Hotels Margaret River Western Australia
Margaret River: SurfÃ¢â¬â¢s Up, WineÃ¢â¬â¢s Poured
If you havenÃ¢â¬â¢t heard of Margaret River, you might not believe that a sunny region exists near Perth where vineyards flourish against crashing waves, bordered by towering forests parsed with grottos. But you can easily go from the beach to your favourite winery to a cool, shady cave in a matter of minutes when you visit this part of Western Australia. Considered one of AustraliaÃ¢â¬â¢s main premium wine producing regions, the Margaret River area stretches from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin in the East, bordered by the Indian Ocean to the west. Unsurprisingly, Margaret River receives over 500, 000 visitors a year. Numerous holiday rental options are available: private villas, family homes and swanky apartments are only a few of them.
Margaret River: Bordeaux in Australia
Due to its Mediterranean climate conducive to both red and white production, Margaret River has been likened to the Bordeaux region in the southwest of France. The area appeals to wine connoisseurs and budding sommeliers, as it favours boutique wineries over mass consumption. To get the most out of your time in Margaret River, you can participate in a variety of wine tours. Half and full-day options are available, with tastings at between four to six wineries. Lunch or a sample platter of local dairy products and chocolate is likely to be included. If you prefer to venture out on your own, some wineries are open to the public and feature restaurants, such as Knee Deep Winery. Others, like Fraser Gallop Estate, offer a more intimate experience but tours and visits must be booked in advance.
Surfing and Water Sports
Margaret River has earned a worldwide reputation for its surf breaks. Boasting over 130km of coastline, there is a spot for everyone from beginners to experts to ride the waves. If youÃ¢â¬â¢re visiting for the surf, be sure to travel to Margaret River in spring or winter, though good waves are present no matter the season. In March or April each year, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro gives you a chance to watch some of the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s surfing pros ride the waves. On the other end of the spectrum, the Margaret River region is home to several surf schools, allowing novices to be initiated without being overwhelmed, as parts of the coastline consistently offer small beach breaks.