With thanks to guest blogger Scott Podmore.
MARGARET RIVER is a world away from the rest of Australia in one direction, and about 10,000km of Indian Ocean before you hit South Africa in the other. Charmed with some of the world’s best beaches and famous vineyards, its isolation is what lends it so much charm in that there’s a big dose of tranquility served with its natural beauty.
Best of all, it’s only a three hour journey south of Western Australia’s capital in a DriveNow Perth campervan rental.
About 270km down the road you can set up camp at beautiful Taunton Farm Holiday Park which is close to just about everything in Margaret River including beaches, cellar doors, caving adventures, whale watching and great food experiences.
BIG4 Taunton Farm Holiday Park is a destination in its own right with farm style cottages and pet animal encounters. Once you’ve settled in and hooked up to one of the property’s large powered sites, here are five great reasons to explore Margaret River:
- Check out the vineyards and cellar doors. Is there a better wine region in the world? Some say there isn’t, and you may well agree once some of the finest reach your tastebuds at any of the cellar doors from 150 wine producers in the area including Cullen Wines, Leeuwin Estate, Voyager, Evans & Tate, or boutique operations like Peacetree Estate and Grace Farm. Just think of how good those sundowners will taste once back at Taunton Farm.
- Food, fabulous food. For paddock to plate experiences in a part of Australia that is producing some of the best, be sure to head to Dunsborough and visit Samudra, the home of raw super foods (with fully functioning vegetarian kitchen), yoga and the amazing Kombi Café. It’s becoming a smash hit for all visitors to the region. Otherwise, stock up on goodies at Providore.
- Go underground caving. Margaret River has dozens of caves including Ngilgi Cave, formerly known as Yallingup Cave, located on Caves Road. Ngilgi gives you a chance to explore some amazing sights underground such as spectacular stalactite, stalagmite, helicitite and shawl formations. An interpretive area has the lowdown on all there is to know about Ngilgi Cave and there is a café and playground.
- Hit the waves and go surfing. This part of the world has some of Australia’s best beaches including more than 70 top class surf breaks spread over 130km of immaculate coastline from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin.
- Whale watching. Quite simply, you’re crazy if you don’t. Just make sure you’re in the region between June to September when the Humpbacks and Southern Rights hit the outskirts of town (the ocean) for a feed and play.
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