Bordered by the Indian Ocean in the west and forests of ancient trees to the east, the Margaret River region three hours south of Perth in Western Australia offers days of endless enjoyment to lovers of gourmet.
Mornings are for wine tasting – visiting well-known favourites and discovering unknown superstars. Lunch is a gourmet delight in one of the many fine restaurants that dot the area. The afternoon commences with a brisk walk along a magnificent and usually deserted beach, followed by a well-deserved nap. And then, of course, it’s time for dinner.
“From a recent visit, I was overwhelmed by this region’s natural beauty. A complete embarrassment of riches.”
– Catriona Rowntree
But the region offers much more than just wine. The lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin, Australia’s most southwesterly point, is WA’s tallest, and a point of maritime significance since it’s one of the world’s great southerly capes.
To the north of the region, Busselton Jetty boasts an underwater observatory where 300 species of marine life, including vibrant corals, can be viewed up close.
Did you know?
The 140-year-old Busselton Jetty is the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere.
How to get there
Qantas and Virgin Blue have regular flights to Perth from most major cities in Australia.
Margaret River is located 272 km south of Perth, which is about a 3-hour drive. By car, the quickest and most direct route is the Kwinana Freeway. The slower, but more scenic, route is via the South Western Highway.
There are also regular bus services between Perth and Margaret River offered by Southwest Coachlines and Trans WA.
Best time to go
Visitor info by the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association
Comprehensive visitor information
Info on the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Department of Conservation and Land Management info on Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Info on Busselton Jetty
** This is our original 100 Things to Do Before You Die. First published in 1996. There is an updated 100 Things To Do In Australia Before you die, published in 2011.