Margaret River is the coolest little hippie town surrounded by vineyards, breweries, and some of the most beautiful raw beaches you will find in Australia. The town is tiny and the river even smaller, but you can easily stay entertained for days visiting the craft shops, browsing local art, drinking microbrews in the pubs, and listening to slide guitar as the sun sets.
It is an enchanting place, laid back and lighthearted, a town where you may want to linger for a while. The area is best explored with a car, since places of interest are a short drive outside the city and there are no buses -- a four-wheel drive is a bonus if you want to discover some of the more remote beaches. You could easily spend days visiting the wineries and breweries in the nearby hills, hiking through the eucalyptus trees, eating awesome food, and relaxing on the beach. If you want a fun winery tour, check out Wine For Dudes -- you will no doubt meet some fun people and have an awesome afternoon drinking local wine and craft beer.
The area near Margaret River is known for its amazing surfing so watch some locals ride the waves or take a lesson; fishing is also plentiful and there are many caves for exploring. The town itself is not very large so if you are looking for a hostel in Margaret River you will only have to choose among a few along the main road. Things to consider are whether your Margaret River hostel helps arrange winery tours, gives surf lessons, or helps you find temporary grape-picking jobs (in case you want to stay a while longer). Margaret River is a charming little town in the middle of an amazing area of Australia; you will no doubt enjoy a glimpse of the artsy, hippie, surf-town lifestyle here, in a place that is easy to fall in love with.
Hi, I'm Amanda Haehl,
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