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In Vino Veritas : Wine Sampler 2
THINGS TO DO With the stunning natural beauty and the pleasantly temperate climate of the region, Margaret River can still be enjoyed with a minimum of planning and spending. The winding country roads are seldom busy, and a leisurely drive through the towering karri and gum trees is an ideal activity for a spring morning. It is impossible to go far without discovering a new vineyard or gallery nestled in amongst the trees, many of which offer tastings of premium wine and cheese and displays of local art and craft. The surrounding bush is an idyllic location for walking, and an enhanced exploration of the hidden beauty of the area is possible for those who venture off the beaten track (although appropriate preparation is advisable- check out the Bushwalking in WA section at www.calm.wa.gov.au/ tourism/index.html). If you prefer the beach to the bush, the spectacular coastlines of the South-West are tourist attractions all year round. Margaret River boasts some of the best surf breaks in the world, and throughout the seasons surfers of all levels of ability converge on the beaches to experience the thrill of the waves. Fishing is also a popular recreational activity, and in the warmer months swimming, diving and snorkelling provide a pleasant escape from creative streak, the Margaret River region is an ideal area for sketching, painting and particularly photography, and both amateurs and professionals will be equally captivated by the spectacular landscapes and vivid colours of sky and sea. TRAVEL FOCUS: MARGARET RIVER IN MARGARET RIVER and its surrounding regions there is no shortage of accommodation to suit any taste or budget. Ranging from camping grounds units to romantic spa suites, something can be found to satisfy everyone. Visit the websites www.margaretriver.com or www.westernaustralia.com for a comprehensive list of accommodation available in the region. Many of the wineries in the region offer accommodation along with tours and tastings. WHERE TO STAY 11 8 AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER Available at leading Newsagencies or by Subscription at www.australiantraveller.com.au 8
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