Ferguson Valley, Western Australia by Jo Castro
A view you might see along the way, within the picturesque Ferguson Valley in the Geographe wine growing region.

When the weather’s wet and cold in South West Australia, there’s nothing better we like to do than get out for a long lazy Sunday lunch with friends and family.

Especially at a wine estate with great views, overhead gas heaters and a menu to make the angels weep.

Geographe wine region

Hackersley Wine Estate and Restaurant is in the Geographe wine region, about 30 minutes from Bunbury, 11 kms from the small town of Dardanup on the Ferguson Road in the lovely Ferguson Valley, which at this time of year is greener than the very lush fields of Irish meadows.

What to expect

You can expect to get here after a two hour drive from Perth, and you may want to stop for a glass of mulled wine or a cleansing ale at The Moody Cow micro brewery along the way, as our friends did.

But it’s the food you’ll love most of all at Hackersley. Five courses for $65 (2014 prices) with free wine tasting at the cellar door to get things moving along nicely (Wine ranges from around $26 to $26 a bottle).

Here’s what you might expect … oh and the menu changes about every 6 weeks.

Hackersley wine estate, ferguson valley

Venison beetroot amuse bouche (suggested wine: SBS or Merlot). The venison was tender and succulent and the beetroot made a nice tart foil to the slightly sweeter taste of venison.

Hackersley wine estate, ferguson valley

Pea and ham soup with garlic bread and pork crackling crumble (suggested wine: Verdelho) The pea and ham soup got the thumbs up from our grown up offspring. The pork crackling crumble got us all talking.

Hackersley wine estate, ferguson valley

Barramundi with prawn curry sauce, scallop, chinese cabbage, and curried wild rice (suggested wine: SBS or Cebernet Merlot). The barramundi was my husband’s favourite course. The crispy curried wild rice had us all guessing and the prawn curry sauce was flavoursome without being overpowering.

Hackersley wine estate, ferguson valley

Fillet of beef with braised red onion, paris mash, capsicum sabayon, red wine and bitter chocolate sauce (suggested wine: Semillon or Merlot) Ok, this was my favourite as the red wine and bitter chocolate sauce was so unusual, and the fillet was cooked just right – a little bit rare but nicely sealed on the outside.

Hackersley wine estate, ferguson valley

Caramelised pear tart with apple mousse, caradamom crumble, pear and almond dacquoise (suggested wine: Sauvignon Blanc) Nothing not to love about the pudding.

Five Things we loved about Hackersley Wine Estate and Restaurant

1. The service is great. Cellar door staff knew their stuff and the restaurant staff were charming.

2. The setting is really pretty … overlooking sylvan fields with sheep grazing and a large dam below the restaurant.

3. The decked area would be wonderful al fresco in summer, while in winter it’s enclosed by thick see through plastic and warmed by overhead gas heaters.

4. The food is inventive, interesting, and definitely not something I’d readily be able to whip together for a Sunday lunch at home.

5. The Hackersley wines are superb. We especially enjoyed the Cabernet Merlot and the Verdelho.

Coming up at Hackersley

Hackersley’s winter degustation dinner

date: saturday 12 july

time: 7pm

cost: $125, very limited seating, further details to be announced

African drumming workshop morning

date: friday 8 august

rsvp: wednesday 6 august

time: 10am-noon

cost: $25, incl morning tea

info: facilitated by peter russell, beginners are encouraged to come along to this fun drumming workshop based on west african, samba and middle eastern rhythms

Hackersley is open Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm


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  1. Rae Hilhorst

    Wow that food looks awesome and what a variety, beautifully plated up to, I am fascinated by the clear plate. I haven’t been to this winery before and hadn’t heard the name Hackersley Winery, I am keen now to try their wines, I will be scouring our local bottle shop xxx

  2. I love the Ferguson Valley. Lucky you, living in Bunbury you can visist for the day! I find it’s kind of out of the way from everything else (perhaps that’s part of the charm?), but always worth the detour/sidetrip.

    I don’t recall ever visitng Hackersley. That food looks scrumptious, so it’s going on my list of new places to try for lunch on my next Down South trip!

  3. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it

    What a peaceful view in a beautiful setting with family. The venison peaked my interest since we grew up with a deer hunting family. Now it’s a scarce treat and that’s what I would order first and then taste all the rest. P. S. for bragging rights – I can’t resist! My guest poster on the tutorial for taking professional fireworks photos is my lovely and talented daughter.

  4. Thanks for popping by Neva, and yes the venison was indeed delicious, but a long lazy lunch with the family (and a wonderful menu) was priceless. Gosh, I didn’t realise the guest poster was your daughter – clever lass! Her photos were stunning 🙂

  5. Yes, that’s the joy of Bunbury, Bonny! Lots of people pass it by on the tourist route but living and working here is ace as we are close to ‘down south’ and only two hours from Perth, and yep, 15 mins from the lovely FErguson Valley. Hackersely has been going about 12 years, Adrie one of the owners told me (we have only just discovered it too).

  6. It was plated up beautifully hey, Rae. It makes such a difference to the experience I think. I also loved the clear plate, would love to have some at home with pretty mats underneath. Hop yu manage to find some Hackersley wines – we did enjoy the two I mentioned in the blog post very much 🙂

  7. I am literally salivating over those gorgeous photos of the meal! It looks like a wonderful place to dine and wine in picturesque surrounds.

  8. Next time Kathy, you’ll have to go there 🙂 Thanks for popping by today!

  9. Thanks for popping by Kathy – yes and yes it was! When next in SWA ….!!

  10. Denise Gillies

    We ‘ve visited top restauants throughout Australia. Hackersley’s is as good or better than any.

  11. Ellen Gude

    We live in Busselton and discovered Hackersley on a lazy, meandering drive. Their set price 5 course menus are superb. Allow yourselves a few hours to savour them slowly after starting the afternoon with a wine tasting. They also do special occasions so do sign up for their newsletter or like them in Facebook.

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