If you’ve ever been to the Margaret River in Western Australia, you’ll already know what a gem of a tourist spot it is. For most places, having climate which is pleasant all year round, wonderful beaches (both for surfing and sun baking) stunning forests and glorious, pristine scenery would be enough, but the Margaret River has a major trump card – some of the best and most attractive wineries in Australia, if not the world. What else do you need to encourage you to book a weekend away?!
The Margaret River Region stretches from Dunsborough and Yallingup in the north through Cowaramup, Prevelly and Karridale to Augusta in the south and each settlement has its own unique charms and attractions. The town of Margaret River itself is the perfect place to base yourself if you’re new to the region as it encapsulates all that makes this slice of Western Australia so special. For starters, there are incredible surf beaches nearby with crystal blue waters framing glaringly white, sandy beaches – fabulous! Inland, the surrounding countryside is a mix of peaceful, ancient forests and dozens upon dozens of vineyards. Of course, the Margaret River wineries are world famous, both for the quality of the wines that they produce and the beauty of their scenery. Vineyards such as Cape Mentelle, Voyager Estate, and the Leeuwin Estate Winery (known for it’s outdoor events and concerts) are a must for anyone taking a short break in the area. The Margaret River is also gourmet’s delight as its fantastic local produce has attracted chefs from far and wide to settle and set up their own excellent restaurants.
Margaret River tours are a great way to pack as much into your stay as possible and there is a huge variety on offer, whether you’re looking for something sporty, like a surfing safari, or to indulge your inner gourmet with a Margaret River food and wine tour. And if you’re more interested in romantic getaways than sightseeing in a group, there are plenty of tour operators who can arrange a personalized bespoke tour just for you and your partner.
When it comes to finding somewhere to stay, few tourist destinations can boast the range of hotels, bed and breakfast establishments and resorts that Margaret River accommodation can. If you want to make your Margaret River holiday one to truly remember, staying somewhere like the Cape Lodge Luxury Resort or the Yallingup Luxury Retreat is hard to beat. If those resorts are little beyond your budget, maybe a stylish bed and breakfast hotel or a cottage in the grounds of a winery might suit you better. And if beach life is the main focus of your visit to the region, perhaps you’d prefer to stay in a hostel or beach house close to a surf town like Yallingup or in a spot like Hamelin Bay, where you can easily get to some prime surf beaches.
Wherever you decide to stay and whatever you end up doing, we’re sure that you’ll find the Margaret River a wonderful place for a weekend away, or even longer.