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Margaret River Words by Maria Shollenbarger

"A classic in the making: see Margaret River through the eyes of our top editor Maria Shollenbarger"

World-class chardonnays, sublime ceviche, some of the southern hemisphere’s prettiest beaches and national parks galore—all tucked away on a peninsula three hours’ drive south of Perth. Welcome to Western Australia’s best-kept secret.

Cape Lodge

Just off the main drag of Caves Road, this charming estate has long been Margaret River’s luxury go-to. Rooms are simple, but bowered in gorgeous gardens of wisteria and roses. There’s a lovely pool, an excellent lakeside restaurant, and meandering paths for meditative walking.


Vasse Felix

The Holmes a Court family’s award-winning winery is a sleek timber-and-glass beauty, complete with dining and tasting options, and a gallery with one of the finest collections of Australian indigenous art around.


Settler’s Tavern

Don’t let the humble roadhouse exterior fool you: Margaret River town’s high street ‘pub’ has one of the best wine lists in the country—and is an ad-hoc canteen for both top winemakers and the many Australian movers and shakers who quietly summer here. 


Walk Into Luxury

The Cape To Cape Walk is one of Australia’s most famous nature trails. See it in style, with a naturalist-trained guide, for a few hours—or a few days.

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