There are so many reasons to pack your bags now and head down to the Margaret River area – and it’s not hard to see why. Just within a three hour drive south of Perth you’ll find yourself in an oasis of beautiful vineyards, beaches and some of the country’s hottest surf spots.
Here are just 10 reasons to ❤ the bucket list destination…
1. Yallingup hotels are the best-rated in Western Australia
Yep, that’s right – accommodation in the town has an average ranking that tops the rest of the state, making it one of the best places in the country to spend the night. We know this because we analysed a tonne of traveller reviews – around 140 million from more than 250 booking sites – to figure this out!
Wondering where to stay in Yallingup? You’re spoilt for choice!
Olio Bello Lakeside Glamping offers some of the best glamping facilities in Australia, all on an organic olive farm nestled in the Margaret River. Each of the tents have been designed for maximum comfort and minimal environmental impact.
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Down the road, Empire Retreat and Spa offers accommodation that is quite the opposite of glamping. The luxury spa resort is home to just ten carefully designed suites, finished in natural stones and timber. Just one of the highlights is dining in the resort’s atrium, which looks out over a vineyard.[collage images="https://media-magazine.trivago.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/27101847/empire-resort-white-bed.jpg,https://media-magazine.trivago.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/27101850/empire-resort-chairs.jpg" type="x2-collage"] [button text="View on trivago" href="https://www.trivago.com.au/?iGeoDistanceItem=2830886"]
2. It’s home to the #1 hotel in WA
“Greg and Linda will make you feel very much at home, pamper you with divine breakfast and give you all the low down on local things to do; (there’s a lot!)” – Tony and Lynn, Perth
If you want nothing other than the best-rated hotel in all of WA, look no further than Baudins of Busselton. The small but friendly B&B has consistently topped the charts with guest ratings for the past few years and it’s no wonder when owners Greg and Linda will cook you up a delicious brekkie to start your day.
The modern B&B features four ensuite rooms with a shared kitchen and laundry facilities. It’s within walking distance of the beach, Busselton’s town centre as well as restaurants, so you can have a perfectly chilled out stay in the Margaret River area.[button text="View on trivago" href="https://www.trivago.com.au/?iGeoDistanceItem=2380592"]
3. It has some of the best surf spots in Australia[caption id="attachment_17536" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Tourism Western Australia[/caption]
Margaret River is known for its surfing heritage, and staying in Yallingup or Busselton will put you within easy reach of some of the best surf spots in the South West. Rabbit Hole, Smiths Beach and Yallingup Main Break are some of the local favourites. Aussie surfing legend, Taj Burrow also calls Yallingup home, so keep an eye out for him in the water.
4. Yallingup is an Aboriginal word meaning “place of love”
So it’s perfect for wining and dining with bae.[caption id="attachment_17545" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Yallingup Beach | Tourism Western Australia[/caption]
If you think romance should involve a view of rolling hills, natural bushland and a stroll through manicured rose gardens, then a visit to Aravina Estate is definitely on-point. Here, you can spoil your loved one with the freshest produce the Margaret River region has to offer; all ingredients are sourced sustainably from local suppliers and the award-winning wines will be sure not to disappoint.
5. Don’t worry if you don’t have bae – have a beer with a mate instead
With ales and lagers to quench the thirst of every beer-loving mate or BFF, Bootleg Brewery is the place to go for a tasty bite and an award-winning brew – with all the al fresco goodness but none of the frills. Hearty meals such as the Smoked Pork Hock Terrino ($18) and the Smoky BBQ Chicken Wings ($18) are good choices to complement your craft beer.
6. It’s also good for kids
Let the kids go nuts at Yallingup Maze while you get some well-deserved downtime with a coffee break. With puzzles to decipher, a nature playground, jumping castle and board games, there’s plenty for families to do.
Or, head over to Wonky Windmill Farm and Eco Park where you can have a leisurely picnic among well-mannered, furry friends – you can bottle feed a lamb or cuddle a rabbit!
7. You can ride the famous Jetty Train[caption id="attachment_17539" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Bussleton Jetty | Tourism Western Australia[/caption]
Because why not? Stretching almost two kilometres out over the waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage-listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Taking the Jetty Train is a great way to see the clear blue waters and occasionally, frolicking dolphins too. Then descend eight metres down a spiral staircase to visit the Underwater Observatory and say hello to the 300 marine species of tropical fish, coral and invertebrates that call the bay home.
8. It has one of the best Aboriginal culture tours
Join Koomal Dreaming to discover native foods, plants, bush medicine and animals – all through the eyes of the Wadandi and Bibbulman people of the Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River areas. There are a variety of tours to choose from, such as the Full Day Cultural Tour which includes bushwalking and coastal foraging or immerse yourself in Dreamtime legends on the Twilight Didgeridoo Cave Tour in Ngilgi Cave.
Koomal Dreaming won the Indigenous Tourism Award at the WA Tourism Awards – so you know you’re in good hands.
9. Drink, drink and drink[caption id="attachment_17541" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Wills Domain | Tourism Western Australia[/caption]
It goes without saying that your Margaret River itinerary should include a spot of wine-tasting. Wills Domain is a great place to start for a good drop – the cellar door produces all of their wines on-site, allowing them to fine-tune the winemaking process from vine to bottle. The cellar door welcomes wine enthusiasts daily for tastings and sales.
10. Put simply – it’s just beautiful
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Cover image: Yallingup Beach, Tourism Western Australia.
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