WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Bushtucker River and Winery Tours are owned and guided by Helen Lee, a West Australian with an education in anthropology and botany and teaching. The tours commenced in 1988 in Pemberton W.A. as a project by Helen to bring the natural world to the visitor in a fun and informative valuable way!

In 1990, Helen Lee opened her Bushtucker Canoe Tour on the Margaret River, and guided every tour 360 days of the year, for the next 6 years. Having a passion for Aboriginal and natural history, Helen discovered medicinal plants native to the river and coast. Using these plants and natural bush foods, Helen concocted 25 interesting gourmet foods for the traveller to experience. The river and cliffs provide a natural adventure path as travellers follow Helen and her specialist guides through wildflowers, crystal waters in the huge wallcliffe! Aboriginal heritage and  forested islands reveal unique Australian flora and fauna. The pioneer hardships and native foods, plus Aboriginal bush remedies are demonstrated against the backdrop of magnificent Wallcliffe House, 1828-1862. The story of how the river formed 60,000 years ago unfolds as the traveller enjoys food collection, medicine use and a gourmet picnic prepared from all Helen’s collected “Bushtuckers”. Between each river site  and the gourmet picnic, travellers canoe in 2-5 seater eco canoes, stable and silent, in the pristine forest surrounding Margaret River! Swimming is a must,October to May each year!

Helen and her guides’ story telling ability and their passion for the environment bring to life the cultural world of Aboriginal and outdoor Australian life. The tour is fine for active and inactive visitors. Awards in 1996 for excellence in heritage and cultural tourism, and again in 1999 and 2002 have provided strong motivation for Helen to maintain quality, informed and professional tour guiding on the beautiful Margaret River.

In 1999 Helen Lee was awarded the F.A.C.E.T. Golden Guide pin for the best guide, the only award of its kind in Australia.

bushtucker_team1In 1997 Helen created the Bushtucker Great Wine, Food, Forest Tour. From pickup at 10am to 5pm (returning to accommodation) travellers are guided through the famous Margaret River Wine Region and its excellent attractions. From Busselton, Dunsborough or Margaret River and now Bunbury’s Ferguson Valley Wine Region, guests can join the Bushtucker Great Wineries Tour and experience premium white and red wines, cheeses, chocolate, ports,cocktails, liquors and boutique beers! The itinerary is planned around natural good fun and beautiful estates! Five old, new or boutique wineries and a brewery are visited as well as cheese and chocolate factories.

All ages enjoy the groovy music, interesting wine, food and forest commentary and try rare and tasty gourmet Margaret River produce at a winery lunch. It is a beautiful day of good cheer and available 364 days of the year!

Visitors travel in comfortable mini coaches with 13-20 other travellers from all over the globe!