Arriving in the Margaret River region – and relaxing
When you hit Busselton, a 2.5-hour drive south of Perth, your Margaret River journey has officially begun. Celebrate by taking a stroll along Busselton Beach, an endless curve of white sand framing beautiful Geographe Bay. Take a quick dip or simply enjoy the feel of the water washing over your feet before heading onto your next stop.
Half an hour down the road, the tree-shrouded Injidup Spa Retreat is a picture-perfect boutique bolthole with just 10 villas, each with a private patio and a fireplace. It is also home to the inviting Bodhi @ Injidup Spa Retreat, where the soothing treatments feature indulgent organic products. Start your relaxation with a warm bamboo massage, or get your face glowing with the rose quartz facial.
Feeding the soul and body
Giving your body a boost from the outside is one thing, but an internal boost is just as important. Many of the farmers growing produce in Margaret River’s fertile soils maximise the goodness by using organic methods. Burnside Organic Farm is known for its use of low-impact farming techniques, with weed control courtesy of the sheep and geese wandering amid the crops. (The geese also provide pest-management services.)
Book ahead for a tour to learn more about farm life, then head on to Margaret River township where the Saturday farmers’ market, which is held at the Margaret River Education Campus, is the best place to stock up on sustainable goodies. Grab a bottle or two of award-winning olive oil, or put together a picnic with locally produced treats including cheese, bread, fruit and tasty tarts.
Cape to Cape Track tops the Margaret River wellness trail
There are plenty of picnic spots along the coast where you can enjoy your gourmet goodies. Many are linked by the network of trails that form the famous Cape to Cape Track. You don’t have to tackle all 124km, but do set aside time to enjoy at least one section of the walk. Among the most impressive is the 14km trail from Redgate Beach to Boranup Forest. The path winds its way past limestone caves and tranquil beaches, while the clifftops offer plenty of panoramic views. During wildflower season, between September and November, legions of orchids, pink everlastings and kangaroo bells add brilliant colour to the landscape. (Guided options are available with Cape to Cape Explorer Tours.)
Take in the views of feel alive in the forest
Or just head straight to Boranup Forest, where the scent of eucalyptus fills your nostrils as you wander between 60m-high karri trees. From here, it’s just a short drive south to one of Margaret River’s best ocean escapes. The turquoise waters of Hamelin Bay Beach are the place to spot eagle rays: watching these creatures dart along the sand as you float above them is sheer joy.