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from 10, 14 or 15,000Ō
over the spectacular
Margaret River regions,
and land on the beach!
WINERIES & PRODUCERS
If you’re taking a self-guided tour, be sure to visit a tourist
centre in Margaret River to pick up your food and wine bible.
The Margaret River Region Map and Guide includes more
than 150 wineries, breweries, food factories and attractions
listed on its A2 page. Use the free map to devise your own
wine tour, hunt down gourmet samples, or just use it as
a food coaster when you picnic at one of the many scenic
destinations listed on the back of the map. Avoid one of your
group being a designated driver by joining one of the many
tour options available, from casual experiences to travelling
around in a limousines, and encompassing wines, cheese
and chocolate. You can even design your own tour.
Besides the surf, Margaret River is also known for its Boranup
Forest, which is an epic place for mountain biking. Take
a tour on easy-to-ride winding paths between the trees.
Most tours feature plenty of stops – every ten to 15 minutes
or so – so you can take a break and have a quick chat with
the guide. There are rides that can be tailored to your
capability so there are tracks with jumps for the adventurous,
or leisurely trails for those who are keen to relax.
The caves offer a combination of cool conditions and
fantastic surrounds. Of the 150 in the region, a handful have
lit, easy-access paths and offer guided tours. The swish,
eco-friendly facilities at Jewel Cave include interpretation
area, shop and cafe. There are caves along the length of the
limestone ridge, from Ngilgi Cave near Yallingup to Lake
Cave towards Augusta. Call (08) 9757 7411 for info on tours.
Grab a map from the visitor centre and, for a short walk,
make your way to Rotary Park, at the northern end of the
town, where several circuit trails begin and end. Choose from
the River Walk (2km), Karri Walk (1.5km) or Bridge Walk (3km)
and not only will you see abundant wildflowers, but also
learn about the history of the region. Best time to visit is from
mid-September to mid-October.
LOOK FOR The soft lemon-coloured karri wattle; boronia;
and the white clematis, also known as ‘old man’s beard’.
SELF-GUIDED OR GUIDED TOURS:
CAPE TO CAPE TRACK
While well known for its spectacular coastal scenery, this
135km track also loops inland across the ridge at several
points and takes you through forest and woodland areas.
With numerous access points and a variety of wildflower
experiences available, it’s best to check with local tour
operators for half- or full-day wildflower guided walks.
Touring with kids
Hopping around Margaret River isn’t just
about the adults. Several of cellar doors and
breweries have sensibly catered for children!
Here are some kid-friendly options.
3 OCEANS | Kids’ menu, grassed areas
ARAVINA ESTATE | Adventure playground
suitable for all ages
BOOTLEG BREWERY | Playground area with
white sand, slides, swings and toilet facilities
BUSH SHACK BREWERY | Toys, playground
CHEEKY MONKEY BREWERY | Large grassed
area, children’s menu
COLONIAL BREWING COMPANY | Playground
and grassed area
CULLEN WINES | Large paddock,
DUCKSTEIN BREWERY | Playground,
EAGLE BAY BREWERY | Playground area
KNEE DEEP | Tables with toys inside
LAURANCE WINES | Large grassed area
LEEUWIN ESTATE | Huge grassed area
SWINGS & ROUNDABOUTS | Footballs,
cricket, boules to borrow, large grassed area
(you can even bring your dog)
WATERSHED PREMIUM WINES | Children’s
menu, grassed areas
WILL’S DOMAIN | Playground with sand
XANADU WINES | Playground and kids’ menu
Sections of the track around Wilyabrup Cliffs, Contos Camp
Ground, and the Boranup Forest are recommended. Best
anytime between September and November.
LOOK FOR On the coast – the bright pink pimelea; the blue
fan-shaped flowers of the scaevola; and templetonia, better
known as red cockies’ tongue. In the forests – climbing vines
such as the red coral vine and native wisteria.
Not keen to get in the car to see the sights? Why not consider skydiving instead? See the spectacular landscape over
Busselton and Margaret River on a 20-minute flight, and jump out at 10,000 feet to land on Busselton foreshore. The
best views are of Geographe Bay and the Busselton Jetty, and you can see the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and the
unmistakable rows of vines in Margaret River. If you’ve never skydived before, the tandem jumps only take two hours
from training to landing, and each jump is personally recorded by your instructor.
The Cape to Cape Track
(photography Renee Bergere).
Photography Dirty Detours.
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