How to Find the Perfect Holiday Apartment in Margaret river
The South-West of Western Australia is such a pastiche of other lands that it comes as no surprise to discover that it's the State's most popular holiday destination. Margaret River, with the fine vineyards of the Willyabrup Winegrowing Valley, local Brie cheeses and exquisite art and craft centres, could be a small French village; the caves and rugged cliffs of the coast, the rolling green fields and handsome sandstone buildings could belong to England; the climate is definitely Mediterranean. And the majestic forests which cut a swathe through the heart of the land with a ringside seat of the Southern Ocean could belong to Canada. It adds up to an area that has a flavour all its own.
Margaret River is famous worldwide for its consistently big waves round the river mouth, a key factor in the town hosting a heat of the World Masters surfing classic every year.
Backpackers are well catered for with three hostels as well as two pubs, caravan and camping parks, numerous holiday cottages along with a staggering forty-eight eateries.
A permanent population of 6,500 wells to around 30,000 during Christmas and Easter. It is certain a star attraction for tourists with its mild weather pattern that seldom sees the mercury rise much above 32 degrees in our hottest summers. This same temperature makes the district ideal for wine grape production. There are 35 vineyards in the immediate Margaret River area with most offering free tastings of their wares. Many of the producers are well established on the international market with their labels taking major awards at overseas wine judging.
There are a host of other things to see and do besides surfing and vineyard tours.. Four spectacular caves in the area, Lake, Mammoth, Jewel and Moondyne welcome thousands of visitors annually. All have conducted tours and are well lit. There are numerous magnificent stalactites and stalagmites to view.
Close to the town centre there are many bush walk trails that traverse the huge karri and jarrah trees that make up the district’s forests. There are many little brooks flowing through the forests to add to the peace and tranquility. For the more adventurous, hire a horse and ride along the beach or perhaps see the forests from a different perspective. A visit to the Marron Farm (11 km from town) is certainly worth the time. This is one of the State’s biggest commercial marron farms and after taking a conducted tour, settle into a tasting session in the restaurant or buy your needs and cook them on the free barbeque.
Eagles Heritage is most certainly worth a visit. It is a rehabilitation centre for birds of prey that have been injured in some way. These birds include eagles (see giant wedgetails at close quarters), hawks, falcons and owls. A major feature is the enormous free fl cage where the injured birds can learn to fly again before being released back into their own environment. There are also demonstrations of the age-old art of falconry. There is a small admission charge but well worth it. Cameras a must. There is a great selection of tours, too many to list here but check with your hostel owner or for a comprehensive run down on the district, the Tourist Bureau will be only too happy to be of assistance.
Many of the attractions of the Margaret River region are just that little too far for a comfortable walk and for that reason bicycle hire is very popular.
There is a great selection of cycle trails that lead into the tall timber country of the nearby hinterland. Bicycles are available from one of the hostels or in town at a nominal daily or weekly fee.
Margaret River has a laid back lifestyle and is a young person’s domain with lots to see and do all year round.