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o paraphrase Samuel
Johnson, if you’re tired of
Margaret River, you’re not
Everyone with a heartbeat
surfers, oenophiles, art-lovers and
hedonists – can find a thrill here.
The options keep growing.
Every season new cellar doors, tour
operators, farm-gate shops and day
spas add to the quality favourites
that keep us all going back time
Taking the low road
Caves Road can resemble a
(slow-moving) highway when
it’s clogged with wine tourists
struggling to meet the 90km speed
limit. Time to scour the back roads
for surprises – little galleries,
artists’ studios, farm-gate shops
and cellar doors you always meant
to find. Flex your map and discover
the ‘old’ Margaret River.
and again. In peak season it can get
crowded, so in summer, take the
chance to explore the back roads
and discover some lesser-known
wineries and tucked-away artisans.
Choose your new favourite
swimming beach by following the
less-travelled roads and coastal
walk trails between Geographe
Bay and Augusta.
Disappearing into the cool of the
caves is good heat-busting tactic.
Sinking into a shaded chair with a
crisp local white is another.
Autumn sees some of the
region’s best weather – shiny days,
calmed winds, gentle warmth.
Activity cranks up in the vineyards
for vintage, and the regional wine
festival is celebrated with the kind
of fanfare befitting a world-class
wine region. The famous surf also
hits its considerable peak, and the
Temperature (max 28o- min 17o)
Rainfall (max 232mm - min 13mm)
TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL
• Cellar door tastings
• Gourmet offerings
• Surf beaches
• Swimming bays
• Boranup Forest scenic lookouts
• Cape to Cape walk trail
• Regional Wine Festival
• Drug Aware Pro surfing event
• Busselton jetty reopening
annual pro surfing event brings
world-class and wannabe surfers
to town. In the south, like the
yin to wine and surf’s yang, the
sun-dappled karri forest welcomes
escapees from the rat race. Like
much else in this fantastic region,
it’s dripping with appeal and
ready to impress.
Finding a new cellar door
We’ve all got our favourites; the
challenge is to thrill the wine
palate with a new discovery. Seek
out a family-run winery where
you can chat to the owner or a
niche producer with a cellar-only
presence, or just a place with
fetching signage. There are about
120 to pick from.
Another way is to do a tour –
and there’s no brolly-in-the-air
cringe factor here. Ride in a small
bus with like-minded tasters, take
a custom-designed tour for two or
jump on the new hop-on-hop-off
chauffer-driven bus and see where
you land. One stop only? Trawl the
Margaret River Wine Festival for a
Know the roads well? Try the
off-road. Reconnecting with the
bush and coast need not be as
obvious as hitting the walk trails.
Go orchid-spotting on horseback.
Cycle through the forest on a hired
mountain bike or travel by off-
road buggy. Paddle on an inlet and
commune with migratory waders.
Skydive for a new view. The default
position in this region can err
towards gluttony, so mix up the
wine-and-dine routine with action.
“Disappear into the cool of the caves or
sink into a chair with a crisp white”
Empire Retreat Beach
Forest Rise Eco Retreat
Margaret River Memorial Park
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