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Region size: 807sqkm
Distance from Perth: 275km
Between June and August, Margaret
River collects just over half its
annual rainfall – about 600mm.
But that’s no reason to stay away.
The landscape turns green and
luscious at this time, with the
wild coastline a spectacle in itself.
Winter is also off-peak season
for tourists, so accommodation is
cheaper. September to November
sees the temperature reach a
pleasant maximum of about 20
degrees, although some days still
wear a winter chill. Wildflowers
start blooming, so it’s a great time
to hit walking trails. It doesn’t start
to heat up until late December,
with most days in the mid 20s.
This is an ideal time for wine tours.
As summer really gets going from
December onwards, beach lovers
migrate to the region. You’ll find
fantastic surf and scenery along
the coast to enjoy.
The region’s home to great
surfing and family-friendly
MARGARET RIvER CENTRAL
Things to do | July to December 2010.
REASONS TO GO
The inspirational surrounds of the
region have attracted a swarm of
artists. Walk the Artisan Trail an d you’ll
find artists with their own studios and
galleries dotting the area. Yo u’ll find
internationally and natio nally renowned
photographers, jewellers, painters,
glass blowers and wood and metal
craftsman. The trail will help lead you
to an understanding of the artistic
process and perhaps a nice piece of art
to take home! For more information,
in no part of the world is the ocean
spoken of with such reverence as it is in
Margaret River; you can spot the locals
by the way they gather in small groups,
discussing swell conditions in hushed
voices. if you’re friendly, they may tell
you where the surf ’s good. But don’t
expect any revelations of the ‘sacred
sites’– not before you’ve lived there
for a decade or so. in the meantime,
Prevally Beach is known as one of the
best swimming beaches. For surfing, try
the breaks at Surfers Point and Contos.
if you’re looking to relax, Margaret
River is the place for you. Natural
sedatives include watching the sunset
over the magnificent coastline, or a
walk through the tranquil karri forests.
Hit the local visitor centre for a guide to
walk trails. Need an extra dose of calm?
Try a hot volcanic stone massage or a
session of reiki with some of the local
experts. There are also yoga sessions at
the Margaret River Yoga School and tai
chi classes at the Leeuwin Naturaliste
Taoist Tai Chi Society.
JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV
Central Margaret River is a vibrant
cosmopolitan township in a magical rural
setting that could calm even the most
frayed of city nerves. With magnificent
food, wine and surf, it has long been
one of the nation’s premier holiday
destinations. And you’ll find it all just
three hours south of Perth.
ENJOY... a romantic weekend or
adventurous family getaway, and plenty
of wonderful scenery and activities.
• 40 years ago the first vines
were planted in the region.
• 3.5 -hour drive south of Perth
• 60-plus wineries
• More than 1.5 million tourists
explore the region each year.
• Fantastic shopping outside the city!
The boutiques along Margaret River’s
main street stock everything from
fashion to gifts and homewares.
• A thriving arts scene with unique
galleries throughout the district.
In July, cold nights; days rise to 16.7°C
average, up to 25.8°C in December.
Rain peaks in June (209mm average).
Margaret River North
Margaret River Central
Margaret River South
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