Margaret River, Western Australia

The town of Margaret River in Western Australia is internationally renowned for being situated in one of the best wine growing regions in the country. But that is not all that this unique holiday destination has to offer visitors. There is also spectacular scenery with majestic forests, excellent surf breaks at Prevelly and other nearby beaches, fine dining restaurants, boutique breweries, numerous art galleries and a multitude of fresh produce from cheese right through to chocolate. All of this is perfectly complemented by the relaxed country charm and laid back atmosphere that exists everywhere in this region.

As a holiday destination Margaret River services more than 300,000 visitors per year with the majority of these people coming to sample the wines. The surrounding region is predominantly made up of boutique-size wine producers but there are also a few larger estates including Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix, Xanadu, Brookland Valley and Cullen Wines. Nearly all of the 130+ wineries have cellar doors with free tastings and many of the vineyards all have delightful restaurants set in a relaxed environment and serving a variety of fresh, local produce which compliments their wines perfectly.

Apart from the win, however, there are also plenty of other interesting attractions in and around Margaret River, including the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the many caves that are located there. There are 6 main cave complexes that are open to the public and they are the Jewel Cave, Ngilgi Cave, Calgardup Cave, Giants Cave, Lake Cave and Mammoth Cave. Situated just a short drive away each cave offers something unique, with the Lake and Mammoth caves being the most popular ones. More thrills can be found around Margaret River with activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing and whale watching all easily accessible. With a range of boutique shops and galleries scattered around the area and the main street being a buzz when the weekend markets are on you will find that the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Margaret River will please even the most discerning visitors.

How To Get There :      By far the most popular way to get to Margaret River is by car because this allows you to explore all of the nearby attractions at your own leisure. Margaret River is a 3 hour (300 kilometres) drive south of Perth along the Kwinana Freeway (which eventually becomes the Forrest Highway), then at Bunbury you turn left at the 2 roundabouts to bypass the city and head onto the Bussell Highway which leads you all the way to Margaret River. Alternatively you can catch one of the daily Trans WA or South West Coach Lines buses from Perth in order to get to Margaret River.

Weather :      The south west Australian region of Margaret River has significantly more rainfall between the months of May and September with an average of 16-23 rainy days each month and also average maximum daily temperatures ranging from 16-20°C. Then from October onwards through to April it hardly rains at all and the average maximum daily temperature heats up to 28°C in January and February.

Suitable For :      Couples looking for a romantic escape, wine lovers and surfing enthusiasts.

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