During this series, we will be exploring some of the best wine regions in the world to travel to, providing you with a few top tips to help you on your way. This week, we head to a food and drink haven…
Margaret River – Western Australia
Margaret River is one of Australia’s premier wine regions, with a climate similar to that of Bordeaux, it is easy to see why so many extraordinary wines come from this region. It is most well known for its Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Merlot from the region is becoming particularly popular, but we think you can’t beat a Shiraz from Margaret River!
Why should you visit?
Margaret River is situated in a stunning landscape, and a spectacular coastline. This opens up a host of opportunities for foodies and thrill seekers alike. From the UK, it is also the shortest flight to get to Australia so it’s a great destination for those who want to visit Australia but are short on time. Direct flights are also now also available from London Heathrow with Qantas, taking just under 17 hours! This is a huge saving compared to the average travel time of 24hrs to the east coast, which also means it is much more affordable.
For food lovers, the culinary experiences on offer are some of the finest in the world. Aside from the wines, the landscape means that Margaret River has one of the most vibrant food cultures in the world thanks to the fresh ingredients on offer, both from the land and the sea. This is why each year Margaret River hosts one of the most prestigious food festivals on the planet, ‘Gourmet Escape’, where the worlds top chefs and foodies arrive to try the local produce. This is a 4 day festival that explores all of the food and wine that the region has to offer. If it’s good enough for the worlds top chefs, it’s good enough for us!
For those that like outdoor adventure, the area around Margaret River boasts some of Western Australia’s best surfing beaches, especially in Prevelly where they host the annual Margaret River Pro surfing competition on Gnarabup Beach. Hikers can also enjoy the spectacular Cape-to-Cape coastal track.
How to get there?
To make the most of Margaret River and the surrounding area, fly into Perth. This city has lots to offer and it is well worth taking the time to explore the city itself as well as:
- Rottnest Island – a short boat trip from Perth city, home to the adorable Quokkas!
- Fremantle – lies just south of Perth and is rich in history. Visit to find out more about the colonial history of Western Australia
It is worth hiring a car and taking your time to travel south to Margaret River. Although it is only a 2.5 hr coastal drive from Perth, there is plenty to see and explore along the way which is why it is great to have the freedom of your own car.
Travelling down from Perth to Margaret River, take the time to stop off at Busselton to see the longest wooden pier in the southern hemisphere. Also, take the time to head to Yallingup to visit the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Sugarloaf Rock for a special, unforgettable sunset.
Between Perth and Margaret River there are many vineyards, breweries, and quality restaurants, so get exploring and you never know what hidden gems you may find!
When to visit?
It is best to visit during the spring and summer, so we would recommend going between November and May. This way you can enjoy average temperatures of 25’C (be aware, it can get a lot hotter in the city in the middle of summer!) and warmer evenings for enjoying the food and sunsets!
More than any other part of Australia, this is an area to take your time and enjoy the good things in life, good food, good wine, great scenery.
Next time we are off to South Africa, and the legendary Stellenbosch!