Southwest and Margaret River Travel Guide

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About Southwest and Margaret River

Originally a chilled out surfing destination, the Southwest and Margaret River Wine Region has evolved into the ultimate smorgasbord of good food, fine wine and spectacular scenery. There’s an abundant supply of world-class wineries, boutique breweries, and restaurants overlooking sweeping vineyards and surf breaks. The more active can have a go at rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, whale watching, or fishing. But no visit to Australia's South West is complete without indulging in delectable fresh and locally prepared cuisine. The fresh harvest lifestyle has lured numerous award winning chefs to the region where you can pick up freshly picked fruit, vegetables or berries straight from the farm gate. Australia's first mainland truffles were grown in the Manjimup region and are a delight to savour when in season. Combine this with a glass of the region's range of quality wines for a truly unique and memorable gourmet experience. Accommodation-wise, there’s something for all budgets.

When to Visit Southwest and Margaret River

The Southwest & Margaret River Region enjoys a Mediterranean-style climate, with warm, dry summers that begin early December and cool, wet winters that begin around June. The "Fremantle Doctor"(a strong southwesterly sea breeze) usually arrives around midday during the summer; spring and autumn are temperate with more rainfall than summer; while the winter months average temperatures around 16 degrees Celsius (daytime). Depending on what you are looking to do – be it fishing from the beach or curling up next to a log fire with a bold glass of red - will determine the best time to visit.

Getting Around Southwest and Margaret River

The Southwest & Margaret River Wine Region is easily accessed by road, rail and sea. By car the region is best accessed via the South Western Hwy from Perth and Albany. It is an ideal region to self drive with a good network of roads and signs. A range of packaged tours are also on offer and if you’re planning on doing a tour of the wineries its not a bad idea to let someone else do the driving. Trains travel between Bunbury and Perth twice daily. Regular coach services connect all major towns and Perth. Taxi and bus services are plentiful throughout the region. The closest commercial airports are located in Perth and Albany.
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