A visit to Margaret River is all about delighting the senses with new flavours, sensations and spontaneous experiences. Wine and gourmet food lovers will have an amazing time here and anyone with an appreciation for nature will know they have found a very special place.
Just 10 kilometres inland from the Indian Ocean and positioned on the banks of the stunning Margaret River, the town of Margaret River is close to world-class wineries, awe-inspiring caves and world-renowned surf breaks. It’s the perfect destination for a family holiday or time away with precious friends.
Some of the most picturesque scenery in Western Australia is found surrounding Margaret River. Towering karri forests, rugged coastline, sandy beaches and lush pastures that become a blaze of colour with wildflowers in spring are just the beginning.
This is esteemed wine country. The ever-changing colours of the vine leaves across the seasons are a reminder that nature has work to do and a winemaker’s job is not done until every grape has been harvested in the heart summer.
Many wineries have cellar door tasting areas as well as restaurants or cafes. You could spend a week in the region and still not visit all the wineries on your list.
If you don’t have time to plan your own winery tour, book a full or half-day out with a reputable tour operator in the local area.
Many people seeking alternative lifestyles have been attracted to this area and it’s now quite an artistic hotspot, with art galleries and artisan workshops dotted throughout the area.
Boutique shops line the main street and weekend markets will give you a chance to find something special to take home with you.
No-one should visit Margaret River without tasting its delectable local fresh produce, ranging from berries, fudge, preserves and olive oils to a large assortment of gourmet lines. Grab a basket and head to Margaret River’s Saturday farmers’ markets that are open each Saturday from 8am to midday. Stock up on some fresh fruit and vegetables and sample some of the amazing food that has put Margaret River on the gourmet food map.
Margaret River also has three supermarkets.
The coastline here is legendary, so take a drive to Prevelly Park. The road from the top of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge offers breathtaking ocean views and leads you to a wide expanse of sea and coastline that stretches away on both sides. Adjacent to Prevelly is a safe and pretty swimming beach called Gnarabup.
The massive surf along the coastline has turned the coastal area of Margaret River into a surfing mecca. Watching the local surfers take on the ocean is a spectacular sight.
Just 10 minutes from the town centre is the famed Surfer’s Point where the prestigious annual Margaret River Pro is held. This event attracts a host of pro-surfers every year and gets the town buzzing with excitement.
There are more than 40 places to surf, with conditions ranging from powerful reef breaks to fun beach breaks.
CaveWorks is not to be missed. It’s a fascinating visitor centre set amidst the famous caves and natural environment of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge located at Lake Cave. Just 20 minutes south from the town along Caves Road, it also serves as a regional centre for preserving the fragile living geology and ecology of the area. Mammoth Cave is also nearby and offers a self-guided audio experience.
Your jaw will drop with a drive through Boranup Karri Forest, just 20 minutes south of Margaret River. This is a forest of giant karri trees, the third-tallest tree in the world, and the tall pale-barked trees reaching heights of 60 metres or more dominate the hilly slopes and valleys and are an awesome sight. Be sure to take your camera.
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