One of Western Australia’s most diverse destinations – the Margaret River region - was celebrated last week at the official industry launch of the first ever Melbourne to Busselton Margaret River direct flight service.
The new direct flights will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Tullamarine Airport at 8am AEST and arriving at Busselton-Margaret River Airport at 9.05am WST; then returning to Melbourne at 9.40am WST.
The Busselton-Margaret River Airport is the gateway to the region, comprising the towns of Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Augusta and Margaret River.
More than 70 travel industry representatives attended the launch, held at Encore in Melbourne overlooking St Kilda beach. Hosted by Tourism WA, Australia’s South West and Jetstar, the industry event gave guests a special taste of the region, and provided an overview on the new three-per-week service, which will commence on Wednesday, March 25.
Aboriginal tour operator Josh Whiteland from Koomal Dreaming welcomed guests with a moving didgeridoo performance and Acknowledgement of Country, and Margaret River-based jazz singer Cassandra Charlick was MC and the night’s entertainment.
Chef George Cooper from Tiller Dining delivered a ‘Margaret River region’ inspired menu, showcasing local produce such as West Australian marron and Margaret River beef, complemented by world-class wines from Voyager Estate. Guests were also greeted with a welcome cocktail featuring Giniversity’s native Australian gin.
Mia Caridi from Journeys By Design and Ashlea Blake from Flight Centre – Keysborough were the lucky ones of the evening, both winning a spot on the inaugural flight trade famil that will be taking off on March 25, and visiting some of the key destinations in the region.
The direct flights are now on sale with Jetstar. For more information on the Margaret River region visit www.westernaustralia.com.
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