|Margaret River WA 6285|
|Population: 4,500, |
Height above sea level: ,
Latitude: -33.952189, Longitude: 115.075207
Location: 280km south of Perth
Highway: Bussell Hwy (10)
Nearest Major Town: Busselton
Nearest Airport: Perth
Touring Area: South West
Famed wine producing area on the coast between Dunsborough and Augusta.|
Margaret River is the premier wine region in the Western Australia, with some 55 square kilometres under vines and around 140 wineries. Many are boutique-size vintners, although operations range from small, to the largest crushing around 7,000 tonnes annually The region produces just 3 percent of total Australian grape production, but has some 20 percent of the Australian premium wine market.
Vineyards stretch some 100 kilometres from north to south and 30 kilometres wide between Busselton and Cape Leeuwin in the east and the Indian Ocean in the west. A year-round temporate climate creates ideal growing conditions for both red and white varieties.
The coast off Margaret River is world renowned for its big breaks and competitions are frequently held. There are also extensive beaches along the coast with pristine white sand and suitable for families wanting to escape the warm weather.
Several hundred caves are located near Margaret River, all of them within Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Six are open to the public with the most famous being the multi-chambered Mammoth Cave, 21 km south, containing fossils dating back over 35,000 years.
Discovered by European settlers in 1850 it has been open to the public since 1904. The cave can be explored by a self-guided audio tour, and is one of the few caves in Australia offering partial disabled access.
Vines at Margaret River
|To see a map of the town, click on the top map, for a map of the area, click on the bottom map, for more information about the town, click on the photograph.|
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