Take a Travel Blogger Tour of the Margaret River
In her first article for MyDomaine Australia, travel blogger and founder of lifestyle website People Places Plates, Rebecca Jobson, takes us on a tour of her hometown, Margaret River—the Western Australian hotspot famous for its world-class wine regions, picturesque landscapes, and pristine coastline. Jobson has revealed how to navigate this scenic destination like a local—it’s time to add this hidden gem to your bucket list, stat. Read on for your locals-only guide to Margaret River.
One of the best draw cards to this amazing region is the food and wine. We are ridiculously spoilt for choice and with new wineries constantly popping up—there is always somewhere new to go. Here are my three top culinary choices.
One of the most prestigious and well known restaurants in the region, Vasse Felix definitely lives up to its reputation. Head chef Aaron Carr has an imagination for experimental ingredients that is sure to wow your tastebuds and leave you begging for more. Mix this with world class wines and a study art gallery on site, Vasse Felix is definitely one to tick off the listen when visiting Margaret River.
THE BARNYARD 1978
One of the newer wineries on the Maragret River scene, The Barnyard 1978 speciality is its handmade pasta which is made fresh on site. Although the menu is not restricted to this, its ever-changing seasonal menu is always a hit. The bonus? This place is completely kid-friendly with a playground and kids menu. My hot tip is the Confit duck rigatoni. It's also open on weekends for breakfast, and it’s our choice for the best breakfast in town.
RUSTICO AT HAY SHED HILL
Hay Shed Hill
Freshly rebranded, the Rustico restaurant at Hay Shed Hill winery offers my favourite cuisine—tapas. Ideal for group get-togethers. Rustico’s mouth-watering menu makes it almost impossible to leave without ordering a couple more dishes than your stomach thought it could handle. Thanks to it’s unrivalled atmosphere and its famous red wine sangria, Rustico has quickly become one of our go to lunch hotspots.
Wine, glorious wine. Another one of the major attractions to our beautiful region which brings people here from all over the world.
BLACK BREWING CO
Situated on the famous Caves Road, Black Brewing Co is a recently rebranded establishment. Situated on a dam, the brewery, restaurant and vintner is one of the larger venues down here. This establishment is perfect for an afternoon of drinking and dining. Brewing its own craft beers, and also having a variety of local wines, BBC has just started to distill its own liquors, starting with a whiskey and a gin. I can’t wait to spend my summer afternoons on the deck!
Definitely a place that is suited towards evening drinks or paired with dinner, Elkamo is in the heart of Margaret River. The popular hotspot is always bustling on a weekend—you can easily sit for hours and work your way through the exquisite cocktail menu.
WILD AND WOODS CAFE
You can’t forget the world’s best drink… Coffee! My go-to place for coffee is a cafe in Dunsborough called Wild and Woods. It make an incredible coffee whilst offering every variety of milk you can imagine. Not a coffee drinker? You can’t go past its famous turmeric latte. Wild and Woods is also a great place for a smoothie on the go or one of their delicious homemade patties with a salad for lunch.
I might be biased, but I really think that the Margaret River and Dunsborough region is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I’ve travelled to a lot of places around the world, but nowhere seems to capture the raw beauty that this rugged coastline does. There are so many hidden rock pools, long white beaches with hardly a soul on them, lime stone cliffs, and beautiful jewel caves. There is always something to see or something to do around this area.
INJIDUP NATURAL SPA
The natural rock formation right next to the ocean creates a waterfall that runs into a small salt water rock pool. It’s the most incredible thing to see and the perfect spot to lay out on a hot summer’s day. Tip: Consider leaving the kids at home as it can be quite dangerous and you have to climb and scale many rocks to get there.
Meelup beach has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. It boasts the most perfect turquoise colour on a summer’s day and it’s protected by the cape so it’s extremely calm. Pack your beach umbrella and picnic basket for the ultimate day in the sun.
Milc Dunsborough is the best boutique in town—and basically the only place I shop unless it’s online. It stocks a range of clothing from my favourite brands including Camilla and Marc, P.E, Nation, and Bassike. It has a vast range of shoes and accessories, plus homewares and gifts.
The Empire Homewares name is very well known in Western Australia. For over two decades it has been sourcing and collecting beautiful homewares for its clientele. With a custom made contemporary range of furniture and a variety of Australian interior designers, Empire stays at the top of the interior game and continues to feed my interiors addiction.
From the same chain as the homewares store, Empire also has a Retreat and Spa which is located on Caves Road in the picturesque town of Yallingup. A boutique hotel with only 10 rooms, it is the perfect place for the ultimate relaxation getaway. It’s an adults-only resort which makes for an extra tranquil stay. Thanks to its sister homewares store, the rooms are full of exquisite modern furniture and everything that you see, you can purchase, so you can shop while you stay! The spa is world-class and easily one of the best massages I have ever experienced in my life. There is a winery on the property too which is without a cellar door so purely for the enjoyment of the Empire guests. It’s like they thought of all of my favourite things and put them all in one spot—heaven!