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Often overlooked by other destinations Down Under, this coastal spot has just put WA on top of the world’s most prestigious travel list.

If you’re a fan of fabulous wine, a stunning coastline and beautiful beaches  - you might want to get to Western Australia as soon as possible.

Margaret River On Tour

Because the 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.

Margaret River On Tour

Sitting three hours by road south of Perth in Western Australia, the destination beat global cities including Singapore and Beijing to top the prestigious list.

“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.

Margaret River On Tour

“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 On Tour

Come for the beaches, stay for the wine. Picture: Matt Dunbar/WSL via Getty Images.Source:Supplied

It’s the first time an Australian destination has taken out the top spot since Lonely Planet started their “Best In” list 15 years ago.

The 2019 Best in Asia-Pacific guide is the fourth edition of the series, and features an edited list of the top 10 destinations to visit over the next 12 months in the Asia-Pacific region.

The 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.

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Source: www.news.com.au

*excerpt of this artlcle was originally published www.news.com.au

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Yvonne
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17 July 2019
Discover Asia Pacific's top vacation destination at this year’s Margaret River On Tour showcase at Grand Hyatt Singapore on 22 August 2019. Explore Margaret River here in Singapore at this one-night-only event. Travel through the region with unlimited tastings of over 80 different wines paired with complimentary canapés by acclaimed Margaret River chef Evan Hayter of Arimia Winery Restaurant and Grand Hyatt Singapore. Join people from all over Singapore at Margaret River On Tour for your taste of Australia’s South West! Tickets are priced at $75 (+ booking fees) and include all wine tastings, complimentary canapes, entertainment and a Plumm wine glass to taste from and take home (valued at $25). BOOK in the link below: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/margaret-river-on-tour-singapore-2019-tickets-64952892851

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