When you're looking for adventure in Western Australia, Margaret River calls. Located just 175 miles south of Perth, this riverside town is known for its caves, outdoor recreation, and wineries. Take your pick from waterfront and wooded Margaret River vacation homes, and get ready to explore this scenic destination.
The Margaret River area has a humid Mediterranean climate with moderate weather year-round. The high humidity and relatively consistent temperatures enable local wineries to produce some of Australia's most premium wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Sauvignon Blanc. From December through February, high temperatures in Margaret River typically reach the upper 70s, and the skies remain almost completely dry. During the winter months, highs top out in the low 60s and the area receives most of its rain. In June and July, Margaret River can get more than eight inches of rain per month.
If you're flying into Western Australia from afar, you'll find it easiest to land at Perth Airport, which is about three hours north of Margaret River. Though you'll find some regional bus systems in Western Australia, this area is best explored by car. Plan to rent a car when you land, and you'll be able to get from all Margaret River vacation homes to underground caves to wine regions on your own schedule. If you'd prefer to leave the driving to someone else, book one of dozens of specialized tours in the Margaret River region.
Whether you want to book a tour or you just want to learn more about the area, the Margaret River Visitor Centers are the ideal places to start your journey. Stop by one of the four centers, and get to know all about caving, canoeing, climbing, biking, and more in the region. If underground exploration strikes your fancy, Mammoth Cave is a great place to start. Take a self-guided tour and walk along the boardwalks through each stunning chamber. At Lake Cave, you can see what's known as a suspended table, or a massive crystal formation that hangs from the ceiling above the underground lake. Sign up for a guided tour to explore the hidden secrets of Lake Cave. If you'd prefer a little wine with your adventure, tour the many wineries in the region. Sign up for a guided tour, and you'll receive expert input on each bottle, along with transportation and a gourmet lunch.
Whether you love music, outdoor recreation, or food, you'll find an event that celebrates it in the Margaret River area. In January, the Western Australia Circus Festival brings circus performances, comedy routines, and cabaret shows to the Margaret River area, while the South West Craft Beer Festival welcomes beer lovers of all kinds to the area in February. Everyone will love the Margaret River Weekend of Music, which features three days of fine music and food.
From cave tours to winery jaunts to community events, this Western Australia destination has it all. Find the ideal Margaret River vacation home, and start planning your trip.