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Margaret River is a town named after the eponymous Margaret River.
Margaret River is probably most well known for its wineries - and rightly so. The Mediterranean climate of the Margaret River region produces some of the best wines in Australia. Leeuwin Estate, one of the larger wineries, has an incredible range of wines. Vasse Felix, the first winery in the region, is another good place to sample some of the region’s famous wines. You might like to stop for lunch at the environmentally sustainably managed Cullen Winery.
Closer to the coast, check out Mammoth cave for a real adventure for the whole family. Known for its amazing fossils and rock formations, its an easy drive from the town centre. Take a trip to Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin for their superb picturesque outlooks, walking tracks and lighthouses. Cape Leeuwin is Australia’s most south-western point and offers an impressive view of the swirling waters of the Indian and Southern Oceans meeting. If you take a walk down to the beach, be sure to pack some insect repellent as there can be a lot of flies.
Most common way to approach Margaret River is by car. There is no scheduled commercial air service, although there is an airport. It takes around 3 hours to drive from Perth. Take the Kwinana Freeway/Highway 1 route out of Perth, and ignore any mapping service which suggests an alternative route that may be shorter but slower.
Unless you are taking a tour, being in Margaret river town without a car is limiting. However, South West Coaches run a daily bus leaving Margaret River for Perth in the morning, and then leaving in the evening.
There is a TransWA coach that connects to the Bunbury train service.
Margaret River is a great place to walk or bike around. A car is helpful for seeing sites in the surrounding area, including the wineries.
A day in the Margaret River with a family, might start with a morning trip to the coffee roastery at Yahava, sip your morning cappuccino, followed by a trip to one of the three mazes, picking up some cheese and crackers from the Margaret River Dairy for morning tea on the way. Lunch at the Colonial Brewery, with a sampler of a beer and the kids on the playground, followed by a tour of one of the two lighthouses or four caves that run tours in the area. Drop into a couple of wineries for tasting, before heading to the beach to watch the sunset over the water (and a swim if visiting in summer).
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