While Australia’s Margaret River Region is famous for its wines, what’s probably lesser known is its status as a world-class holiday haven.
Named 2019’s number one Asia-Pacific destination by Lonely Planet, it is located in the state of Western Australia and a scenic three-hour drive south of Perth. A premier domestic tourist region, this relaxed corner of Down Under features a unique combination of attractions, which includes pristine beaches, karri (eucalyptus) forests, premium wineries, craft beer breweries, fine restaurants, handicraft shops and farmers’ markets.
The Margaret River Region is also blessed with a Mediterranean maritime climate, which draws visitors around the year with four seasons that are mild and pleasant. It is little wonder that international tourists enchanted by the region have been snapping up properties there.
The Busselton Margaret River Airport completed recent runway and terminal upgrades, with a new direct domestic Jetstar route from Melbourne on the cards. Now having the capacity to support wide-body aircraft including the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the airport is touted as an alternate international airport to Perth with the future potential to accept flights from global gateways such as Singapore.
Those dreaming of an idyllic life there should look to two townships: Yallingup and Dunsborough. Named in the local aboriginal dialect as “place of caves”, Yallingup boasts a splendid location atop a ridge, surrounded by the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park with a bird’s-eye view westwards over the stunning Yallingup Beach.
The tranquil, crystal-clear lagoon of Yallingup Beach is excellent for sea sports, while its rugged cliffs, the 135km Cape to Cape hiking trail and Ngilgi Cave make for fine exploration. Smiths Beach and Injidup are also awesome spots to watch the surf. So inspiring is Yallingup’s landscape that it has become a hub for artisans, with more galleries and studios than anywhere else in the Margaret River Region. Living up to its popularity, Australian Traveller magazine has named Yallingup number one in its 100 Best Towns in Australia 2019 issue.
Located on the turquoise banks of Geographe Bay and the Ngari Capes Marine Park, the township of Dunsborough is perfect for families and nature lovers. Its calm and sandy shores are conveniently linked to town. It also flaunts a vibrant cafe culture and indie boutique scene, as well as bustling night life. For the active set, Dunsborough offers various watersports, whale watching (check out Naturaliste Charters at whales-australia.com.au), trail hiking and golfing at its two golf courses. Attractions include the working Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Sugarloaf Rock, the starting point of the Cape to Cape trail, and interesting wineries and farms.
This story first appeared on Prestige Singapore