As one of Australia’s premium wine regions, Margaret River stands toe-to-toe with the best in the world, but you may not realise that it offers so much more than wine.
Pristine beaches, world-class surf breaks, tall timber forests, caves, coastal walks, culinary experiences, luxury accommodation, and an abundance of fresh local produce – all located an easy three-hour drive from Perth.
There are many beautiful wine regions, but a holiday in Margaret River offers ‘WAy’ more.
What to see and do in the Margaret River region:
- Enjoy a long lunch of fresh local produce prepared by award winning chefs at one of the region’s many vineyard based restaurants such as Vasse Felix, Cullen Wines, Leeuwin Estate, Wills Domain, Amelia Park and Knee Deep Wines.
- Sample some of the best local brews, spirits and ciders such as Black Brewing Co, The Beer Farm, Cheeky Monkey, Eagle Bay Brewery and Bootleg Brewery. Or, make your own gin at Margaret River Distilling Co’s Giniversity.
- Walk or train to the end of the Busselton Jetty, then meet the colourful fish and sea-life at the Underwater Observatory. At 1.8 kilometres, the jetty is the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere.
- Learn about the Margaret River region on an Aboriginal cultural tour with a traditional owner from Koomal Dreaming and Cape to Cape Tours.
- Stock up on local chocolate, cheese, olives, olive oil, nougat, bread and venison at local providores or the weekly farmers market, then picnic or camp amongst the karri trees in Boranup forest.
- Head underground and explore the ancient limestone cave formations. Join an underground tour at Lake, Mammoth or Ngilgi Caves.
- Walk a section of the Cape to Cape track (or all of it, if time permits). The track runs 135 kilometres from Cape Naturaliste near Dunsborough, to Cape Leeuwin near Augusta, and companies such as Cape to Cape Tours and Walk into Luxury offering guided walking tours.
- Climb the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Australia’s tallest mainland lighthouse, and see where the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean meet. There’s also the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, which offers stunning views from the top.
- Jump on a charter boat and watch the whales frolic in Geographe Bay between June and November. Naturaliste Charters and All Sea Charters Whale Watching both offer whale watching tours departing from the Margaret River region, departing from Dunsborough and Augusta.
- Go rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, eco quad biking, fat biking, horse riding and canoeing.
- Witness spectacular seascapes and epic surf breaks at Smiths Beach, Surfer’s Point, Three Bears, Super Tubes, Injidup and Rabbits.
- Oh, and since the region is famous for its wine, taste the region’s premium drops on a winery tour. The region produces a massive 20% of Australia’s premium wine, with more than 95 cellar doors.
Make sure you elect a designated driver, or better yet, join one of the many tours such as Margaret River Discovery Co, Top Drop Tours, Margaret River Tours, McLeod Tours and Lifestyle Margaret River.
Travel tips Before or after your Margaret River experience, stay an extra night or two at one of the city’s new hotels such as QT, Westin or Intercontinental. Then you can explore Perth’s flourishing bar, dining, cultural and entertainment.
Getting there Multiple daily flights to Perth operate from all Australian cities. Margaret River is an easy three-hour drive from Perth city, with vehicle hire from Perth Airport or Central Business District.
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