A journey through the Margaret River Region should be taken slowly. It’s a “stop and smell the roses” sort of place, an idyllic countryside sanctuary. It’s Western Australia’s playground, a de-stressor from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. It’s the kind of place you wallow over when it’s cold and you’re hungry for a holiday. It’s somewhere to unwind, somewhere to keep warm, somewhere to curl up in front of a log fireplace with a hot cup of coco while the weight of the world lifts off your shoulders.
We truly believe the Margaret River can be enjoyed all year round. In fact, some people believe the region is even more beautiful during the cooler months. The trees turn that darker hue of green, the ocean gloomy and the food and wine is enjoyed tenfold.
Here are 5 reasons why the Margaret River is the perfect place for your next winter escape:
1. The Food and Wine Scene:
In the Margaret River, much of life takes place around the table, sharing stories and laughter with good company while indulging in local wines and gourmet delicacies that the region is famous for.
The region is home to over 130 wineries that produce some of the best cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay in Australia. And let’s not forget the unimpeachable restaurants attached to them, full of aspirational chefs that have dedicated their careers to what’s put on the plate in front of you. It’s no wonder the culinary culture of the Margaret River drives 1000’s of people each year to this beautiful destination.
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📸 Photo Credit: Voyager Estate
Voyager Estate is an award-winning, family-owned winery committed to crafting exceptional wine. It’s the perfect combination of food, wine and the warmth of family and friends.
📸 Photo Credit: Leeuwin Estate
Leeuwin Estate is a large multi-award family winery that offers premium wine tastings and tours, an upscale restaurant, entertainment a contemporary art gallery and more.
📸 Photo Credit: Watershed
Watershed is an upscale Modern Australian venue with an adjoining cafe, and a cellar door that’s situated among the vines with panoramic views across the vineyard and beautiful dam.
2. The beaches and bays
Whether you enjoy surfing, snorkelling, paddle boarding, walking along warm white sand or simply chasing sunsets – the beaches and bays that cusp the coastlines and forests of the Margaret River Region are nothing short of breathtaking.
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A beautiful beach that’s ideal for surfers, with plenty of great breaks that provide big waves not for the faint hearted.
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Eagle Bay is one of the best swimming beaches, with its shallow, calm and striking turquoise waters, bright green vegetation and blazing red rocks beneath the dazzling white sandy beach.
Hamelin Bay is a stunning location that’s a must-do on your Margaret River getaway. Check out the friendly stingrays, a tiny island and the old timber jetty remnants.
3. The outdoors adventures
The Margaret River Region offers a wealth of unique activities perfect for the cooler months. There’s a plethora of hiking trails that will reward you with spectacular South West scenery. You can immerse yourself in week-long trails through beach and bush or take a day trip along some amazing cliffs and rocky outcrops.
If you’re into exploring, the limestone caves are a must. And if you’re into some high adrenaline fun, go trail-blazing on a mountain bike through immeasurable trees and gorgeous rivers.
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📍Cape to Cape Track
Get out your walking shoes and wrap up warm in a wind shield jacket. The Cape to Cape Walk Track is waiting for the vivid explorer. This walking track runs for 123 kilometres along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. The walk boasts gorgeous coastal and forest scenery, mesmerising cliffs, stunning caves, headlands and rock formations and a beautiful array of wildflowers.
What lies beneath the Margaret River is ultimately spectacular. These limestone crystal formations hidden beneath the grounds are a must see.
4. The Winter festivities
Rather than escaping the cold, the Margaret River celebrates it. With a wide range of cultural, foodie and arty events during winter, it’s no doubt this is the perfect winter escape you need.
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Break up with your doona. Then enter a loving relationship with winter Down South this July 19 to 28. Choose from more than 30 events that embrace all the best food, wine and music of the region, laden with unexpected twists and turns. You’ll find winter feasts, rich wines, magnificent parties, live music and a wilderness that grows from the inside out. Choose from the weird, the decadent and the raucous – a celebration of what matters amidst stormy skies and open fires in the epic Margaret River region.
📍The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival is the largest regional literary event in Western Australia. Each year, novelists, journalists, academics and established and emerging storytellers from Australia and around the world come together for a three-day event, sharing incredible stories, book signings, exhibitions as well as a children’s storytelling tent, roving fairy, free music and great entertainment.
5. The cosy accommodation
RAC Margaret River Nature Park is nestled amidst the tall timber of the Wooditjup National Park right in the heart of Margaret River. Perfect for a stay all year round, the Nature Parks generous sized cabins and lodges safari will keep you supremely cosy. Boasting comfortable beds for those late morning sleep ins, kitchenettes for cooking up a warm hearty breakfast and log fires to nestle in front of with a hot cup of tea, a warm blanket and a good book after a long day exploring the region. You won’t be missing the comforts of home because everything you have is right here, waiting.
Make the great escape to the Margaret River this Winter
Our warm and cosy cabins are the perfect place to set up base while you explore the beauty of the Margaret River Region.Check Availability