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EAT AND DRINK
The Margaret River Region, always
known for exceptional wineries and
world-class surf, has now expanded
its repertoire of innovation and
excellence into the hallowed ground
of the international food scene.
This metamorphosis began years
ago with much-loved restaurants
attached to wineries. Recent acclaim
for the region’s Gourmet Escape
event has burned brightly, but it’s
the determined effort of exceptional
local chefs that makes eating out in
Margaret River a delight worthy of any
If you just want a good coffee, you’ll
find an abundance of great cafes
along the main street of town. Many
have funky or rustic settings, and
are great spots to watch Margaret
River’s myriad cultures go by. If you
hanker for pastries, you can also
try the bakery, complete with retro,
Another hub is on Station Road,
where you can get yummy fresh
greens before wandering deli aisles
and sitting down to another coffee.
Head to Prevelly and Gnarabup and
you’ll find a couple of cafes with
awesome ocean views that are perfect
for breakfast after a morning swim.
Margaret River’s wineries not only
bring fine wines and dining options
to the table, they’re also gorgeous
places where you’ll want to stay for
hours. Leafy decks with sublime
views of vineyards, farmland and the
bush provide the perfect backdrop
for a lunch experience. Enjoy the
surroundings together with delectable
food and premium wines – the perfect
ingredients for a long, long lunch.
Choose from wineries with
architecture that oozes opulence and
amazing in-depth food and wine, or
casual and rustic boutique delights.
If you’re not a wine person, fear
not – the Margaret River region is also
home to award-winning breweries,
open daily and with an impressive
line-up of beers on tap. You’ll find
everything from traditional pale ales
and pilsners to some pretty creative
concoctions – definitely worth a try!
Most of the breweries in Margaret
River have their own restaurants,
serving up great food to complement
the beer, and some are kid-friendly.
Visit on the weekend and you’ll more
than likely find a live band playing
While most of Margaret River’s
premium produce is served at
the wineries and local restaurants,
There’s so much more you
can do at the cellar door.
Experience the subtle differences
between the vineyards and
winemakers by theming your
visit to taste particular wine types
(known as varietal tasting) at
each winery. Or you might like
to book in for a vertical tasting,
offered at some wineries. This is
where you taste different vintages
of the same wine, discovering
the nuances of growing-season
conditions, style evolution, wine-
making variations and bottle age.
GEMMA MOORE, MARGARET RIVER STYLE
“For something a bit more traditional, take the region’s famous Bushtucker
Tour, from quiet paddling down the majestic Margaret River to wine and
beer tasting, with wildfoods hand-made in Margaret River.”
you can buy and taste produce
direct by wandering around the
local farmers market on a Saturday,
or visiting the many farm gates or
providores. Cheese, chocolate,
nougat, fudge, ice-cream, grass-fed
beef and lamb, venison, organic
sun-ripened fruit and vegetables,
seafood, organic dairy, free range
eggs, French, German and wood-fired
breads, chutneys, jams, olives, oils and
coffee are all on offer – and that’s just
scratching the surface.
TIP If you’re looking for local olive
oil, head out to Olio Bello. The oil
is divine, as is the range of beautiful
locally made skin-care products.
There is also a great cafe, ideal to
just relax and take in all Margaret
River has to offer.
SEAN BLOCKSIDGE, MARGARET RIVER DISCOVERY CO
“One of the most spectacular sections of the Cape-to-Cape coastal walk is
accessed via the Margaret River mouth sandbar, and takes you around Cape
Mentelle headland and across to Kilcarnup Beach – a stunning protected
paradise of sea life and pristine sand. Spend some time on the limestone
cliffs watching for whales, and see if you can spot the osprey nest on the
island rock. Allow three hours return, and take a picnic lunch and a bottle of
Margaret River semillon sauvignon blanc in the backpack!”
LEARN AND GROW
If you’re interested in the growing side
of things, go online and see what Fair
Harvest is putting on during your stay.
It could be an informative talk about
permaculture, a wander through the
gardens, or a special sourced-from-
the-garden cafe lunch.
Hiking the Cape to Cape track
Photography Sean Blocksidge.
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