If you are a person who loves wine, then you probably already know about Margaret River. In the southwest of West Australia, this region is ideal for growing grapes. Since 1967 the region has been growing grapes and inviting travellers to visit for a wine tasting. This region has grown to over 100 cellar doors since then and every day there are wine tours running as well as brewery tours, even in winter it is very popular for romantic getaways. You can hire a personal driver to take you safely around the area so that you can enjoy wine tasting. Contact this company for a wine tour driver margaret-river-wine-tours.com.
Now, let’s check why every wine lover should visit.
1. It’s Australia!
The closest big city to Margaret River is Perth, the biggest city on the west coast of Australia. It’s a 3 hour relaxing drive south from Perth, although if you are travelling from overseas or interstate, it’s even easier now with direct Jetstar flights from Melbourne to Busselton 3 times a week. This is great because it means that people from Melbourne don’t have to transfer from Perth and can fly directly into the south west area. There are many private driver services available to transport you around hotels and beaches, although hiring a car is definitely a good option.
2. World-Class Food
Margaret River is a place that has a huge wine culture and production. Without any doubt, you can find some world-class food at the same time. As you know, world-class wine should be followed by some world-class food.
Some wineries have farmers platters with a selection of meats and cheeses that often come direct from the paddock to plate. Talking about food, you can find some of the best cheese you will ever taste here. Yallingup cheese company is certainly one of the best cheese producers in the region, and they are also in the same building as Goon Tycoons, so you can do a wine tasting alongside a cheese tasting. Experienced wine lovers know how good of a combination this is.
You will find winery restaurants as well as cafes and cocktail lounges where you can find a tasty meal in Margaret River. This region has attracted many world class chefs to bring themselves and their families to Margaret River, making the quality of food, world class.
3. Fantastic Beaches
Margaret River has some very famous beaches. Prevelly Beach is where the World Surf League competition is run. This event attracts thousands to watch the surfers like Kelly Slater.
Yallingup Beach is also a great surf spot and is a spot where many people like to base their holiday accommodation from. If you aren’t a surfer, during summer you can do a Yoga class with a view of Yallingup beach every morning.
The beaches near Dunsborough are much safer as they do not get the waves rolling in. They are flat calm water and many families enjoy the peace of mind of their kids swimming in fairly safe waters.
Bunker Bay Beach is very popular as well and shares the same safety that Dunsborough Beaches have. Staying at the Pullman hotel is the only real option at Bunker Bay
4. Hiking Tracks
Many travellers don’t know Margaret River for the wine, but for the Cape to Cape Hiking Track. Running between Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the track is around 135 km and runs through the towns of Yallingup, Gracetown, Injidup, Prevelly, Hamelin Bay and Augusta
Some people walk the cape to cape track during the day and at night they stay in a hotel in town. It’s a great idea to do this because on the track, although there are campsites, you won’t find any hot showers other than at the caravan parks in Prevelly, Yallingup and Hamelin Bay. In the afternoon after the hike, a lot of hikers make it to a winery for a tasting and then have a sleep in a nice hotel before returning to the track for another days walk.
5. Craft Breweries
Beer is very popular in the southwest. 11 breweries currently reside in the region, offering a variety of craft beer flavours to taste. You certainly can’t say that all breweries are the same because they all make the beer using different methods. Kids are most welcome at the breweries and most of them have kids playgrounds. Colonial Brewery even has an Aqua golf game, but the kids will struggle to get a go with all the adults wanting to play.
Breweries tend to be the most popular for lunch, even people on wine tours prefer to eat at a brewery due to the relaxed environment and a good selection of food that is sure to keep any holidaymaker happy. Beerfarm is the most popular brewery and during summer they have a variety of events to keep the crew happy. They also have a waterslide for the kids when the weather is right.
Cheeky Monkey Brewery also has a distillery and they also do wine tastings. This place is great for families
Margaret River is heaven for people that enjoy drinking wine and should be on everyone’s wish list. You can take a look at a tour of Margaret River on a bus tour or a small group private wine tour. As mentioned there are also many breweries, beaches and hiking trails to keep you entertained. We look forward to seeing you visit Margaret River and the Southwest of Australia.