Margaret River, Australia

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Margaret River Guide – Spend Less, Do More

Indijup Beach Margaret RiverWine and caves – sounds like a strange combination, but one that every tourist to the Margaret River Region knows well! So you plunged head first into a cave tour of Mammoth Cave where over 10,000 fossils have been found including the Australian Megafauna that died out 46,000 years ago. Naturally, you also had to visit Lake Cave for its 'suspended table' rock formation and Jewel Cave to hear the tales of how Tasmanian Tigers fell into the cave and died – spooky!

After that you were in the mood for an above ground nature experience, so you took a coastal stroll along the famous Cape to Cape Track. Finally, you needed to find something more up the kids' alley – I mean they had been so well behaved all day. So you treated them to a round of mini golf at Amaze'n Maze. A pretty perfect end to a glorious day and you thought to yourself, 'what would the next day in Margaret River have in store'?

Natural beauty is the number one benefit of a walk in a national park. Number two is that it's free!

Busselton Beach SunsetAnd despite being spoilt for choice, they don't come much more pristine than Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. A short drive out of the Margaret River town centre, this national park is the perfect mix of forest woodland and coastal paradise with limestone sea cliffs, granite headlands and crescent-shaped beaches. Camping in Conto Campground is a great way to get back to roots, like literal tree roots, but is also perfectly positioned near the miraculous Conto Spring, a cool, crisp, freshwater spring that flows from a limestone ridge to the coastal Conto beach.

Still haven't had enough of the beach to satisfy your appetite

Sugarloaf Rock sunsetThen it might be time to visit Hamelin Bay. Home to the friendliest of stingrays, which if you're lucky may even feed out of your hand, this quiet beach escape is perfect for snorkelling, camping and swimming. Originally, Hamelin Bay was an old timber port in 1882 but storms and bad weather were always a problem and 5 ships were lost including 3 in one storm on July 22, 1900. Abandoned, after that storm, now Hamelin Bay is simply a isolated paradise of a few remaining pylons and jetties, small islands and the most beautiful beach you have ever seen in your life! Pro tip – be careful of the fragile limestone cliffs and obey the fences that block off certain areas – you want to come back home from holiday in the same way you left!

Now that you've saved on your place to stay

It's time to treat yourself to the Epicurean lifestyle. And you knew we were going to mention this, but every visitor to Margaret River has to book a winery tour. Margaret River winery tours will surprise you above and beyond your usual expectations – you might meet the wine maker and have a tour behind the scenes. Or you may indulge in a barrel room tasting. Or even, you'll get the chance to blend your own bottle of wine. With the finest in wine and food, you could really get used to living like this!

But you couldn't leave just yet. Not without a visit to Yallingup. Yallingup? Why would you drive to Yallingup? Two words – Ngilgi Cave. The name comes from an Aboriginal legend about the battle between Ngilgi, the good spirit, and Wolgine, the evil spirit. Keep the kids entertained with the playground while you enjoy the stalactite, stalagmite, helicitite and shawl rock formations – you can never see too many caves in the Margaret River Region! And if you need more time to explore the caves, why not stay a few days.

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