Just a short 3 hour drive south of Perth you will arrive at Western Australia’s famous Margaret River Region. With white sand beaches, famous surf breaks, the glowing blue of the Indian Ocean, and the towering trees of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park you will quickly find out why this is a world renowned destination. Tucked away in the cozy corner of Australia’s south west the region is a mecca for those in search of long summer days spent on the beach, famous cellar doors featuring flavorsome wine, gourmet food trails and first-class dining all with an aura of a laid-back simplistic lifestyle.
Surprisingly enough the region got its name from an actual river. The Margaret River flows through this small coastal town on its way to greet the currents of the Indian ocean at the river mouth in Prevelly. Here there is no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy. You can start with a paddle along the river to discover the stunning landscapes ranging from windswept hillsides to ancient caves that you would not see otherwise.
This region is also well known for wonderful hiking and cycling tracks. Here you can walk among the stunning Indian Ocean as you follow all or part of the famous 140 kilometer Cape to Cape track that takes you from Augusta to Dunsboroguh in a 6 day adventure that you will not soon forget. You can also hit one of the many mountain biking trails in the region. You can enjoy a leisurely cruise on a beginner track or for the die-hard mountain bikers you can venture to the advanced trails that feature jumps, berms, logs, rollovers, scrabbles, and even mud.
However the region is most famous for its surfing when it comes to outdoor activities. With over 135 kilometers of coastline in the region there are over 75 pristine surf breaks to choose from. The surf culture is embedded deep in the heart of this region and locals and visitors alike love to take a deep breath and relax in this laid back nature filled atmosphere. Host to many national and international competitions it is no wonder surfers from around the globe flock to the area in search of the perfect wave. And with some of the best surf conditions in the world they often find what they have been searching for.
And of course after catching the perfect wave, or surviving your first ever surf lesson nothing tops a celebration with a bottle of fine wine from the region. Here you will find world famous wines and wineries, with the region boasting some of the best wines on the planet. In fact Margaret River produces over 20% of Australia’s premium wine, which is quite impressive considering the size of the region. Here the pristine environment and microclimates allow grape vines to flourish and transform into a delicious delicacy. A trip to the region would not be complete without meandering between a few cellar doors where you can enjoy fine wine alongside farmland vistas, roaming vineyards, and stunning coastline.
If you are not a wine person don't fear there are tons of breweries, cideries, and distilleries for you to explore as well. In fact the first brewery arrived on the scene 20 years ago and it coined the phrase ‘an oasis of beer in a desert of wine’, which to be fair was quite true for some time. However now the area is a craft beer haven with the highest concentration of micro-brews in all of Western Australia. Brave inventive styles are introduced regularly on daily tasting lists, if you are feeling brave enough try out the chili or chocolate beer. There is no better place to enjoy a cold beer on a sunny afternoon with live music and great food as company.
And of course after drinking and surfing your way through the region you will be ready for some food. From casual to first class dining Margaret River offers it all and always with the perfect bottle of local wine at hand to join your mouth watering meal. In fact the region has not only attracted world class chefs to the scene but it has also created world class chefs, with local chefs hitting the global arena from their famous creations. There is certainly no shortage of inspiration from the abundance of fresh local produce to the allure of the stunning landscapes and pristine environment. Chefs and foodies alike will love to stroll through the famous Saturday morning farmers market and collect local gourmet goodies. Be sure to get there early because the best treats normally sell out before most people are out of bed.
You can see why many Australians make a yearly pilgrimage to this stunning area. With something to offer for everyone from the adrenaline junkie to the nature lover, to the fine wine loving foodie there is something here to put a smile on everyone’s face. So head on down south and discover the stunning beaches, the hidden caves, the towering trees, handcrafted goods, farm fresh produce, and world famous wines.