Top 5 Reasons to Visit Margaret RiverThe Best of Western Australia's Southwest Region
Caves, World-Class Wineries & Stunning Beaches
If you ever searched for places to visit while travelling to Australia, you have probably come across many interesting and iconic sites like Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Garden, Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Forest.
But Australia is so much more than these well-known and over-crowded sights – it hides some of the most underrated gems, far less crowded than the usual natural and historical sites.
One of those destinations is the world-renowned town of Margaret River in the south-west of Western Australia.
Known globally for its fine wines and beautiful beaches, the south-west region of Australia is overflowing with natural charm, stunning scenery, fresh local produce and adventurous activities.
Did you know Lonely Planet has named the Margaret River Region as the top destination to visit in 2019?
All the more reason for you to finally check out the hidden treasures on this side of Australia.
The Margaret River Region is a significant wine region in south-west Western Australia with around 50 square kilometres of vineyards and wineries. Despite producing less than 3 per cent of Australia’s wine, Margaret River exports more than a fifth of its premium wine.
The region has more than 120 wineries at your disposal to check out, and many of them will allow you to wander through the stunning vastness of their vineyards. While there, you will also have the opportunity to taste some delicious local meals alongside their superb wines.
And who does not want to relax after some fine dining and wine-tasting? Afterwards, you can lay on the beach and listen to the sounds of waves coming along the shore. You can also find some of the most extraordinary sunsets in the world in the Margaret River Region.
The biggest town located nearest to Margaret River is Perth, 250 kilometres away. If you are staying in Perth, prepare for a 3-hour long journey, but it will be worth it in the end! If you are planning to taste Margaret River’s wines, we suggest you stay for a couple of nights in this region.
You also have an option of hiring a private chauffeur-driven charter vehicle, and you will be be taken on a fantastic journey you will not forget for the rest of your life.
For now, if you are still undecided whether you should visit this region, please read the top 5 reasons to visit Margaret River.
Don’t forget that the only impossible journey is the one you never started.
1. Australia’s Premier Wine Producing Region
Have you ever heard of Vasse Felix, Leeuwin Estate and Voyager Estate? They are world-class Australian wineries whose vineyards are located in the Margaret River region. Given that the area is filled with some of the most delightful wines you can try, it is an ideal place to visit for all wine and food lovers. Renting a private charter vehicle tour, you will be able to explore boutique sized wineries by yourself and enjoy local gourmet food samples at the same time.
While visiting, you have an option to wander around or to share a glass of wine with the locals and enjoy their stories about the region. You can also go on tours that will take you beyond just a cellar door and deep into the wine production areas. Travellers will get to meet winemakers, enjoy wine tastings, learn a few tips and be surprised by the generous wine discounts.
Did you know that the first commercial vineyard in Margaret River was only opened in 1967? So, as far as wine regions go, it is not very old at all. In half of the century, thanks to the unspoiled environment and immaculate microclimates but mostly to the hard work and enormous love of region’s vignerons and winemakers, it transformed into one of the best quality wine regions on the planet.
Something you have to explore by foot, on a bicycle or driving in a private charter vehicle. Let yourself be immersed in a world of excellent wines, food and exquisite beach scenery.
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- Food 70% 70%
- Transportation 50% 50%
- Activities 80% 80%
2. Setting foot on stunning beaches of the Margaret River Region
So it’s not only about wines, food delicacies and cheese tasting. If you want to feel like you are a character in one of those movies where the movie plot is set in some beautiful coastal city with sky blue sea and endless white-sand beaches, then the Margaret River region should be on the top must-see destinations this year.
If you are planning your trip during summertime, you will be positively surprised by its refreshing water temperatures, as it is a little cooler in this part of Australia. From Hamelin Bay to Injidup Beach, enjoy the picturesque beaches with white sand, natural dunes, crystal water and stunning coastline views.
Apart from that, you can take part in numerous beach activities like snorkelling on Yallingup Beach, get adventurous at Smiths Beach or show your surfing skills on Prevelly Beach (otherwise known as Surfer’s Beach). And if you just want to enjoy the scenery, head to the Gnarabup Beach where the sea is a little bit calmer due to the offshore reefs. Here you can enjoy lunch and much-needed coffee while immersing into the peaceful and satisfying life that Margaret River offers.
And we cannot skip the breathtaking sunsets. You will be amazed by the stunning colours over the sometimes calm and sometimes restless ocean. Find some popular viewing spots on the shore, or search the area to find your own perfect location, to watch the magic of a Western Australian sunset happen right before your eyes.
3. Tours of Lake Cave and Mammoth Cave
It is not only spectacular to see the Margaret River Region above the ground. There are numerous sights to be seen that this area hides from the ‘’naked eye’’, beneath the surface.
Formed approximately 1 million years ago, just below the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge there are over 100 complex limestone caves, ready to be explored by the most adventurous tourists. You can choose from easy-to-walk self-guided tours to more extreme daredevil expeditions that will surely test your fitness.
There are a few different cave systems you can check when exploring the area.
Lake Cave is the deepest of all of the open caves in the area, descending around 350 steps beneath the ground. Famous for its magical and permanent lake, Lake Cave is the place where you will definitely enjoy the silence and beauty of the ‘’now’’ moment. It almost looks like a winter wonderland came to life with beautiful stalagmites, stalactites and cave columns accented with an alluring light show. You can learn a lot about the formation and history of the cave system, not only in Western Australia but also throughout the world.
The most accessible cave is Mammoth Cave. It is a so-called ‘’natural time capsule’’ having preserved the ancient fossil remain of giant marsupial’s jawbone. For those who do not want to be guided, this is the right choice for you: it is a self-guided cave where you can wander around as you like. You will have absolutely no regrets when you take the time to visit Mammoth Cave. It is a marvellous place for admiring the beauty that only nature can provide.
Jewel Cave is the biggest cave, combining three massive cave chambers. Moreover, you can find the most extended stalactites found in any Australian cave. This is a place where legends and stories come to life. You will hear about extinct Tasmanian Tigers who die after a deadly fall into a cave. You will be immersed in a history lesson of some of nature’s most splendid work.
And for those who want to listen to an old Aboriginal legend, there is Ngilgi Cave. Discovered in the 19th century this ancient cave was previously known as Yallingup Cave, named after the nearby town. Later it changed its name to honour the Australian Aboriginal mythical good spirit, Ngilgi. It has some of the most beautiful crystal formations in the world.
4. Gourmet Escape Margaret River
Food discovery should be on the bucket list of every visitor to the Margaret River Region, and there is no event like the Western Australian Gourmet Escape that is held every year in November. It has become an annual pilgrimage for many on the east coast of Australia.
Gastronomy culture is widely known in this area, and you can find some of the most hedonistic individuals walking on the planet here.
If you want to dine on some fresh local produce, you should check out some of the best places to eat and drink in the Margaret River Region. Your private chauffeur can also help you to decide on the right restaurant or bar to grab some of the delicious local bites. Apart from the region’s sublime wines, you can find exquisite craft beers in numerous crowded pubs, along the Bussell Highway that runs straight through the middle of Margaret River.
Following the steps of traditional American culture, you can find awesome BBQ and grill bars with delicious steaks and ribs you will dream of long after you return home. You also have an abundance of artisan organic restaurants with food and food products coming from local farms just outside town. For authentic food lovers, you can visit an Eagle Bay property with premium quality extra virgin olive oil and similar products. You can also visit a regional town called Manjimup, where you can go truffle hunting and participate in the black truffle tasting.
Chocolate. One word but stands for almost 50% of all the reasons why you should finally visit this area. Absorb some of the most outstanding tastes of chocolates you ever tried in your life at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.
5. A Meeting of Modern and Indigenous Cultures
Margaret River Region is a place for different tastes. There are luxurious clubs where you can enjoy the elite service and lifestyle, there are numerous colourful bars for those who want to meet exotic locals and foreign people, there are breathtaking scenic locations for nature lovers, and there are gourmet hot spots for everyone. You can explore the vivid city light, or you can visit the rural farm areas.
If local and indigenous history is more your thing, you can take some of the tours that explore the life of fascinating Aboriginal cultures. Grasp the incredible knowledge of their life and culture, taste native food, learn about native medicine and meet the indigenous people whose life changed little since they step on Earth. Create a memorable trip; you will tell your friends and family all about.
This place is a centre of diverse arts and culture scene. Often artwork is inspired by the sea and maritime environment, and you will encounter many artists who are expressing their love for nature and sea in a wide range of different crafts, from street performance to paintings and embroideries. Many art galleries are featuring local jewellery artisans, potters, sculptors and furniture craftsmen.
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Your life will be enriched after this journey.
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