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The team at the region's first winery, Vasse Felix, share their insider's tips for a perfect summer getaway in Margaret River.
MORNING | Grab a fresh juice or smoothie from the Yallingup General Store (Andy’s) at the top of Yallingup Beach Road (open 6am daily). The smashed avo or a piping hot ham and cheese croissant are excellent if you’re on the go. If time permits, we recommend driving around the corner and parking to watch the surf while you eat.
SWIM | Castle Rock Beach is the perfect spot for a relaxing dip. It's not as crowded as some of the more popular locations nearby, but it's still worth getting down there early for a parking spot.
SNORKEL | Surfers Point at Prevelly is often overlooked due to the waves, but its underwater canyons are deeper than most and house all sorts of interesting sea life. The Aquarium (Yallingup) is a must and suitable for most ages and abilities.
BREW | The Rocky Ridge Brewing Co. in Busselton is well worth a visit. Located in a refurbished 1930s home on Marine Terrace, the tap room has up to 25 beers at any one time and hosts food trucks Friday through Sunday from midday. This dog friendly venue has lovely lawns on which to sprawl.
KIDS | Tour with Koomal Dreaming and take a customised cultural journey through the country of the Wadandi people. See over 30 different species of reptile and amphibian at Discover Deadly, the largest display of its kind in the south west. The high ropes and zipline course at Next Level Monkey Business is a fun challenge for all ages.
BIKE | The Carter Road trails (creek trails) is great for mountain biking closer to the Margaret River town. The trails in Meelup Regional Park are lots of fun if you’re looking for something closer to Dunsborough (parking can be found adjacent to Endicott Loop).
HIKE | The Eagle Bay to Bunker Bay via Rocky Point trail is a reasonably flat walk, mostly following the coast. Stop in at Bunkers Beach House café to refuel before turning back for home. There are a number of trails from the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse around the stunning bays and beaches of the Cape. A favourite is the trail to Sugarloaf Rock. If lucky, you may be treated to some whale watching during the migratory period from September to December.
EXPERIENCE | Experience the wonders of the Margaret River cape with local track specialists, Cape to Cape Explorer Tours on the Cape to Vine Tour. After working up an appetite exploring the wonders of the track, indulge the senses at Vasse Felix. A private tour takes you behind the scenes on winemaking, before a tasting of the wine collection. Then enjoy a five course tasting menu paired with wines at the Vasse Felix Restaurant. The adventure culminates with a walking journey through the original vineyards of Margaret River, learning about the unique geology and climate of the region that defines the wines of Vasse Felix.
Alternatively, Walk into Luxury’s signature four-day Cape to Cape Walk combines four days' guided walking on the best sections of the Cape to Cape Track with luxury accommodation and a celebratory four course lunch with matching wines at Vasse Felix on your last day. Guests will enjoy a tasting of the Vasse Felix wine collection, as well as some time to peruse the onsite Art Gallery after lunch. Return transfers from Perth are included.
SUNSET | Take a rug and a bottle of Classic Dry Rosé to the Canal Rocks for an epic sunset. Hot tip - pick up a pizza from Caves House Hotel on the way. Don't forget mosquito spray! For the more adventurous, hike out to the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs to catch the sunset, where the shifting hues against the orange cliffs are spectacular.