"Just three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is one of Western Australia’s most renowned food and wine regions."
"With many world-class wineries and award-winning restaurants, Margaret River is one of Western Australia's most famous food and wine regions. Tour the cellar doors and taste local brews at the boutique breweries. Here you can eat fresh crayfish straight from the ocean or dine on the local organic beef and truffles. Visit the farmer's markets and try the artisan cheeses. Indulge in local handmade chocolates and delicious fudge. When you've finished your culinary journey, take time to explore Western Australia's Great South West. In a few hours you can go from wineries to stunning beaches with world-class surf breaks, snorkelling and diving or walk amongst ancient forests and caves.
With more than 120 wine producers in the region, Margaret River produces some of Australia's best cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz wines. Start at the Margaret River Visitor Centre, which features interactive displays and information about wine. It's a great place to get a few tips from the locals to help plan your journey." (www.australia.com)
"New Norcia - Australia's only monastic town"
“A true escape from the everday, this unique hamlet 130km north east of Perth is Australia's only monastic town. Everyone, regardless of their beliefs, will find themselves stilled by the soul of this tranquil community.
Here Benedictine monks move quietly amongst historical buildings on their way to pray together seven times daily. New Norcia was established in 1847 as a mission for the local Aboriginal people by Spanish Benedictine monk Bishop Rosendo Salvado. 160 years later New Norcia is still home to Benedictine monks and the monastery is one of the 27 heritage buildings listed on the National Estate.
But it's not just the monks' dedication to peace that makes New Norcia so special. It's also the town's eclectic monastic, Aboriginal and European heritage which the monks invite all visitors to discover.” (www.experienceperth.com)
"Pinnacle of Beauty"
"Part of Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles Desert is not only one of Australia’s most fascinating landscapes, it is one of the most fascinating landscapes in the world. Because of its otherworldly uniqueness, the Pinnacles Desert presents fantastic photo opportunities at sunrise and sunset. Another unique experience is seeing the Full Moon rise up out of the Pinnacles Desert as the sun sets into the Indian Ocean. This full moon Pinnacles experience is recommended only for the brave and adventurous as it is really spooky! Experiencing the Pinnacles is not to be missed when visiting Cervantes. You can capture outstanding images to last a lifetime." (https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au)
"Walking through a carpet of wildflowers, under a bright blue sky, listening to the wind in the Sheoak trees, you will come across a magnificent, prehistoric rock formation. You will marvel at the size and shape, eroded by the weather over millions and millions of years. This is Wave Rock"
"Climb to the top and enjoy the view of the surrounding farm land, shiny salmon gum-forests, and the beautiful salty scrubby bush. This is Australia at its finest. Take a short walk to Hippo's Yawn, offering spectacular views of the orchids and wildflowers in spring. Enjoy a brewed coffee and home made food at the Wildflower Shoppe Cafe. Here you will also find the entrance to the Wildlife Park, home to koalas, wombats, white kangaroos and an array of beautifully coloured birds. Spend hours exploring the Miniature Soldier Museum and the Antique Lace Collection." (http://www.waverock.com.au/)