Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Now is autumn Down Under and Margaret River and Perth are wonderful places to visit!
The Lake Cave is stunningly eerie


Autumn is an ideal time to visit the Margaret River Region – fine sunny days, that summer sea breeze backs off and the temperatures are mild.  It’s great weather for hiking, the wine vintage is in full swing and there are loads of exciting events happening - here is our list of the top 10 things to do in the Margaret River Region in Autumn:

1) Go to the Pro: The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is the not-to-be-missed surfing event for Autumn in the Margaret River Region. Held from 2nd – 13th April 2014, the Pro sees the world’s best male and female surfers battle it out at Surfer’s Point – and the best part is, it’s free for spectators!

2) Hike: Autumn is the ideal time to take a hike through the forest, along the coast on the Cape to Cape Track or any of the stunning walk trails in the region – grab a map from the nearest visitor centre, sturdy footwear, plenty of water and you’re ready to go;

3) Experience vintage: Autumn is harvest in the Margaret River Region – the vines are packed with ripe fruit and the grapes are being picked. Do a behind-the-scenes winery tour to experience the action, or just visit a cellar door or two – you might spot some winery workers in action;

4) Visit Augusta: Only 30 minutes’ drive south of Margaret River, Augusta is a town full of history, perched on the banks of the stunning Blackwood River, and only a stone’s throw from the beautiful Flinders Bay, Jewel Cave, and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse;

5) Get creative: The Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival is on from 16th – 18th May 2014, featuring a huge line up of national and international authors, poets, journalists, bloggers, graphic novelists and publishers – don’t miss it!

6) Go caving:  A guided tour of Jewel or Lake Cave is an unparalleled experience in the Margaret River Region, or if you prefer self-guided, check out Mammoth Cave – one of the largest megafauna sites in the southern hemisphere;

Brookland Valley Vineyard offers romantic picnic in the great outdoors
Picnic at Vasse Felix vineyard with Vasse Felix platter

7) Pack a picnic: Autumn is picnic weather! The mild sunny days are perfect for packing a picnic and spending a day lazing at a local national park picnic ground, park, forest or even the beach;

8) Go mountain biking: Mountain biking is fast becoming the most popular adventure sport in the South West and whether you just roll over the bumps or you are a serious biking enthusiast, it doesn’t matter – Autumn is the perfect time to get on your bike and enjoy.

Cape Leeuwin is wildly stunning
Absorb the ruffed wildness and spectacular beauty of Cape Leeuwin lighthouse

9) Climb the lighthouse: Climb the tower of mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin, where you can watch the rugged Indian Ocean crash against the Southern Ocean and learn the fascinating maritime history of the Cape;

10) Visit the Lake Cave Events Deck: Suspended out over the spectacular Lake Cave Doline, the Lake Cave Events Deck is a newly constructed wooden viewing platform with large glass portholes (and guess what – it’s free to visit!)

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