A proposal to consider a Food and Wine Trail in the Wilyabrup region of Margaret River had been endorsed in the Leeuwin-Naturalist 2050 Cycling Strategy and gained support within sections of the community. As a result, the Department of Transport commissioned this study with support from the South West Development Commission and Tourism Western Australia. The objective was to test the feasibility of a trail linking the Wilyabrup wineries, cellar doors, producers and restaurants with a proposed 14 km cycle trail. The trail would ideally also link to the Wadandi Track – ultimately providing connections to Busselton and Margaret River.
TRC was engaged to work with local Council’s and State Government to help develop a concept, alignment and assess the feasibility for a wine and food cycle trail around the Wilyabrup sub-region of the Margaret River. A robust study of the potential costs, benefits and risks of a food and wine trail was required.
Stakeholder consultation was conducted to understand their views and trail options were visited for on-site inspections and alignment considerations. The project was conducted over several months, culminating in a feasibility study for the partners in the project being the Department of Transport, The Southwest Development Commission and Tourism WA. The final report will assist the Department of Transport in its strategic planning and decision-making in the future.