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Margaret River Wine Region, Australia

Margaret River, Australia
Margaret River, Australia
Anna Carlson

Margaret River is a town and the surrounding area in Western Australia, in the very southwestern corner of the country, known most for the wineries. The visitor centre in Margaret River (the city) is a great place to stop first and grab a map of the region which has the wineries, caves and great spots to catch some waves marked off. The area spans from Eagle Bay in the north to Augusta in the south, ranging 100km on the coast. Due to the climate and soil, the region is split between reds and whites, and is predominately made up of boutique wineries. Most of the tastings are free and the wine is world-class. The chardonnays are known worldwide, so be sure to try a few of them.

Accommodation in the region is plentiful, but the caravan park in Prevelly is cheap (especially if you bring more people), close to the beach and in a central location along the 100km coast. It’s a basic place to stay without a lot of amenities, but options can include a shared bathroom or a kitchen to make your own food. However, if you are looking for a great café which overlooks the ocean and has all fresh, local ingredients, then head over to the White Elephant Café just south of Prevelly.

Beaches are bountiful and beautiful with waves made in surfer heaven, and almost anywhere you look, you have a glorious view of the ocean. Margaret River and Augusta in the south, both have underground caves which anyone can explore. Entrance into Mamoth, Lake, and Jewel Caves, and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is $70 AUD for an adult. Also in the area is mini-golf, hedge mazes, coffee, chocolate, cheese tastings, breweries, and art galleries.

The nearest airport is in Perth, Australia which is 3-3.5 hours north (driving time) of the region and the train will get you as close as Bunbury Station which is still 100km north of Margaret River. You can take a bus from Perth or Bunbury, but the entire journey will take at least 4.5 hours. There are plenty of tours of the region that will take you from Perth, but the easiest way to get there is to drive. It’s not a cheap vacation, but if you split it with some friends, you will surely make memories that will last a lifetime.