Dear Mr&Mrs Sky,
we live in Warrington and have visited W. Australia 7 times and each time we stay for 5 or 6 days in the Margaret River area. We haven't stayed at Pinda Lodge so cannot advise on it. What we sometimes do is to go to the MR visitors center on Main street, it's easy to find, MR is not that large, there we check-out the many guest houses that are available in the area. You will get good advice. March is in the 'off-season' so you won't have difficulty finding accomodation. A tip, choose a privately run establishment rather that anything commercial (hotel/motel). We may see you there, we are staying in Dunsborough at a beach villa from 18th March before going on to Albany. There are a lot of wineries in the area, if you have the chance have lunch or dinner at the Voyager winery Restaurant, not overly expensive and a wonderful experience. Probably one of the top 5 restaurants in WA.
Mind you fish and chips in one of the MR cafes is also nice, try the bronze whaler fish, shark, it's delicious.
Hope this helps.
My husband and I live in Perth and travel to Margaret River quite often, three times in the last month alone, and we have stayed at most places in the region at one time or another over the last 20 years. As Margaret River is a popular destination any time of year, booking ahead is imperative if you have your heart set on one particular place. For pure luxury (and it's associated pricetag!) Cape Lodge would be top. Cairnhill B&B is beautiful with full breakfast a bonus, the suites at Vat 107 are lovely and have the advantage of being in the centre of town. Margarets Forest Resort is also on the edge of town ('Forest' being a misnomer I think!) and for a touch of homeliness you can't go past quaint Adamson's, also on the edge of town. Quay West Bunker Bay is lovely if you don't mind being a little out of the region. The Margaret River Tourist Bureau is a must-visit, grab one of the free white maps (located on the information desk) to help with the myriad of wineries and attractions in the area. Food and wine are plentiful in this region, as are art and wood galleries. Our favourite restaurants are at Driftwood winery (open lunch every day, dinner Saturday only), and Wise winery in Eagle Bay has fabulous food and views (near Dunsborough). Xanadu, Vasse-Felix, Clairault and Woody Nook wineries also have great menus. For food in town, Chow's behind the National Bank has great take-away, Ze Arc of Iris has something of a cult status (BYO wine), and for the best sandwiches in the state, Udderly Delicious in Cowaramup cannot be beaten. The cafe at Boranup Gallery does a wonderful tasting plate, and it's nice to sit in the shade of the forest trees and have blue wrens flitting about your feet. Do try the wines - all of them! - and don't be afraid to ask for anything, people in Margaret River are just lovely (Looks can be deceiving!). Cheapest fuel is at the Gull near Abbey Beach Resort in Dunsborough.
Hope this helps ~
B & C. Perth.
Just back from Margaret River, we stayed at Vintages Motel - its right in the centre of town which might not be up your street... but it was sooooo friendly and the accommodation was lovely, they have a range of rooms from Queen with Spa, 2 bedroom unit, 2 bedroom studio...
Also the Italian restaurant 'Relish' on the main street in MR is fantastic! Its BYO and all the dishes that we had were fab!
Have a great trip!!
thanks for all the suggestions.
Can't wait to get there and sample the local fare.
Don't forget to add in the northern area of Margaret River, most wineries are north of MR. There are alot of beautiful self-contained chalets with and without spas & B&B's Craythorne has 100+ roses is north of MR with great gardens, great hosts and fantastic cooks - good breakfast assured. A purpose built B&B. Search for there website for more detail.
Metricup Bird Park is small but beautiful with local birds and some hand raised in the office very friendly. A brand new Naturaliste Reptile Park near Carbunup Store cnr of Bussell Hwy & Wildwood Rd.
Happs Winery has just released a local map with great info on the rearside, ask at your accommodation.
Maybe choose a central location in the region as it is only 100kms from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south.
About 1- 11/2 hrs to Pemberton.
Have a great stay in this wonderful area, regards Woylie
Thanks Woylie - you suggestions have been saved to the appropriate folder and as with all posts will come in handy as this is new ground for us.
Norbert - I am a Warringtonian girl myself but unfortunately we will be back in Perth and thinking of the journey home by the 18th Mar, hope you have a great time.
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