Not only can you get yummy morning and afternoon teas and delicious meals you can also visit the cellar door. Here you can buy a variety of fruit wines and sparklings, jams, chutneys and vinegars.
Don't want to buy anything - then take a wander through the grounds. If you are a photographer there is plenty to tempt you.
Flowers - wild and not, cheeky birds - as long they sit still long enough and great landscape shots.
Mammoth Cave is one of several caves open to the public in the Margaret River area. It was known to the early settlers but not explored until 1895. The first explorer, Tim Connelly, ran tours by lamp light until electricity was installed in 1904. Fossils over 35,000 years old have been found in this cave.
Self guided tours are available. Visitors are provided with a MP3 Player and head set loaded with interesting facts about the cave. You can take your time to take in the history and the quiet of the cave.
Mammoth Cave lies within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and is surrounded by Karri and Marri forest.
Open 9am-5pm last entry 4pm.
The walks are well constructed and although there are stairs they are spread out and not too many at once. The exception is on the way out where there are more than 100. However, there is much to see so frequent pauses on the way out are not a problem.
There is limited wheelchair access to the main chamber but you need to return the way you came in.
Mammoth Cave is within the boundaries of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and is surrounded by Karri and Marri forest. A good place to look for wildflowers.
Keep your eyes open in the Mammoth Cave carpark and along the return track. There are flowers everywhere and of course I had my new Macro lens out to put it through its paces.
The road to Prevelly passes through Some coastal scrubland and I noticed a splash of colour on the roadside. The stop proved worthwhile with several different wilflowers and orchids to be found there.
The township of Prevelly which gives its name to the beach is located at the mouth of the Margaret River and is about 10 kilometres west of the town of that name. Prevelly was named after the Preveli monastery on Crete.
Prevelly is a great place to stay or to visit from Margaret River. The beach is popular with surfers in all sorts of weather and you can get some great fish and chips.
There is a lot of undeveloped coastal land where you can see lots of wildflowers.
The Berry Farm is south of Margaret River - turn off is about 4km's along Busselton Highway. This place is fantastic for tea and scones! The little birds are quite cheeky too and come down onto the table to finish off your crumbs, jam and cream :o)
Jam, chutney and sauce tasting is also fun. We bought a couple of nice jams and a hot chilli sambal.
The Berry Farm is also surrounded by lovely bushland and gorgeous flowers and I had fun playing with my new 50mm prime lense here.
Last but not least of the seven wineries we visited on the Big Day Out wine tour.
In 1999, the vines planted three years earlier saw their first harvest. By 2001 the whole process from harvest to bottling was done on site.
It is a spectacular site - suitable for some great wines. The cellar door also offers local produce and has a unique range of jams and pickles. The staff are the most knowledgable I found during the day and certainly very friendly and welcoming.
Tassell Park was a surprise addition to our wine tour for the Big Downunder Meet 2013. We had been so good with keeping to the schedule- even visited the cheese factory - our driver figured we could fit in another winery. He even called ahead and arranged it specially with the owner.
This is such a fantastic little winery. It is probably one of the newer-comers to the region (the label was launched in 2001) but already has a reputation for fine wines.
The owner, Ian Tassell, met us at the tasting table and shared the history of Tassell Park. He shared with us the secret of mulled wine - even had some ready to try. This is a mixture of red wine and herbs and spices heated (not boiled) and served warm. Great for a cold winter's night. There are many recipes for mulled wine but Tassell Park sells a ready made sachet with all the ingredients and instructions for a superb drop.
Open: 10.30am-5pm daily
Closed: Christmas Day
Closed: Good Friday
Open: 12noon-5pm Anzac Day (April 25)
This fifth winery was my favourite - I loved the setting and loved the wines.
This is one of the oldest wineries in the Margaret River region. It was established in 1973 under the name of Sussex Vale. In 1989 it was sold and the new owners revitalised a struggling vineyard and renamed it using the local landmark - the old hayshed. from 2000 to 2006 the property passed through several hands including Australian Wine Holdings Limited. It is now again in local hands.
Cellar door tasting 10.00am – 5pm
Deli cafe 9am 3.30pm for breakfast and lunch.
This was stop number five on our winery tour and after a great lunch we were ready to start tasting again. And we were in for a treat - this is a small family owned winery but they have a great selection of wines including a rose that is fantastic (and I am not really a rose drinker). Apparently the white rose on the label turns red when refrigerated - I have yet to put this to the test.
They tell us the secret is that the vines are unirrigated so the flavour is not 'watered down'.
The secret of Woody Nook is a great port called Nooky Delight.
Woody Nook cellar door also sells quirky T-shirts and other gift lines.
They are open daily except Christmas Day, Boxing Day & Good Friday - 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Killerby Wines was established in 1973 by Dr Benjamin Barry Killerby whose grandfather started the General Store in Margaret River in the 1930's.
Its reputation a small winery has grown to be very well regarded in Western Australia. Killerby Wines shares its Cellar Door location with Cheek Monkey Brewery. The Ferngrove wine range is also available here
The Killerby Cellar Store also sells local gourmet produce .
The store is open daily from 10am to 5pm for cellar door sales, wine tastings, coffee, food and wine.
Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and until noon on Anzac Day (25th April).
This was our third winery (see Killerby Wines tip), a brewery/cidery and lunch stop on our Big Day Out wine tour.
Cheeky Monkey is famous for its designer craft beers and ciders. There was a choice of seven from Pilsner, Ale and Stout and both Apple and Pear cider. How to decide? Why not get a tasting plate of 5 small glasses.
There is a very good restaurant on the premises.
Open daily from 10am-6pm
This was our second stop on our wine tour. The cellar door is set in a stunning location alongside a stream with cascades which was the first stop for the photographers in the group.
There was a great selection of wine for tasting both whites and reds. As well as it's own name Brookland Valley produces wines under the Unison and Verse 1 labels.
There is also a great range of glassware and wine related gifts for sale.
I couldn't resist playing with my new lens and attempting someartistic wineglass shots.
Open 7 days, 10am to 5pm
This was our first stop on our Big Day Out wine tour. Howard Park Wines is Western Australia's largest boutique family-owned winery created in 1986 by the Burch family.
This winery also produces Mad Fish wines - a less expensive range but still excellent quality.
Open 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week
Open 12pm - 5pm on Anzac Day
Closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The main problem with driving yourself on a wineries tour is some poor person has to do the driving and miss out on the fun.
Why not let a bus driver do the driving? This is what we did for the wineries tour part of the Dig Downunder Meet 2013.
Set tours are avaiable or you can organise you own charter. There are many wineries to choose from, a couple of breweries, a cheese factory and a chocolate factory. Lunch is at one of the wineries/breweries.
For more information contact the Margaret River Visitor Centre
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