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Your Guide to an Epic Week in Western Australia's Margaret River

19 Nov 2021

In a country full of world-class destinations, Western Australia’s Margaret River region punches well above its relatively small size. From incredible surf and gorgeous wineries to sumptuous food and outdoor adventures, there are so many reasons to extend your stay in this truly enthralling location.

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Easily earning its description as a ‘land of plenty,’ Margaret River is surrounded by an abundance of opportunity. Well-known around the world for its rolling vineyards and breathtaking coastline, it also offers jaw-dropping adventures, exceptional food and outstanding scenery.

Here are just a few reasons you may never want to leave this famous Australian destination...

Margaret River Food & Wine

Wineries

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Although synonymous with the town itself, the region around Margaret River is world famous for its remarkable wines and stunning vineyards. Offering guests the opportunity to meet the makers, this relatively young wine region is considered something of a prodigy.

Achieving acclaim around the world, this geographically isolated environment - surrounded by ocean on three sides - and Mediterranean style climate means that no wine tastes the same. Recognisable for its Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays particularly, in contrast to the industry they support, (the first vines were planted as recently as the early 1970s), the soils in which its vines thrive are some of the oldest in the world.

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Now home to more than 100 cellar doors, sustainability and innovation are core values of the entire region. Widely embracing the principles of organic, biodynamic and natural winemaking, any day spent going from door to door in the Margaret River region will reveal a sophisticated but relaxed philosophy to viticulture, a diverse approach to farming, and a pride in being part of an award winning West Australian industry.

Here are some cellar doors and restaurants worth visiting in Margaret River:

Vasse Felix

Caves Road (cnr Tom Cullity Drive), Cowaramup
@vassefelixwines

Best Margaret River Winery Restaurant

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As Margaret River’s founding winery, any visit to the region should consider this beautifully aged estate. With a truly stunning cellar door and award-winning restaurant, the entire property oozes rustic charm that has combined intuitively with modern technology in recent years.

Best Margaret River Wine

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The flagship Cabernet Sauvignon at Vasse Felix is the Tom Cullity, named after Dr. Thomas Brendan Cullity who established Vasse Felix in 1967. The Cab Sav and Malbec vines he planted not long afterward are the forebearers of this outstanding red.

Cullen

4323 Caves Road, Wilyabrup WA
@cullenwines

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Another original of the region, Cullen Wines should not be missed on any winelovers visit to the Margaret River region. Heavily focused on being a carbon neutral, biodynamic and naturally powered estate, swathes of granite and timber permeate this cellar door and restaurant. 

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To compensate for its vehicle emissions, LPG use and air travel, Cullen Wines has engaged with the Carbon Neutral Men of Trees programme to measure, reduce and offset their climate change impacts.

Leeuwin Estate

Sevens Road, Margaret River
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While Leeuwin Estate needs little introduction to oenophiles, this world-famous family-owned winery is in the heart of the Margaret River region, and is another of the original founding members of this still young but thriving West Australian industry.

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Well loved as a gathering place for locals and internationals who appreciate good food, better wine and a philosophy of ‘making’ that is also intertwined with music, art and community.

Food

While all of the above wineries boast dining options that are worthy of the awards that they regularly win, it nis worth noting that even outside of these famous wineries, Margaret River has a thriving pub, cafe and restaurant scene.

Regularly attracting world-class chefs that gain inspiration from the region's incredible local produce, you truly will be spoilt for choice. Here are a couple of standout options whether it be casual dining or something a bit more fancy.

Miki’s Open Kitchen

131 Bussell Highway, Margaret River

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Known for his highly original tempura creations, Japanese chef Mikihito Nagai has built a highly popular eatery where the theatre of food is as much a part of the dining experience as the food itself. Choose from the a la carte or six-course degustation in this open kitchen diner. Be prepared to book for one of two nightly sittings at 6pm and 8pm only.

Blue Manna

1/16 Cyrillean Way, Dunsborough

@bluemannabistro

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Balancing elements of east and west; sour and salty with hot and sweet, this popular Dunsborough eatery is the result of chef Coby Cockburn’s decision to turn 20 years of making other people’s dreams a reality into this earthy diner in the heart of south-west wine country. Also featuring an excellent cocktail and wine list, all manner of delicious seafood is the hero here.

El Toro

Shop 15/16 , 49 Town View Terrace, Margaret River
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Specialising in cooking over coals and using local ingredients from the best suppliers, this South American infused diner is half-restaurant half-social club that invites travellers and locals to a latin-inspired party every night. With a huge selection of top-shelf tequilas and mezcals, the emphasis here is on high quality steaks, seafood and delicious vegetarian share platters.

Margaret River Beaches

Home to beaches worthy of the best surfers in the world, there are so many reasons Australians return to Margaret River’s pristine surf coast year after year. Here you can witness the might and power of the Indian Ocean along over 120 kilometres of limestone reefs, plunging lagoons and bending headlands that beckon surfers the world over.

From the calming waters of Geographe Bay to the north, to the ultimate swimming beaches in Dunsborough and Busselton, here are a few of the Margaret River Region’s best beaches.

Gracetown Beach

Gracetown

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Shaped by weather that funnels between North and South Point, these are two landmark surf breaks between which sits the quieter Cowaramup Bay. Intimate ein size, Gracetown Beach is a small curve of sand crossed by the famous Cape to Cape track, and is in close proximity to Cowaramup Brook, a hotspot of local birdlife.

Foul Bay

Foul Bay

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An idyllic little bay with plenty to offer families keen to escape the crowds, Foul Bay is a sheltered swimming beach on the leeward side of Cosy Corner. Looking out to Hamelin Island and various other limestone outcrops it’s often visited by pods of dolphins and access is via a fairly remote gravel road.

Yallingup Beach

Yallingup

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‘Shorely’ a tale of two beaches in one here! To the left of the main beach staircase is Yallingup lagoon, a tranquil blue embrace free from the wild ocean breaks that serve up some very decent tides to the right. Popular with surfers and families, this beach is the very best of the Margaret River coastline in one delicious lick of sand, ocean and sunshine. Pet-friendly too, north of the Dawson Drive access path!

Smiths Beach

Yallingup

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This one flies a little under the radar because of its position between Yallingup and Bunker Bay, but when the swell hits you can be sure that numbers here will too. Walkers enjoy the uninterrupted white sand highway and there is usually space to pitch an umbrella without distraction. Yet another Western Australian marvel.

Surfers Point

Surfers Point Road, Prevelly

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Welcoming surfing's world elite every year to the Margaret River Pro, Surfer’s Point offers the lure of monstrous swells that are an icon of the South West’s wildest shore. Bringing with it all the hubbub of the prestigious WSL World Championship Tour, the festival vibe of the event ensures Surfer’s Point remains on the lips of the world’s best surfers, and all those who follow in their wake, long after the judges final scores have been given. Lookout for windsurfers and kayakers in shoulder season!

Discover the Best of the Margaret River region

Regardless of how you travel, the Margaret River region has a list of experiences you and your family will love to discover. From incredible food and wine, stunning beaches, amazing outdoor adventures and a thriving arts and music scene, Margaret River will always have you thinking about your next trip back.

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