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Top Things to do in the Margaret River Wine Region

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by Sarah M (subscribe)
A freelance writer living in Perth, WA. My blog is coming soon. Watch this space!
Published January 20th 2013
Life is too short to drink bad wine
The Margaret River Wine Region is well known for its premium wines and mouth-watering foods. This area also boasts spectacular scenery, gorgeous beaches, great surf and much, much more.

There is so much to see and do in the Margaret River region, whether you love the great outdoors or are a lover of fine wine, food and art, there really is something for everyone.

1. Take a Drive. Drive through the many inland towns and do a bit of sight seeing or wine tasting. Stop at the cellar doors of the many wineries, visit the boutique breweries and the excellent restaurants and cafes or stop in at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.

2. Take a Bike Ride. Ride your bike along the dedicated bike paths as they meander along the beautiful Geographe Bay shores.

3. Take a Whale Watching Tour. Humpback and Southern Right Whales make the journey from Antarctica to the warmer waters of the Margaret River Region each year.

4. Underwater Observatory. Visit Busselton Jetty and take a stroll or catch the jetty train to the unique Underwater Observatory. People of all ages can marvel at the beautiful coral, tropical fish and other marine life.

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Busselton Jetty / Image appears courtesy of Ben James Knapinski

5. Surf. Any serious surfer knows about the world-class waves at Margaret River. Surfers travel across Australia and come from all over the world to surf on these shores.

6. Dive. The HMAS Swan was sunk in the waters off Meelup Beach and is now a popular artificial reef. A home and breeding ground for coral, fish and other marine life, this is a world-class dive site and a popular tourist attraction.

7. Walk. Take a walk along the Cape to Cape Track. This track stretches along the coastline from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. There are historical lighthouses at both Capes, which you can visit, and the scenery is breathtaking.

8. History. Check out the pioneering history of the Margaret River Region. Visit the Wonnerup House Homestead built in 1859, the Old Courthouse built in 1854, St Mary's Church and the Pioneer Cemetery.

9. Cave Tour. The Margaret River Wine Region has some of the most unique and impressive caves in Australia. There are many caves in the area that you can tour and each one offers a stunning experience. The Cave Tours are led by experienced guides who know all there is to know, and who will make sure you have a safe, fun and memorable time. Bookings are essential, visit the website for tour times and prices.

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Lake Cave

10. Nature Lovers. If you are a nature lover or bird watcher visit the Wonnerup Wetlands. This area is a safe haven for over seventy five species of birds, some rare. Visit one of the many wildflower 'hotspots' in the region. These areas are home to many different species of wildflowers, orchids and native flora. Maybe take a picnic and head into the only remaining natural tuart forest, which is estimated to be between three hundred and four hundred years old.

The Margaret River Wine Region is located south-west of Perth and includes the towns of Margaret River, Dunsborough, Busselton, Yallingup, Cowaramup and Augusta. This region is about 280 km from Perth or about a three hour drive away - a great destination for a long weekend or a holiday.

These are just some of the fantastic things to do in the Margaret River Wine Region and there are many, many more. For details about tours, accommodation and other things to do and see, visit the My Margaret River website.
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Why? To see some of the most beautiful parts of Western Australia
When: Whenever you feel like a trip down south
Phone: (08) 9780 5911
Where: Margaret River Wine Region
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