6 Reasons Why Margaret River Is a Destination on the Rise in Australia
Margaret River was recently named in Trip Advisor’s Destinations on the Rise for 2016 in the South Pacific area. We’ve been trying to keep Margs a secret for years, but the truth is I’m ecstatic that more people are venturing to one of the most unique and beautiful wine and coastal regions in Australia.
Here’s why this region keeps getting better with age:
1. World Class Wineries
Wine is what Margaret River is known for and in this region, there are over 150 individual wine producers, including some of the biggest names in Australia. Don’t just head for the big boys, plenty of the smaller vineyards, in particular, the organic ones, offer an outstanding wine tasting experience.
In the summer time, Cape Mentelle has an outdoor cinema and Leeuwin Estate have outdoor concerts with well-known artists.
2. Great Craft Beer
Most people equate Margaret River with wines, but craft breweries are popping up between the grape vines all over this region. They are worth ignoring the wines for a wee bit. Our pick is the $10 pizza local’s night at the Colonial Brewery washed down with a cold Witbier. We’re not talking about basic ham and pineapple cheapies either, these pizzas are gourmet and come in flavours such as wasabi chicken, ginger and coriander, and their vegetarian is the best I’ve had with veggies sourced from their garden.
Plus, they have a huge playground for the kids and live music. Winning!
3. Gourmet Food
You can’t have a world-class wine region without gourmet food. From cheeses to chocolates to ice cream and venison, your stomach will not be grumbling or dissatisfied. You can go on a tasting tour through the vineyards, or sample the food at any of the great restaurants scattered around the Margaret River region.
The Gourmet Escape – a four-day culinary festival is held here each year in November and draws in famous chefs from around the country as well as thousands of salivating foodies.
4. Beautiful Forests and Caves
Does it get any better – stunning beaches, by a river, surrounded by valley vineyards and spectacular forests?
The Boranup Karri Forest and Bramley National Park are the places for scenic drives, hikes, explore on a quad bike, or, for the more adventurous on their own mountain bike. The trails are world class and have developed quite a cult following. Plus, within the forests are a network of limestone caves. We’ve been to many caves around the world, and I found these to be quite impressive, in particular, Lake Cave.
5. The Most Beautiful Beaches in Australia
Western Australia wins for best beaches in Australia, possibly the world. The majority of them can be found in the Margaret River area. Unlike beaches on the East Coast, you won’t be fighting for a patch of sand, at times, the beaches can almost be deserted.
It’s not all just calm turquoise water you can see the fish through; there are beaches with pumping world-class waves. Each year, the Margaret River Surf Pro brings the big names into Prevelly Beach at the mouth of the Margaret River. A popular way to explore the rugged coastline of the Margaret River region is the Cape to Cape walk stretching 125 km from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south. Margs sits in the middle of it.
6. It’s Family Friendly
I love a good wine region that caters to family. Many of the wineries and breweries have amazing playgrounds, games, and outdoor cinemas to help the kids have a great experience while Mum and Dad taste some quality wines. Of course, the beaches beckon every child to come play, and there are other exciting things for kids to do like explore underground caves, play at animal farms and water parks, run through mazes, and taste endless cones of ice cream and chocolate.
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