If Margaret River didn’t exist, someone with an active imagination would have made it up. Just three hours south of Perth, the region mingles natural beauty with phenomenal dining and over 120 wineries that produce a quarter of Australia’s best bottles.
The tourist hordes may head for Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, but those in the know are talking up Ningaloo – a remote yet ravishing reef off the coast of WA where you can swim among rainbow fish and psychedelic coral just metres from shore.
Perth may be among the world’s most isolated cities – surrounded by miles of mining territory – but it’s far from out of touch. Galleries, theatres and bars are scattered throughout, the foodie scene is superlative and beaches are beautiful.