Castle Rock Beach

Global travel authority Lonely Planet has today named Margaret River & Southern WA as the number-one Asian-Pacific destination to visit in the year ahead.

Expanded this year to include Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Best in Asia Pacific is Lonely Planet’s fourth annual agenda-setting list of the region’s 10 best destinations to visit in the next 12 months. The badge of honour marks the first time an Australian destination has taken out the top spot since Lonely Planet’s Best In lists started 15 years ago.

Lonely Planet writer Fleur Bainger enthused: “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. Beyond the sand, some of the country’s slickest wineries, breweries and restaurants lie between tracts of tall-tree forest and kangaroo-dotted farmland.”

Lonely Planet Spokesperson, Chris Zeiher, added that one of the reasons the Margaret River region topped the list is because it is a desirable destination year round. Whilst we might be well known for our endless stretches of pristine coastline and relaxed beach vibes, the region has a lively events calendar that thrives particularly in the cooler months including Cabin Fever Festival and CinfefestOz.

“There’s also amazing surf, whales aplenty and DIY coastal hikes with paved sections, improving accessibility for all.”