7 Days of Spring

Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation for two adults & two children
  • 1 x whale watching tour for the whole family
  • 1 x wine tasting experience
  • Lake Cave and Jewel Cave passes

Highlights

  • 6 nights accommodation in 4-star beachfront luxury and a secluded bush retreat
  • Get up close and personal with migrating whales
  • Wine tasting among the vines of a working vineyard
  • Whole family fun at a 24-year-old hedge maze
  • Explore the bliss of Gracetown, one of the region’s most famous surfing spots
  • Mountain biking through the region’s incredible natural landscape
  • Discover ancient caves and staggeringly tall forests

Questions?

Spring offers the full gamut of experience in Margaret River.  Longer, warmer days are perfect for getting outdoors and basking in the sunshine, and there’s no need to sacrifice the cosy pleasures of winter on those chilly nights around a log fire.

Whoever you’re with and whatever you’re into, this seven day itinerary is about helping you find the best that spring brings to Margaret River: whether it’s some kind of hair-raising adventure, an indulgent fresh food and wine odyssey, or just simply getting back to nature with the kids.

Day 1

Mandalay Holiday Resort

Settle in to your beachfront accommodation at the Mandalay Resort in Busselton.  Whether you’re towing the caravan, camping, or ready to indulge in luxury, there is something for everyone here with camping and caravan park facilities, chalets, cabins, and all the facilities of a four-and-a-half-star resort.

Let the kids roam around the four giant playgrounds or play in one of the three pools, while you slip into holiday mode in the heated indoor jacuzzi.

Treat yourself to a movie night or an easy dinner with one of Mandalay’s regular food vendors.  Or, take a walk or cast a line along the sprawling beaches of Geographe Bay right out front.

You could always venture up into Busselton and take a walk along the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere, or soak up the local flavours and enjoy some of WA’s finest fish and chips fresh on the foreshore.

Day 2

Watch the sun rise over Geographe Bay and the city of Busselton, or treat yourself to an extra-long lie in.  You are on holidays, after all.

Way off in the western distance you’ll see the tip of Cape Naturaliste, the northern-most point of the 100km-long Leeuwin Ridge.  Around the other side, the sheltered waters of Geographe Bay meet the wild Indian Ocean, and at this time of year it’s a whale super-highway.

Take a trip out into the deep blue with Naturaliste Charters.  You won’t need to bring binoculars; this vessel will be taking you up close and personal with the world’s biggest mammals.

Back on land, take a trip into Dunsborough and browse the boutique shops, or cook up a barbeque on the foreshore down at the Old Dunsborough boat ramp.  If eating out is your thing, you’re spoilt for choice here: night time dining in Dunsborough is a veritable smorgasbord of options.

Day 3

Now you’re settled into holiday mode and getting a feel for the place, it’s time to venture a little further afield.

Take a trip down to Windows Estate, which backs onto stunning national park down in Wilyabrup, just south of Yallingup.  Here you’ll gain a deeper understanding of everything that goes into a glass of world-class wine: grape varieties, clonal selection, row orientation, pruning techniques.  And, course, you’ll get to sample the goods in a private tasting among the vines: the Tasting Terroir experience. One of the only wine tastings set among the working vineyard in the region, this is a uniquely Margaret River experience. Not only will you come to learn more about the property and the young family who call it home, you’ll be tasting the very grapes you’re surrounded by!

If more wine tastings are what you’re after, you’re not far from more options here. Just meander along Caves Road and look out for the plethora of cellar door signs coming your way.

Otherwise, beeline straight to whole-family-fun at Amaze’n. A picturesque spot on the edge of Margaret River’s townsite, this place has a giant, 24-yeard-old hedge maze, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and beautiful landscaped gardens complete with butterflies and giant chess boards.

While the setting itself is beautiful enough, it’s more about the top-end entertainment you’re receiving here. It’s spring, so a game of spotto on the Western Australian native plants is in order, as is the testing of the familial skills at the mazes, outdoor games and puzzles. Then, park up at the café – there’s a verandah overlooking a lake – or, bring a picnic along and unravel afternoon tea on one of the shaded picnic tables in the garden.

Day 4

Karriview Lodge

Pack your bags and get ready to move down to Margaret River.  It might only be fifty kilometres from Busselton, but it’s a totally different world down here, with tall forests and an alternative, earthy sort of vibe.

Settle in to your new home among the trees at the Karriview Margaret River.  It’s just a five-minute drive from Gracetown, where you’ll find one of the region’s premier surf breaks at North Point, and a dog-friendly swimming beach in the bay.  For breakfast or lunch, the quaint beachside general store offers a great range of pies and pastries, sandwiches, surf wax, and other small country surf-town conveniences.

If getting off the beaten track is your thing, pack the four-wheel-drive and take a trip up the beach at Joey’s Nose, near Kilcarnup Beach, where offshore reefs shelter the beach and make it perfect for swimming.

Take the day to recharge and discover your new digs – there’s 40-acres worth of it, and Karriview Margaret River is not short on activities.. A game of cricket in the afternoon? Why not. A spot of tennis? Can do. Or maybe it’s a just a long walk through vast natural bushland you need.

Day 5

It’s no secret that Margaret River’s mountain bike trails are some of the best in the country.  If you haven’t brought your own wheels, grab a hire bike from Life Cycle Bikes and hit the tracks down near Wharncliffe Mill, on Carters Road.  There is something for everyone here, from hair-raising dirt jumps and wall rides, to kid-friendly tracks through the bush, and the knowledgeable staff at Life Cycle Bikes will help you find a track to suit your needs.

If you prefer a slower pace, take one of the walking trails along the Margaret River, and soak up the splendid colours of wildflower season.

There is also an interactive display of Margaret River’s colonial history at the Wharncliffe Mill, Margaret River’s original timber mill.

If you’re in town on a Saturday morning, be sure to check out the Margaret River Farmer’s Market.  Spring is an especially productive season for fresh produce, and you’re likely to find some of the finest veg you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating.  In spring expect cabbages, broccolis, cauliflowers, carrots, peas, beans, onions, pumpkins, potatoes, the list goes on.  It all makes for a great home-cooked meal in your bush-bound home away from home – you’ll need it after spending the day pushing pedals.

Day 6

Lake Cave

What’s a visit to Margaret River without getting down into the show caves that the region is famous for? You’re not far from Lake Cave, a mirrored wonderland home to the “suspended table”, an incredible crystal decoration weighing several tonnes that hangs from the ceiling, almost touching the waters of the lake. They offer eleven fully guided one hour tours per day, so it shouldn’t be hard to get your glimpse. Back it up by spending the afternoon immersed in the surrounds of the staggering Boranup Karri Forest.

For the full country experience, finish the day with dinner at the Karridale Tavern. It’s the classic watering hole for this old timber town, where the outdoor tables are made from huge jarrah stumps, and the Bronze Whaler shark burger is a local special.

Day 7

Spend the last of your seven days in spring paradise lazing over a picnic hamper featuring some of the region’s freshest and finest artisanal products.  Happs Winery and Eagle Bay Olive Farm both make exceptional hampers, and both also offer ample space to enjoy them. Set up under some shady trees and while away your last day enjoying the finer things.

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Tom de Souza

Author Tom de Souza

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