The region of Margaret River boasts several sophisticated small towns and numerous wineries with elegant restaurants or cafes. It is an area of outstanding hospitality and beautiful country with rolling green hills and thick forests. Many buildings are constructed from rammed earth. Professional artist’s galleries, craft shops, dairy factories and other temptations await discovery. Caves Road is named after the several large caves that it joins, with daily guided tours available. The coastal scenery is rugged and breathtaking in many parts. There are many fantastic beaches from the world class surf beaches of Prevelly and Yallingup to the tranquil clear waters of Geographe Bay.
The Margaret River Region is the perfect region for a fully documented self drive package; there are so many delightful places that extra days can be added to an itinerary of Australias South West.
The cone-shaped paradise is a broad destination that truly offers something for every age, taste, budget or ambition. The region is most famous for its wineries that produce many fine white and red wines that are exported all over the world. The Margaret River flows through the centre of the region, passing the Margaret River Township that is 8km from the ocean. Although the area is named after this town, it spreads all the way along the coast from a few kilometres south of Busselton, out to Cape Naturaliste and the spreads over an area about 30km-wide down the south coast to Cape Leeuwin, Australias most south western point.
Since the late 1960s, when the Margaret River Areas wine growing regions were first concentrated in the large, north western section between Cowaramup and Yallingup the planting area grew to cover next the area between Margaret River township and Witchcliffe and then other areas. Today there are over 200 vineyards and 60 wineries producing distinct premium wines in this area. Known as Willyabrup Valley, this is now recognised as one of the finest wine growing environments in the world.
Most wineries are open to the public, specialising in cellar sales and wine tasting and many serve gourmet food using local fresh Margaret River produce. Among the most famous are Vasse Felix, Leeuwin Estate, Amberley, Howard Park, Madfish, Cape Mentelle, Evans and Tate, Brooklands Valley and Sandlefords. Boutique breweries, such as the Bootleg Brewery, are also very popular.
The rest of the region has grown alongside the wineries. Designed as the perfect accompaniment to these first-rate wines, restaurants using only the fresh produce of the region and its oceans proliferate in the wider Margaret River area.
A region for all seasons, the Margaret River area offers excellent attractions from the man-made to the natural, all within easy to reach and very picturesque driving area. Fishing from rocks, beaches and boats is a major draw card for the Margaret River Area and bush walkers, windsurfers, abseilers and rock climbers visit for their passions each year. The landscape of the area changes from kilometre to kilometre. Farms and paddocks, small creeks and ponds, sweeping valleys covered in karri and jarrah trees, thick native bushland, rocky coasts and pristine beaches characterise this area. Most roads are lined with tall trees and wildflowers are abundant during spring, making driving a pleasant and picturesque journey.
The beaches of the Margaret River area are a mecca for surfers from around the world, each year attracting international attention with a number of top level surfing competitions being held in the area.