Just a few hours drive from Perth, Western Australia lies the Margaret River region. It is a magnificent destination to relax and refresh. Expect picturesque scenery with spectacular landscapes, breathtaking coastlines, sandy beaches, the stillness of ancient forests and lush green pastures that become a blaze of colour with wildflowers in Spring. Margaret River is centrally located amongst many local fresh food provedores & gourmet experiences, awe-inspiring caves and famous surf breaks. Arts and crafts are a big part of the Margaret River character, as is cafes, restaurants, distilleries and breweries. But of course, the main drawcard is the world-class vineyards and wineries waiting to be discovered. The region is graced with long summers and mild winters…suitable for many outdoor adventures!
We were lucky to spend time in the Margaret River region recently, and it is perfect for a self-drive road trip with a good network of roads. All main roads are sealed and with relatively short travelling distances between towns and attractions, so you can pick and choose your own things to do.
Spend your holiday doing some short walks, try the local produce, go on a whale watch cruise, learn to surf, go canoeing and then dine on fresh local produce and divine Margaret River wine. It is a premier outdoorsy-region where you can expect to have some adventure, as well as relax and rejuvenate on your travels!
Discover an ancient wonderland with some of the most spectacular caves in Australia around Margaret River. Jewel Cave, Lake Cave, Ngilgi or Mammoth Cave. You can do self-guided tours, guided boardwalk tours, off-piste hard-hat tours or abseil tours!
You are spoilt for choice with over 95 cellar doors in the area. This region produces a massive 20% of Australian premium wine! Meandering from cellar door to cellar door is easy and spectacular with vistas of farmland, wine country and the coast. The diversity ranges from farm-style to architecturally elaborate, many of which have casual cafés ranging to world-class restaurants.
The South-west is a great location to view Humpback and southern right whales frolic in Augusta’s Flinders Bay from early June and rare blue whales and calves join bottle-nosed dolphins in Geographe Bay in Dunsborough in September through to early December.
This region is one of the top 10 bio-diversity hot spots in the world! There are some fantastic lookouts, hikes and walks to be had. Plenty of forests including the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk near Denmark and make sure to visit the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse based in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.