Meander three hours south of Perth through sky-scraping marri and karri trees for the ultimate Western Australian mini-break in Margaret River. Whether it’s trekking, speed boating, caving, sampling world class wine or having your tastebuds teased, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
The Margaret River region spans 100 kilometres from Busselton to Augusta; and includes the area of Yallingup, which is the aboriginal word meaning place of love. First encountered by European settlers in 1899, Yallingup has been a favourite tourist destination ever since thanks to its extensive caving system and close proximity to the coast. With vineyards virtually rolling into the ocean, the range of outdoor activities are endless.
An ideal spot to unwind in between all the action is the Quality Inn Margaret River set in the natural bushland the region is so famous for. Situated moments from the Margaret River Township, most activities are no more than a thirty minute drive away. Catering to families, friends and couples, the accommodation options suit everyone and feature air-conditioning, cable TV, in-house movies, Wi-Fi, hairdryers, a pool and restaurant.
Enjoy an invigorating zoom through Geographe Bay in a speed boat with Naturaliste Charters. Explore the secluded caves and coves where smugglers once hid their treasures which is now kept guard by the penguins, New Zealand fur seals and playful dolphins, and between September and December, humpbacks and rare blue whales.
Return to terra firma with a cape to cape trek, spanning 135 kilometres between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, along craggy cliffs, beaches and jaunts into the forest. The track has a gentle gradient and day trekkers can enjoy the solitude or join a group and explore the in-depth expertise of a guide on a Cape to Cape Explorer Tour.
So many wineries, so little time. Let Harvest Tours take the mystery out of choosing with one of their bespoke tours. The on-board fridge ensures all the goodies collected along the way stay fresh, even if your travelling companions aren’t so rosy after refusing the spittoon.
Alternatively, you could take your time and eat your way through the countless fresh produce outlets like the Margaret River Providore, The Berry Farm, Candy Cow, Miller’s Ice-cream and Gabriel Chocolate, who have a bean to bar philosophy.
The gastronomy ranges from high-end options like Cape Lodge (considered one of the best in Australia) to a lingering brunch of pancakes at the Sea Gardens beachside café in Prevelly. Overlooking undulating vineyards is Cullen Wines, or savour vineyard views and lush forest at Clairault or Leeuwin Estate with its stunning forest backdrop, art gallery, wine and seasonal menu.
There are many breweries catering well towards families with impressive playgrounds and casual menus, including the German-inspired Duckstein Brewery and handcrafted brews at Eagle Bay Brewery and Clancy’s Fish Pub.
Margaret River is a Western Australian favourite. Make it yours, too!