Margaret River

My favourite beaches in Australia are in Western Australia. The water is warmer, the sand is softer and there is a serene air to the place that only comes with being that remote. The combination of excellent beaches, quiet leafy streets and world-class wineries in the Margaret River makes it pretty hard to beat as a spot to lay in the sand.

I love the northern beaches in Margaret River. My favourite place to stay there is near Smiths Beach. There is only one long road into Smiths Beach, so it is not heavily visited, and the surf is gentle. It is a really magical beach - definitely my top tip for a swim in the area.

If you are a serious surfer you can head to nearby Yallingup, where the waves are massive and there is a bigger car park and more activity. The sand is equally soft and water just as clear as Smiths.

 Above: Surfing at Smiths Beach

There are some excellent walks if you head into Cape Naturaliste park and take a coastal route. You'll find scenic views and quiet coves to explore. Check this out for more information. There is a really remote resort on the Cape at Bunker Bay. I love to sneak in there to get through to their private stretch of beach, or to swim in their pool, which overlooks the ocean.

 Bunker Bay on Cape Naturaliste
The area has some great grape growing conditions, making for super reds and whites. Some of the best wineries include Vasse Felix, Cape Mentelle, Moss Wood and Leeuwin Estate. Vasse Felix and Leeuwin Estate have gorgeous old, expansive grounds, and are pretty spots for a long lunch overlooking the vines.

Above: Vineyards line Caves Road in the Margaret River

Above: Vasse Felix winery


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