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WITH WORLD-CLASS WINES, fa­mous surf beaches, tow­er­ing forests, res­tau­rants and re­gional pro­duce ga­lore, and a Mediterranean cli­mate, there’s a lot to like about Mar­garet River — which is the name of the town, the river and the renowned wine re­gion. The town­ship of Mar­garet River is about 270 kilo­me­tres south-west of Perth and 50 kilo­me­tres south-west of Bus­sel­ton. The re­gion takes in the towns of Cowaramup, Grace­town, Kar­ri­dale, Au­gusta and Yallingup. Mar­garet River is within the tra­di­tional lands of the War­dandi Noon­gar peo­ple. Euro­pean set­tle­ment be­gan in the 1830s, and in the late 1880s the forests of gi­ant karri trees brought tim­ber millers to the re­gion. After World War I, new set­tlers es­tab­lished dairy farms and other agri­cul­tural en­ter­prises through the Group Set­tle­ment Scheme. The first vine­yards were planted in the 1960s and there are now about 200 winer­ies, which at­tract thou­sands of vis­i­tors each year. Be­sides viti­cul­ture and wine pro­duc­tion, sheep, dairy and beef cat­tle, hor­ti­cul­ture and tourism are the ma­jor in­dus­tries. Em­ploy­ment is also strong in the con­struc­tion, re­tail, man­u­fac­tur­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­tries, as well as in ed­u­ca­tion, health and ad­min­is­tra­tive work. The town of Mar­garet River is well served with res­tau­rants, cafés, gal­leries and good shop­ping, and the re­gion is pop­u­lar with those seek­ing a sea or tree change. “There’s no pol­lu­tion, and we have the clean­est beaches with the whitest sand and the bluest wa­ter you can imag­ine,” says Morena Bam­ber, a prop­erty con­sul­tant with lo­cal real es­tate agency Stocker Pre­ston. “An­other thing peo­ple find very ap­peal­ing is that Mar­garet River’s got a small-town feel about it. If you get into trou­ble, there’s al­ways a neigh­bour to give you a hand.” For more in­for­ma­tion, visit mar­gare­

1 Leeuwin Es­tate 2 Voy­ager Es­tate 3 Prev­elly Beach 4 Cape Men­telle 5 Vasse Felix 6 Cullen Wines 7 Mar­garet River Cul­tural Cen­tre 8 Bram­ley Na­tional Park

CLOCK­WISE The beau­ti­ful coast­line of Cape Nat­u­ral­iste; the cel­lar door at Cullen Wines; caber­net sauvi­gnon vines at Vasse Felix, which is Mar­garet River’s old­est win­ery; Prev­elly Beach is pop­u­lar with surfers.

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