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Trip List by Melnq8

Margaret River Revisited

2 Aug 2006  Well traveled expatriate; lover of food, wine and the great outdoors.
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 5 votes

Eating, drinking and walking in the Margaret River Region - UPDATED Aug 2010

  • Category: Roadtrip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Let's eat...

    Margaret River is a food lover's dream - plentiful fresh produce, a wide assortment of locally made products - dips, condiments, chutney, dukkah, pesto, jams, vinegar, cheese, bread, etc.

    Be sure to try out Yallingup woodfired bread - this stuff is incredible! The bakery is located on the corner of Biddles and MacLachlan Road in Dunsborough. The best time to buy fresh bread at the bakery is between 4:30-5 pm, as they bake in the afternoon.

    *Yallingup Wood Fired bread can be found at only a handful of shops, IGA in Margaret River is one of them.

    For chocolate lovers, no visit to Margaret River is complete without sampling the chocolate at the Margaret River Chocolate Company - the dark chocolate is fabulous.

    For olives, olive oil, vinegars and other delicious products don't miss Olio Bello (be sure to try the green olive tapenade and the sun dried tomato and pine nut dip). They also have a small alfresco cafe' serving up some lovely homemade pasta and cakes.

    For some unique cheeses, there's the Margaret River Dairy Company, which also makes some pretty good yogurt. If you like a little spice in your life you'll appreciate the chili baked ricotta.

    The Berry Farm offers fresh berries in season, fruit wines and an interesting assortment of jams, preserves, vinegars and condiments.

    Kappadokia Turkish Kebabs in the town of Margaret River not only serves up some pretty good kebabs, but they also sell some incredible bread, which goes perfectly with the above mentioned dips and cheeses.

    If you're looking for something unusual, there's always ostrich meat, venison and emu at the Margaret River Venison Farm.

    For a great lunch be sure to check out Wills Domain winery in the Gunyulgup Valley, home of the best platter lunch I've ever had*: Sizzling chorizo, Geographe cheese, Yallingup woodfired bread, macadamia nut pesto, sun dried tomato, wild mushroom and feta chutney, Australian crisp bread, olives, and huge raisins. Delicious!

    *Unfortunately, when I last checked they'd discontinued their platters. Bring 'em back please!

  • 2. Let's drink...

    Margaret River is home to some 200 vineyards and approximately 100 wineries, so if wine is your thing, you'll be spoiled for choice.

    A few of my personal favorites are:

    Clairault - the sixth winery established in Margaret River, circa 1976. Good wnes, friendly employees and completely unpretentious.

    Wills Domain - wonderful chardonnay, but they've priced themselves out of my market

    Eagle Vale - awesome Shiraz

    Margaret River is also home to three breweries:

    Bootleg Brewery (my personal favorite) - also has a cafe

    Colonial Brewing Company - also has a cafe

    Wicked Ale Brewery - have yet to visit this one, maybe next time

  • 3. Let's walk...

    The Margaret River region is home to some interesting walks, including the 140 km Cape to Cape Walk, which extends from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin.

    The Cape to Cape Walk can be joined at several points near Margaret River. We walked the portion between Ellensbrook and Gracetown. This was an undulating coastal walk overlooking the Indian Ocean with great views. It was easy for the most part, but 1/3 of the trail was through deep sand which was difficult to walk through - 8.5 km return.

    There's also a nice 1.6 km stroll through heavy forest to Meekadarabee Falls, which starts at Ellensbrook Homestead, reached via Caves Road.

    The Cape to Cape Walk can also be accessed from Point Road, a 4x4 road through scenic Boranup Karri Forest. The road eventually intersects the Cape to Cape Walk near the coast, and can then be walked either north or south. We walked north as far as Conto's Campground before turning back (11 km return most of which was on the 4x4 road ).

    The Wardanup Track, accessed from Rabbits car park in Yallingup is another good walk. This track gets steep pretty quickly and is sandy, which adds to the difficulty, but it does get easier as it leads through the trees towards Ngilgi Cave (which makes a good stop for coffee). The trail next winds down through forest, alongside large granite rocks and leads through the Emily Rose Terrace of Seashells Resort and through the township of Yallingup, eventually ending where it started (4.5 miles, two hours).