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The heart of the region, Margaret River is nearly equidistant from
Dunsborough in the north and Augusta in the south. It is an internationally
renowned wine destination set among majestic karri forests and lush rolling
hills. The township blends country, coastal and cosmopolitan vibes, with a
variety of specialty stores, art galleries and award-winning restaurants. The
closest beach – Prevelly – is a scenic 10-minute drive away, and there are
two caves there waiting to be explored. Accommodation options are plentiful
in Margaret River, making it the perfect base for a holiday in the region.
Explore the region
Augusta is 50km south of Margaret River via either Bussell Highway (the
fastest route) or Caves Road, and is famed for a 90 per cent whale-watching
success rate. Cape Leeuwin point, where the Southern and Indian oceans
meet, is the site of one of Australia’s tallest lighthouses. Kite- and wind-
surfing conditions are exceptional. Surfers should hit Jay’s Beach, and
adventurers should come in November for the annual Anaconda race.
40km north of Margaret River along Caves Road, Yallingup is a trendy,
chilled-out coastal town, known for its surfing beaches, namely Smiths and
Three Bears. Galleries and wineries are dotted across the dense forest area,
but the big thing here (besides surfing) is spas. Go for the day or prolong the
magic and stay at one of the luxury venues. The Leeuwin-National Park is
home to Canal Rocks, a coastal rock formation, and limestone caves.
Busselton Jetty (Photography Ben Reynolds).
Canal Rocks, Yallingup (Photography Ollie Morgan).
One of the famed vineyards
(Photography Tourism WA).
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