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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.
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.
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 email@example.com Website http://www.margaretriver.com
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