"Great combination of Beaches and Wineries"
The Margaret River is probably my favourite wine region in Australia.
Firstly, I love the wines (Cabernet Sauvignon,Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon)
Secondly it has the perfect combination of great wineries,stunning views, awesome vineyard restaurants as well as fantastic beaches. What more could you want!
When to come
As with Perth, you can visit all year round. The summer months are great as you can appreciate lazy al fresco lunches and the beaches.
The Winter months can be great if you pick a place with a log fire - very cosy.
The Margaret River is a 3.5 hour drive from Perth, mainly down the freeway making it an easy drive.
Hire a car and explore yourself. Or get here and then take part in an organised wine tour so you don't have to worry about drinking and driving.
Personally, I think Margaret River is about leisurely lunches with a few visits to the wineries. You can always book a taxi to take you back to your accommodation or the beach.
Where to go
Vasse Felix, Harmans Road South and Caves Road, COWARAMUP. Well known international wines. Also has an interesting art gallery.Mad Fish, Miamup Road, COWARAMUP. Another well known Australian wine brand, winning many awards notably for its Shiraz and Riesling. Clairault Wines, Caves Road, WILYABRUP – a great place for lunch.Lamonts, Gunyulgup Valley Drive, YALLINGUP – good restaurant and views overlooking the lake. Also run special culinary events over the weekends of the last weekend in May and September.FlameTree Wines, Corner Caves Road and Chain Avenue, Marybrook – an up and coming boutique winery, recently winning several awards.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS WORTH VISITINGMargaret River Chocolate Company – 20 mins from both Bussleton and Margaret River, 415 Harmans Mill Road, METRICUP. Open every day, Free entry. Simmo’s Ice-creamery and Fun Park, 161 Commonage Road, Dunsborough. Fabulous ice-cream as well as ice-cream eating emus. Sunflowers Animal Farm, Caves Road - spend a day here or stay on the farm. Great for kidsCape to Cape Coastal Trail walk which runs between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. It’s 140km long but there is no need to do the whole thing!Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse – near the picturesque town of Augusta. It is the tallest lighthouse in Australia and there are normally some sealions and other marine life to spot.
Where to stay
Losari Retreat – from $450 to £180Vintages Accommodation B&B $140 to $200Cape Lodge, voted best boutique hotel in Australia. Great restaurant. Also offers cooking lessons. Located on its own vineyard from $220Sienna Estate, 3 Canal Rocks Road, Yallingup. Located on its own vineyard $170
Traveling on to Albany and Esperance
you could head straight back up to Perth. You could however do a larger loop trip back and see more of Western Australia.
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Perth to Albany australian road maps
Albany is steeped in Maritime history and is the place of the first European settlement on the Western Coast of Australia.
It has a rugged coastline and is now a bustling town. It’s also a good place to see whales from late July to October. The nearby town of Denmark is a picturesque seaside village also worth a visit for its fishing and snorkelling.
Where to stay:Flinders Park Lodge, Albany $180 Beachside at Bayside, Albany $250
Esperance, 720km from Perth, is a little bit out on a limb BUT the beaches here are breathtaking and stunning with white sand and virtually deserted.
It’s known as the Bay of Isles due to its amazing beaches and coastline. Lucky Bay is probably the most famous of its beaches.
The Pink Lake (it appears pink at certain times of the year) is also very pretty. It also has its own mini Ocean Drive (38km) which runs along the stunning southern coast.
Accommodation ideas for EsperanceIsland View Apartments from £160 per room
I’d only add this to your trip if you are going in the warmer months. Otherwise, it’s a long way to see some beaches!
If not , head back up to Perth on the main highway and do a detour to see
3km from the town of Hyden, lies one of western Australia’s most visited natural attractions.
Wave Rock looks like a wave and is 15m high and 100m long. The rock is made of granite and its shape is due to millions of years or wind and rain.
Wave Rock is on your way back up to Perth but it is still a bit of a detour. In my opinion, it’s worth it.
Avoid staying here though as the accommodation on offer is not up to much. Head up along the highway to Perth and spend a night in a motel along route when you have had enough driving!
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