Western Australia's Margaret River, located just three hours from Perth, is known the world over for its wineries and stunning natural scenery. Instead of the usual land based trip, why not opt for an overnight or extended river cruise, or an eco ocean cruise that lets you get close to the native wildlife, the spectacular wild flowers and some top stops and terrific sights along the way.
From the comfort of your eco river cruise vessel discover the majesty of the Margaret River Region's largest river system, Blackwood River. Watch black swans, spoonbills, herons, cormorants, sandpipers and sea eagles as you relax and enjoy cruising. Take an ocean eco adventure cruise along Western Australia's stunning coastline, keeping an eye out for bird life, dolphins, seals and whales. Foodies will enjoy a Geographe Bay twilight cruise, showcasing Margaret River Wine Region's superb local produce, and premium wines.
The Margaret River region boasts near perfect growing conditions, producing premium wines, which are recognised and celebrated all over the world. Near the Margaret River Chocolate Company, discover one of the region's newest producers of premium wine, the family-friendly 3 Oceans Wine Company, and enjoy award-winning wines, rustic accommodation and dramatic views of Eagle Bay at Wise Winery. Leeuwin Estate boasts an impressive art gallery, an award-winning restaurant and alfresco concerts throughout the year.
To break up the artisan trail on land, opt for a leisurely cruise, during which you'll see the natural landscape that inspires the work of local and international artists. Visit the studio and gallery of Frances Andrijich Photographer, or BJK Photo Gallery to pick up a famous face or a bewitching Western Australian landscape of your very own, or take home a unique piece of furniture, crafted from native hardwood, from Boranap Gallery on Caves Road or JahRoc Galleries on Bussell Highway.
The Margaret River region's extensive cave system offers a different type of tour, with most of the safe caves located along Caves Road. Discover Jewel Cave with its long stalactites, Mammoth Cave, which has Thylacine remains on display, and Lake Cave, featuring a reflective lake, accessible only with a tour guide. Boranap Forest, the "place of the male dingo", located just 20 kilometres from Margaret River, is a karri forest of over 100 years old with access to limestone caves via Boranap Camp.
Consistent swell all year, and spectacular breaks over winter and spring mean that some of the country's best surfing can be found at Margaret River Surfer's Point, the home of the Margaret River Pro competition, Margaret River Mouth, Injidup, Three Bears and Yallingup, the latter offering excellent swimming, snorkelling and relaxed sun baking in a protected lagoon. Hire a four-wheel drive and head out a little further, to the best isolated surf spot south of the river, Boranup, with its clean surf and pristine, peaceful beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for the locals, including dolphins, seals, kangaroos, possums and abundant bird life.