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Margaret River

Visitor Centre:
Margaret River Vistitor Centre
100 Bussel Highway
General:
The shire of Augusta- Margaret River is a comfortable drive from Perth through Bunbury and Busselton, offering some of the most picturesque scenery in Western Australia. Margaret River town is situated on the banks of the Margaret River approximately 10kms from the ocean, and lies amidst lush green pastures and forests.
The development of Margaret River can be attributed to the Group Settlement Scheme of the 1920s, when some 100 settlers found themselves setting up industries with the assistance of the Government Scheme.
Today the town rests in the heart of the state’s largest premium wine producing region. This, combined with the stunning natural surroundings, supports a thriving tourism industry attracting visitors from all over the world.
As a result of its popularity, there has also been an influx of added attractions and facilities created in the area to meet the guests every whim.
Attractions:
Australia’s Most Magnificent Caves
The Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge is scattered with over 350 limestone caves. Six of these have been developed into major public attractions, all of which are on the Caves Road. Ngilgi Cave is situated between Dunsborough and Yallingup, Mammoth Cave is approximately 20kms south of Margaret River, Lake Cave is a further 3kms south and Jewel Cave is some 8kms north of Augusta.
Giants and Calgardup Caves are also open to the public - DEC will have their details.
Visitors are encouraged to start their discovery of the regional caves with a tour of the CaveWorks Interpretive Centre at the Lake Cave site. There you will find interactive displays, a walk-through cave model, video theatrette, cave crawl and a spectacular outside viewing platform. The elderly and disabled can experience the underground environment at the Centre and by visiting Mammoth Cave, one of the few caves in Australia with disabled access. Mammoth Cave also features a self-guiding system using CD audio, similar to that developed for art galleries.
Jewel Cave has recently undergone major renovations of its boardwalks and access ways, which includes a three metre transparent acrylic tunnel section, the only one of its kind in a tourist cave in Australia.
Lake Cave, which recently celebrated its 100th year as a tourist cave, has been entirely relit to fully show off its delicate formations and famous reflective lake.
Each of these caves is unique and independently worthy of a visit while on tour in Augusta-Margaret River or the ‘Cape to Cape’ area. You will not be disappointed.
Surfing
The waves to be found in the Margaret River region have also proved themselves world class. This stretch of coastline has played host to a number of major international surfing competitions that attract the world’s best surfers.
These events are held at Surfers Point, Prevelly Park, 10km from Margaret River township.
Wineries
Margaret River is one of the world’s great winemaking regions. Few locations are so wonderfully suited to the production of premium wines, which has proved a major draw card for attracting first rate winemakers to add to the quality.
Most wineries specialise in cellar sales and tastings. However, as great wines deserve to be enjoyed with a great meal, there is an increasing number
of restaurants incorporated into the experience. Menus range from rich extravagance to light and casual.
Other bonus facilities provided include art and craft galleries, picnic facilities and organised tours.
Big Valley Campsite
Big Valley Campsite is nestled amongst the hills of a picturesque working sheep farm, ten minutes south east of Margaret River. The farm encompasses a beautiful secret valley hidden from the outside world by State Forest. It is central to the tourist attractions of the area. There are two campsites, Muzza’s Camp for general travellers and the other camp is more suitable for larger groups. There is also a large covered area with a camp kitchen available for campers.
Boranup Drive Lookout
This is a splendid drive which winds through some of the prettiest karri forest in WA.
Several picnic and barbecue areas located along the drive offer opportunities to stop and spend time exploring. The lookout is the perfect vantage point to absorb the majesty of the area as it boasts magnificent views of the forest and coastline.