Margaret River is a charming township located roughly 270 km south of Perth, directly in the heart of one of West Australia’s leading wine production regions. Margaret River is also a mere 9 km from the coastline, and as such, provides international visitors with the opportunity to relax and unwind in close proximity to world class beaches. It is consequently not surprising that the area attracts over 500,000 tourists every year, and as such offers activities and accommodation to suit all budgets.
Holiday makers visiting the Margaret River area will find themselves overwhelmed by the magnitude of activities on offer. Travellers can choose to visit wineries, breweries, chocolate factories, ice-cream factories, lighthouses, art galleries, oil and soap factories, orchards, natural caves and wildlife parks; or they can simply head to one of the great beaches for some tanning, swimming, surfing or whale watching.
Visiting the wineries in and around Margaret River is a ‘must’ even for travellers who may not be that interested in wine, as the region produces some of the most amazing wines that Australia has to offer. There is consequently a wine to suit almost all tastes, as Margaret River plays host to over 200 vineyards and 90 wineries, which produce multi-award winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Shiraz. Numerous vineyards and wineries also offer boutique self-contained accommodation, which allows holiday makers to really experience the Australian wilderness and wines at their leisure, and furthermore quashes the pesky question of who will be driving home.
Travellers, who would rather hit the water during their Western Australia getaway than spend their time exploring wineries, have a plethora of options in and around Margaret River, as there are numerous great surf breaks in the region. The most prominent of these breaks is Surfers Point, which plays host to world class surfing events such as The Margaret River Pro and The Margaret River Classic. The added advantage to hitting the waves at Surfers Point is that it is located roughly 10 km from most holiday accommodation in the Margaret River township.
Holiday makers who are not interested in surfing need not despair, as Margaret River is also in close proximity to beaches such as Hamelin Bay and Meelup Beach. Hamelin Bay is well known, as the area gives travellers the opportunity to get up close and personal with the large stingrays that call the bay home. Snorkelers may also be lucky enough to spot evidence of three historical shipwrecks, which occurred in the bay in during the early 20th century. Meelup beach in comparison is great for swimming and picnicking.
Whale watching is another extremely popular winter holiday activity in the Margaret River area, with the whale season generally spanning from June to September. Numerous whale watching tours are available, although the majority of these leave from either Augusta or Busselton, which are located 50 km south and 50 km north of Margaret River respectively. Holiday makers can also head to Cape Leewin Lighthouse, which is located roughly 55 km south of Margaret River, and attempt to spot a Humpback or Southern Right Whale from the coast. Travellers who fall in love with the whales can easily book accommodation in either Augusta or Busselton, in order to spend more time watching these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.
Margaret River provides travellers with next to perfect weather most of the year, although the winter months can tend to be quite damp. International holiday makers therefore generally frequent the region during the summer months, which span from December to February. Visitors can however, have the holiday of a lifetime in Margaret River regardless of when they choose to visit, as the region offers great all weather activities, amazing sights and fantastic boutique accommodation year round.
Numerous airlines such as Qantas, British Airways and Emirates offer flights to Perth departing from both London City and Heathrow airports. Travellers can then either rent a car, or utilize public transport in order to cover the remaining 270km between themselves and their luxury Margaret River holiday accommodation. Tourists visiting the Margaret River region will however, soon find that leaving this beautiful holiday destination at the end of their trip is nowhere near as easy as arriving.