Western Australia Indigenous Tourism Operators Council’s (WAITOC) Chairman, Robert Taylor is pleased to feature another member as part of the Aboriginal Gourmet Experience series for 2014 in line with the recent launch of Restaurant Australia by Tourism Australia inviting the world to dinner.
Over the course of 2014 WAITOC has been showcasing Aboriginal Gourmet Experiences across Australia, from food and produce, seafood, food events, cafes and restaurants.
Number eight in this series is WAITOC Aboriginal tourism operator member, Goombaragin Eco Retreat. Tucked away on the gorgeous West Australian coastline in the Kimberley you will find Goombaragin Eco Retreat. Owners of the retreat Kathleen Cox and John McLennan live on their property and operate their small exclusive family business offering a variety of self-contained accommodations to camping sites all well positioned to maximised gorgeous coastal views.
The environmentally friendly coastal getaway has been developed to keep in-line with their eco philosophy about minimising impact on country, managing waste and ensuring every business step taken underpins the symbiotic relationships of the land and sea and the seasons around them.
Goombaragin Eco Retreat is known for its beautiful beaches, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, great swimming, snorkelling and fishing spots to enjoying some of the Dampier Peninsula's magnificent coastline. Enjoy nibbles and drinks out on Aalin’s Lookout and spot turtles, dolphins, manta rays, dugongs and humpback whales as they migrate north with their calves to warmer waters. Fossick at low tide and enjoy the beauty of the dynamic marine eco reef systems with gorgeous colourful corals, rock pools and a large variety of marine life to star gazing at night and much more.
Many guests from all around the world and Australia visit the exclusive retreat every year and numbers are increasing annually. The private accommodation at Goombaragin provides a romantic escape for couples seeking that special getaway destination.
The school holidays brings many families and children to Goombaragin so there are lots of activities to join in and be part of a hands on experience with John, Kathleen and their family such as beach walks, swimming, fishing, snorkelling, educational reef walks, learning about the local flora and fauna to sharing stories around the campfire and much more including making clapping sticks and hair pins from local bush wood in the area collected on the day. A popular activity enjoyed by all! The retreat has developed their own vegetables garden which compliments the delicious native bush foods that are available in the region. Many guests take delight in picking the local bush fruits, catching and cooking their catch of the day to collecting fresh produce from the veggie garden to enjoy with their meals. This special experience makes them feel part of the family and an inclusive getaway experience with a difference.
Dampier Peninsula and Cape Leveque offer the perfect getaway for the adventurous traveller. Stretching 220 kilometres north from Broome, the only access to the area is via the partially unsealed Cape Leveque Road.
Speaking of Goombaragin Eco Retreat, Simon Haigh, CEO of WAITOC said, "WAITOC's Aboriginal Gourmet Experience campaign is intended to highlight the unique food, drink and culture experiences that Aboriginal tourism operators have to offer in WA. In recent times, we have seen the growing importance of culinary tourism as a way to immerse yourself in the culture of the destination that you're visiting. The key attributes People, Produce and Place behind Tourism Australia's Restaurant Australia campaign provides a memorable experience for the tourists. Culinary tourism is a great way to exchange culture and is growing in popularity. Kathleen Cox and John McLennan are a great example of an Aboriginal Gourmet Experience, using 'fresh' and local flavours to be experienced in WA’s unique destination of the Dampier Peninsula.”
+61 (0)419 921 946
Ms Kathleen Cox - +61 (0)429 505 347
Mr John McLennan - +61 (0)499 330 508
Goombaragin Eco Retreat
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