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In Vino Veritas : Wine Sampler 2
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. 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 out is a must for visitors- the only the Margaret River Chocolate Factory is also essential for anyone wishing to extend their culinary experience. Delicious quality raw ingredients and have ensured this place is nationally renowned within the tourist industry. For those who prefer a little more activity (ideal for burning off an unforgettable experience (check out www.margaretriver.com.au for more 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 limestoneheartofthe caveis an unforgettable and slightly ethereal experience. A fully guided tour shows you the beautifully lit lake and incredible limestone formations and for those more interested in the fascinating history of this natural wonder, there is also an interactive Caveworks Interpretive Centre. A drive further south brings you to the historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, where the Indian and Southern oceans meet and whales are often visible frolicking in the waters off the rugged coastline. for Wine and the Good Times Margaret River 10 TRAVEL FOCUS: MARGARET RIVER
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