Score: 8.9

“Plenty of other wine regions claim to have it all,” says Daniel Scott, “but Margaret River really does.” Ah yes, Mr Scott, we agree. Gorgeous countryside, where vines are strung out between karri forests, and a craggy coastline of vanilla coloured beaches and ancient limestone caves rolls into turquoise sea; and some of the country’s best chefs, who throw together meals of sublime delicacy and freshness from locally-sourced produce. “It’s not good,” finishes Daniel, “it’s the best for a gourmet break.” Hear hear. More info: Margaret River

Best-kept secrets of the Margaret River region

Kerry Heaney spills the beans…
• For absolute beach front views with breakfast, head to the laid back White Elephant Café, perched on the edge of Gnarabup Beach. A great spot to check out the surf.
• Relax under the grapevines or cosy up by the fire at Swings Taphouse & Kitchen and try the share plates of fresh, sustainable, local produce.
Fermoy Estate at Wilyabrup produces top quality, award-winning wines. The on-site Pukara Estate Tasting Room also offers tastings of the region’s distinctive olive oils.
• Stay in a bungalow-style villa at the superb Pullman Resort Bunker Bay, and explore Cape Naturaliste next door.
• Don’t miss sunset at Sugarloaf. Follow the narrow road down off Cape Naturaliste Road – it won’t disappoint.





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