For an unforgettable wine-tasting adventure, you can’t go past the famed Margaret River region.
A scenic three hour drive south of Perth, you can easily rent a car and take a driving holiday to Margaret River and surrounds, well-known around the world for the quality of the wine produced there.
The area also boasts caves, forests and stunning beaches, so you will not run out of attractions to explore. Before leaving, be sure to try some of the region’s delicious treats at the Margaret River Chocolate Company.
Local wineries in Margaret River
Margaret River is home to a number of fantastic wineries. Among the many establishments is Flinders Bay Wines, Evans & Tate, Arlewood Estate Winery, Bush Shack Brewery, Flying Fish Cove and the Cheeky Monkey Brewery. Get the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the winery cellars and find out more about how the product is made.
Another popular winery is the Leeuwin Estate, which hosts the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. Famous chefs offer classes and participants can enjoy some great-tasting food. Additionally, there are book signings from celebrity chefs and live music to enjoy. Margaret River wineries are famous worldwide - don’t miss your chance to explore them.
Discover what lies underground
If you are not interested in wine, the Margaret River region features many fascinating caves that are accessible to the public, particularly if you take advantage of our Margaret River car hire deals so you can freely explore the area.
The popular Lake Cave has a spectacular suspended table crystal formation, and is one of the deepest caves in the region. An onsite interpretive centre can give you extra information about the geology of the cave.
Many caves offer self-guided tours, as well as full tours of the boardwalks. If you are feeling a bit more daring, many companies offer adventure tours of some Margaret River caves, and if you would like a quieter visit, try the more relaxing Mammoth Cave.
A few more worthy stops
Car rental in Western Australia’s south west allows you to explore more than Margaret River. Stop in at Busselton on your way past. The town has a 1.8km jetty, the longest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The local beach is popular with families and offers safe, enclosed seasonal swimming.
Margaret River is home to a range of beautiful beaches, such as Meelup Beach which gives visitors access to scenic coastal trailers. Eagle Bay has clear, blue water and perfect white sands ideal for snorkelling, and spot stingrays in the shallows at Hamelin Bay.
If you are heading south pass through the Boranup Karri Forest. The region is home to diverse wildlife, unique fauna and many walking trails. Don’t forget to visit the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Australia’s tallest mainland lighthouse offers spectacular views of the coast. The lighthouse marks the point where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet.
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