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3 things to do in the Margaret River region

By Kevin Kelly

Owners of real estate in Bunbury are incredibly lucky to have some of the best places in Western Australia on their doorstep. Less than two hour's drive away is the Margaret River region, a place known for its wine but also a number of hidden gems.

Here are three things to do when visiting the Margaret River region.

Visit the wineries

You can't visit Margaret River and not go to a winery – it's what the region is known for, and for good reason. Despite being a relatively small slice of the country, the region produces 20 per cent of Australia's premium wines! You can spend a lot of time exploring the different vineyards and flavours on offer – at last count, there were over 95 cellars in the area.

One such place is Watershed Premium Wines, whose restaurant overlooks the grapes and irrigation dam below. It's a great way to really connect with the process, rather than simply enjoying your wine in isolation from the place it was born.

Absorb some of the creative spirit

Spread throughout the region are a number of artists and creatives, making things from furniture to pottery. The great thing about visiting studios here is that you may be lucky enough to see the artists at work when you visit.

Highlights include Jahroc Galleries, where you'll find fine art, furniture, glass, ceramics and more. The wizards behind the magic, Gary Bennett and David Paris, are known as some of WA's leading furniture makers, with their pieces collected by people around the world. Make sure also to stop in to Wilyabrup Dreaming Pottery, to see some of Bill Meiklejohn's amazing pottery work.

Explore a cave

The region is home to many caves – over 150, in fact. Formed around one million years ago, there are a number of different options to choose from: the wonder of Lake Cave and its permanent underground lake; the relaxing self-guided pace of Mammoth Cave; or the enormity of Jewel Cave's caverns. Whatever your fancy, there's a cave to suit your tastes!

For the hardcore, there are also more extreme cave exploration tours, where hard-hats are a must and abseiling is the only way to get in. These make for an incredibly exciting adventure, so aren't for the faint of heart.

Interested in finding houses to rent in Bunbury? Get in touch with a member of the Ray White team today to find out more. 

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