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    Margaret River Wine Experience

    5 Days and 4 Nights

    Day 1 Perth to Dunsborough

    The next 5 days are designed so you can enjoy the fruits of one the most sought after wine regions in the world. Rivalling France and California as a premium wine growing region, the area know as Margaret River is set against a backdrop of rugged coastline, pristine beaches, pounding surf and towering forests. Head south from Perth towards the major southern centres of Bunbury and Busselton. Busselton is a logical stop for lunch and take time to marvel at the 2 kilometre long jetty, longest in the southern hemisphere. Today’s destination is Dunsborough, which sits at the northern end of the region and is a good base from which to visit several wineries as well as the spectacular beaches of Meelup, Eagle Bay and Yallingup. A complete guide of the various wineries, their specialities and facilities are available from many locations in the region.

    Day 2 Dunsborough to Margaret River

    As most of the wineries do not open until 10am, we suggest an early morning swim. The short 5km drive out to either Eagle Bay or Meelup is well worth the effort. As the next 3 days will concentrate on wine, you may wish to consider an unique opportunity to dive over the former Australian Naval ship HMAS Swan which was recently purposely sunk off Dunsborough. Many of the wineries offer eating facilities so consult your guide and chose one where you can combine tastings with lunch and or dinner. Remember to always nominate a “skipper”. As you work your way through the back country lanes past the various wineries and their rolling hills covered with grapes, follow the signs to Margaret River, your home for the next 2 nights.

    Margaret River Wine Experience

    Day 3 & 4 Margaret River

    Again, if a morning swim is the order of the day, the 10km drive to Prevalley Beach will bring you to the home of the annual International Surf Classic. If big waves are only for watching, a few hundred metres down the beach a gentle break is ideal for novices and families.You are now in the heart of this remarkable wine growing the region.The various wineries are too numerous to mention but all are within easy reach of one another, some simply over the road. All offer tastings and some will ship your purchases home for you. Plan your days based on the particular blends that suit your palate or just follow your instincts, you can’t get lost. For the evenings, take advantage of local chefs who combine the best ingredients from the area to offer superb food to compliment the local vintage.

    Day 5 Margaret River to Perth

    As you make your way north along the Bussell Highway back to Perth, there are several opportunities to sample the local cheese that are also making the region famous. At Bunbury, head inland through Harvey and Pinjarra and marvel at the green rolling hills and variety of local fruit and vegetables. Now that you have been touched by the natural beauty of the south west and the wines it has to offer, you will count the days until you can return.

    Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park in Western Australia

    Mammoth Cave Something unusual to do

    For those who like to explore caves at their leisure, Mammoth Cave offers the perfect opportunity to go it alone in safety. A CD audio self-guiding system provides a climate of independence for the Mammoth Cave visitor. Mammoth is a wonderfully wild cave and can be best described as the perfect home for caveman. An array of formations angle off in all directions and the natural light protruding through the entrance and exit give this cave a liveable feel. In this cave you can see all of nature’s fantastic forces at work. It is truly remarkable. Entry is made via a wide boardwalk which allows some disabled access into the first cavern. This awe inspiring cave is a natural time capsule and home to ancient fossil remains of extinct animals. Formations include the Mammoth shawl and the “Karri Forest” flowstone which seems to resemble the unique karri trees of the Augusta Margaret River region. A visit to Mammoth Cave is not complete without taking a stroll along the wonderful Marri Walk Trail. Mammoth Cave is 15 minutes south of Margaret River along Caves Road. Contact Information Address Caves Road, Margaret River, 6285 Phone +61 08 9780 5911 Fax +61 08 9757 3287 Email caveworks@margaretriver.com Website http://www.margaretriver.com


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