No trip to Western Australia (WA) is complete without visiting one of Australia’s most magical places. Margaret River, with its incredible coastline and year-round sunshine is WA’s prime surfing and wine growing region.
Well-known on the global surfing circuit for delivering some of Australia’s best waves, Margaret River once existed to cater almost exclusively for surfers. In the last 40 years, however, the region’s reputation for producing some of the country’s top wines placed this laid-back surfie town well and truly on the map.
These days, surfers and food & wine lovers rub shoulders in the town’s sophisticated restaurants and breezy cafes. Visiting the award-winning vineyards and wineries is a must-do activity. Enjoy wine tasting and gourmet dining in one of over 90 wineries. Learn why Margaret River’s unique soil and climate produces such exceptional wines and enjoy a drop of some of the world’s finest Cabernet. Time your visit for April and you’ll be able to sample the best of the best at the Margaret River Wine Region Festival.
World-class surf brings world-class surfers during The Margaret River Classic (October) and the Margaret River Pro, a world qualifying surfing event held in April each year. Catch some of the action and see surf greats like Kelly Slater conquer the waves or head to your own, more secluded beach, just a little further south.
Margaret River’s Mediterranean climate is conducive to feasting, creating and relaxing – something the locals know – and do! – only too well. Indulge in the local crayfish, cheeses and jams and wander the town’s many art galleries. And when the sun gets too hot, take refuge in the welcoming cool of the region’s magnificent karri forests and underground caves.
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