Dunsborough base for Margaret River Activities
The Margaret River wine region has been named by Lonely Planet as one of the 10 best holiday destinations in the world, recognised as one of the world’s best places for stunning coastline, gourmet produce and quality wine.
For anyone who’s travelled, you won’t stop smiling when you experience the pretty seaside town of Dunsborough with its beautiful beaches, award-winning vineyards and the local fresh food.
The Beach House at Dunsborough is a feast for the senses. Relax on the Beach House verandah overlooking a green lawn that rolls onto a white sandy beach with brilliant shades of blue sea.
The sheltered white beach is dreamy. Your beach faces north, protected from the afternoon sea breeze and it has no waves. It’s so calm, you can just walk in shallow water to the white sand bars that can be your own personal island.
A visit to this delightful region 2 ½ hours south of Perth will reveal stunning beaches and coastline. Drive along the famous Caves Road wine route down the coast from Dunsborough in the north, to the town of Margaret River 30 kilometres south.
MARGARET RIVER WINE REGION BEACHES:
One of the world’s best beaches is near Dunsborough at Bunker Bay, where you can sit at the wonderful Bunkers Beach Cafe on the sand dune with panoramic ocean views.
It’s open for great breakfasts and delicious lunches overlooking this stunning white beach. Other beautiful beaches just 5 minutes from Dunsborough include Meelup and Eagle Bay.
Or just relax at the beautiful white sandy beach that’s all yours at the Beach House in Dunsborough.
MARGARET RIVER REGION WINERIES:
Visit famous wineries including Voyager, Vasse Felix and Moss Wood in the Margaret River Wine Region, as well as emerging brands including Watershed.
These gracious wine estates also have wonderful restaurants for lunch with a view, with quality local produce including fresh local sea food.
Some of the prettiest cellar doors and restaurants are at the start of the Margaret River wine region around Dunsborough. Some delightful wines are now being made here at wineries including Aravina, Wise and Wills Domain.
Lunch on the verandah at Aravina is a must, looking out over the lovely vineyards.
And nearby Happs Winery makes a range of preservative-free wines that help you have a clear head in the morning.
The Margaret River wine region’s rich, earthy red wines age very well – mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
And the white wine from award-winning wineries including Leeuwin Estate are among the world’s best.
Margaret River only produces 3 per cent of Australia’s wine grapes, but that includes 20% of Australia’s premium wine. This comes mostly from the Margaret River region’s boutique wine producers – which makes the area a perfect holiday destination to explore and enjoy, close to Perth.
GOOD FOOD MARGARET RIVER:
Good restaurants in Dunsborough, at the start of the Margaret River wine region, include Piari and Co or Italian restaurant Assisi near the bakery.
At nearby Yallingup, try Studio Bistro, Lamonts or for a fine dining experience, Cape Lodge is superb.
It’s a much-loved institution in the Margaret River wine region to have a long, lazy lunch at the dozens of wineries near Dunsborough, which aren’t usually open for dinner.
Close to Dunsborough, try Aravina, Palmers, Aramia, Brookland Valley and Laurance. Laurance is a beautiful French-style vineyard recognisable from Caves Rd by its golden Lady of the Lake, known by locals as “Chick on a stick.”
Half way between Dunsborough and Margaret River town, try Vasse Felix, Cullens, Hayshed Hill’s new Rustico cafe, or the new Amelia Park restaurant on Caves Rd, with its sensational chef formerly from Piari and Co. Knee Deep Winery also has a nice relaxing atmosphere looking out over the vines for lunch, as does Brookwood Estate.
You’ll find nice food just south of Margaret River at the famous Voyager Estate and at Leeuwin Estate, with its world famous concerts. James Taylor just played here to a sold out crowd.
And pretty Watershed Winery is the emerging premium winery here, with a modern, elevated restaurant overlooking the lush green vineyard. The cellar door shop is also lovely with some wonderful artefacts to take home as a memory of a wonderful stay.
Look for the Watershed Premium Wines wine barrel in French oak while staying at Beach House Dunsborough, as a reminder of where to go.
MARGARET RIVER REGION ACTIVITIES:
Dunsborough has many trendy shops, bars and cafes within 5 minutes walk of the Beach House, to spend a pleasant day walking around. Just head down the beach path to your right, or walk left if you want to see the pretty beach in old Dunsborough as well.
European chefs have come to Dunsborough. Try the Yallingup Wood Fired bread you can buy from shops or direct from the German baker as it comes out of the oven off Biddle Rd after 4pm.
The German fruit bread is superb.
Or a French pastry chef will come to you in his van for free at the Beach House: in summer and holiday weekends, listen for the bell at the Beach House as he drives around offering traditional French creations that titillate the taste buds.
Simmo’s Ice Creamery in Dunsborough is legendary, with ice cream flavours including apple pie and salted caramel.
The Margaret River Chocolate Factory is in the bush and gives out free samples, while new chocolatier Temper Temper Fine Chocolate is on Bussell Highway and has many varieties of dark chocolate as well.
Next to the Margaret River chocolate factory, you’ll find a great gourmet food deli called Providore in a lovely bush setting.
And Goanna Gallery on Hayes Road is now run by a former London chef who serves delicious breakfasts and lunches.
BEACHES ALL DAY MARGARET RIVER REGION:
Try Yallingup Beach or Smiths Beach in the morning before the sea breeze comes in, or in the afternoon, drive across the cape a few kilometres to Bunker Bay. Here you’ll find one of the world’s most beautiful sheltered beaches, and you can walk through the expensive resort there.
Eagle Bay’s pretty beaches are also worth seeing, as well as the delightful nearby beach at Point Picquet, which could be in the Caribbean.
This is a wonderful region that’s largely still undiscovered by the rest of the world but loved greatly by West Australians.