Something For Everyone In Spring – Margaret River Region
Just south of Perth, the exquisite Margaret River Region abounds in beautiful coastline, craft breweries, wineries and fantastic wildlife. Finding that perfect balance between fun for the kids and fun for grown-ups can be challenge, but with this guide to making the most of your time in Margaret River Region, everyone is sure to have the vacation of a lifetime.
Whether you’re a born nature lover or looking for something a little more outdoorsy to do with the kids, there are plenty of places to visit in Margret River Region that will keep the whole family happy. Bursting with wildlife and stunning natural sights, the Margaret River Region and Bunker Bay area is the perfect place to spend the day exploring together.
With such an abundance of diverse and unique species of flora and fauna, it’s not hard to see why this incredible region is in the top 10 bio-diversity hotspots in the world and the only hotspot in Australia. Explore the only pure Tuart forest in the world, in the north Margaret River Region, or in the South, discover the third tallest tree species in the world, the gigantic Karri. Then, on the western edge of Margaret River Region and surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park offers boundless beauty and diversity.
The beauty of the Margaret River Region doesn’t just stop above ground – it is just as spectacular underneath the ground as it is above. Take a trip down under Down Under to check out the over 100 highly decorated limestone caves that lay beneath the surface of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, take time to marvel at the reflections on Lake Cave’s permanent lake, be dwarfed in Jewel Cave’s gigantic chambers or look up at Ngilgi cave’s ‘two tonne stalactite’.
Discover the Margaret River Region’s best-kept secret bays – Hamelin Bay, Geographe Bay and Bunker Bay. At Pullman Bunker Bay Resort you’ll get up close and personal with an incredible array of local wildlife – see what birds you can see and hear, see who can spot the most kangaroos, say hello to the curious and cute quendas in the resort’s gardens, or if you visit at the right time of year you’ll be lucky enough to watch the whales playing in the waters as they pass on by.
Top Tip: The Six Seasons of Bunker Bay Garden Exploration Experience is ideal for all ages. Guided by an indigenous Wardandi elder, this guided tour will take you through 35 acres of beautifully landscaped native gardens created especially to celebrate the traditional landowners who pass their knowledge on to guests and visitors to the Margaret River Region during the garden walk. During this truly unique spring wildflower experience guests can learn about the culture and language of the local Wardandi people who have thrived in the south west of Western Australia for over 45,000 years.
For The Gram
- Busselton Jetty – At 1841 metres, Busselton is the second longest wooden jetty in the world, and with around 500,000 people visiting this iconic Western Australian attraction each year, it’s a must for the gram.
- Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse – Here is the site of a 20-metre high limestone lighthouse which was activated in 1904.
- Injidup Natural Rock Pool – Make sure to take a buddy along with you to capture you enjoying a refreshing dip in the Injidup natural rock pool ‘spa’.
- Sugarloaf Rock - Also known as Sugarloaf Rocks and Sugar Loaf Rock, this large, natural granite island is one of the most photographed attractions and it has appeared on the cover of the Australian Geographic magazine.
Awarded the 2018 Delicious Awards Most Outstanding Farmers’ Market in Australia, the Margaret River Farmers Market brings a wise array of fresh seasonal food directly from real farmers and producers directly to the community. The nearby Dunsborough Central Markets are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month and offer more than enough produce to fill your baskets (or your belly) with olives and oils, preserves and pastries.
Abundant in sunshine and lush green pastures, South West Australia is internationally recognised as a region for producing quality produce. At the Margaret River Dairy Company, they have tapped into the region to produce fantastic award-winning cheeses and delicious yoghurts that you can try for free.
Situated at the heart of Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Other Side of the Moon Restaurant and Bar offers breath-taking ocean vistas. Paying homage to indigenous ingredients that flourish in Bunker Bay during the Wardandi six seasons, Other Side of the Moon’s menus offer such delectable delights as succulent, locally bred Big Red pork belly and marbled wagyu beef, Denmark mushrooms, foraged herbs, Manjimup truffle oil, Cambray pecorino and native pepper berry... and more.
Top Tip: As one of the world’s most renowned wine regions, embarking on a wine tour adventure during your holiday should be at the top of your Margaret River Region attractions. A Margaret River Wine Tour is the ideal stress-free way to experience a fantastic selection of wineries.
A holiday wouldn’t truly be a holiday without a bit of quality ‘me time’, and the Vie Spa at Pullman Bunker Bay Resort is the perfect recipe for relaxation. This spa on secluded Bunker Bay brings a fresh approach to wellness with uniquely ‘South West’ themed treatments that echo the relaxed atmosphere of the resort’s breath-taking bush-land and beachfront location.
Image Credits to Tourism Western Australia