your own backyard.
You won’t be disappointed.
It’s time to take advantage of the incredible job local businesses are doing.
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