Australia & NZ
24 Hours in Margaret River Wine Region
Our love for South West, Western Australia is inexhaustible. Add grape vines to the equation and our heart skips a beat. If you only have a day or two to explore the Margaret River Wine Region from Perth, make the most of it. From national parks to caves, gourmet chocolate to beer and wine, consider this list a suitable primer.
Gnarabup Beach – Photo credit
10. A Maze ‘n Margaret River
9978 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
Let the kids loose in a topiary labyrinth while you fire up the grill and prepare a picnic lunch … with a bottle of wine or three of course.
Where to stay: Comfort Inn Grange On Farrelly Margaret River
9. Ngilgi Cave
Caves Road, Yallingup
A killer karst cave well worth the 45 km drive up from Margaret River proper. Others in the area include Lake Cave, Mammoth Cave and Jewel Cave.
Where to stay: Erravilla Country Estate Yallingup
8. Duckstein Brewery at Saracen Estates
3517 Caves Road, Wilyabrup
Margaret River produces some of the best suds in Australia. Down a few pints at the fab Duckstein Brewery at Saracen Estates and discover why.
Where to stay: Cape Lodge Yallingup
7. Busselton Jetty
While not quite in Margaret River per se, the Busselton Jetty is one of the most indelible landmarks in the South West. Walk on the 2 km-long pier and the popular tourist town too.
Where to stay: Aqua Resort Busselton
6. Prevelly Park
Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River
Surf and sip cellar door wines at family producer Preveli, all in the same afternoon. Prevelly Park is a spectacular seaside beach escape just minutes from Margaret River.
Where to stay: Margarets Beach Resort
5. The Margaret River Chocolate Company
415 Harman’s Mill Road, Metricup
Red wine is not the only product in Margaret River with antioxidant power. Indulge in top quality chocolate at the Margaret River Chocolate Company (try the hot chocolate).
Where to stay: Willy Bay Resort Margaret River
4. Clairault Winery & Restaurant
3277 Caves Road, Wilyabrup
Contemporary cuisine with a conscience is on the menu at Clairault Winery, where the chef sources ingredients from “local, ethical, sustainable and innovative producers.”
Where to stay: Quay West Resort Bunker Bay
3. Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
The most popular national park in Australia has innumerable inducements. Personally, we like the peppermint groves and bandicoots.
Where to stay: Bay Village Resort Dunsborough
2. Fraser Gallop Estate
547 Metricup Road, Wilyabrup
End your 24 hours in Margaret River with two of James Halliday’s front-runners in the region. The eminent critic gave five stars to a number of Fraser Gallop Estate wines in his most recent companion book.
Where to stay: Gnarabup Rock Pool Margaret River
1. Edwards Wines
687 Ellensbrook Road, Cowaramup
Likewise for Edwards, a five star winery in Cowaramup that produces excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and SÃ©millon. One of the most beautiful environs of any producer in the South West.
Where to stay: Ellensbrook Cottages Margaret River