New Year, New Experiences

All the things you're yet to try in the Margaret River region.

It’s here. A new year full of possibility, goals, plans and dreams. If you’re like us, a fair whack of those dreams include holidays, travel and creating memories to take you through those endless weekly meetings.

The Margaret River Region is full to the brim with fun things to do but have you really dug below the surface? Yes, there are plenty of award winning wines to try and world class restaurants, however there is SO much more to this pocket of Western Australia. Whether your 2019 resolution involved getting fit, learning a new skill, getting more creative or being kinder to the environment, we have put together some top tips for undiscovered experiences.

Let’s Get Physical

So you want to get moving but you’ve already walked your fair share of the Cape to Cape and you have swam your way across Prevelly’s beaches for the past few journeys down south?

Boogaloo Surf and Yoga Campsite is just two kilometres from Augusta town centre but will have you feeling like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Pop up your own tent or stay in one of the bohemian luxury tents at this family run campsite. With yoga, SUP yoga and massage available this is a relaxing option to ease yourself into the health routine for 2019. Alternatively, you can pick up one of their handmade boards and head out to the surf to get the blood pumping.

You arrived here on four wheels, but why not ditch the driving for some riding? Margaret River is becoming one of the nations most loved mountain biking hotspots but have you got in the saddle yourself yet? Self-starters can hire a bike from The Hairy Marron, or for beginners and those that would like some guidance why not try a day out with Margaret River Mountain Bike Tours?  Catering to all levels and all ages, we bet you haven’t tried a wine tasting by bike, a beer tour on two wheels or a night ride through the forest canopy in the depths of Margaret River.

Get a Different Perspective

See the world from a different angle on the water with Augusta River Tours. Potter up the Blackwood River on The Dolphin Discoverer vessel with skipper and guide Graeme Challis at the helm. With his family settling on the Blackwood River as far back as 1923, he will ensure you leave with some magic views as well as some pretty unique stories.

For those that want to spend a little longer on the water you can drift away the days (and nights) with Blackwood River Houseboats. Cruise down the Blackwood River, catch your dinner or simply curl up with a good book and let the gentle lull of the boat rock you to sleep. There is plenty to do for nature lovers with birdwatching, bush walks, kayaking and 25 km of National Park protected by a river reserve.

Look upwards and try travelling by air for a sight to remember. Scenic Helicopters are running regular flights throughout summer from Cheeky Monkey Brewery from 12-5pm or jump on board and take up one of their unique tour options. Travel with a bird’s eye view for the ultimate wine tasting, see the iconic lighthouses from above or whisk your beloved off on a romantic secluded beachside picnic – as long as they don’t get airsick that is!

 

 

Wine Tasting with a Twist

Why is a Shiraz from Margaret River so different to a Shiraz from South Australia? What exactly does a cool climate Chardonnay mean? How can two award winning wines be made with the same grape variety, but taste so different? Passel Estate offers a unique educational tasting experience with their ‘Provenance Unearthed’ guided tasting. Showcasing Margaret River’s stylistic differences, you will taste their range alongside benchmark wines from renowned wine regions across Australia.

Or how about tasting wine standing amongst the grapes that go into the glass? Glenarty Road offer a progressive tasting on foot through their family run farm and vineyard. Visit between late January and April and you will be in perfect time to taste the grapes and how they translate to final product in your glass. Enjoy taking your time learning about all the elements that go into crafting a beautiful bottle of Margaret River wine; then stay for lunch made with love from all that amazing produce you saw on your walk!

Hints of gooseberry. Slightly herbaceous. Lifted berries on the nose, Liquorish and dark chocolate on the palate. Do tasting notes leave you a bit confused sometimes? Whicher Ridge have established the only cellar door with a themed Wine Sensory Garden. Full of herbs, flowers, fruit and vegetables that help to describe and compliment their range of wines. Take their ‘Pick and Sip Wine Sensory Indulgence Tour’ and enjoy a guided tasting through the garden and 4 wines (and possibly the company of Polly the wine dog).

Maybe you want to combine getting active with your oenophilia – it’s all about balance, after all. Due South Tour Company has just launched a brand new electric bike wine tour that allows you to lap up all the joys of the outdoors and the cellar doors without having to worry that you wont quite make it up that next hill. Offering pick-ups from anywhere in the region, you’ll experience pure pleasure as you ride along a beautiful flat track in the forest and amongst the vines of the vineyards you visit.

Now that you know what you’ll be doing, you’ll need somewhere to stay.

Cassandra Charlick

About Cassandra Charlick

Cassandra Charlick is a hat collector. Current hats on the stand include freelance writer, singer, actress, communications consultant and marketing specialist at Brillig Communications. Travelling the globe with her career on stage and off she has a deep curiosity and passion for connection and storytelling. After living in London for 8 years, a move to Margaret River saw a shift in pace and she now enjoys travelling throughout the beautiful region and sharing the stories of the people and communities that call this place home. Instagram: @casscharlick Web: cassandracharlick.com

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