Looking to do something a bit left of centre? Park the car and jump on a bike to experience a trail with a difference.
Combining cycling and wine might seem a strange idea – but it is a perfect way to experience the best of the Margaret River Region. Paul Iles, owner/manager of The Hairy Marron (the go-to place for bike hire in Margaret River), says the development of a wine trail came about because of the realisation it was something tourists desired.
“We started sending people around to the wineries because tourists were asking for the option,” he says. “It is something available in other parts of the world and other parts of Australia and I think a bike winery tour is one of those things that tourists expect when they come to Margaret River.
“They know everything is here; it’s in close proximity to the town and they know that cycling around the wineries is going to be a great adventure to take part in. So we had to meet that demand and put something together.”
The result is certainly a treat, with the chance to really experience the back-roads of these incredible wineries, and notice the life cycle of the vine, as the seasons change.