Courtesy of celebrity chef Curtis Stone, Tourism Western Australia and Down Under Endeavors! All you have to do is become a fan on Facebook to enter the sweepstakes for this extraordinary trip.
Western Australia is the largest state in Australia located in the western half of the country and is divided into five distinct regions: the North West, Coral Coast, Golden Outback, Perth, and the South West – each offering a unique outdoor experience exploring the State’s many natural wonders. Australia’s North West is home to spectacular natural attractions, including the Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park, the world’s only Horizontal Waterfall, the famed white sands and turquoise water at Broome’s Cable Beach, and the million acre El Questro Wilderness Park. Travelers to the Coral Coast can dive with the world’s largest fish – the whale shark, snorkel with manta rays, see wild dolphins at play, and explore Ningaloo Reef—the world’s largest fringing reef. Australia’s Golden Outback, the Gold Rush country of the 1890’s, offers the ideal blend of history and heritage. Travelers can explore mines and museums, pan for gold, or visit one of Kalgoorlie’s historic pubs. In spring, travelers to Australia’s Golden Outback can see the largest collection of wildflowers on earth in bloom. Western Australia’s capital city, Perth, and the surrounding region is a microcosm of the whole state, boasting vineyards, fantastic restaurants, a lively and original music and arts scene, and stylish accommodation. Perth is also home to Kings Park, the world’s largest inner city park. Featuring beautiful beaches, tall tree forests, and award winning wineries, the South West is also home to the famous Margaret River region, which produces almost 20% of Australia’s premium wine. With over 220 wine producers in the region, travelers can explore more than 100 cellar doors, which are open to the public, as well as an abundance of great Australian restaurants showcasing fresh local produce.
Just ask celebrity Aussie chef Curtis Stone, the new host of Bravo’s hit show Top Chef Masters, who recently visited his old stomping ground: “Western Australia offers such a beautiful landscape and a bounty of extraordinary experiences that you can’t find anywhere else in Australia,” says Curtis. “Much like my cooking philosophy—which is to keep it simple and cook with naturally produced ingredients—the allure of Western Australia for me is its pristine, untouched environment, stunning landscapes, and friendly people. You have to visit to truly understand how extraordinary it is.”
For a chance to win a free vacation (valued at over $10,000 USD) to Western Australia, recently named one of the “Hottest Travel Destinations of 2011” in Travel + Leisure, simply become a “fan” of the Down Under Endeavours Facebook page by August 12, 2011. The winner and a companion will visit Western Australia’s capital city of Perth and experience the ultimate luxury wilderness camping experience steps from world’s largest fringing reef—Ningaloo Reef—located along Western Australia’s Coral Coast. Down Under Endeavours is a premier luxury travel agency and are well-respected experts in South Pacific and Australian locales, culture and history.
Throughout the course of the Extraordinary Western Australia online sweepstakes, contestants will hear from Curtis Stone about his recent trip to Western Australia, see video footage of his travels throughout the state, and learn some of his favorite recipes incorporating Western Australian produce on the Down Under Endeavours Facebook page. On August 15, 2011, the winner will be announced online. They don’t call it the lucky country for nothing!
The FREE trip to Extraordinary Western Australia prize details include:
- Round trip flights from Los Angeles to Perth and Exmouth on Qantas Airways
- 4 nights at The Richardson in Perth
- 3 nights at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef in an exclusive luxury wilderness tent, steps from the beach and the world’s largest fringing reef—Ningaloo Reef. (Sal Salis portion includes roundtrip transfers, all meals, national park entry fees, sea-kayaking, snorkeling trips, guided gorge walks, and a cruise on Yardie Creek.)
- The winner may also add a free stop over in Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane for no additional cost (airfare only).
For additional contest rules and details, please click here. For more information on extraordinary experiences in Western Australia, please visit: www.westernaustralia.com. For more information on Down Under Endeavors visit: www.downunderendeavours.com