Exploring one of Western Australia’s most diverse destinations is now easier thanks to Jetstar’s new direct flights between Melbourne and the Margaret River region.
From March 25 2020, Jetstar will operate three direct services between Tullamarine Airport and the Busselton-Margaret River Airport, making it possible for visitors from the Australia’s east coast to travel non-stop to one of Australia’s premium wine regions – either for a short or long break.
Named by Lonely Planet as the number one destination to visit in 2019 on its Best in Asia Pacific list, Margaret River is the only premium wine region in Australia where visitors can hop from award-winning wineries, breweries and restaurants, to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves.
Food and wine lovers can visit more than 85 cellar doors with many offering restaurants with vineyard and ocean views; taste the artisanal creations of the region’s boutique breweries and distilleries; or tour the local farmers markets and providores.
The region is home to many of WA’s top producers and suppliers of cheese, chocolate, olive oil, craft beer, spirits, seafood and world-class chefs who draw their inspiration from local fresh produce and the stunning landscapes.
Beyond the great food and wine, there’s the picturesque walk trails, ancient caves and pristine beaches, alongside a thriving art scene, ancient stories from traditional owners, kid-friendly attractions and an underwater playground at the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere – Busselton Jetty.
Accommodation options in the region range from chalets and villas to farm stays and B&Bs; caravan parks and camping to family-friendly hotels and resorts; or luxury retreats and glamping to secluded private property getaways.
Travellers wishing to extend their Margaret River region adventure can head further south to discover the raw, dramatic coastline and historic stories of Albany, tall tingle trees at Walpole; travel a little further inland to find cooler climate wines, fresh local marron and black truffles at Pemberton and Manjimup; or, head north to go swimming with dolphins at Bunbury.
Visits can be timed to coincide with one of the region’s lively annual events including the internationally renowned Western Australian Gourmet Escape (November), Margaret River Pro (May) and Cape to Cape (October), or cosy up in the cooler months for vibrant events including Cabin Fever Festival (July) and CinefestOz Film Festival(August).
The new direct flights will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Tullamarine Airport at 8.00am AEST and arriving at Busselton-Margaret River Airport at 9.05am WST; then returning to Melbourne at 9.40am WST.
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