Putting you right at the heart of the world renowned Margaret River Wine Region, Cowaramup's very own picturesque wine area, known as Wilyabrup, invites you to taste the fruits of its rolling vineyards and dairy farms. Cowaramup is a three hour drive south of Perth, and just a ten minute drive from the Margaret River town site. A short detour west from Cowaramup, along Caves Road will take you on a journey of indulgent discovery exploring the boutique and big name wineries of Wilyabrup. Some of the region's rich flavours can be sampled in and around the township itself, including the fresh gourmet dairy produce its most famous for. A long history of dairy farming has evolved to cater for connoisseurs of delicious handmade cheeses, yoghurts, ice creams and chocolate, and many local providors offer the opportunity to try the range of flavours before you buy. Other gourmet goodies, including honey, fudge and sweet treats, can be found in the town centre, where a vibrant arts and crafts community is also well-represented by several quaint shops and galleries stocking fine woodcrafts, pottery, paintings and sculptures. Head to the beach for a change of pace - just five kilometres from Cowaramup, Gracetown is a popular surf beach. Or take a scenic drive through rolling green pastures, vineyards and natural bush filled with wildflowers in spring. Its pretty wine and dairy country setting and central location makes Cowaramup a great base for an indulgent escape. Choose from self-contained holiday houses and chalets, cosy bed and breakfasts and a caravan park. During your stay, you might hear the locals refer to Cowaramup as 'Cowtown'. The town's name is in fact derived from the local Indigenous Noongar word 'Cowara' which means 'purple crowned lorikeet' - nothing to do with cows at all!