MAMRGEEATR ET

STRETCH­ING SOME 100KM FROM NORTH TO SOUTH AND FLANKED BY OCEAN ON THREE SIDES, MAR­GARET RIVER IN SOUTH-WEST AUS­TRALIA IS AS PIC­TURESQUE AS TOWNS COME

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Get­ting There

A three-hour car ride from Perth, Mar­garet River is home to only 10,000 res­i­dents. But dur­ing the yearly Novem­ber week­end of the Gourmet Vil­lage held on the grounds of Leeuwin Es­tate, the pop­u­la­tion quadru­ples.

Wine...

The re­gion’s wines, par­tic­u­larly caber­net sau­vi­gnon and chardon­nay, have an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for their qual­ity and con­sis­tency, of­ten bench­marked against bordeaux. An­cient loam soils and cool winds de­liver the ideal con­di­tions for pre­mium viti­cul­ture. There are 187 winer­ies, in­clud­ing the stun­ning Fraser Gal­lop Es­tate built from the ground up by Sil­i­con Val­ley mag­nate Nigel Gal­lop 20 years ago, which now has a lake, a Pal­la­dian-style man­sion and as­tound­ingly large lemons.

...And Dine

Regional food spe­cial­i­ties and ar­ti­san providers have also added to the town’s menu of at­trac­tions. Head to the newly opened Yarri Restau­rant + Bar, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the co‑founders of Snake + Her­ring Wines and Aaron Carr, named Chef Of The Year by The West Aus­tralian Good Food Guide in 2015. The cui­sine at Yarri, the Abo­rig­i­nal word for the black­butt tree na­tive to the south-west, takes in­spi­ra­tion from the six sea­sons of the Ny­oon­gar cal­en­dar.

Ocean & Bush

If you en­joy a walk in the ru­ral woods or a dip in the turquoise wa­ter of the In­dian Ocean, then the Mar­garet River re­gion is also the per­fect desti­na­tion for you. Stay at Pull­man Bunker Bay Re­sort for quick beach ac­cess via board­walks or check into Em­pire Re­treat and Spa for a se­cluded haven built around a farm­house.

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