Margaret River, one of Australia’s most famous tourist destinations built on the back of the grape, supported by it’s food, surf and nature. Wedged smack, dab, bang in the middle of an anvil head, chunk of land that juts out from Western Australia’s South-West corner, with the Indian Ocean 10km to its west, Cape Naturaliste 60km to the north and Cape Leeuwin 50km to the south.
We stayed at Bridgefield Guest House while in Margaret River. The accomodation was quaint and comfortable, the semi’s refuelling in the servo next door weren’t. The little things you don’t calculate when booking accommodation. The location on the northern end of town is however ideal, situating you right next to Margaret River, it’s beautiful River Walk, La Scarpetta (cranking mud-crab pasta) and a handy Brewhouse and Distillery just over the bridge. Perhaps try Adamsons Riverside Accommodation which is still in the area but further from the racket of semi’s releasing air brakes at 3am.
The first thing you notice about Margaret River is that it’s not actually on the beach. I don’t know how this memory came to settle on my brain. I’ve been here before and still arrived looking forward to a quick walk for a peek at the break. Nonetheless the walking trails along the river are superbly well maintained and excellent for a cruisey stroll or pedal. In fact next visit will most definitely entail the hire of a treadly to cover more ground in the many trails that criss-cross Bramley National Park on the north-eastern fringe of town.
Top three activities; visiting Surfers Point at Margaret River’s mouth on sunset, Lake Cave for the spectacular way that the Karri trees rise up out of the sink hole and Bootleg Brewery on a summer’s afternoon, a great sense of detail has been paid here to keep all age groups in the family preoccupied. We ate at a number of cafes/restaurants whilst in Margaret River and the eatery with the biggest wham was La Scarpetta Trattoria, though it should be said there were plenty of places untried.
The following images take in a combination of the Margaret River region, Perth Botanical Gardens and Fremantle.