Wine Weekender: Mornington Peninsula
With its relaxed beachy ambience, seaside villages, world-class …
Explore the ultimate Margaret River wine trail, immerse yourself in some unforgettable Ultimate Winery Experiences, and experience the best that this stunning region has to offer.
Read on for 7 ways to live like a local in Margaret river.
1. Take a stroll on Busselton Jetty
At 1.841 km in length, the Busselton Jetty is the southern hemisphere's longest timber piled jetty and definitely worth a stop as you make the 3 hour journey from Perth to the Margaret River region. Take in the sweeping coastal views, check out the underwater observatory and even dine in the ocean's depths.
2. Vasse Felix
It seems fitting to begin your Margaret River wine trail at Vasse Felix, the region’s founding wine estate that includes a restaurant, cellar door and art gallery. Book in for The Cellar Experience where you’ll be taken on walking tour of the region’s oldest vines, planted in 1967. Afterwards, gain exclusive access to The Vault, home of the historic Vasse Felix wine museum, where you’ll enjoy a special tasting featuring two of Margaret River’s leading varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, along with delicious charcuterie. But hang on to your appetite! Next, you’ll head upstairs to the award-winning Vasse Felix restaurant for a three-course meal from the a la carte menu showcasing local produce, paired with wines.
3. Margaret River Farmer’s Market
Margaret River Farmers' Market is THE place to be on a Saturday morning. Perched at the top of the main street of Margaret River, browse regional products, newly picked fruit and vegetables, freshly baked breads and delectable meats. Check dates and times here.
4. Voyager Estate
Voyager Estate is one of the best Margaret River wineries to discover the history and secrets behind the region’s famed varietals, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Take a journey from the vineyard to the table and check out Australia’s largest underground barrel cellar before indulging in a sumptuous degustation with perfectly paired wines on the Estate Tour and 7 Course Lunch Ultimate Winery Experience.
5. Coffee with a view
Ready for a coffee break? Check out the White Elephant Café – your social media feed will thank you! The car park above the café at Gnarabup that gives great views looking down over the bay and it's also a wonderful place to grab a coffee. The truth is Margaret River photo opps are endless. Whether you’re standing on the beach, on the rocks, or the Cape To Cape Walking Track, you’ll capture beautiful vistas in every direction.
6. Leeuwin Estate
Embark on the Leeuwin Immersion Ultimate Winery Experience, where you’ll enjoy morning tea as your host shares the history of the Margaret River region, the winemaking philosophy, and the family-owned Estate's commitment to the arts. Explore the estate’s renowned Art Gallery and learn about the Leeuwin Concert Series. The experience concludes with a tutored Wine and Food tasting flight.
7. Lose yourself
Just 15 minutes south of Leeuwin Estate, lose yourself in the towering Karri trees of Boranup Karri forest as they undulate across the valley. The tranquillity is contagious as the dappled sunlight highlights the trunks of the trees and the lush fern undergrowth. Take a bush walk, pack a picnic or just enjoy a meandering drive through this stunning landscape.