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“Without a doubt, the best tour I have ever done.”

Margaret River Discovery Co. Tours
Ranked #1 of 53 Tours in Margaret River
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Margaret River's #1 rated wine and adventure tours for "people who don't do tours" with Western Australian Guide of the Year - Sean Blocksidge. Get behind the tourist facade, away from the masses and discover people and places you won't find on your own. The No 1 Margaret River guide/tour on Tripadvisor since 2008. No minivans, no crowds. Personalised touring at it's best.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 31 July 2011

We were pretty lucky that we managed to book Sean to take us on a tour on Monday 25 July - I had made contact very late, and had also later found out that he had originally intended to take the day off.

We were a group of 5 adults, 1 child (4) and an infant (4 months) and it was important to me that we had a flexible itinerary in case the kids started acting up. Sean had recommended that we base our tour on the Margaret River Discovery Tour, but that we could really do anything we wanted.

It was raining when Sean picked us up and apart from a couple of windows where it wasn't raining, the rain carried out pretty much throughout the rest of the day (we were later to find out that it was the wettest July day in Margaret River in 11 years). Sean was very reassuring and said that we would structure our day around the rain, so the first thing we did was to head to Cape Mentelle winery for a tasting. Sean's background in working in a winery was great as he was able to give us a lot of insights into the viticultural characteristics of the region, and was able to recommend a couple of very good wines from Cape Mentelle.

We then drove out to a forested area (still raining - good thing Sean was prepared with wet weather gear for all of us!) where Sean introduced some of the area's plant life, and explained the significance of one of the local waterfalls. On the way to the waterfall, Sean had pointed out three different types of flowering trees - and we sampled some local honeys from the flowers of those trees in front of the waterfall - a truly memorable experience.

The next bit was, for me, the highlight of the tour: a visit to Fraser Gallop winery and the chance to meet with winemaker Clive Otto. Sean had packed an eski with local gourmet foods for our "lunch among the barrels" - that was in itself great, but to taste the wines from Fraser Gallop was a revelation. With their focus on producing the very best wine in very small quantities, Fraser Gallop is a winery to watch for in the coming years. This was one of the most intimate winery visits I have ever done, and meeting Clive was a fantastic experience.

After a leisurely (i.e. boozy) lunch, we found a window of opportunity where it wasn't raining, and Sean suggested that we jump on the chance to go canoeing in the Margaret River. My 4 year-old daughter had been looking to this part of the tour the whole day, and the possibility that we could not go canoeing because of the weather was very real - but Sean had promised her that he would try his best to make it happen, and I'm glad he did!

It was absolutely magical canoeing in the river. There wasn't a soul in sight, the waters were calm, and Sean's secret canoe hideaway was in just the right spot (on the way in, we spotted a huge mob of kangaroos on the hillside, an extra treat). We took many photos while we were in the canoes (which were very stable - no one had previously fallen in and we weren't about to be the first!). My daughter was absolutely delighted to have been able to canoe in the river, and was the happiest little girl in Margaret River that day.

The last part of the tour was a short walk on the route of the Cape to Cape Trek. We headed out to Cape Mentelle (the cape, not the winery!) and the wind was blowing something fierce. The air was chillingly pure, and watching the waves break on the beach below the cliff we were standing on is something I will remember for a long time.

Sean has obviously put a lot of effort into making this tour the best that it could be. He told us about the lengths he went through to get the relevant permits and permissions to be able to run his tour just right. It has clearly paid off and is without a doubt the best tour I have ever done - both in terms of content and attention to detail. Something we really appreciated was that despite the challenging weather conditions, Sean did his best to make sure that we managed to do everything he had promised - trekking, a visit to the waterfall, off-roading, canoeing and a good amount of wine tasting thrown in for good measure.

Having done the tour, I can see why Sean is rated No. 1 on Tripadvisor - it is a tour I would highly recommend (and have, in the last five days already recommended to two others).

Thank dthtan01
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SeanBlocksidge, Owner at Margaret River Discovery Co. Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2011

Thanks for such a great review and for posting the 4WDing photo on the Margaret River Discovery Co Facebook page. It certainly was a memorable day.

Your comments about Fraser Gallop are spot on. They are the emerging superstar of Margaret River, infact esteemed Gourmet Traveller wine journalist, Peter Forrestal, recently published an article saying "Fraser Gallop has made a bigger impact on the Margaret River wine scene than any other winery established since the region’s early days".

You can read the full article on my blog. You will note it is actually about Clive being nominated as a finalist for Australian Winemaker of the Year!

Thanks again for being such a great family to spend the day with.

Regards
Sean

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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Our tour was booked for us by our accomodation (Cape Lodge), so we had no idea what we were going to be doing apart from ''a wine tour''. This tour with Sean is way more than just a wine tour! We first went to a botique winery called Edwards- very beautiful place with some yummy wines! We then went to LVMH Cape Mentelle for a 3.5hr behind the scenes tour complete with wine pairing lunch- what more can I say than wow, so that's how you make wine. Alot more goes into making a bottle than I had ever thought! Our private visit to Fraiser Gallop Estate was very special indeed- it is a beautiful place. Lastly we went for a short 4WD and walk along the cliffs, what a magical place it was! Absolutely breathtaking! I highly reccomend this tour to everyone that wants to see something special and not just be bussed around town from one tasting to another. Thanks for a very memorable day out Sean!!

Thank SKH81
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Sean will take you off the beaten track - we did the full day tour - great value and wonderful local insight from someone with a passion for the region - where else in the world will you find beaches, surf, hiking, forest, wine and locals with a passion for what they do

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Reviewed 16 July 2011

The last thing we want to do is to start explaining all of the things we did on this exceptional 'discovery'... we didn't know, prior to stepping into Sean's Landrover, just where the day would take us, and on reflection, it was best that way.

Without being overly effusive, I would say that you just need to trust us (and all the other great reviews) when we say that this experience was one we will never forget - one that you should place at the top of your list if you love beautiful scenery, fascinating history, and terrific wine/food!

Sean is the consumate guide and host, and it was his experience, knowledge and passion that made the discovery tour so worthwhile.

We couldn't fault anything... seriously. And we're cynical Kiwis, so that's saying something!

Sean - thanks so much for a brilliant day. We have taken our new title of 'VP Sales and Marketing for NZ' very seriously!! The word will be spread with enthusiasm!

(Pastor) Nigel and Suzanna
Auckland, NZ

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Reviewed 9 July 2011

Sean Blocksidge is the right person in the right role. His passion around imparting to visitors to the Margaret River the significant and distinct offerings of the area are his hallmark. The exceptional day tour that is part of Sean's repertoire was not achieved easily. Sean explained how his persistent efforts & countless weeks and months of negotiations with aboriginal elders, council officials and winery folk for access to unique places and sites eventually resulted in the tour that we experienced. It is fabulous.
A canoe trip along Margaret River itself was sublime and beautiful. It is recommended for anyone who thinks they don't have sea legs. It's safe and special. We reflected on aboriginal culture whilst enjoying the regions honey offerings. Lunch time at Fraser Gallop Winery was reminiscent of a movie set. A memorable indulgence of MR food and Fraser Gallop wines sitting underneath the shade of the Peppermint trees in the Estate. It doesn't get better than this.
We also took a peak at the Willabrup coast cliffs and the Cape to Cape track. Amazing scenery.
We unequivocally recommend Sean's tour and particularly early in your stay in the Margaret River area. It made the world of difference to my husband and I. Sean is a true ambassador the area. He is all heart, humility and passion.

Thank VAL008
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