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Experience an Awesome Autumn in Margaret River

When the days are shorter, the sun is softer, the sunsets are more brilliant, and the weather is cooler, that is the perfect time for a fall getaway. And nowhere in all of Western Australia is the beauty of nature on display in all of its vibrant colours before taking a winter’s rest than in […]

Summertime in Margaret River: What to See and Do in February

Margaret River is a region steeped in ancestral culture, with a landscape blessed by nature. This makes for a natural summertime playground. Since the turn of the century, the region has become home to an abundance of world-class wineries, a beehive of outstanding nuevo craft breweries, a hotspot for expiring artists, and a true food […]

Margaret River Where the Summer BEAT* Goes On

*BEAT = Boundless Excitement, Adventure, and Thrills The warmth of the sun, the long daylight hours, and the spectacular sunsets all add up to holiday time in Margaret River. After months of social distancing, working from home, and ZOOM meetings, it’s time to get outside and enjoy all the beauty that nature has brought back […]

Spring 2020: Experience the Excitement of Margaret River

Spring is the official season of new beginnings. The temperatures are warming up, the trees are covered with leaves, the flowers are blooming with vibrant colours and the Margaret River region is open for visitors and brimming with excitement. Now is the perfect time for a getaway from Zoom meetings, telework, and distance learning classes, […]

Margaret River’s Favourite Tourist Destinations

Planning your first visit to Forest Rise? Or, are you a valued returning guest? Either way, it is always a pleasure to assist you with your tourist itinerary. The Margaret River region abounds in a variety of tourist destinations to suit everyone’s tastes. Selecting the best of the best is harder than expected. If you […]

Winter in Margaret River: A Seasonal Paradise like Nowhere Else

If you are visiting Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge for the first time, or you are a returning guest, your expectations for a winter holiday in paradise will definitely be fulfilled. In most parts of the world, winter is a time for hibernation. While that may be true for most parts of the world, that is […]

Returning to Nature This Spring in Margaret River

It is easy to see why the Margaret River region has become a favourite getaway destination in Australia. The year-round sunny climate is often likened to the Mediterranean, and the sea temperatures are truly inviting. While it is always a great time to delve into its beauty, spring is when Mother Nature proudly showcases her […]

How We Are Striving to Protect Our Guests From Coronavirus

The Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) While Forest Rise’s isolation is a natural barrier to the spread of the virus, management have implemented additional measures that further reduces the risk. These include: No staff contact is required unless necessary. All units will be vacated for at least 24 hours prior to new arrivals. This provides for additional […]

Margaret River Takes Summer to the FAR* Side

*FAR means Fun, Adventure, and Relaxation Summer is that time of the year when getting away from the daily routines becomes a must. It is the brightest, most exciting season of the year. Summer is when Mother Nature’s beauty is in full bloom, when fishing seems more bountiful, and when tourists seek the fun, adventure, […]

Top 7 Recommendations for the 2019 Gourmet Escape

If you are visiting the Margaret River area during from the 15-17th of November, you are in the right place at the right time. Whether you are here for a weekend getaway or a planned holiday, your timing is perfect. The much anticipated 2019 Gourmet Escape will be in full swing during this time. What […]

12 Unmissable Breweries in Margaret River

Yes, it is true, Margaret River is more than surfing and wine paradise. We are also an up-and-coming go-to location for excellent standard and trailblazing craft beers and ciders. Our brewhouses are creatively growing and typically use local, fresh ingredients. If beer is what you desire, then you’ll be delighted with the exceptional varieties found in […]

Top Family Activities in Margaret River

Family-Friendly Fun at Margaret River! With the wide range of activities, Margaret River is the ideal holiday location for the whole family. Whether you are looking for outdoor or indoor activities, there will be something for every member of the family. There are a variety of adventures, some with free admissions and while others have […]

2019 Gourmet Escape in Margaret River

The much-awaited 2019 Gourmet Escape is just weeks away! The Margaret River portion of this year’s food extravaganza will be from Friday, November 15th through Sunday, November 17th. This extraordinary food feast will have locations that span the entire Margaret River region. So little time and so many fine foods to taste. The hardest part […]

Fishing Adventures in Margaret River

Whether fishing is your outdoor activity of choice, or you’re an occasional angler, or you want to give the sport a relaxing try while on holiday, Margaret River is ideal for family friendly fishing locations. The region’s waterways are swimming in a variety of favourite species from Abalone to Tailor. A full list of marine […]

Best Surf Breaks/Beaches in the Margaret River Region

It is impossible to think about the Margaret River region without thinking about beaches. World renowned for crystal clear waters, amazing surf, exquisite white sands, sand dunes, rock formations, and some of the most amazing ocean creatures anywhere on earth. From cape to cape, from north to south, Margaret River is home to more than […]

The Wonders of Winter at Forest Rise

As the winter season settles in, the population in Margaret River is changing. The festivities begin to warm up in June and then really heat up during the Cabin Fever events throughout July. At Forest Rise Chalets & Lodge we love to help our guests get the most out of their stay with us. We proudly […]

What’s the Best Burger in the Margaret River Region?

Note: images are for illustrative purposes only. Please click on the links below to visit the respective menus for each venue. The best burger in the Margaret River region is that one creation of tongue pleasing, mouthwatering ingredients that satisfies both your desire for delectable comfort food and amazes your taste buds. Like everything we […]

Forest Rise – The Ideal Getaway This Summer

There's a host of amazing features and events available in the Margaret River region during the summer months. Because the region is one of the world’s favourite locations for tourism, weekend getaways, and family holidays, every year exciting new attractions are added to the long list of fabulous things to do and see. Whether you [...]

11 Of The Most Popular Wineries in Margaret River

Margaret River is not only a premier resort location, it is also home to most of the finest wines in all of Australia. From the single, original winery planted in 1967 to the more than 120 vineyards in production today, it is not surprising that trying to decide which wineries to visit can be a […]

7 Reasons Why Spring is a Great Time to Visit Margaret River

Spring brings an exhilarating freshness, a desire to throw off the remnants of winter, and to bask in the renewed beauty of the great outdoors. And where else but Margaret River can one go to experience all of these wonders? Margaret River has become “the” place to visit, where there is something exciting happening for […]

2018 Winter Escape to Forest Rise

Are you looking for a short holiday this winter? Well, this is the year to break out of the ordinary and escape to Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge for an amazing winter getaway. From the beginning of winter until the end, Margaret River is where Mother Nature comes to life. There are so many marvelous attractions in […]

Fifth Annual Open Studios

The Largest Open Studio Celebration in Australia No matter what your passion is, the 5th Annual Open Studios event in Margaret River will have an open door studio to match the soul of your personal artistic imagination. This not-to-be-missed event is the largest of its kind in Australia. This year, with more than 130 participating […]

Follow the Trail to Find the Yummiest Chocolates for Easter

During Easter there are a number of places in the area selling all types of wonderful treats. So, join us as we hop, skip, and jump along the Margaret River Easter Trail in search of the perfect chocolate. Here are our favourite local chocolatiers. Because of the early operating hours, we recommend that you begin your chocolate trail at […]

What’s On in Margaret River During February

Summer may be winding down, but the events of the season are alive and thriving in Margaret River. So, now is definitely the time to take advantage of one or more of the occasions that make summer in our region so outstanding. During February, you’ll be thrilled with the beauty of our nature trails, our […]

Margaret River 2017 Gourmet Escape

The dates are set for the 2017 Margaret River Gourmet Escape; November 16 through November 19. This annual extravaganza, has gained the attention of renowned chefs, award winning grape growers, food lovers, and wine aficionados from around the globe so much that there is an added day for this not-to-be-missed event. This will be the […]

The Orchids are Blooming!

Spring is Decorating Margaret River with Orchids The anticipation is over, spring has arrived, and nature’s festival of fantastic flora is waking up from the winter’s slumber. In the world, there are only 34 recognised flora hotspots, and Margaret River is one of them! This springtime parade of beauty may have begun its procession in […]

Escape to Forest Rise This Winter

Margaret River may be the ideal vacation location during the warmer seasons, but it becomes a well-kept, secret paradise during the winter months. There are exceptional indoor and outdoor activities that truly come to life in the Margaret River winter. This area becomes your private domain for romantic weekend holidays, or for a special mid-week […]

Become a Margaret River Wine Expert

There is no place anywhere in Western Australia more appropriate for wine aficionados than Margaret River. The area is awash in 5 star rated wineries that offer a variety of world class white and red wines. This is not just a brag from a Margaret River native, because our wines, from dry to sweet, have […]

Western Australia’s Largest and Most Exciting Art Event – Open Studios

The Margaret River Region isn’t just a place of extraordinary beauty. It’s also home to a lively and thriving artistic community. People who want to revel in idyllic beaches, charming boutiques and renowned wineries and craft breweries can all benefit significantly from Margaret River Region visits. The same goes for people who want to enjoy […]

The Top 7 Things to See and Do in Margaret River

Whether you are new to the Margaret River area, a lifelong resident looking to explore local Western Australia attractions, or a visitor planning a trip to the area, there are so many wonderful events and adventures available! The area is famous for its first class surfing locations and is home to some of the most […]

Summer Outdoor Cinemas in South West WA

Who doesn’t love watching a great movie on a balmy summer night outdoors? Margaret River outdoor movies may have begun several years ago at the Cape Mentelle winery, but there are now four outdoor cinema locations across the region. Today, outdoor cinema screenings can be enjoyed at Cape Mentelle in Margaret River, at Happs Wines […]

Step in to Spring at Forest Rise

The Best of Both Worlds Of all the seasons for a special getaway or a romantic mini-holiday, springtime is the most beautiful. The calendar year may begin in January, but it is spring when Mother Nature begins her annual life cycle with a burst of colourful wildflowers and the renewal of wildlife. And nowhere is […]

Join Us in Celebrating the Margaret River Wine Region.

The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is the South West Western Australia’s finest food and wine festival. The spectacular three day culinary celebration will take place November 18 – 20, 2016. This fabulous event draws acclaimed chefs and fascinated foodies from across the globe, so there’s no telling who you might bump into or rub elbows […]