Margaret River and it's Neighbours!
About a three hour drive South of Perth you will find the small town of Margaret River. The area is home to approximately 7,000 people. The town takes its name from the local river, said to be named after Margaret Whicher; who was the cousin of John Garrett Bussell (founder of Busselton). The area is well known for its great surfing beaches, but there is much more than the waves that make this area a great place to visit.
This region is one of the best wine regions in the South West of Australia. There are many tasting and tours on offer. There is even a tour named “Wine for Dudes” which encourages younger men—and women—to get involved in enjoying the wines of the local region. With so many tours on offer it would be hard to resist spending a day experiencing all the fabulous wineries and craft of the locals.
Located in the centre of the town you will come across the St Thomas More Catholic Church. This Church is a beautiful example of a rammed earth building that has been constructed using local supplies by the Margaret River community. It has a very unique design with beautiful stain glass windows which make it a must-do on your Margaret River checklist. Visitors are welcome to attend mass on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings and Thursday and Saturday evenings.
One of the main attractions is the Mammoth Cave. The caves are home to ancient fossil remains of long-extinct giant animals known as Australian Megafauna. You can take a self guided audio tour through the caves and learn about the animals that roamed the forests above around 50,000 years ago!
If you feel like visiting one of the fabulous beaches while you are here, you cant go past Prevelly Park. This area sits on the river mouth where Margaret River meets the sea. It’s a great relaxed environment with glorious views over the ocean, excellent bushwalking trails and swimming beaches. If you are feeling adventurous you can also try your hand at surfing; fantastic waves and classes make it theperfect spot to learn.
You can also explore the Cape Naturaliste or Cape Leeuwin Lighhouses. They provide spectacular views of WA’s coastline and at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse you can see where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.
If you are seeking something a bit more exciting, then don't worry! There are plenty of different adrenaline adventures you can find in this area of WA including rock climbing, 4WD tours and even swimming with whale sharks on a reef discovery. You can also go whale watching as the majestic humpbacks sail past the Western Australia coast anytime between May and December.
There is a range of accommodation around the area that is quite suitable for Motohomes and campervans. You can find a place to stay with your Motorhome or Campervan with options range from simple campsites with basic power, to full caravan parks with full facilities including pool and activities. There are also opportunities to stay in the National Parks run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. It makes it a great area for a long or short stay no matter your budget! For those travelling by car or those who chose to fly in, there is also plenty of hotels and B&B’s that are quite affordable and close to the action.
If you would like to learn more about the Margaret River region, or to start booking your trip today, you can visit www.margaretriver.com
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