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Are you looking for an area that offers captivating landscapes, gourmet local food and premium wines alongside affordable yet luxurious accommodation? The Margaret River Wine Region is a refreshing and relaxing escape from the daily grind, where clear skies, picturesque coastlines and secluded country roads come together to form the perfect holiday destination; so sit back with a crisp glass of South-West wine and start planning your next indulgent weekend... Located in the south of Western Australia, from Cape Leeuwin to Busselton, the Margaret River Wine Region is one of the most popular tourist areas in the state. A warm, mellow climate, likened to the south of France, and an abundance of quality destinations, activities and produce ensure this region a continuing stream of visitors, both young and old. The four hour drive to Margaret River from Perth is pleasantly scenic, winding through the pristine Australian countryside and scattered with many charming country towns, where a family restaurant and a hearty lunch can always be found for those in need of refreshment. For anyone with young children (or simply for the young at heart), Simmo's Ice Creamery and Fun Park, situated just out of Dunsborough, is an from plain Chocolate to Strawberry Cointreau Cheesecake, this is not a place to be missed by anyone with a sweet tooth. A stop in Busselton off the longest jetty in the Southern hemisphere or exploring its new underwater viewing centre, then simply for a walk along the stunning stretch of beach. WHERE TO GO There is such an abundance of interesting places to visit on arrival in the Margaret River region that a weekend only affords a glimpse of what is on offer. For those who like a bit of indulgence, Margaret River offers a fantastic range of restaurants; both in the town centre and tucked away in the surrounding regions (try www. margaret-river-online.com.au/foodtrail/ rests.htm for suggestions). The excellent quality of fresh produce available in the South-West attracts some of the state's best chefs, and eating in deciding which gourmet dish to treat yourself Factory is also essential for anyone wishing to extend their culinary experience. Delicious raw ingredients and have ensured this place is nationally renowned within the tourist industry. For those who prefer a little more activity (ideal unforgettable experience (check out www. margaretriver.com.au for more information). Open daily the cave is a unique and affordable way to witness Western Australia's distinctive natural beauty. Descending a staircase which winds down among the karri trees and deep into the limestone heart of the cave is an unforgettable and slightly ethereal experience. Margaret River for Wine and the good times 10 TRAVEL FOCUS: MARGARET RIVER 
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