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Mice Net : June 2009
educational Dinner at Cape Hedge was an absolute sensation. Accommodation for the night was at nearby Seashells Caves House. This heritage-listed, newly-restored hotel has eight luxurious suites, and is set among 4.5 hectares of landscaped gardens. Day 2 Breakfast the following day was at the award-winning Quay West Resort Bunker Bay. This five-star luxury getaway is nestled on the secluded north-facing beach of Bunker Bay in the world-renowned Margaret River wine region. The resort’s 150 luxuriously appointed villas comprise studio, one, two and three bedroom configurations, offering a choice of ocean, lake or garden views. The property is perfect for mid-size meetings and special events, and offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities. There are six indoor meeting rooms, pre-function and break-out areas, and plenty of outdoor areas to choose from including a terrace and courtyard, restaurant and pool deck. Following a sumptuous breakfast, famil participants were next paddling along the Margaret River courtesy of Bushtucker River Tours. This is a great way to experience the mighty Margaret River, giving paddlers the opportunity to see stunning caves and cliffs that cannot be seen from land-based tours. Delegates certainly worked up an appetite which was just as well because Vasse Felix put on a stunning lunch for the group in its first-rate restaurant. The restaurant enjoys sweeping panoramic views of vines and natural forests, and the gallery on the premises houses artworks from the Holmes a Court collection. Both of these spaces are popular for group events. One of the best group activities was next on the agenda courtesy of the Melting Pot Glass Studio. Hosts Gerry Reilly and Margot Edwards gave the group a demonstration on glass blowing and then participants were invited to try their hand at this ancient craft. Accommodation this evening was sponsored by the Quest Margaret River, and a unique dinner experience was held at Lake Cave, courtesy of the Augusta Margaret Rive Tourism Association. Day 3 An early breakfast and departure kick-started the final day of the famil, with the group travelling the short distance to Bunbury where they did a site inspection of the Quality Lord Forrest Hotel and a tour of this pretty township. It was then back to Perth to meet onward flights home. This educational certainly put a new spin on what’s available beyond the city limits of Perth in Western Australia. And feedback from participants has been positive that Australia’s South West really has got plenty going for it for the business tourism sector.