All Seasons Margaret River
P.O. Box 111 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River, Western Australia, 6285, Australia
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Wine and Wine Tasting
Margaret River is the best-known, though not the only, wine region in the South West. Of course one wants to sample the local wines when visiting there.
The problem: There is no wine tasting in the town of Margaret River. Margaret River Visitor Centre has a "Wine Tourism Showroom", an exhibition on wine which is very interesting, but they do not do tastings there. The centre of the wine region that does tastings is situated in Cowaramup - which has no campground.
Most wineries have an Open Cellar Door, a shop that offers tastings. Most of these are however not located within walking distance of any accommodation.
In other words, one has no other choice than going by car for wine tastings - which means one of the party, the driver, cannot participate - or joining an organized tour.
Life's a beach!
The breaks along the stretch of coast between Capes Naturaliste and Leeuwin, centering on Margaret River are famous with surfers all over the world but there's a beach for everyone here . Pristine fine white sand and turquoise water - miles and miles of it - not even the most popular beaches are ever crowded and you don't have to go far to find a place you can call your own. Whilst swimming at totally deserted beaches is never advisable - there are strong rips and currents all along this coast, not to mention occasional king waves - there are plenty of places to choose that are safe for children and adults alike.
Some of the best (and my favourites) include
Gnarabup - a sheltered bay, sometimes weedy but with a cafe and changing rooms. Popular with wind surfers.
Gracetown - northfacing bay (unusual on this west coast) - good calm swimming and a good surf break as well.
Hamelin Bay - something for everyone - swimmers, surfers, fishermen, walkers, snorkellers (the bay is known for its stingrays) and maritime historians (no fewer than 8 wrecks lie under the waters here. A shop, good change rooms and a very popular campsite Don't forget the sunscreen and your beach towel
Getting Ink Done
A new tattoo shop has opened in Fearn Avenue. It's called Artful Ink. Nice clean studio. Give it a go if you're up for some new ink. Not sure what the opening hours are, I got my 1st tattoo here on Easter Sunday.
I ordered the Duck Spring Roll w/ kaffir chilli sauce and the Brochette Scallops, wrapped in bacon with chow rice and spicy jam, the most expensive item on the menu at $18. Both were very nice. Others in our group enjoyed the Rendang Lamb, Chow Rice with Chicken, Pat Thai Noodles, Chicken Hokkien Noodles and Crispy Cajon Squid. The only complaint was the lack of sauce in some of the dishes. Other than that the servings were quite large and the food very tasty. The order was prepared in about 20 minutes, a very good time considering we had a large order. Chow is more expensive than your average takeout but it’s good for something different and why not treat yourself while you’re away. Open 4.30 to 8.30pm, closed Sunday & Monday.
No credit card facilities.
P.S. The laksa andhe Pat Thai Noodles are also divine.
Lovely Name, Beautiful Winery & Fine Wines
Margaret River is world renowned as one of Australia's premier wine producing regions. It is particularly well regarded for high quality Cabernet Sauvignon.
We visited this lovely winery on the drive north from Margaret River to visit firstly the lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste then onto Busselton ot overnight.
The lady who served us wines was the wife of the owner and was a lovely lady indeed. We tasted a number of very nice wines. She was also extremely helpful because we'd bought a few other wines at other wineries both in the Margaret River Region & also a couple from the Great Southland we'd bought on the way down to Albany. she organised for them all to boxed together & we paid for freighting it from their winery.
We purchased a couple of bottles of their previous vintage Cabernet Sauvignon & have only drunk them in the last 2 years. Lovely smooth drinking they were too!
Check their website for more detailed info including some history. I've just recorded our experience there. Will definitely visit again next time we're there.
It's great to be able to open a bottle of wine with a meal a few years later & not only uncork a great wine, but uncork some equally lovely memories! Aaah!
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