2017 Margaret River Business Awards

On a cool, clear night on Thursday 3rd August the historical Margaret River Cultural Centre welcomed the regions best small businesses. This year 52 local businesses submitted their entries into the 2017 Telstra Margaret River Region Business Awards with high hopes of making their way up on stage to be rewarded for all their hard efforts.

Margaret River Region Business Awards

Richie, Saul and Gene enjoying a beverage before the gala

Commencing with delicious canapés from Catering Margaret River, sparkling wine from Swings and Roundabouts and freshly brewed beer from the Brewhouse, finalist then made their way into the theatre and were treated to a delicious charcuterie board from Rustico at Hay Shed Hill. While guests were enjoying their entrees, the Margaret River High School Jazz Band helped everyone to settle into the evening before a jaw dropping aerial silks performance by the very talented ladies from Freespirit Trapeze and Volare. The main course from Settlers Tavern was a choice of mouthwatering chicken, beef or vegetarian dishes which were enjoyed by all. An mouthwatering chocolate and orange dessert constructed by South West Regional TAFE was a sensational way to finish the collaborative dinner. Accompanied by some of the region’s finest wine from Vasse FelixHarman’s Estate and Cape Grace Wines, it’s safe to say that everyone was more than satisfied with attention to detail and hospitality throughout the evening.

CCET Best Small Business

Gene, the Cape to Cape Explorers team and other finalists making their way to the stage to accept their finalist awards.

Cape to Cape Explorer Tours are proud to announce that we had a very successful night! Being awarded finalist in the Environmental Excellence and Excellence in Tourism categories as well as WINNERS in the Best Small Business and Community Excellence categories, we are overwhelmed with the recognition we received.

Winners of the 'Best Small Business' award!

Winners and finalists of the ‘Best Small Business’ award!

To top off the night, we were awarded with the top honours of the evening, WINNERS of the Business of the Year! Thank you to the Margaret River Chamber of CommerceTelstraSettlers TavernThe Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverYour Margaret River RegionNature Conservation Margaret River Region, Kelly Harwood Photography and all of the other sponsors for making this event a night to remember. We would also like to extend our thanks to the incredible team behind CCET, our talented business partners, the local, regional and state tourism bodies and of course our inspiring clients. Without your support and hard work, we wouldn’t be where we are today!

CCET Business of the Year

At the end of the night, absolutely stoked with the result of all our hard work paying off :)

Cape to Cape Explorer Tours are excited for another busy Spring out on the Track! We are really looking forward to meeting all of our upcoming clients on both our guided and self-guided walks! If you are interested in hiking the Track in 2017, why not join our Classic Guided End-to-End Experience so you can enjoy all the challenges of the hike with a group of new friends? Not only will you enjoy the beauty and diversity of the Cape to Cape Track, but you’ll also experience some of the other awesome aspects that this region has to offer. Visiting Vasse Felix, Cape Grace, Miki’s Open Kitchen, Calgardup Cave and The Common; as well as enjoying catering from some of the regions best pantries, this is an experience you will truly remember. Book now for our 9th September 2017 and 16th September 2017 departures and receive 10% off!!! Simply head to our website or click here and when reviewing your order before checking out, type in the voucher code ‘WALK’ to receive your discount.

Our awards!

Our awards!

Salmon seek warm water for spawning

The migration of the Western Australian Salmon (Arripis truttaceus) draw crowds in their thousands to Australia’s south-west corner every year. Although not as delicious as the mouth-watering pink fleshed Atlantic salmon (Salmo solar), and not at all related, the Aussie salmon sure is good fun to fish! More closely related to herring or tommy ruff, anglers enjoy fishing for these fighters right from the beach where fish will often take to the air and run hard out to see once hooked. The fish are also sought out by commercial fisherman, with some licensee’s historically catching over 2,500 tonne of fish per year.

 

Salmon fisherman

A Salmon fisherman from the south coast (Photo: ABC Rural – Tyne logan)

The fish begin to arrive in mid-March and tend to stay around all through April after migrating along Australia’s south coast from as far as Victoria and even Tasmania. Adult fish form large schools along exposed beaches and rocky reefs. Western Australian Salmon can grow up to one meter in length and can reach a whopping 9kgs. Mostly, they feed on bait fish and they are eaten by sharks, seals, dolphins and of corse, people.

A school of Western Australian Salmon under water

An underwater shot of the Western Australian Salmon (Photo: WA Museum – Barry Hutchins)

They make their journey west to take advantage of the Leeuwin Current, which runs from north to south along the Australia’s west coast, around Cape Leeuwin and then eastward along the south coast. Teamed with the offshore winds, these conditions are perfect for the fish to spawn.

A school of Salmon in the clear waters of Contos Beach.

An uninterrupted school of Salmon in the clear waters of Contos Beach.

Eggs and newly hatched fish are carried in the Leeuwin Current and settle along the south coast between South Australia and Tasmania where they mature for three to four years before moving westward to live in schools around Hopetoun and Esperance. This is where most of the schools we see along the Cape to Cape Track head home to after their visit to the Ngari Cape Marine Park to spawn.

School of Australian salmon at Contos

An enormous ball of salmon spotted from Contos Cliffs