Lonely Planet names Margaret River best place in Asia-Pacific

Beautiful Margaret River coastline

If you’re a fan of fabulous wine, a stunning coastline and beautiful beaches – you might want to get to Margaret River.

Margaret River has just landed on top of one of the world’s most prestigious travel lists — putting the sleepy town well and truly on the map for tourists around the world.

As part of the Lonely Planet “Best In” lists, the annual vote for the Asia-Pacific has named Margaret River and Southern Western Australia as the number one destination to visit this year.

“Take one look at Meelup Beach and you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life: the West Australian bush parts to reveal ocean the hue of a Bombay Sapphire bottle, which is typical of the coastline stretching from Margaret River to the state’s south,” Lonely Planet said of the win.

“Beyond the sand, some of the country’s slickest wineries, breweries and restaurants lie between tracts of tall-tree forest and kangaroo-dotted farmland.”

Along with nature-based activities like surfing, whale-spotting and coastal hikes, the region also hosts a variety of food and culture festivals.

Margaret River and Southern WA region was selected by Lonely Planet’s team of independent travel experts because of its breathtaking beaches, long-stretching coastline, award-winning wineries, breweries and restaurants, tall-tree forests and abundant farmland.

Lonely Planet also attributed food festivals, such as the Margaret River Gourmet Escape (now Western Australia Gourmet Escape), Truffle Kerfuffle and Taste Great Southern; world-class surf; whale-watching; and coastal walks as reasons the region gained the prized top spot on the list.

Here’s how the rest of the AP region rated:

  1. Margaret River & Southern WA, Australia
  2. Shikoku, Japan
  3. Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand
  4. Singapore
  5. The Cook Islands
  6. Central Vietnam
  7. Fiji
  8. Palawan, Philippines
  9. Beijing, China
  10. Cambodia

news.com.au July 2, 2019