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Darby Park Serviced Residences at Margaret River are more than just great rooms in a good location. Perfectly situated in the heart of Margaret River, bordering the State forest, ten minutes from world-class beaches, wineries and a short stroll to galleries, café and restaurants.

Choose from either a hotel-style studio room or a one-, two- or three- bedroom self-contained apartments. All our rooms are serviced daily and furnished tastefully in a contemporary style.

Darby Park Margaret River has something for everyone. Whether you are traveling on business, organizing a conference, planning a family holiday or looking for an ideal wedding location, we can provide services to support your every need.

Create memories you will always cherish at Darby Park Serviced Residences, Margaret River.

Photo : Tourism Western AustraliaPerth is a vibrant, energetic city that offers a truly unique Western Australian experience. Perfectly balancing city culture and stunning nature, Perth is renowned for its burgeoning bar scene and open arts festivals, to its world-class beaches and expansive parklands.

Margaret River and its premium wine region is the place for indulging many passions. It's the only wine region in Australia where you can hop from award-winning wineries and restaurants to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves.

  • From Perth, it's an easy 3-hour-and-20-minute drive via coast or country. Budget travellers can catch the coach that departs daily. Or, you can opt to arrive in style, taking a direct charter flight or a scheduled flight to nearby Busselton.
  • Train and bus travel is cheap and convenient. Rent a car if you are exploring Margaret River's wineries or nature parks. The official currency is the Australian dollar.

 


 
Destination Guide

Blessed with mild weather and abundant sunshine, Margaret River has evolved from a chilled-out surf town into a popular base for enjoying the region's fine flavours and spectacular scenery, where rolling vineyards sit against a backdrop of ocean and forest.

Producing over 15 per cent of Australia's premium wine, the tastings are top notch. And besides over 100 wineries, you'll be spoilt for choice with many fine restaurants, boutique breweries, art galleries and fresh produce, from divine cheeses to chocolate.

Those with a taste for adventure will find plenty to indulge in too. Known internationally as one of the best big-wave surfing locations on Earth for consistently spectacular breaks, there are over 40 top spots along Margaret River's coast, with conditions ranging from powerful reef breaks to fun beach surf.

Venture inland and you'll be dwarfed by some of the world's tallest hardwood trees, and awe-struck by the longest straw stalactite on show when you plunge into Jewel Cave - one of many ancient limestone caves open to the public.

What TO SEE

 
Whale-watching Down South

Seeing a whale up close is an experience you will always remember. Australia's South West has some of the most spectacular coastline in the world and during winter is the prime place to see amazing mammals. Between June to mid-December, hundreds of whales play, feed, breed and travel close to the coast. Humpbacks and southern right whales are the most commonly sighted species, although enormous blue whales are also regularly spotted.

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Valley of the Giants Tree Top

The Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk gives you a bird's eye view of some of the tallest timber giants on Earth - Western Australia's majestic tingle trees. Climbing 40 metres into the forest canopy and meandering through the treetops for 600 metres, the walk trail is the first of its kind, designed to maximise views and minimise impact.

This peaceful and exhilarating experience can be encountered 10 minutes north of Walpole, on Western Australia's south coast. It takes approximately four and half hours to drive here from Perth and also features on many extended coach tour itineraries.

Margaret River Surfing

Grab your board, your mates and your wetsuit and explore Margaret River's world class waves. There are more than 40 places to surf - conditions ranging from powerful reef breaks to fun beach breaks.

Southern Wineries

The southwest corner of Western Australia has a reputation for being one of Australia's most exciting emerging wine regions. The mild weather and abundant sunshine is not only good for grapes, but provides the perfect setting for a relaxing nature-based getaway. The region is renowned for its gourmet food and wineries as well as its spectacular forests and woodlands.

Swimming with Dolphins

If a swim with dolphins is one of your wish-list must-dos, you're in the best place to realise your dream. Western Australia's coastal waters are frequently visited by large pods of friendly wild dolphins, so wherever you take dip, a magical face-to-face meeting is always a possibility. For the best chance of enjoying an aquatic encounter, head for Rockingham and Bunbury, not far from Perth, and join an organised dolphin swim tour where the bluest waters have been inhabited by dolphins for many years.

The Margaret River Caves

The Margaret River region is best known for surfing, swimming, forests and wine – but did you know that we also have some impressive caves? Whether you're a veteran caver or just looking for something new to see on a rainy day, if you want to experience some spectacular underground scenery, Margaret River caves might be an ideal destination for your next visit.

There are three major Margaret River caves open to visitors year-round. Here is what you can expect from these unique sites:

  • Jewel Cave: 42 metres deep and 1.9 kilometres long, this cave contains one of the world's largest straw stalactites. This cave was not fully explored until 1958, and opened to the public the following year.
  • Lake Cave: Descending a 350-step staircase past ancient 20-story karri trees, you can witness firsthand the majestic beauty of this place, described as "The Queen of the World" for its intricate crystalline formations, pristine lake waters, and a noteworthy formation known as the "Suspended Table" – a 5-tonne column of calcite that seems to hover in midair over the lake.
  • Mammoth Cave: See the full force of nature at work within the craggy walls of this 30 metre deep, 500 metre long gothic-looking cave. This cave is particularly significant to the field of palaeontology, and scientists continue to do research here to learn more about the ancient plant and animal life of Western Australia. Bones and fossils have been found here from animals such as the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) and Zygomaturas (a giant marsupial similar to a Pygmy Hippopotamus).

 

 

What to Eat

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Cape Lodge Margaret River Restaurant

The fine dining restaurant of premier Margaret River boutique hotel Cape Lodge has earned many accolades, including a place in Conde Nast Traveller magazine's Gold List, ranked in the top 10 hotel restaurants in the world.

Cullen Wines Restaurant

Cullen Wines Restaurant overlooks the winery's certified A grade biodynamic vineyard in Cowaramup. And true to its sustainable philosophy, all food is prepared using fresh, biodynamic and organic produce sourced from their garden and select local producers.

Flutes Restaurant

Set beside a lake in beautifully manicured gardens, Flutes offers a seasonal menu of fresh local flavours with a delightful blend of French and quasi-tropical influences.

Lamont's

The name Lamont's is synonymous with first-rate food and wine in Western Australia. Lamont's at Smiths Beach combines a deli, restaurant and bar and is open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is fresh and uncomplicated, featuring Lamont's signature marron dishes.

Driftwood Estate Winery

Driftwood Estate restaurant is one of the few winery restaurants open for lunch and dinner every day. With seating for 180 people and a menu featuring Margaret River venison, quality beef and local fish, it's a popular choice for a quiet meal or a lavish function.

Wise Vineyard Restaurant

Wise Vineyard Restaurant sits high on a hillside looking over vineyards and national park bushland to the sparkling waters of Geographe Bay. Drink it all in while tucking into the fine Mediterranean-Italian menu.

Xanadu

One of the most awarded restaurants in the region, Xanadu is a perfect spot for a long lazy lunch in the treed courtyard or beside the double-sided fireplace.

Must Winebar

Warm and moody Must Winebar brings a taste of Europe to Margaret River's High Street. Open noon till late for lunch, dinner and every fine wine and spirit imaginable.

The Urban Bean

For a more casual bite to eat, check out The Urban Bean in Margaret River. This charming café is famous for its scrumptious breakfasts and organic fare - the omelettes and panini are simply unbeatable.

WHERE TO ENTERTAIN

Settlers Tavern Margaret River

What began as a pub in a sleepy country town has developed into a thriving live music venue in one of the state's hottest tourist destinations.

Duckstein Brewery Margaret River

Traditionally dressed German beer maids keep the Bavarian favourites coming, including mouth-watering bratwurst, weisswurst and kransky with sauerkraut, served with pints of hefe weiss and pilsner beer that will have you saying "wunderbar"!

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