South of Perth, on the southernmost tip of Western Australia, the Margaret River region yields some of the country’s best wines. Enjoying a warm Mediterranean climate, this fertile area boasts more than 138 wineries and sustains a growing wine tourism industry, welcoming upwards of 500,000 visitors every year.
More than just a destination for wine lovers, the Margaret River region presents plenty of opportunity for adventure. The coastline serves up several popular surf spots, plus whale watching, trekking, fishing, and lighthouse tours, while underground, an extensive karst cave system invites visitors of all ages to discover spectacular limestone formations and ancient animal fossils.
Wine tourism in South Australia is just as prolific. A scenic drive from the South Australian capital of Adelaide, the lush Barossa Valley region boasts its own award-winning grapes. “Gastro tourism” is central here, with premium wine, fresh regional produce, German-style charcuterie, and modern Australian cuisine the highlights of any Barossa excursion. Nature walks, gallery-hopping, self-drive tours, and shopping are also popular pastimes in this scenic pocket of Australia.
Also close to Adelaide, Kangaroo Island makes a worthwhile side trip for visitors to the Barossa region. True to the island’s name, kangaroos flourish in the area, as do koalas, possums, penguins, and a vast array of native birdlife. Kangaroo Island’s natural landscapes are as visually stunning as they are diverse, and visitors can enjoy wide range of experiences here, from wildlife treks to wine tasting to adventure caving.
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