REGIONAL GUIDE - MARGARET RIVER

By Rhiannon Taylor, March 2018


Margaret River is known around the world for producing some of Australia’s best wine. But beyond an award-winning glass of Chardonnay pristine beaches, cutting-edge dining, romantic guesthouses and coastal walks abound. Here are our favourites places to eat, see and stay in the region.

 Unparalled views along the coastline with Walk in to Luxury.

Unparalled views along the coastline with Walk in to Luxury.

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 Boranup Karri Forest. 

Boranup Karri Forest. 

 Luxury transfers and excellent local knowledge with MR Chauffeurs and Experiencesmith. 

Luxury transfers and excellent local knowledge with MR Chauffeurs and Experiencesmith. 

 Sunset at Sugarloaf Rock.

Sunset at Sugarloaf Rock.

 Glenarty Road Wine - walking wine tour.

Glenarty Road Wine - walking wine tour.

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 Private tasting at the Wine Chapel at Howard Park. 

Private tasting at the Wine Chapel at Howard Park. 

 Tasting flight at Leeuwin Estate.

Tasting flight at Leeuwin Estate.

 Lunch with a view at Will's Domain.

Lunch with a view at Will's Domain.

 Pristine Meelup Beach.

Pristine Meelup Beach.

 Horse riding along Forrest Beach with Jesters Flat Equestrian Farm. 

Horse riding along Forrest Beach with Jesters Flat Equestrian Farm. 

 Lunch at Aravina Estate.

Lunch at Aravina Estate.

 WA's first surf museum at Aravina Estate.

WA's first surf museum at Aravina Estate.

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 Silver Spirit Rolls Royce transfer by Esquire Classic Charters.

Silver Spirit Rolls Royce transfer by Esquire Classic Charters.

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WINE & DINE

Swings Taphouse - Touted as the local's "local", Swings Taphouse offers their own award-winning Swings & Roundabouts wine on tap, available by the small or full carafe and glass. With a menu that is seasonally driven, flavours are rustic and focus on local produce. There are simple wood fired pizzas topped with porcini and truffle oil and a grazing menu with dishes such as braised lamb shoulder and roasted pumpkin. Save room for dessert because a classic chocolate fondant is wickedly indulgent and comes with popcorn ice cream. http://www.swings.com.au

Glenarty RoadThis winery and farm offers a unique progressive wine tasting experience that takes you by foot throughout the vines, macadamia trees and hop gardens to outdoor bars where you can learn about the property's "ground to glass" approach. Also book in for lunch, where you can graze on Glenarty Road's very own grass fed lamb. http://www.glenartyroad.com.au

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Wills Domain - One of our favourite spots in the region for a long lunch with unobstructed views of rolling hills. Wills Domain serves up modern Australian cuisine a la carte or as a multi-course tasting menu, matched with their award-winning wines (try the single vineyard chardonnay). Think kingfish tartare with pepper berry and sour cream and beef with garlic and celery. https://willsdomain.com.au

Howard Park Wines - This architecturally designed cellar door is Feng-Shui inspired and flows effortlessly on to sprawling grounds. Upon entering its Wine Chapel, used for private tastings, you could be mistaken for thinking you were on a French estate. In fact the Burch family owners are the first Australians to gain ownership in the production of a Burgundian Grand Cru under their Marchand & Burch label. Book in for a private tasting experience to try some of Australia's best sparkling wine accompanied with an overflowing board of cheese - simply brilliant. https://www.burchfamilywines.com.au

Aravina Estate - Aravina Estate is incredibly charming, from the space down to the delightful staff. Food here is wholesome and damn good. Sharing plates such as corn croquettes and sticky lamb ribs are incredibly moorish. And we loved a vegetarian orecchiette with broccoli, house ricotta and lemon. A dessert of chilled poached peaches with granita was elegant, perfectly balanced and the perfect summer dish. Make sure you allocate enough time to peruse through their surf museum - absolutely fascinating. https://aravinaestate.com

Little Brother - Blink and you'd miss it, this bar and restaurant has a narrow front facade but is buzzing from the moment you step in the door. With a large list of house-brews, beer lovers will feel right at home and bartenders also whip up some excellent cocktails. The menu is designed to share and takes bar food to the next level with options such as crispy fried chicken sliders and melt in your mouth pork belly. The vibe is relaxed and the staff are friendly and will guide you through the beer varieties. http://www.littlebrotherdunsborough.com.au

White Elephant Cafe - Gorgeous spot for a coffee or easy breakfast. There's a great selection of fresh juices and we're suckers for the Brekkie Burger (toasted brioche bun, cheddar cheese, aioli, tomato relish, bacon, egg). Plus the views over the beach are spectacular. https://www.whiteelephantcafe.com.au

 Scenic views over Busselton with Westward Aviation. 

Scenic views over Busselton with Westward Aviation. 

SEE & DO

Jesters Flat Horse Riding - Riding Jeters Flat horses along endless stretches of the pristine white beaches of Busselton is absolutely divine. Even better is finishing the ride with a bareback swim on the horses in the warm, crystal clear ocean. Bucket list tick. http://jestersflat.com

Walk in to Luxury - The Cape to Cape Walk is classified as one of the top walks in Australia and Walk in to Luxury is a premium tour company that ensures guests experience the very best of Western Australia's coastline. There are a variety of itineraries with accomodation, fine dining and gourmet snacks all handled by Walk in to Luxury. Guides have expert knowledge of the area and all fitness levels are welcomed. http://www.walkintoluxury.com.au/

Boranup Karri Forest - Located a 25 minute drive south of Margaret River, this forest is home to towering karri trees with some standing over 60 metres in height. Visit early morning to catch light shafts flickering through the trees. https://www.margaretriver.com/members/boranup-karri-forest/

MR Chauffers - The premier transfer fleet in Margaret River. From exploring hidden beaches to a smooth collection from Perth, MR Chauffers will have you where you need to be, swiftly and in the comfort of a Range Rover equipped with VOSS water and fresh fruit. http://www.mrchauffeurs.com.au

Experiencesmith - For tours, private guides and event coordination, Experiencesmith is the region's luxury travel company. With MR Chauffers as part of their offering, Experiencesmith can tailor an itinerary to suit individual luxury travellers. Guides have in depth local knowledge and insider access to premier wineries, restaurants and sights. http://www.experiencesmith.com.au

Meelup Beach - Squeaky white sand, shallow azure waters and an enclosed bay make this one of the prettiest beaches in the region. Set up for an afternoon, hire a SUP board and BYO a picnic of local produce. https://goo.gl/maps/RjK3hLkSczN2

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Sugarloaf Rock - Incredible spot to catch sunset. https://goo.gl/maps/QyLPnr8EtSz

Westward Aviation - For spectacular views over the region and Busselton Jetty book in for a charter flight with Westward Aviation. You can transfer to and from Perth to Margaret River in an hour and take in the glimmering coastline from the sky. http://www.westwardaviation.com.au

Esquire Classic Charters - If you're looking for a fancy wine tour, Esquire Classic Charters can organise half and full day experiences and will ensure you are well taken care of in an immaculate vintage Rolls Royce. https://www.esquireclassiccharters.com.au

STAY

Empire Retreat Yallingup - This dreamy boutique hotel was once the owners farmhouse. Today it is a chic retreat with a heavenly spa that is a brilliant escape for lovers. Rooms come with balconies, deep baths and fireplaces. And there's a stunning breakfast room and patio that serves up a scrumptious offering of fruits, yoghurts, local bread and spreads. The property is over 12 acres and walks will have you bumping in to ducks, horses and wandering through sweeping olive groves.  https://www.empireretreat.com

Townhouse Margaret River - If you're after self contained accomodation Townhouse Margaret River is located in the heart of the town, within a few steps to great food, wine, groceries and shopping. This three-bedroom property comes with luxe bath products, linens and a cute courtyard for al fresco dining. https://townhousemargaretriver.com

 

 

 


 

The writer was hosted by Margaret River Tourism and Australia's South West Tourism.
For more information on the region please visit the below websites. 

https://www.margaretriver.com

https://www.australiassouthwest.com


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