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Margaret River, Australia’s premium wine region, part 2

The historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet
The historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet
Photo by Thomas A. Wohlmut

Wine-tasting, a leisurely lunch, a scenic drive, a spectacular cave and a historic lighthouse are on tap for today as this itinerary continues in southwestern Australia.

Voyager Estate with its Cape Dutch architecture
Photo by Thomas A. Wohlmut

Day 2: South to Cape Leeuwin

Plan your day visiting three different wineries while taking in some sights along the winding country roads of the region’s southern part. Possible wineries include Leeuwin Estate Winery, Voyager Estate and Hamelin Bay Wines. Leeuwin Estate may offer special deals on shipping wine to the U.S.

Unaffected wine-tasting

Compared to so much of the pre-packaged tourist experience in California, wine-tasting in this part of the world will surprise you with its refreshing approach. The websites may look grand, but in person you’re treated like a private guest. Simply tell the wine pourer what styles you prefer, and they’ll suggest some of their best wines based on your taste. And you can taste as many as you want. No fee, no waiting, no hassle, no attitude.

Luncheon at the vineyards

The wineries offer the area’s best fine dining options and are open for lunch only. So splurge for a Provence-style long and lingering lunch and eat more casually and spartanly in the evening. The winery restaurants are generally open past mid-afternoon, so a really late lunch could carry you through the rest of the day. Consider a lunch at Voyager Estate.

A scenic drive

Caves Road leads south from here to Augusta and the historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Your drive will take you through stands of massive karri and jarrah trees, local varieties of the eucalyptus species so common in California. Don't miss Boranup Gallery for superb home accessories and furniture made from indigenous woods from Australia.

A maze of caves runs under the forests. Lake Cave in particular is a must-do in the Margaret River area. Amazing and surreal and the most beautiful cave ever, it’s like something out of the Elfin landscape of "The Lord of the Rings"!

Check out day 1 of this itinerary.

Continue reading this itinerary with day 3.

Links:
Map of Margaret River area

Dining:
Voyager Estate

Best wineries:
Cullen Wines
Leeuwin Estate
Vasse Felix
Brookland Valley
Ashbrook
Hamelin Bay Wines
Voyager Estate
Moss Wood

Sights:
Boranup Gallery
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Lake Cave

Want to learn more about Margaret River? Check out 10 Best Stops on Margaret River’s Wine and Truffle Trail, Western Australia.

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