Nat­u­ral Won­ders of WESTERN AUS­TRALIA

Top qual­ity wine, world-class surf and in­ter­na­tional events have put the Mar­garet River Re­gion on the map, but it’s the rest of the offering which keeps both Aus­tralian and over­seas visi­tors com­ing back.

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The Mediter­ranean cli­mate, which makes the re­gion ideal for grow­ing grapes and fine wine, is also well suited to grow­ing other pro­duce. The re­gion in over­flow­ing with lo­cally-grown fruit and veg­eta­bles, meat, seafood and a whole host of provi­dores sell­ing any­thing from fudge and home­made ice cream to olive oil, tape­nades and chut­neys. All of this is fringed by some of the most pris­tine coast­line in the world. The pic­tureper­fect, calm wa­ters of Geographe Bay en­tice fam­i­lies and sun­bathers, while the dra­matic west-fac­ing coast­line be­tween Cape Nat­u­ral­iste and Cape Leeuwin at­tracts surfers, kite board­ers and those who love some ac­tion on the wa­ter. Top that off with an ex­ten­sive un­der­ground cave net­work, mi­grat­ing whales, stun­ning wild­flow­ers and it be­comes ob­vi­ous why this re­gion really does have so much on of­fer.

1. Enjoy a few hours of in­dul­gence over a long lunch at a win­ery restau­rant

2. Give surf­ing a go - or stand up pad­dle board­ing

3. Walk or train to the end of the Bus­sel­ton Jetty, and meet the fish un­der the jetty at the Un­der­wa­ter Ob­ser­va­tory

4. Browse the beau­ti­ful cloth­ing bou­tiques of Duns­bor­ough and Mar­garet River

5. Pic­nic or camp among the karri trees in Bo­ranup for­est

6. Do a cel­lar door hop and taste the re­gion’s pre­mium pro­duce on a win­ery or brew­ery tour

7. Head un­der­ground on an ad­ven­ture tour of the mag­i­cal caves sys­tems

8. Walk a sec­tion of the Cape-to-Cape track (or all of it, if you’re game!)

9. Head up the Cape Leeuwin Light­house and see where the Southern Ocean and In­dian Ocean meet

10. Watch the sun set over the ocean at Yallingup, the place of love


The hol­i­day re­sort town of Bus­sel­ton lies shel­tered along the shore of Geographe Bay and the safe swim­ming beaches and ameni­ties make it the per­fect base for fam­i­lies. Nu­mer­ous car­a­van parks lo­cated di­rectly be­hind the beach also make Bus­sel­ton a great stop-off for trav­ellers with car­a­vans, campers or tents. The newly re­fur­bished Bus­sel­ton Fore­shore is a lovely place to enjoy a re­lax­ing af­ter­noon view of the bay and Bus­sel­ton Jetty.


Duns­bor­ough is the epi­cen­tre for all things cool and classy in the south­west. Stun­ning home­wares and cloth­ing bou­tiques sit be­side al-fresco cafés and bak­eries serv­ing all-day brunch and cof­fee. Lo­cal shop own­ers have a tal­ent for sourc­ing beau­ti­ful clothes, jew­ellery and goods from up-and-com­ing de­sign­ers from Aus­tralia and be­yond. For art lovers, there are gal­leries show­cas­ing fine hand­crafted pot­tery, wood­work, sculp­tures and pho­tog­ra­phy.


Yallingup is an ideal spot for surfers and cou­ples to stay and wake up ev­ery morn­ing to an un­for­get­table ocean view. Yallingup means ‘place of love’ in the lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal di­alect. Spend one evening watch­ing the sun­set over the In­dian Ocean from here and it’s not hard to see how the town got its name. Nearby Smiths Beach and In­jidup of­fer a num­ber of great surf breaks for a ma­jor­ity of swell con­di­tions.


While Mar­garet River is syn­ony­mous in­ter­na­tion­ally with qual­ity wine (20% of Aus­tralia’s pre­mium wine ex­ports come from this re­gion), the Mar­garet River re­gion’s ap­peal is spread­ing to in­clude a far wider range of ex­pe­ri­ences. Mar­garet River started to thrive in the 1960s when both viti­cul­ture and surf­ing took off and in just 40 years has been cat­a­pulted onto the global stage by its pre­mium wine and world-class surf.


Au­gusta was the third Euro­pean set­tle­ment in Western Aus­tralia. Founded in 1830 and named af­ter Princess Au­gusta, the daugh­ter of King Ge­orge III of Eng­land. The nearby Cape Leeuwin ac­quired its name from Dutch sailors who sighted the cape in 1622 and coined it ‘Landt van de Leeuwin’ or Land of the Li­on­ess. The sur­round­ing coast­line pro­vides many scenic look­outs from which to marvel at the ocean’s beauty and power.

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