Go from award-winning wineries and hatted restaurants to unspoilt beaches and towering forests. Western Australia’s coastal wine country of Margaret River is one for the nature-obsessed epicureans.
Words by Shylie Rimmer
Image courtesy of Voyager Estate
Voyager Estate: Family run Voyager Estate proves that you don’t need an agricultural empire to produce remarkable wines and an award-winning restaurant. With a bi-monthly-changing ‘Discovery Menu’ that allows guests to embark on a seven-course culinary journey with paired wines, it comes as no surprise that the estate’s Restaurant was awarded one Hat at the 2018 Good Food Guide Awards.
Drift Cafe: There’s no doubt that residents (and visitors) love the charming hospitality shown by owners Colin and Gaye McQueen at this laidback local hotspot. Boasting the best breakfast in town, Drift Cafe makes almost everything – including their decadent raw desserts – in their own kitchen, using locally sourced produce and a whole lot of love.
Image courtesy of Watershed Wines
Watershed Wines: Nestled amid lush, rolling vineyards you’ll find an expansive estate boasting a contemporary farmhouse style. Think: stone, timber, glass and wrap-around outdoor decks. It’s wineries like Watershed that capture the true magic of the Margaret River. Enjoy a mixed tasting of their five distinct wine ranges.
Cullen Wines: Possibly the most famous of the region, this sustainable winery might just produce the best glass of natural cabernet sauvignon (or chardonnay if you’re into whites) out there. With no added acid, yeast or malolactic culture, these hand-harvested grapes epitomise everything that’s right with organic wine.
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Attend the Margaret River Gourmet Escape: As of earlier this month, internationally renowned TV chef, Nigella Lawson confirmed she’ll be returning to (and headlining) the spectacular food and wine festival. Each November, the three-day extravaganza brings unique flavours, local wines and gourmet celebrities to this coastal wine country. We recommend booking in advance.
Go Caving: 350 steps underground, you’ll discover a pristine chamber of limestone rock formations and glistening filtered light. Among all limestone caves in the Margaret River—some dating back hundreds of years— Lake Cave is the deepest, most tranquil and the only one with a permanent underground lake.
Explore the Charming Beaches: There’s no shortage of stunning coastline in a region surrounded by water on three sides. Take your pick from tranquil lagoons or world-class surf spots and soak up the sun after a morning of wine tasting. Head to locally-loved Granny’s Pool, located along Leeuwin Road, for a natural rock pool of sheltered clear waters.
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Olio Bello: Head for the award-winning olive groves and prepare for a safari-style stay, with a splash of lavish luxury. Embodying glamping at its best, Olio Bello boasts six lakeside bungalows surrounded by 320-acres of Italian stone pines, orchards and quaint views. Relax on your private deck, breathe in the fresh air and reconnect with nature.
But first, caffeine: Do as the locals do and grab a cup of Nicaraguan brew from Two Cracks Coffee at the Margaret River Farmers Market. Open every Saturday, all year round.
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