Named after the river that flows close by, Margaret River, the city has been settled by Europeans since 1850, though the aboriginals have been here for thousands of years. Economy flourished in the early 20th century as the town become an important timber logging. This town is the best centre from where to tour South-West Western Australia. It, and the surrounding regions, is famous for four things - the amazing coast, the fantastic wine country, the aboriginal culture, and the arts and crafts scene.
Tourism-wise, the main attractions are the fantastic cave formations that run along Caves Road. There are over three hundred caves, though only a handful of the large ones are worth visiting. The Indian Ocean has had thousands of years to shape the coast around here, and the entire coastline serves up a fantastic collection of pristine surfing beaches, as well spectacular surf breaks. These natural treasures have many great campsites. Check out the two lighthouses, and one incredibly long jetty (the underwater observatory here is not to be left out of your vacation itinerary planners).
The local wine-country is also fantastic for sightseeing, whether you take it in leisurely at one of the many farmsteads and resorts, or tear through it on horses provided by the riding schools. Such tours are usually led by experienced travel guides; find information about them at the city’s Visitor Centre.
The forests, scenery and natural resources here are a source of great inspiration to the many artists and craftspeople who live in the region. There are a plethora of boutiques selling clothes, furniture, fine art, sculpture and ceramics. Topping off the attraction list is the Aboriginal Cultural centre that narrates the histories of the first peoples of in this land through workshops, theatre and song and dance.
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