Margaret River is located on the western coast of Australia located 277 kilometres south of Perth. The area is well known for being a popular surfing destination and its excellent wine. If you're looking for a fun weekend getaway from Perth, take your rental car down the coast to explore these great Margaret River destinations.
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Take a Walk Through History
While the area under Margaret River has more than 150 caves, Mammoth Cave is one of the most popular because of its easy accessibility. With a MP3 player and headset, you can take a self-guided tour through this 500 metre long cave at your own pace. The boardwalk in the cave winds past amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations. It's also one of the only caves in the area that has fossils. Here, you can view 35,000 year old fossils of the giant Zygomaturus and the Tasmanian tiger. The cave ends on the Marri Walk Trail where you can listen to the singing birds and stroll through the forest.
Enjoy Wine Country
The perfect weather in the Margaret River area makes it fantastic for growing grapes. Even though the first vines were only planted 45 years ago, the area produces premium wines. While about three percent of total wine production in the country comes from Margaret River wineries, they produce nearly 20 percent of the premium wine market.
Red and white wines are evenly produced here, with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot being a few of the most popular. There are about 150 producers throughout the area, and many offer tours for a behind-the-scenes look at how the estate works. Enjoy the vineyards, then take your rental car to one of the many gourmet eateries in the area.
View the Meeting of Two Oceans
The pristine white Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse sits out on a peninsula of granite rock. This 39-metre high lighthouse is the tallest in Western Australia. Construction on the lighthouse began in 1895 and finished in 1896. It was one of the last lighthouses in the world manually operated before switching over to electricity in 1982. Today, along with offering tours, the lighthouse also serves as an important navigation aid and weather station. A trip to the top of the lighthouse offers a view of the meeting of the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean. You can also explore the keeper's cottage and museum located nearby.
Take a Whale Watching Tour
Between the months of September and December, southern right whales and humpback whales make their way to the sheltered waters of Geographe Bay to mate. Sometimes, whale watchers catch glimpses of the endangered blue whales in these waters. Whale watching here is a unique experience because it's one of the few places in the world where you can watch humpback and southern right whales interact in the wild. There are many spots along the coast where you can see the whales with binoculars. Alternatively, for a closer look, there are local chartered whale watching tours operating during the season.
Margaret River offers excellent weekend escapes from Perth. This exciting area offers plenty of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. The next time you want to escape for the weekend, grab your rental car and for a weekend of luxury down the Margaret River.