Situated in Australia’s South West’s premier wine region
, the Margaret River township is 10kms from the Indian Ocean, positioned on the banks of the stunning Margaret River. Some of the most picturesque scenery in Western Australia is found here, incorporating towering forests, a diverse coastline and lush green pastures that become a blaze of colour with wildfl owers in spring. Margaret River is centrally located amongst world-class wineries, spectacular caves and awesome surf breaks. A vast range of accommodation exists to suit all budgets, from fun caravan parks to five star luxury retreats. Art is integral to the Margaret River character, and can be viewed at the numerous galleries and shops. Many have artists in residence. There are also many trendy cafés and gourmet restaurants. Margaret River has a relaxed, laid back atmosphere.
The Margaret River Town
About 5,000 people live in Margaret River town, with 12,000 in the Augusta Margaret River Shire. The town has a contemporary visitor centre, supermarkets, restaurants, cafés and a host of specialty shops. Rotary Park in the town is home to superb barbecue facilities and a steam engine (named “Kate”) built in England in 1889. It is also the entrance to a number of Heritage Walking Trails. On Wallcliffe Road you’ll find the modern St Thomas Moore Catholic Church, which has been built of rammed earth and is a fine example of contemporary church architecture with interesting stained glass windows.
The coastline here is legendary, so take a drive to the seaside settlement of Prevelly. Established near the meeting of the Margaret River and the ocean, it offers breathtaking views. The road from the top of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge leads you to a wide expanse of ocean and coastline that stretches away on both sides. Adjacent to Prevelly is Gnarabup, a popular swimming beach. The massive surf along the coastline has turned the coastal area of Margaret River into a surfing mecca. The famed Surfers Point at Prevelly is the perfect vantage point for watching the local surfers take on the ocean. Every year the town is a buzz with excitement and visitors as Surfers Point hosts a world class surfing competition with up to 200 of the worlds best, taking on the massive swell. There are more than 40 places to surf, with conditions ranging from powerful reef breaks to fun beach breaks. Margaret River is one of the most consistent and scenic surfing destinations in the world.
Food and Wine
No-one should leave Margaret River without tasting the delectable local fresh produce. Choose from berries, fudge, preserves, olive oils and a large assortment of gourmet lines. One of the greatest attractions of Margaret River is its vineyards and wineries. Being classically Mediterranean with cool frost free winters, good soils which retain moisture, low summer rainfall and a long, slow ripening period, the climate is perfect for grape growing. The first grape vines were planted as recently as 1967 and within a short time have produced internationally acclaimed chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc, riesling, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and shiraz. There’s no better place to start a journey of discovery through the wine region than at the Wine Tourism Showroom in the Margaret River Visitor Centre. It features bottle and glass displays, occasional wine tastings, sensory display and wine making paraphernalia. The centre is fun as well as educational and worth a stop before you set off to discover the local wineries and vineyards. And don’t despair if wine is not your thing! There are five boutique breweries scattered among the wine country and tours are available that incorporate both.
is not to be missed. It’s a fascinating interpretive centre set amidst the famous caves and natural environment of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge located at Lake Cave
. Just 20 minutes south from the town along Caves Road, it also serves as a regional centre for preserving the fragile living geology and ecology of the area. Mammoth Cave
is also nearby and is the only cave in the region to offer universal access.
Boranup Karri Forest
Boranup Karri Forest lies between Caves Road and the coast and creates a powerful contrast with the rest of the coastline. Karri
is the third tallest tree in the world and the tall pale barked trees, reaching 60 metres or more, dominate the hilly slopes and valleys. The Boranup Forest seen today is a regrowth forest and is just over 100 years old.