Well winter is well and truly here in the South West... but don't let that stop you from visiting! We've come up with our favourite things to do in winter in Margaret River.
Don't let a few puddles or a bit of rain stop you from pulling on the raincoat and getting on the bike! If you have your own bike but don't know where to go, head to the Hairy Marron grab a yummy coffee from Paul and ask for some directions. They have all the maps you'll need to find the sort of trail you want to ride. If you don't have a bike don't worry you can hire one from them.
If you'd prefer to stay dry go and check out any one of the many caves down in the Boranup Forest. While you are down that way, don't rush take the slow road and drive along Boranup drive through the heart of the picturesque Karri forest.
Explore the Coast
If its stormy and there is a huge swell head to Canal Rocks or further north to Sugar Loaf Rock to see the mighty power of the Indian Ocean. The South West Coast has some spectacular scenery no matter what time of year it is. So pop on the rain coat and go and explore.
Wine and Food
Sip wine and eat amazing food in front of a fire! We'd recommend Swings Taphouse & Kitchen. We've crossed our fingers and hope you can get the primo spot right in front of the fireplace. With their great grazing menu, wines and craft beers always on rotation you could spend a great winters day here.
Relax and Graze
Well this tip has six parts so pay attention...
1. Book accommodation that has an inside fire place or outside fire pit. We'd recommend Berms and Barrels a stunning new build in a great location close to town.
2. Get up early-ish on Saturday morning and get to the Farmers Market, wander around collecting delicious local produce to create your very own Ultimate Grazing Board.
3. Head south to Arlewood Estate to taste some amazing boutique wine and purchase some delicious La Bratta Rosso, or whatever tickles your tasting buds. HOT TIP! Remember what you bought for your grazing board and ask Paris what wine she recommends to match perfectly.
4. Go do one of the activities above before heading back to your accommodation (or skip the activities if you just want to relax, you are on holidays after all)!
5. Light the fire, build your Ultimate Grazing Board, open and pour your wine of choice and then...
6. Sit back by the warm fire, relax, sip, eat and enjoy your warm, delicious South West winters afternoon.