No trip to Western Australia is complete without a pit stop at Margaret River. Originally a chilled out surfie town, Margaret River has evolved into the ultimate smorgasbord of good food, fine wine and spectacular scenery and just a three-and-a-half hour drive south of Perth. There's a fine supply of world-class wineries, boutique breweries, and restaurants overlooking sweeping vineyards and surf breaks. The wine is definitely top notch and the region produces less than one per cent of Australian wine, but wait for it and over 15 per cent of the country's premium wine. And with around 100 wineries to choose from, you won't be stuck for choice. If you're coming in May, don't miss the annual Margaret River Wine Region Festival. Some of Australia's best chefs produce a feast of top tucker to be had and think exquisite cheeses, jam, condiments, olives and marron (freshwater crayfish). And you can't beat this and there are even chocolate, fudge and ice-cream factories with free tastings. Teamed with a thriving arts scene and there's just about an art or craft gallery on every corner and it's the perfect place to soak up some West Australian culture and pick up a souvenir or two. But don't let all that indulgence weigh you down and get set for some adventure. Explore networks of underground caves, a rugged coastline, squeaky-clean sandy beaches, turquoise water, towering forests and bush and coastal walk trails. Watching the locals take on awe-inspiring waves at the world-class surf break, Surfer's Point, is gripping stuff. The more active can have a go at rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, whale watching or even throw in a line and try your luck catching some local snapper. Accommodation-wise, there's something for all budgets. Getting there is also easy. Drive, fly or hop on a bus.
Bushtucker Gourmet Winery and Brewery Tour ex Margaret River - Margaret River
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