WHERE TO STAY
Make the region your home, and settle into a spot that takes the usual holiday stay up a notch with a fully equipped offering. For a stay with a big dose of nature, book into a self-contained apartment at Margarets Forest, where the forest meets the town. Alternatively, choose to stay at one of the Ellensbrook Cottages and enjoy a spa bath with views overlooking the neighbouring bushland. For more ‘town’ vibes, have a browse on Airbnb, which has many an option right near the centre, like The Little Leaf or this bungalow set in the forest.
FOUR MUST-HAVE EXPERIENCES
We’ve filled you in on where to eat, drink, have an adventure and catch some R&R. But if you really need us to distil it down further, look no further than these top four experiences.
The region’s local producers are up at first light every Saturday morning to showcase the best of Margaret River produce at this farmer’s markets. Grab a morning coffee, tuck into a flaky croissant and peruse all the fresh, seasonal and hyperlocal fruit, veg, bread, meats and cheeses.
Phil Whitehouse via Flickr.
Part of the collection of limestone caves that make up the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, Lake Cave is the crowning jewel of the lot — and the only one with a permanent lake. The cave is also home to the ‘suspended table’, a crystal ‘decoration’ hanging from the cave’s ceiling, almost touching the lake. What’s more, this incredible formation is also said to be the only one of its kind in the world.
Cape Mentelle Winery.
Set aside a day to cycle through the region’s wineries and breweries with a Margaret River local as your guide. Along the way, you’ll ride through local farm and bushland, and of course vineyards. The tour includes a picnic lunch of cheese, meats, dips and olives, a glass of wine with lunch and tastings at each winery and brewery.
Plan to splurge with a stay in one of these geodesic domes. While this may be considered off-grid camping, you’ll still enjoy all the creature comforts of a luxury stay — including a spa bath on the dome’s spacious deck.