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The Weekender: Margaret River, WA

If you’re all about wine, stunning views and the perfect balance between country and seaside, get ready to discover The Margaret River.

A mere 3 hours from Perth, the Margaret River Region has a great deal to offer, ranging from beaches, countryside wineries and natural wonders that easily fulfill the wanderlust you (and we) are no doubt feeling.

Eat

Vasse Felix Restaurant

Vasse Felix Restaurant is Modern Australian in style, and created from local, seasonal produce that changes daily as new ingredients become available. The restaurant offers a stunning setting that you’re invited to indulge in while enjoying the regional flavours, textures and creative cuisine, and of course, their Wine Collection. The restaurant also offers a five-course set menu, which is created to compliment the key variety wines – Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.


Vasse Felix Restaurant – Caves Road (Cnr Tom Cullity Drive), Cowaramup, Margaret River, WA 6284


Swings Taphouse and Kitchen

The Swings Taphouse and Kitchen, set up in the heart of Margaret River, is your MR local go-to. With a huge range of drinks, eats and treats, the restaurant has the taste and feel of a winery but is located in the middle of town, and a selection of food that can be enjoyed in-store or takeaway. On offer are share plates, traditional wood fired pizzas, cheese boards and desserts.


Swings Taphouse and Kitchen – 85 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River, WA 6285


Cullen Restaurant

Cullen Wines were the first to offer food with wine tastings back in 1976, which started as simple cheese platters, pastries and soups to welcome their visitors. The now renowned restaurant serves fruit, herbs and vegetables all grown from the biodynamic garden on the grounds, which are combined with local and organic ingredients to produce dishes that compliment their wines perfectly.


Cullen Wines – 4323 Caves Road Wilyabrup WA 6280


Drink

Cape Mentelle

One of the Margaret River’s founding five wineries,  Cape Mentelle is open daily for wine tastings and rare treats exclusive to the winery. Cape Mentelle have a wide range of wines, and boast that their red wines put the Margaret River on the map in the early 1980’s due to consecutive wins of Australia’s most prestigious wine award, The Jimmy Watson Trophy. The maritime influence is reflected in the white wines through their unique freshness, fruit purity and vibrancy of character.


Cape Mentelle Vineyards – 331 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA 6285


Beerfarm

Beerfarm, based in Metricup, is all about the real experience. Real beer, real food and genuine experiences, joined together by the people who run it and the people who come to experience it. What was once a dairy farm, and still to this day houses a herd of cattle, Beerfarm are experts at beer, from lagers to complex IPAs and have their own cider crafted with fresh Manjimup Apples.


Beerfarm – 177 Gale Rd, Metricup, WA 6280


Voyager Estate Wines

Voyager Estate Wines are built for those looking to dive in and celebrate all that is wine. With a dedicated Wine Room specifically for wine discovery and ‘Wine Flights,’ where three wines to compare and contrast are on offer, the estate is dedicated to striving for balance, elegance and complexity. The vineyards are currently undergoing transition to organic farming to develop their commitment to sustainable farming.


Voyager Estate Wines – Stevens Road, Margaret River, WA 6285


Do 

Chasing Lighthouses

The beauty of the Margaret River Region is the diversity of the natural environment. While so much time can be spent in the vineyard infested country landscape, it is easy to forget the beach is so near, and with the seaside comes lighthouses. Both Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin lighthouses offer the opportunity to explore the lighthouse inside and out, and to be able to fully appreciate the spectacular views of the ocean.


Cape Naturaliste & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouses – Various locations


Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Each November, for the past 6 years, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape has been a local event to rival many, with national and international visitors that travel to see the renowned guests, drink the fantastic wine and eat the abundance of food. This year will see returning star Nigella Lawson, and some other culinary stars such as Rick Stein, Skye Gyngell and James Lowe. If you are in the Margaret River from the 16-18th of November, this is a must-do.


Margaret River Gourmet Escape – Numerous locations


Complex Caves

Hidden underneath the fabulous Margaret River are numerous caves that date back to a million years prior and are open for exploration. The elaborate and fragile karst systems form massive labyrinths that are decorated with limestone crystal formations. The caves are natural wonders, cavernous and complex, with some notable ones being  Lake Cave, with its many reflections and mirrors, and Jewel Cave, which is known for its enormous chambers.


Underground Limestone Caves – Numerous locations


Stay

Empire Retreat and Spa

The Empire Retreat and Spa is a luxury getaway that is truly something to behold. Established in 1997, the Estate is nestled among tranquil pastures and undisturbed bushland. From the numerous villas to the spa which relaxes us just by looking at it, it offers fantastic facilities and top of the range comfort and luxe. Also part of the estate is the winery, which spans 12 acres and produces wine that focuses on style and consumption.


Empire Retreat and Spa – Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282


Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

The Pullman Bunker Bay Resort is nestled alongside the crystal clear waters of beautiful Bunker Bay. A resort and spa, the destination is a haven to escape to. The accommodation ranges in size, with studio, one and two bedroom bungalow-style villas available, all of which are ideal for a romantic getaway or a family holiday. With views to-die-for and comfort to the max, this resort is definitely worth the stay.


Pullman Bunker Bay Resort – 42 Bunker Bay Road Naturaliste WA 6281 Australia


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