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warded ‘Best Town in
Australia’ at a prestigious
2011 consumer awards
for tourism, Margaret
River is nearly equidistant from
Dunsborough in the north and
Augusta in the south. The township
is surrounded by forest with the
Margaret River running through it,
stocked with marron. A labyrinth
of cycling trails and walking
paths criss-cross forested areas
interspersed with residential
developments, caravan parks
and commerce. Although most
businesses are located along the
main street, there are new areas
to be discovered, with gourmet
shops, wellness practitioners,
galleries and more. There are
fantastic community services that
visitors can benefit from, such as
an aquatic centre. Strategically
located, it is the perfect base for a
Margaret River regional holiday.
Rent a holiday cottage in the forest,
just a few metres from the bustling
cafe strip, or stay at a luxury B&B,
resort or modern self-serviced
apartment within walking distance
of restaurants and bars. From here
you can bike along the paved cycle
ways all the way to Prevelly Beach
for a swim, or drive to one of many
vineyards, breweries and attractions
that surround the township.
Bus | TransWA provide services daily and Southwest Coastlines journey
to Margaret River three to five times per day, seven days a week.
Drive | From Perth it is 272km via the Kwinana Highway. For a slow and
more scenic drive take South Western Highway which allows you to visit
towns in the South West.
Fitness/Wellness | The triangle formed by Walcliffe Road, Station Road
and Railway Terrace is home to the yoga school, cycle shop, gym,
fitness centre on Station Street and the Recreation and Aquatic Centre
on Walcliffe Road that consists of an oval, park, tennis courts and pool.
The area along Station Street also has car repair shops.
TIP Riding a bicycle without helmet will result in a $75 fine. Bicycle
rental, repairs and equipment is available in town.
Shopping | All along Bussell Highway there are popular clothing
shops, gift shops, antique shops, specialty outlets for camping,
many surf shops, jewellery shops, a chemist, and a Coles and
IGA. Look out for tucked-away laneways that lead to specialty
eco-friendly clothing stores, sweet shops and cyber cafes. A
number of shops and restaurants are located in complexes that
front car parks, set back from the highway.
Food | Choose from Italian, Mediterranean, Chinese and other cuisine
plus two wine bars, all located on Bussell Highway. There is a hotel
and tavern – look out for the gig guide, which often features interstate
bands that don’t play in Perth. At the top of the hill, overlooking
Reuther Park is the town’s newest boutique bar, but if you just want to
get a take-away there is a new gourmet take-out off Fearn Avenue.
Art | Between Higgins and Churchill there are a number of galleries
including an art glass studio, furniture gallery and art galleries. This
little arts precinct is also blessed with a great wine restaurant and a
bakery cafe that is very popular with locals.
Markets | Held regularly, check with the visitor centre for what’s on.
Town Square markets are on Sundays and stock regional produce,
art, craft and fashion. Farmers Markets are every second and fourth
Saturday at the Community Resource Centre on Tunbridge Street, and
have a cult following. Check out their website for names of producers.
FOR THE KIDS
Picnic and play at Rotary Park
on the banks of the river
Rent a bicycle and hit the cycle
trails through the forest
Go marron spotting from the
footbridge at Rotary Park
Night frogging in the swamps
Learn to ride at a local
Paddle along the Margaret River
Visit the weekend markets
for a selection of produce
Rotary Park | Located on the northern banks of the Margaret River, this is
the perfect spot for a picnic, cycle and bushwalk. There are heritage trails,
barbecue areas, playgrounds, a car park and one of the best blown-up
outdoor maps available of the region.
Town walks | A series of short loop walks of between 1.5-3 .5km in the
karri and jarrah-marri forest start at the Carters Road Trail Head. Also,
on the town side of the Bussell Highway Bridge that crosses Margaret
River, you can connect with the many Heritage Trails. The walks are
signposted but check for recommendations on weather conditions.
There is a 10km paved walk/cycle path that follows Walcliffe Road
with cafes and restaurants at either end. Check the condition of the
path before proceeding.
Beautiful forests abound in the vicinity of Margaret River.
Margaret River Town
Ten Mile Brook trail is one of
many forest trips you can take.
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